Recent News

  • Sri Lanka’s civil war is heating up as the government’s military closes in on the Tamil Tigers, a rebel group that supports a separate state for the minority Tamil population. Protestors at the Minnesota State Capitol last week called for a cease fire, saying the Sri Lankan military is committing genocide against innocent trapped Sri Lankan civilians.

  • Democratic candidate Al Franken expanded his lead in the five-month-old US Senate race. Franken’s lead over Republican Norm Coleman grew to 312 votes today after a court counted 351 absentee ballots that had been incorrectly rejected. Franken held a 225 vote lead heading into today’s count.

  • Is Hennepin Avenue a mean street? Mitch Pearlstein, founder and President of the Center of the American Experiment, a conservative policy organization, caused a minor outrage last week when he published an editorial in the Star Tribune.

  • As the budget battle at the State Capitol continues, tensions are rising and the rhetoric is escalating.

    A 200 million dollar bonding bill passed almost unanimously, but another measure which would have capped art spending for state buildings at 100,000 dollars sparked controversy. KFAI’s Marty Owings reports.


  • Recently, 40 instruments were donated to Anthony Middle School in Minneapolis as a part of a presentation hosted by Vega Productions, a local nonprofit that works to rebuild public school’s music programs. The presentation included a performance from Southwest High School band students.

  • 5th District Representative Keith Ellison left for a trade mission to Saudi Arabia with the Minnesota trade office and 11 Minnesota companies looking to expand business opportunities in the Gulf region.

  • On Saturday, Northeast Minneapolis community activist Kevin Reich easily won the DFL endorsement for the Ward 1 City Council seat, giving him a serious boost for the November runoff election. All four candidates vying for the seat live in the same precinct – an apparent hotbed of political activism in the Northeast corner of the City. KFAI’s Elena Erofeeva reports.

  • Minneapolis banjo player, songwriter, and champion of acoustic music, Mother Banjo, joins Pam on KFAI Tuesday morning to talk about her upcoming full-length release, and curating the John Prine showcase Friday, April 10th, at the 331 Club. Friday’s event will be the second annual Big Fat Love tribute to John Prine.

  • _The world descended on the Twin Cities’ Somali immigrant population last November. Long recognized as home to the largest concentration of Somalis in the United States, Minneapolis was portrayed as a breeding ground for young Somali men eager to trade their relatively comfortable, productive lives for the likelihood of a violent death on the bleak, dusty battlefields of East Africa.

  • Please tune in this Wednesday, April 8th, to Rockin’ in Rhythm from 6:00 to 9:00 am. At 7:06 am host David Cummings will be airing part one of his interview with Noel Neill. If that name isn’t familiar then perhaps “Lois Lane” is. Ms. Neill was the first Lois Lane to appear on the silver screen. She starred in two Superman serials with Kirk Alyn, who played the Man of Steel.