27 episodes

MinneCulture explores the people, culture, and art that are inspiring, shaping, and changing Minnesota every day. We go beyond the gallery walls to tell stories about artists and people who live, work and create here.

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MinneCulture explores the people, culture, and art that are inspiring, shaping, and changing Minnesota every day. We go beyond the gallery walls to tell stories about artists and people who live, work and create here.

    Ep. 27: What Do We Do Now?

    Ep. 27: What Do We Do Now?

    When George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police on Memorial Day, pain and anger blasted like a shock wave across the Twin Cities and the world. Floyd’s death was followed by a week of protests, marches and sometimes destructive unrest. In this episode, KFAI’s Melissa Olson takes us to the intersection of 38th and Chicago Ave, where Native jingle dress dancers offered a ceremony of healing. We also hear from Twin Cities hip-hop artist Tall Paul, who recounts his experience patrolling south Minneapolis and protecting local businesses during the uprising. Then we take a gritty walking tour of unsanctioned artwork, hosted by graffiti artist Peyton Scott Russell.

    • 24 min
    Ep. 26: What Are You Making?

    Ep. 26: What Are You Making?

    We’re still social distancing and we’re still making stuff. Some artists have changed what they make. Others have changed how they make it. KFAI’s Barb Abney hosts from home and shares an uplifting interview with Twin Cities hip-hop artist Nur-D, who just dropped an EP recorded entirely from his bedroom. We also hear a tender, slightly gloomy audio diary from Minneapolis poet Ed Bok Lee, who discusses skeletons and shares knock-knock jokes with his young daughter. It’s adorable and, you guessed it, poetic.

    • 26 min
    Ep. 25: How Are You Doing?

    Ep. 25: How Are You Doing?

    Hear stories of Minnesota artists making it work in this time of social distancing. Barb Abney hosts the Season 4 launch from her daughter's bedroom while social distancing at home. In an audio diary, Haitian dancer Djenane Saint Juste fields a robocall from a bill collector, shares intimate scenes sheltering in place with her mother, then hosts a series of boisterous dance lessons in her apartment. We make a house call to Hmong chef Yia Vang who looks to his parents' experience as refugees to guide him through the pandemic.Support for MinneCulture on KFAI comes from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. This podcast was produced by Nancy Rosenbaum with Anna Stitt and Emily Bright, edited by Ryan Dawes and Melissa Olson.

    Ep. 24: The Purple One

    Ep. 24: The Purple One

    For our Season 3 finale, stories about the late, great Prince Rogers Nelson. You'll hear from the guy credited with "discovering" Prince, what it was like to get phone calls from Prince at 3 a.m., and we take of tour of "Purple Places" that mark Prince's roots in North Minneapolis. This episode was produced by KFAI’s Nancy Rosenbaum. Support for MinneCulture comes from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

    Ep. 23: Other Duties As Assigned

    Ep. 23: Other Duties As Assigned

    There are often parts of a job no one else understands or even knows about. We're talking about the unheralded tasks that are executed in the shadows, after hours, void of glory. On this episode, we meet two Minnesotans, an elementary school principal and the CEO of a hip-hop record label, each fulfilling the last line of their job description: "Other Duties As Assigned."

    Ep. 22: Minnesota History, In Their Own Words

    Ep. 22: Minnesota History, In Their Own Words

    Minnesota's oldest auctioneer reflects on rural life, the Kim Loo Sisters face discrimination in the jazz scene during the 1930s and 1940s, and a rusticly bunking historian sheds light on the history of slavery in Minnesota. The episode was produced by KFAI's Emily Bright.

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MinneCulture reporters produce sonically beautiful, engaging radio stories, documentaries, audio postcards, and mixtapes on Minnesota art, history, and culture. Explore immigrant stories, local music, understated state history, sub-plots of local professional sports, narratives behind visual arts, and more. Sometimes it's romantic, sometimes it's bizarre, sometimes it's tragic, but it's always well-told. They even got a purring gorilla.

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