Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE

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Northern Community Radio is an independent, nonprofit organization that operates a unique community-based public radio station, KAXE and KBXE. NCR serves most of north central, northeastern and northwestern Minnesota with a 100,000-watt signal originating in Grand Rapids at 91.7 FM and a 50,000-watt signal in Bemidji at 90.5 FM. Northern Community Radio also operates translators in Brainerd at 89.9 FM and in Bemidji at 105.3 FM

Northern Community Radio is a different kind of radio. When you tune in NCR you hear northern Minnesota...its people, environment, communities, attitude. These are the "stars" of NCR programs. NCR is a place where people gather to dance to good music or to find out about the flowers in the ditches and the birds at their feeders. It's a place to learn about the world, laugh, meet good neighbors, and share ideas.

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10 Pieces

Local independent producer David McDonald recently returned to Grand Rapids, Minnesota after serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco from 2012 to 2014. During his service, he interviewed over 40 fellow Peace Corps Volunteers as well as recorded a fascinating variety of audio from all over Morocco.

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252 Pieces

Radio essays recorded in the writer's own voice. As of July 1, 2015, Acoustic Stories will continue as Arts Review.

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1 Piece

Each week host Bobbie Kleffman talks with people who have a passion for horses.

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490 Pieces

Area Voices explores the arts, culture, and history of Northern Minnesota. Through in-depth interviews, hosts of Northern Community Radio's Morning Show connect listeners to the area's unique cultural heritage and the experience of life in northern Minnesota. Programming is supported by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and by the people of Minnesota.

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41 Pieces

Reviews from a wide variety of arts venues and events around Minnesota.

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5 Pieces

The annual Bemijigamaag Powwow brings together natives and non-natives to celebrate the tradition of the powwow and community. Presented by Ampers and supported by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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148 Pieces

Between You and Me is our weekly get together, a mix of music and conversation. Including commentaries from regular contributors like Aaron Brown, Guido and The Last Word

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9 Pieces

A radio segment about Ojibwe language and culture that features puppets. Programming is supported by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and by the people of Minnesota.

Caption: Tippy, Credit: Karen Oothoudt
121 Pieces

The Call of the Wild is a call to your heart. The call to the wild part of yourself that you want to express in the work that you do. Sometimes you can even make a living doing what you love. And sometimes you can’t, but you still do it. Programming is supported by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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569 Pieces

Centerstage Minnesota showcases the talents of Minnesota musicians. A local production of Northern Community Radio: KAXE - Grand Rapids and KBXE - Bemidji. Also heard on KSRQ in Thief River Falls and on WTIP in Grand Marais.


Latest Pieces

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Bring Her Home: Stolen Daughters of Turtle Island is a collaborative, curated, traveling art exhibit featuring the works of 20 Indigenous artists f...

  • Added: Nov 06, 2019
  • Length: 13:27
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Steve Downing ponders about how weather professionals choose the words they use and if they might on occasion wax poetic without even intending to.

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  • Added: Nov 05, 2019
  • Length: 05:27
  • Purchases: 1
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We all get an extra hour today, whether we deserve it or not. I'm spending mine on Stay Human, watching the clock and winding the watch, with stori...

  • Added: Nov 04, 2019
  • Length: 59:30
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Today we were treated to a story from our friends Natasha and Nana Boozhoo and we learn the Ojibwe words Waagosh and Waabooz - the fox and the rabb...

  • Added: Nov 04, 2019
  • Length: 05:50
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Guitar great Bill Kirchen is featured on Stay Human - he's pictured here with volunteer music programmers Charlie Parson and Joan "Tunes" Downham, ...

  • Added: Oct 29, 2019
  • Length: 59:32
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What are our cultural assumptions about women’s relationship with power, influence and authority and how does this show up in the way we talk? ...

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  • Added: Oct 29, 2019
  • Length: 21:50
  • Purchases: 1
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Today on Boozhoo Nana Boozhoo we hear a story from Natasha and Nana Boozhoo. This Ojibwe language podcast is created by Michael Lyons and supporte...

  • Added: Oct 29, 2019
  • Length: 06:14
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Today, we’re celebrating the life of master canoe builder Joe Seliga, captured in a new children’s book “Canoeman Joe”. Jim Gallagher talks with ...

  • Added: Oct 29, 2019
  • Length: 13:43
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Close to Home visited the Pumpkin Patch at Cowhorn Crossing Farm near Grand Rapids for a day of fun. Do you have your pumpkin yet?

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  • Added: Oct 29, 2019
  • Length: 08:10
  • Purchases: 1
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We hear about a fun and charming new children’s book, Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum, by Andrew Joyner; Bemidji community member Rucha Ambikar on growing...

  • Added: Oct 27, 2019
  • Length: 59:51