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TTT1746 November 13 Joe and Tony Amato

Joe Amato, retired emeritus professor of history of Southwest Minnesota State University, has written almost 20 books exploring the relationships between local places and human meaning and identity over time. His son, Tony Amato, associate professor of social science at Southwest Minnesota State University, has just edited a new book, "Conservation on the Northern Plains: New Perspectives," and reminds us how the relationship between humans and the natural environment is critical to both present and future. Join TTT as we take a momentary respite from politics and the outrages of the day to explore some of the deeper currents that give meaning to our lives.
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TTT1735 August 28 War on science

(Note: This is a rebroadcast of a program that first aired August 24.) In his powerfully written and award winning book, The War on Science: Who’s Waging It, Why it Matters and What We Can Do About It, Shawn Otto argues that a healthy appreciation of science is critical to the future of democracy — not to mention the health of the planet we humans depend on. Most of Otto’s fire is directed at right wingers who deny climate change and other inconvenient truths, but he also has a word of caution for people on the political and cultural left. Otto wants to bring science out of the labs and into the public square. Tune into the conversation and be enlightened and maybe even a bit challenged.
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TTT1741 October 10 Puerto Rico

(Note: This is a rebroadcast of a program that first aired October 9.) 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. (To support hurricane relief in Puerto Rico, go to https://elfondoboricua.org/.)
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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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Donald Trump is in the White House and Republicans control Congress, but Democrats dominate most city governments. Just how much positive change can happen at the city level? With a broad field of candidates for city council, park board, and the mayor’s office, Minneapolis is in a good position to explore both the possibilities — and limits — of municipal power. Join 8th Ward City Council Member Elizabeth Glidden (DFL) and 2nd  Ward City Council Member Cam Gordon (Green Party) for a discussion on the issues and politics of the 2017 Minneapolis city election.