CivicMedia/Minnesota Archive

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

From bridges to bicycle paths; poverty prevention to river protection, citizen organizations are once again hard at work at the Minnesota Legislature.  Join TruthtoTell co-hosts Tom O’Connell and Lisa Bryant as they discuss a range of critical legislative issues with staff from three of Minnesota’s most impressive citizen lobby efforts:

Bethany Winkels, field coordinator, Move Minnesota

Brian Rusche, executive director, Joint Religious Legislative Task Force

Paul Sobocinski, policy program organizer, Land Stewardship Project

Monday, April 6, 2015

Over the years, Minnesota has enjoyed a reputation as a “good government” state.  Political scientists tell us that Minnesotans are more likely to believe that government institutions have an important role to play in supporting the public good.

 But Minnesotans are hardly immune to the skepticism about government that seems baked into the national DNA.  And no wonder.  Continued problems with MNSURE and the tragic failures in Minnesota’s child welfare system are just two recent examples of state government malfunction. 

Is state government losing its mojo?  How well are Minnesota’s public bureaucracies doing the public’s work? What makes an effective public leader?  And, even more basic, what does government do, anyway?

Few Minnesotans are in a better position to discuss questions like these than one of Minnesota’s most respected public leaders, Ken Peterson.  In addition to his current position as commissioner of Minnesota’s Department of Labor and Industry, Ken has served as deputy attorney general, deputy commissioner for utility regulation with the state Department of Public Service, director St. Paul’s Planning and Economic Development Department, and chief of staff for St. Paul mayor Jim Scheibel.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The 2015 legislative session began with hope and a question mark.  After important progressive gains in 2013-2014, voters returned the Minnesota House to Republican control.  Through persistent lobbying and powerful personal testimony, campaigns to restore voting rights to felons and allow Minnesotans access to a driver’s license regardless of immigration status passed the state senate and have won support from many Republican House members where these issues currently hang in the balance.

Meanwhile,  Minnesota home care workers, fresh off their historic organizing campaign of 2014, have bargained the first-ever contract for home health care working in Minnesota and are working hard to secure legislative approval.   And Invest in Minnesota, a broad-based coalition of labor, religious, and community organizations, is back once again to fight for a progressive and fair tax system.


Monday, March 16, 2015

You’ve heard of local events such as “Taste of Minnesota” and  “Taste of the Twin Cities”?  Today on Truth To Tell, in keeping with the season of KFAI's Pledge Drive, we thought we’d give you a “Taste of Truth to Tell” — inviting guests who embody some of the core values of Truth to Tell and its parent organization, Civic Media Minnesota.

Today’s  guests, like all Truth to Tell guests, are relevant, topical, and currently out on the streets making a difference. Join host Siobhan Kierens as she discusses current issues with Miski Noor and Nero Mahdi from Black Lives Matter,  V.J. Smith from Minneapolis Mad Dads, and Misty Rowan from the Minneapolis Chapter of the Anti-War Committee.

Monday, February 23, 2015

When is the last time you heard President Obama, or any other national leader for that matter, proposing a major escalation in support for non-violent, community-centered approaches to conflict resolution?  Seems idealistic right? The only response to the violence in Syria—and other global “hotspots” is more violence.  Bring in the drones!

Mel Duncan, co-founder of the Nonviolent Peaceforce (NVPF), begs to differ. He joins TruthtoTell host Tom O’Connell for a conversation about lessons learned from 12 years of civilian peace-making in the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and South Sudan and how NVPF is teaming up with local leaders in Syria to create dialogue and conflict prevention across political and sectarian divides.  

Monday, February 16, 2015

Join co-hosts Siobhan Kierans and Lisa Bryant as they talk with educator Valerie Littles-Butler and Grammy Award–winning music producer Andre Fischer about the power of music to inspire youth.

Monday, February 9, 2015

The resurgence of libertarianism as both a social philosophy and political movement has disrupted business as usual in both national and local politics.  While Ron and Rand Paul put a national face to the libertarian movement, libertarians both inside and independent of the Republican Party have brought fresh and passionate voices to town halls and the Minnesota legislature.

While the liberty movement threatens establishment Republicans, it drives many on the democratic left just short of crazy. For many, libertarianism is indeed a dirty word.  But wait!  It turns out that libertarian principles are baked deep into American political culture.  Whatever its merits or demerits, most of us have at least a little libertarian in us.

Monday, February 2, 2015

It is not big news to citizens who have been paying attention to developments in the Twin Cities Metro area that our suburbs are becoming more and more racially diverse. To date, however, these demographic shifts have not been reflected in the make-up of suburban city halls. This may be changing, however. In Brooklyn Center, where whites now make up a minority of city residents, April Graves was recently elected as that city’s first African-American city council member. And in Brooklyn Park, veteran community activist Joy Marsh Stephens ran a spirited campaign for mayor against a well-established incumbent—and in the process laid down a strong foundation for future efforts to build a more inclusive city hall.

Join Truth to Tell co-hosts Tom O'Connell and Siobhan Kierans at 9 a.m. on Monday as they ask April Graves and Joy Marsh Stephens to share their perspectives on the opportunities and challenges of building more inclusive communities and political representation in suburban Minnesota.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Join Siobhan Kierans and Tom O’Connell on TruthToTell Monday at 9 a.m. when they discuss Minnesota’s reprise role in the movie-making business.  Our guests include Lucinda Winter, executive director of the Minnesota Film Board; award-winning documentary filmmaker J.T. Haines of Northland Films; writer/director/actor Ralph Matthews of Family Film Productions; and former Maple Lake mayor and Twin Cities actor Mike O’Loughlin, author of the Shamrock Grant movie rebate. 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Only the civically comatose could have missed the massive demonstration of outrage at the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in New York City.  Here in Minnesota, the demonstrations have been large, creative, interracial, often youth-led,  and non-violent.   Some observers say we are seeing the birth of a new civil rights movement.

The demonstrations, organized by groups like Black Lives Matter, will continue.  But what else will it take to really address the problem?  Better police training?  New systems of police accountability?  Changes in the “rules of engagement” governing police interaction in potentially violent situations?  A more diverse police force?  A renewed focus on building healthy police-community relationships?

Tune in as Truth to Tell explores what can be done—and in some cases is being done—with two guests who have been working hard on these issues: Jason Sole, author of From Prison to PhD, and Dua Saleh, president of the St. Paul chapter of the Youth and Collegiate Branch of the NAACP.