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New Voices in the Public Square

From Congress to the State Legislature, in big cities and rural and suburban communities, an amazing number of people from under-represented populations have stepped forward to run for public office and take on positions of public leadership. What does this changing of the guard mean for our communities? To find out, TruthToTell talks to three Minnesotans who personify this cultural and generation shift:
Nikki Villavicencio, a disability rights activist and candidate for the Maplewood City Council
Cheniqua Johnson, the 22-year-old African-American candidate for House District 22B in southwestern Minnesota
Andrea Duarte, creator of Stories from Unheard Voices, a project that documents the lives of Latinos in her hometown of Worthington, Minn.

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Support Your Local Writers (and Independent Bookstores Too)

Minnesota has a well-deserved reputation as a center for literary creativity. In this holiday special, TruthToTell celebrates the independent voices that bring the power of story to readers of all ages and backgrounds.  Guests include:

• Historian, poet, and essayist Joe Amato, who combines history and fiction in an imaginative tour de force in “Buffalo Man: The Life of a Boy Giant on the Minnesota River.”

• Singer, songwriter, and poet Prudence Johnson, a staff member at Minnesota’s premier center for Native American literature, Birch Bark Books and Native Arts.