Airing Mondays at 1 P.M., TruthToTell is produced by CivicMedia/Minnesota as part of KFAI’s public affairs programming schedule. TruthToTell delves into issues often not covered in depth by other regional news and public affairs outlets and too often not with the goal of engaging citizens in resolving the critical state, local, and regional issues they face day-to-day.
Most Recent Show
Beyond the Hurricane: Everything You Wanted to Know About Puerto Rico but You Didn’t Know Who to Ask
Despite massive media coverage of Hurricane Irma’s disastrous impact on its residents, most Americans know very little about Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans. Why is it called a commonwealth? Are Puerto Ricans American citizens? Are they represented in Congress? What is all this talk about bankruptcy? And do most Puerto Ricans favor becoming America’s 51st state? Finally, what about recovery efforts? Is the aid getting through? What roles are Puerto Ricans playing in recovery and rebuilding?
To help us answer these and other questions TTT talks to two Twin Cities residents with a deep knowledge of Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans: singer, songwriter, producer, and activist Maria Isa, and Rene Antrop-Gonzales, dean of the Urban Education Department at Metropolitan State University.
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.