Recent News

  • Bettye LaVette is in town tonight at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis. LaVette is an overnight success story that was 47 years in the making. Her unique sound is being embraced by new and old fans alike. She took some time out today to speak with KFAI’s Marty Owings.


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  • On Sunday, June 14, host Amanda Balagur looks at the local food scene, the slow food movement, and writing about food.

  • New episodes of KFAI’s web exclusive programs, Poquito y Bueno:poquitybueno and Jukebox Africa:jukeboxafrica are available right now!

    Poquito y Bueno:poquitybueno is a half-hour Flamenco music program which appears every Thursday.

    Jukebox Africa:jukeboxafrica is a one hour French language African music program that appears every other Thursday.

    You can check them out on their prog

  • Secretary Of State Mark Ritchie, who is at the center of the longest election contest in Minnesota’s history, sat down to talk with KFAI Capitol Correspondent Marty Owings about the Coleman Franken contest, Minnesota’s election process, and the lessons of the past seven months.


  • The California Supreme Court’s recent decision to uphold last fall’s Proposition 8 referendum vote that limits the definition of marriage to be between a man and a woman has focused attention on the issue across the country. While gay marriage is gaining prominence and supporters in Minnesota, not everyone in the LGBT community agrees on its importance.

  • Domestic violence cases historically haven’t gotten much attention from the Minneapolis police until it is too late to help the victim. In the past year, the Minneapolis police department has been testing out a pilot program that changes how police investigate domestic violence cases…and they are seeing results. KFAI’s Will Wright reports.


  • For the next three Wednesdays, TruthToTell examines the dark and isolated world of local police culture and the nature of law enforcement in general. Here are the questions we have:

    •Why has this paramilitary subset of civil society grown so insular, more secretive and more rageful and violent?

  • Analog televisions across the country will no longer function without a converter box after Friday. Some people aren’t fully prepared for the switch and others aren’t even aware it is happening.

  • Once a person has gotten a foreclosure notice, there are still options – but those can be complicated to figure out and not very appealing. KFAI’s Anibal Prestan presents the final story in his series, “Soon to be Homeless: The Menace of Foreclosure.”


  • Representative Betty McCollum is a member of the House appropriations committee that is in the midst of making decisions about how to allocate federal money on about a dozen spending bills. Last week, administration officials from the Department of Education and Health tried to convince House members to support their spending priorities.