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TruthToTell, Mon., June 20-9AM: AUTISM TODAY: What About the Children?; First Person Radio: Jun3 15: L. FRANK MANRIQUEZ

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GUESTS:

SHERRIE KENNY – Executive Director, Autism Society of Minnesota and Parent

IDIL ABDULL – Parent and Co-founder, Somali-American  Autism Foundation

PAT PULICE, MA, L.P. – Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychologist, Fraser

ANNE HARRINGTON – Founder and Executive Director, Celebrate The Spectrum: Developmental Parent and Child Services; Parent; Autism Resource and Treatment Specialist; Mental Health Practitioner

This week, we update listeners (and viewers) on the status of autism in Minnesota - its prevalence in American society, its identification, diagnosis, competing treatments and the a conversation about the public responses to the disorder. And it ain’t necessarily good.


From the Autism Society of Minnesota’s website and CNN:

Autism is a complex developmental disability that is present from birth or very early in development— usually before age 3. Though symptoms and severity vary, all autism disorders affect a child's ability to communicate and interact with others.

It affects essential human behaviors such as social interaction, the ability to communicate ideas and feelings, imagination, self-regulation, and the ability to establish relationships with others. Although precise neurobiological mechanisms have not yet been established, it is clear that this disability reflects the operation of factors in the developing brain.

The number of children diagnosed with autism appears to be rising. It's not clear whether this is due to better detection and reporting of autism, a real increase in the number of cases, or both.

There continues to be much disagreement on what, if any differences there are between Asperger syndrome and autism. Each clinician may use a slightly different definition although typically those diagnosed with Asperger syndrome have fluent speech and at least average IQ scores. Characteristics of autism change with age and learning. The qualitative differences look different in two-year-olds and twenty-year-olds so some clinicians may diagnose PDD-NOS when they are not sure whether a behavior meets criteria.

While there is no cure for autism, intensive, early treatment can make a big difference in the lives of many children with the disorder (CNN).

That primer on autism/Asperger’s provides a basic introduction to the disorder, but it barely touches on various controversies surrounding their causes, nor the disproportionate rate of autism among children of the Somali diaspora in the US. Disputes also center on what role, if any, the standard set of children’s vaccinations plays in the generally increasing incidence of autism in this country, as well as what treatments are most effective for children with autism.

TTT’s ANDY DRISCOLL queries four activists dealing in various aspects of the autism spectrum from causal inquiry through treatment and public policy alternatives in Minnesota.

 L. Frank is the nom d'arte of this artist, writer, tribal scholar, cartoonist, and indigenous language activist. She lives and works in California.

In 1990, L. Frank was Artist in Residence at the Headland Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California; her artwork has been exhibited widely throughout California and appears in several publications.

Her regular column/graphic, "Acorn Soup," has appeared in the quarterly newsletter News from Native California[2] since 1992. "Acorn Soup" features the comic adventures of Coyote in his various guises.

FPR's Laura Waterman Wittstock and Richard LaFortune (with Andy Driscoll) talk with Ms. Manriquez about her work, her quest and her Two-Spirit activism.

TruthToTell June 20-: AUTISM TODAY: What About the Children? - AUDIO IS UP BELOW

On-air date: 
Mon, 06/20/2011

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GUESTS:

SHERRIE KENNY – Executive Director, Autism Society of Minnesota and Parent

IDIL ABDULL – Parent and Co-founder, Somali-American  Autism Foundation

PAT PULICE, MA, L.P. – Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychologist, Fraser

ANNE HARRINGTON – Founder and Executive Director, Celebrate The Spectrum: Developmental Parent and Child Services; Parent; Autism Resource and Treatment Specialist; Mental Health Practitioner

This week, we update listeners (and viewers) on the status of autism in Minnesota - its prevalence in American society, its identification, diagnosis, competing treatments and the a conversation about the public responses to the disorder. And it ain’t necessarily good.

From the Autism Society of Minnesota’s website and CNN:

Autism is a complex developmental disability that is present from birth or very early in development— usually before age 3. Though symptoms and severity vary, all autism disorders affect a child's ability to communicate and interact with others.

It affects essential human behaviors such as social interaction, the ability to communicate ideas and feelings, imagination, self-regulation, and the ability to establish relationships with others. Although precise neurobiological mechanisms have not yet been established, it is clear that this disability reflects the operation of factors in the developing brain.

The number of children diagnosed with autism appears to be rising. It's not clear whether this is due to better detection and reporting of autism, a real increase in the number of cases, or both. 

While there is no cure for autism, intensive, early treatment can make a big difference in the lives of many children with the disorder (CNN).

That primer on autism/Asperger’s provides a basic introduction to the disorder, but it barely touches on various controversies surrounding their causes, nor the disproportionate rate of autism among children of the Somali diaspora in the US. Disputes also center on what role, if any, the standard set of children’s vaccinations plays in the generally increasing incidence of autism in this country, as well as what treatments are most effective for children with autism.

TTT’s ANDY DRISCOLL queries four activists dealing in various aspects of the autism spectrum from causal inquiry through treatment and public policy alternatives in Minnesota.


57:45 minutes (52.88 MB)

GIVE TO THE MAX DAY IS TOMORROW: CLICK BELOW TO HELP; TTT Nov 15: HOME BIRTHING: What's Best for Baby & Mother?

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Start looking around for facts and figures and stories about a topic you'll think interesting, and, sure as hell, you'll stumble on a major controversy boiling in the background. Such is it with home birthing.

Human history would reveal the many, perhaps hundreds of ways babies have come into this world over the millennia. Most of them would likely NOT have involved hospitalization, particularly regular prenatal visits to a medical professional.

On-air guests:

KATHERINE PROWN, PhD – The Big Push for Midwives

KIM GARRETT – Dearborn Midwifery; Certified Professional Midwife, Licensed Midwife

SUNDEE KUECHLE - Home Birth Mother

JENNIFER PEOPLES, MD, OB/GYN (Called in voluntarily)

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TruthToTell Mon, Nov 15 @9AM: HOME BIRTHING: The Natural Thing - or Dangerous? - KFAI FM 90.3/106.7/Online @KFAI.org

After years of "professionalization" and “medicalization” of the entire parenting process from conception through delivery, many families, say, women, are opting for a simpler method, in the home with a successor to the old days of midwifery, the modern, professional midwife, or licensed midwife, or doula.

The medical profession appears pretty unhappy over this turn of events and is arguing against home birthing for all the reasons medical intervention was introduced to begin with decades ago: it’s essentially the only really safe way to deliver and, in that setting, all the options for emergency deliveries are close at hand.

There’s the rub and that’s what TruthToTell’s ANDY DRISCOLL and LYNNELL MICKELSEN will explore with advocates, hopefully from all sides of this controversy, much of which has landed in the halls of state capitols and in the medical journals, especially those of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the AMA. But midwives and home birthing advocates have successfully pushed for laws allowing the home birthing of children and still have access to and coverage for emergency medical procedures and pediatric follow-up care for infants. Join us Monday morning for this fascinating discussion.

GUESTS:

KATHERINE PROWN, PhD – The Big Push for Midwives

KIM GARRETT – Dearborn Midwifery; Certified Professional Midwife, Licensed Midwife

SUNDEE KUECHLE - Home Birth Mother

INVITED: ANDREA FLOM, MD – President, Minnesota Section, American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology OR another spokesperson for ACOG's position

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TruthToTell Nov 8: ELECTION BLUES? Or a Progressive Call to Action? AUDIO HERE

The junkiest of us political junkies can't help but dissect the stunning outcomes of the 2010 election, especially Minnesota's swing to a Republican majority in both houses of the state legislature. This junkie actually thought that reports of Democratic deaths were greatly exaggerated - that people would come to their senses and not vote - yet again - against their own best interests. But they did, whether they believe it now or not.

After a day or two of catching breaths and turning off the media clatter that consumed us before and immediately after the voting ended Tuesday night, we try to examine the ramifications, especially the depth of this touted revolution. Does it really run as deep as its celebrants believe? Or will history come back to bite them in the ass as it has after so many of these so-called political overhauls have. 1910, 1938, 1946, 1974, 1994, 2006. History is rife with midterm backlashes against sitting majorities and/or Presidents of the time only to see the public mood invariably swing back two years later to re-elect those presidents to a second term.

A week will have gone by when, the governor's race recount scheduled and some perspective having actually set in, we bat around the fallout and prospects for the coming Legislature – as well as the future – especially in light of the coming redrawing of our eight Congressional district boundaries and those defining our legislative districts.

TTT's ANDY DRISCOLL and LYNNELL MICKELSEN talk with former and present officeholders and the one observer of recounts to publish his own book about it. Join us Monday morning.

GUESTS:

STATE REP. KAREN CLARK (DFL-61A) – Current Chair, Housing Finance and Policy and Public Health Finance Division

STATE REP. JEFFREY HAYDEN (DFL-61B) - Current Vice-Chair: Rules and Legislative Administration

STEVE KELLEY - former MN state senator; Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Science, Technology, and Public Policy

JAY WEINER - Author, This is NOT Florida: How Al Franken Won the Minnesota Senate Re count ; former Star Tribune reporter; contributing reporter, MinnPost.com

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On-air date: 
Mon, 11/15/2010

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After years of "professionalization" and “medicalization” of the entire parenting process from conception through delivery, many families, say, women, are opting for a simpler method, in the home with a successor to the old days of midwifery, the modern, professional midwife, or licensed midwife, or doula.

The medical profession appears pretty unhappy over this turn of events and is arguing against home birthing for all the reasons medical intervention was introduced to begin with decades ago: it’s essentially the only really safe way to deliver and, in that setting, all the options for emergency deliveries are close at hand.

TruthToTell’s ANDY DRISCOLL and LYNNELL MICKELSEN explore with advocates from all sides of this controversy, much of which has landed in the halls of state capitols and in the medical journals, especially those of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the AMA. But midwives and home birthing advocates have successfully pushed for laws allowing the home birthing of children and still have access to and coverage for emergency medical procedures and pediatric follow-up care for infants. LISTEN BELOW for this fascinating discussion.

GUESTS:

KATHERINE PROWN, PhD – The Big Push for Midwives

KIM GARRETT – Dearborn Midwifery; Certified Professional Midwife, Licensed Midwife

SUNDEE KUECHLE - Home Birth Mother

JENNIFER PEOPLES, MD, OB/GYN (Called in voluntarily)


58:46 minutes (26.91 MB)

TruthToTell Mon Oct 4: 10-10-10: March for Children's Agenda - Podcast Below

On-air date: 
Mon, 10/04/2010

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They're calling it the Minnesota March for Children. It's on October 10, thus the moniker, 10-10-10. The Children's Defense Fund says it will rally 10,000 Minnesotans at the State Capitol that day - a major effort to tell state senators and representatives that children must be the prime concern of all policy decisions made at the legislature in the 2011 Session. The day coincides with Children’s Sabbath, an effort to pull in congregations from around the state as well.

It's as clear as the recession and poverty itself, not to mention the stagnant and deficit-laden budgets of schools, healthcare programs, corrections and human services, environmental concerns, public safety - name it - that children are affected directly by each and every issue we deal with at every level of living and public policy. The fact that children are at the forefront of those affected by these issues, just because they don't vote - yet - does not mean they should not be our first priority in addressing those issue arenas.

The march itself will feature Garrison Keillor as keynoter and CDF National Founder, Marion Wright Edelman in a call to action. Join TTT's ANDY DRISCOLL and LYNNELL MICKELSEN as we examine more children's issues this month.

GUESTS:

REP. SANDRA PETERSON (DFL-45A [NEW HOPE]) - Member, Early Childhood Finance and Policy Division

DARRELL YOUNG - CDF Young Advocates Leadership Trainee

NICOLE HERNANDEZ - Youth Programs Director, Children's Defense Fund

KARA ARZAMENDIA - Research DirectorChildren's Defense Fund

LAURA LaCROIX-DALLUHN - Exeecutive Director, Youth Community Connections


54:00 minutes (24.72 MB)

TruthToTell Mon Oct 4 @9AM: 10-10-10: March for Children's Agenda - KFAI FM 90.3/106.7/Online @KFAI.org

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TruthToTell Mon Oct 4 @9AM: 10-10-10: March for Children's Agenda - KFAI FM 90.3/106.7/Online @KFAI.org

They're calling it the Minnesota March for Children. It's on October 10, thus the moniker, 10-10-10. The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) says it will rally 10,000 Minnesotans at the State Capitol that day - a major effort to tell state senators and representatives that children must be the prime concern of all policy decisions made at the legislature in the 2011 Session. The day coincides with Children’s Sabbath, an effort to pull in congregations from around the state as well.

The Minnesota March on 10-10-10 is designed to highlight these areas - but we will talk about specific initiatives on Monday as we gather guests and march movers in our studios to talk about what they should be.The march itself will feature Garrison Keillor as keynoter and CDF National Founder, Marion Wright Edelman in a call to action.

REP. SANDRA PETERSON (DFL-45A [NEW HOPE]) - Member, Early Childhood Finance and Policy Division

DARRELL YOUNG - CDF Young Advocates Leadership Trainee

NICOLE HERNANDEZ - Youth Programs Director, Children's Defense Fund

KARA ARZAMENDIA - Research DirectorChildren's Defense Fund

MATT STEELE - Youth Policy Analyst, Youth Community Connections

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TruthToTell Sep 27: CHILDREN OF INCARCERATED PARENTS: The Invisible Generation - PODCAST IS UP

The disaster that can be the children left behind when one or more parent is sent to jail or prison is one of the least-known in a society already racked with poverty, unemployment and disproportionate education resources. Think about it:

According to several studies, most kids left behind when one (or more?) parent(s) are sent off to prison are also often left for others to care for, but the effect on their welfare is rarely known unless they're placed in some sort of foster care - or what is termed "out-of-home placement."

TTT's ANDY DRISCOLL and LYNNELL MICKELSEN talk with at least one legislator and several advocates in the field of criminal justice to find out just what is going on in this obscure arena of Children of Incarcerated Parents.

GUESTS:

State Sen. Patricia Torres Ray - Vice-Chair, MN Senate Health, Housing and Family Security  Committee

Sarah Walker – Operations Director180 Degrees 

Melissa FroehlePolicy & Program DirectorMN Fathers and Families Network

Ebony RuhlandDirector of Research, Council on Crime and Justice

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TruthToTell Mon Sep 27 @9AM: CHILDREN OF INCARCERATED PARENTS: The Invisible Generation - KFAI FM 90.3/106.7/Online @KFAI.org

IT'S PLEDGE WEEK at KFAI. Please support the airing of TruthToTell, First Person Radio and other great KFAI shows where the programming is truly alternative, supporting the special communities of Minneapolis-St. Paul. Call 612-375-9030 or Donate online at www.KFAI.org. And THANKS!

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The disaster that can be the children left behind when one or more parent is sent to jail or prison is one of the least-known in a society already racked with poverty, unemployment and disproportionate education resources. Think about it:

According to several studies, most kids left behind when one (or more?) parent(s) are sent off to prison are also often left for others to care for, but the effect on their welfare is rarely known unless they're placed in some sort of foster care - or what is termed "out-of-home placement."

Beyond the obvious deprivation of what may have been (or not) adequate food, shelter, clothing and education is the emotional and societal toll taken by children who must walk through a world where they, too, might be blamed or ridiculed for having a parent behind bars, not to mention the pure trauma of parental "abandonment."

Several state and local advocate agencies are taking on this issue - an issue that goes well beyond the usual child welfare schemes of state and county authorities and case workers - and trying to consolidate their efforts to give rise to legislative remedies for this unseen population of young people.

TTT's ANDY DRISCOLL and LYNNELL MICKELSEN talk with at least one legislator and several advocates in the field of criminal justice to find out just what is going on in this obscure arena of Children of Incarcerated Parents.

State Sen. Patricia Torres Ray - Vice-Chair, MN Senate Health, Housing and Family Security  Committee

Sarah WalkerOperations Director, 180 Degrees 

Melissa Froehle, Policy & Program Director, MN Fathers and Families Network

Ebony Ruhland, Director of Research, Council on Crime and Justice

TruthToTell Sep 27: CHILDREN OF INCARCERATED PARENTS: The Invisible Generation - PODCAST IS UP

On-air date: 
Mon, 09/27/2010

IT'S MEMBERSHIP WEEK at KFAI. Please support the airing of TruthToTell, First Person Radio and other great KFAI shows where the programming is truly alternative, supporting the special communities of Minneapolis-St. Paul. Call 612-375-9030 or Donate online at www.KFAI.org. And THANKS!

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The disaster that can be the children left behind when one or more parent is sent to jail or prison is one of the least-known in a society already racked with poverty, unemployment and disproportionate education resources. Think about it:

According to several studies, most kids left behind when one (or more?) parent(s) are sent off to prison are also often left for others to care for, but the effect on their welfare is rarely known unless they're placed in some sort of foster care - or what is termed "out-of-home placement."

Beyond the obvious deprivation of what may have been (or not) adequate food, shelter, clothing and education is the emotional and societal toll taken by children who must walk through a world where they, too, might be blamed or ridiculed for having a parent behind bars, not to mention the pure trauma of parental "abandonment."

Several state and local advocate agencies are taking on this issue - an issue that goes well beyond the usual child welfare schemes of state and county authorities and case workers - and trying to consolidate their efforts to give rise to legislative remedies for this unseen population of young people.

TTT's ANDY DRISCOLL and LYNNELL MICKELSEN talk with at least one legislator and several advocates in the field of criminal justice to find out just what is going on in this obscure arena of Children of Incarcerated Parents.

State Sen. Patricia Torres Ray - Vice-Chair, MN Senate Health, Housing and Family Security  Committee

Sarah WalkerOperations Director, 180 Degrees 

Melissa Froehle, Policy & Program Director, MN Fathers and Families Network

Ebony Ruhland, Director of Research, Council on Crime and Justice


47:35 minutes (21.79 MB)