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TTT1816 April 16 Erik Nathanson-Caitlin Kasby (sp?)

Local author Iric Nathanson talks about his new biography of former Minneapolis mayor and Fifth District congressman Don Fraser. Along with his wife, Arvonne, Fraser spent his four decades in public life in a principled and progressive pursuit of the common good. In the second half hour, University of Minnesota researchers Caitlin Caspi and Amy Shanafelt and community partner, Susan Gust, discuss their exploration of the links between fair wages and personal health and well-being.
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TTT1815 April 9 Sam Brody MN Post-Prof Kate Reise (sp?)

If engaged and informed citizens are the heart of democracy, how do we citizens really know what’s going on? Fortunately, good journalists are still at work, providing facts and analysis on the issues important to Minnesotans. Sam Brodey, Washington correspondent for MinnPost, shares insights on the policies and personalities shaping politics in Congress and the presidency. Meanwhile, scientists continue to defend their pursuit of fact-based knowledge. Dr. Kate Ries, assistant professor of chemistry at Metropolitan State University, explains why she is participating in the March for Science again this year.
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TTT1808 February 19 Democracy in Chains author

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.
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TTT1807 February 12 What Do You Like About America

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.
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TTT1743 October 23 Local Elections

Who says “off-year” elections are inconsequential? In Minneapolis, dozens of candidates — including a substantial slate of endorsees from Our Revolution, the successor organization to the Bernie Sanders campaign — are vying for mayor, City Council, and Park Board positions. In St. Paul, a crowded field of candidates is competing for the mayor’s seat vacated by Chris Coleman. In what many see as the most significant test yet of our ranked-choice voting system, there’s a lot at stake in this year’s municipal elections. Join TruthToTell host Tom O’Connell as he discusses the various races with three of the Twin Cities most astute political observers: Peter Callaghan, who covers local politics and government for MinnPost; Dylan Thomas, editor of the Southwest Journal; and Jeanne Massey, executive director of Fair Vote Minnesota.
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TTT1742 October 16 Racial Justice-Polarization

In this edition of TTT, we explore two approaches to discussing race and other issues that often divide citizens. Vina Kay, executive director of Voices for Racial Justice, explains how her organization developed a unique set of questions for candidates to get beyond simple “yes” and “no” positions to a deeper discussion of race and public service. Professor William Doherty, director of the Citizen Professional Center at the University of Minnesota and founder of Better Angels, a grassroots effort to depolarize American Communities, discusses how political polarization is reaching dangerous levels across the country and what can be done about it.
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