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TTT1848 Dec 3- 3 Young Women Political activists

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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TTT1844 Nov 5 Mid Term Elections

Is this really the most important election in our lifetime? That, of course, depends on how long you have been alive. It is certainly one of the most important elections in recent history because of the divisive demagoguery of the President of the United States and the social divisions his presidency both encourages and reflects. In this election-eve special, TruthToTell takes a step back to look at some of the underlying dynamics that have led up to this point as well as the record- breaking increase in voter participation that is one response. Joining host Tom O’Connell are political science professors Matt Filner of Metropolitan State University and Fred Slocum of Minnesota State University Mankato and Nick Harper, civic engagement director of the Minnesota League of Women Voters.
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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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