Recent News

  • To prevent power outages and meet increasing energy demands in South Minneapolis, Xcel Energy proposes two new transmission towers that would connect a high-voltage transmission line between the Hiawatha Avenue corridor and Midtown area, according to Xcel. However, critics say that the proposal would do more harm than good.

  • In Denver, President Obama signed the economic stimulus bill, known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, into law. The act allocated $787 billion from the US government to be spent on funding for roads, bridges and transit systems, computerizing all Americans’ medical records and making college more affordable for students.

  • Two Honduran workers called on the University of Minnesota to cut ties with their former company, Russell Athletics, which manufactures Gopher apparel. They are on a tour of the US to publicize human rights issues pertaining to sweat shops being used by Russell Athletics manufacturers.

  • Last week in Washington, D.C., the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) set its agenda for immigration reforms. Meanwhile, in the Minnesota House of Representatives, officials are reviewing a bill that could be problematic for immigrants and US citizens alike. KFAI’s Anibal Prestan reports.

    February 16, 2009

  • As the trial to determine Minnesota’s next US Senator drags on, KFAI’s Allison Herrera gets an update on the proceedings from MinnPost reporter, Jay Wiener, who has been at the trial since the beginning.

    February 16, 2009

  • The $787 billion dollar economic stimulus package was finally approved by both the Senate and the House late last week. The bill passed largely along party lines and President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law in Denver tomorrow. KFAI’s Ahndi Fridell spoke with Minnesota Representative Betty McCollum about the bill.

    February 16, 2009

  • This coming Wednesday 2-5 a.m. (Tuesday overnight) the Echo Chamber will be airing a very cool special titled Japan Loves Reggae. Of course we’ll play a bunch of Dry & Heavy, Mute Beat, Little Tempo, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, and Likkle Mai. But we have some new artists that have never been played on the Echo Chamber — like Fishmans, Bagdad Cafe the Trench Town, and Dubsensemania.

  • Laurent Cantet, director of the acclaimed French film, THE CLASS, is interviewed by Caryl Minnetti on the program of Sunday, February 15,8:30-9:30 P.M. The film follows the experiences of Francois (played by Francois Begaudeau, who wrote the screenplay based on his own experiences) and his fellow teachers as they prepare for a new year at a high school in a tough neighborhood.

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  • Members representing several local anti-war groups gathered in the cold today outside of the Governor’s mansion to protest the deployment of 1000 Minnesota National Guardsmen. KFAI reporter Michelle Alimoradi interviewed protest organizer, Marie Braun.

    February 12, 2009

  • The Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign of Minnesota, a group dedicated to ending homelessness, has found temporary solutions for many homeless Minnesotans this winter inside foreclosed homes. KFAI’s Katey DeCelle reports.

    For more information about the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, call 612-821-2364.

    February 12, 2009