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Hosts: Siobhan Kierans, Cory Washington, Xan Holston
Guests: Tane Danger, Brandon Boat, Andrew Magill, Anna Begej
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Reporters: Katie Hiler
Minneapolis will elect a new mayor this coming Fall, and voters will see 35 names on the ballot. Some have run for office before to offer ideas that are far from what would be considered mainstream political thought. One such candidate is John Wilson, who talked with KFAI’s Joshua Lowenhagen.
On Wednesday, November 13, TruthToTell returned to the Minneapolis Urban League for the 9th in its Community Connections series of on-location public forums. In this month’s forum, TTT looks at the ripple effects of still ever-present foreclosures in the Twin Cities Metro and solutions for community stabilization in the wake storm.
While we keep hearing about the “improving” economy, dropping unemployment rates, and a rising Dow Jones average, the rate of home foreclosures is still much higher than we ever saw before the crash in 2007-2008, and these rates remain highest among low-wealth communities and communities of color. Why are banks still throwing so many people out of their houses and on to the streets? Why do banks refuse to re-negotiate mortgages with homeowners based on current market rate rather than demanding exorbitant amounts of money from them to stay in their home, especially when the next step after the home owner can’t pay is usually to auction off that home at a fraction of what the bank was demanding?
As a result of these foreclosures and subsequent evictions, we see an unfortunate correlation between the rise in demand for rental properties and an increase in rental rates, as well as an increase in boarded up vacant houses and rise in homelessness. We’ll talk to our panelists, who are all organizers trying to mitigate the effects of this housing bubble. Please join us this Monday, for the encore presentation of Wednesday evening’s conversation where TTT hosts Andy Driscoll and Michelle Alimoradi talked with the panelists and audience members about policies that have already been passed, policies that are still needed, and other actions that organizers and community members could take to bring stability back to the communities that have been most affected by the housing crisis.
TruthToTell: Community Connections is made possible by a generous grant from the Bush Foundation, which has enabled TruthToTell to partner with KFAI Fresh Air Radio, St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN), and selected community partners to present these discussions and dialogues on important issues like education, the environment, health care, politics and elections, transportation, Native concerns, youth issues and more, into the key communities affected by these respective topics for radio, television and online distribution.
Larry Long joined us in studio this week to talk about the American Roots Revue presenting him with JD Steele, Tonia Hughes and Robert Robinson at the Dakota on Friday, November 22nd, for two shows. We talked about Long's latest release which features all of those singers, "Don't Stand Still," and how he can stay so optimistic and positive despite writing about some of our most difficult social issues. Long's advice is to get tickets to the 9pm show Friday--and we gave some away--because the 7pm is nearly sold out. We also heard new music from Blood Orange and a track from the incredible tribute to Slim Dunlap issued last week by New West Records. Our featured festival was the Midtown Global Market's Green Gifts Fair, but another place to be Saturday evening would be the tribute to Sue McLean and benefit for Lilly being staged at First Avenue starting at 6pm.
A birthday anniversary for Johnny Mercer. Also birthdays for Johnny Mandel and Dr. John.
BIRHTDAYS-IN-BLUE From the Land of the Round Haircut
Soul Proof: Compelling Evidence That You Are An Infinite Being
How wonderful life would be if you REALLY KNEW--without a doubt--that no one really dies. Think of how your life would change for the better if you were convinced that life is a totally safe and magnificent adventure amidst eternity. Consider how reassuring it would be if irrefutable evidence proved we each are indestructible spiritual beings having a temporary earthly experience. "Soul Proof" by Dr. Mark Pitstick provides that proof.
Nine categories of proof include scientific, clinical, religious, and firsthand evidence that we each really are immortal souls who are forever one with Creator. This knowledge supplants our faith and helps us cope--and even thrive--despite common challenges like deaths of loved ones, aging, loss of relationships, financial reversals, serious illness and disability, abuse, and so on. Dr. Pitstick's conversation provides the 'good news that sets us free', that helps us trust this wonderful and mysterious journey on earth. "Soul Proof" allows us to be bright beacons of hope, love, and courage no matter what our outer circumstances