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At a time when the American body politic is suffering from an extreme case of indigestion, it might seem odd to ask a question like the one above. We are told by the media that Americans with differing political views are barely on speaking terms. For some, it seems easier to list the things they don’t like about America. But, even lacking common ground, some simple sharing of what we think is good about our country might just be the starting point for a deeper conversation — or at least a little mutual understanding.
TruthToTell host Tom O’Connell discusses this and other projects that foster dialogue across our state with David O’Fallon, president and CEO of a true Minnesota treasure, the Minnesota Humanities Center.
If you ever wondered how the right-wing political movement became so powerful in the U.S., this program is for you. Nancy Maclean, professor of history and public policy at Duke University, discusses her highly acclaimed book, “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America”. The book is an explosive – and controversial — examination of the ideas behind the radical right’s relentless campaign to eliminate unions, suppress voting, privatize public education, stop action on climate change, and alter the Constitution. Maclean’s talk was originally presented at the East Side Freedom Library in November 2017.