CivicMedia/Minnesota Archive

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

PODCAST below: Governor Tim Pawlenty went before the microphones Monday morning after all-night negotiations with exhausted legislative leaders struggling to meet the required adjournment at Midnight, May 17, and he spent most of his news conference crowing about his victories and the claiming that he (the almighty "we") had forever altered the culture of this, "the most liberal state in the union," one that had spent decades of too much government, too much spending and too much taxing. The questions remain: why can't a veto-proof DFL Senate majority and a top-heavy DFL House majority, 201 legislators cannot prevail in enacting a balanced budget resolution in a time of huge deficits - where fair taxation accompanies severe cuts to programs for the neediest MInnesotans. Why do many advocates believe that it could have been far worse when the governor vetoed dozens of critical bills to assist real people?

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Mary Lethert Wingerd, author of North Country: The Making of Minnesota, the untold history of how the land of the Dakota and Ojibwe became the State of Minnesota. This is an all-new a new history of our fair state, but beginning way back there when this was a land stewarded by our indigenous predecessors, the Ojibwe and Dakota (Sioux), centuries before Europeans first arrived and blended in with their brothers, then turned on them to settle those same lands by cheating trade and false treaties.

Mary Wingerd and TTT's Andy Driscoll talk about her book and touch on her oral history project at St. Cloud State University, where she is a professor of history. Wingerd is also author of Claiming the City: Politics, Faith, and the Power of Place in St. Paul.

June 24: Mary Letherd Wingerd discusses North Country: The Making of Minnesota at Magers and Quinn Booksellers.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

LISTEN BELOW as Rep. John Lesch and reporters Mike McIntee and Marty Owings take stock of the the ruling's fallout.

Our scheduled topic was preempted this week as TruthToTell beat all other local media to the punch talking about the Minnesota State Supreme Court's 4-3 decision nullifying Gov. Tim Pawlenty's attempt to cut state spending using unallotment. The majority (Chief Justice Eric Magnuson with Justices Alan PagePaul Anderson and Helen Meyer; dissenting were Justices G. Barry AndersonLorie Skjerven Gildea, and Christopher Dietzen) upheld the Ramsey County District Court in ruling that Pawlenty had, indeed, exceeded his authority in unalloting funds for programs he otherwise approved in the original budget, thus circumventing the Constitutionally guaranteed legislative budgeting process.

Listen to this wide-ranging discussion of the fallout from that ruling on state politics and governance from here on out as all sides struggle with lingering deficits and a governor (backed by Republicans in both houses) who refuses absolutely to consider revenue-raising as part of the solution in this last year of his last term in the office and off to campaign for President of the US.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

May is American Indian Month. This may or may not be a meaningless exercise (why just one month to recognize the contributions and issues facing many of our communities of color?), but the Native community here is making the most of it with plans for the American Indian Cultural Corridor, an Indian Health Fair (even as we're broadcasting) April 28, and a Parade of Nations Walk April 30. (Audio file below)

But those events are just part of life in the city for our Native Americans brothers and sisters - some good, some far too challenging for many to survive the poverty and racism that still mitigates against tribal cultures' attempts to remain sovereign and self-sufficient.

TTT's ANDY DRISCOLL and LYNNELL MICKELSEN talk with a few local Native activists and city officials about Indian life in the urban core and prospects for a prosperous future.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Audio file of this show is available below.

Wednesday's conversation with guests, the Metrodome's Bill Lester, Federal Reserve VP Art Rolnick and Vikings Public Affairs Assistant Director, Jeff Anderson made for a lively exchange on the worth of public financing of professional sports facilities. Callers were NOT neutral on this controversial issue.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

This week's show brings back our guests and the next phase of our discussion on White Privilege. The dynamic of hatred of a people we once enslaved is not as unusual at it may seem. This is the American Indian experience and the African-American experience. The psychology and pathology of refusing to accept what it means to be white pervades the culture still.

In the wake of an annual conference on white privilege in LaCrosse, Wisconsin last week, TTT delves deeper into the issue of unconscious entitlement that is so much a part of the American psyche, and the most difficult to extricate from our national inclination toward the colonial European view of race as well as undertand the oppositional subculture we've created from the dregs of slavery over 200, 300, 400 years of American history.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

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Author PAUL ROGAT LOEB has revised his acclaimed 1999 volume on the roles we can all play in making our communities serve us and our neighbors better - from the nagging neighborhood issue right up through global climate change. The pride and satisfaction of civic engagement - even in these most trying times - is that intangible sense of being in and of the world and living a meaningful life - the very Soul of a Citizen.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Do you think of yourself as white? Or have you never thought of it before? If you think of yourself as white, how do you feel about it? In fact, African-American children learn as early as age four or five that they are, indeed, Black, and they continue to learn as they go along what it means to be a person of color in this culture. Same with Asians. And Latinos. And American Indians. Confronting our privilege as whites is being seen as an essential step in understanding what it means to be NON-white, something that's always been true. In fact, few of us ever give our whiteness a thought - or a second thought - and the benefits whiteness accrue to us as a result of not being a person of color in Minnesota or the United States.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The cozy conclave of legislators and the insider baseball played by regulators with those they regulate have become the engine driving too much of our state, local and federal policies and public largesse. Nothing is so effective for corporations and trade associations as hiring a former Congressman, state legislator or government official to walk right back into the hallowed halls where they once served and lobby their former colleagues for special consideration for their companies and clients.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Not all young people can do it, not even all former recipients of the Children’s Defense Fund’s Beat the Odds awards, given each year to four survivors of the adversity so many youngsters experience in the face of poverty, parental loss and/or abuse and discouraging behavior by some of the trusted adults in their lives.