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We discuss race, identity, social justice and culture in a region grappling with demographic changes.

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    • Society & Culture

We discuss race, identity, social justice and culture in a region grappling with demographic changes.

    When probation leads to prison

    When probation leads to prison

    Close to 100,000 Minnesotans are on probation, some of them for sentences of 20 or 30 years. And simple technical violations — such as missing a meeting with their parole officer — could land them back in prison.
    According to a recent study, 31 percent of Minnesota’s prison population is made up of people who violated their probation.
    Last month the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission approved a five year cap on probation sentences — but that cap is not retroactive.
    In this episode of Counter Stories, the hosts talk with three guests who are working to reform Minnesota’s parole and probation policies.
    Guests:

    Kelly Lyn Mitchell is the Executive Director of the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, and is also co-director of the Institute’s Sentencing Guidelines Resource Center
    Philip Holmes and David Boehnke, members of Decarcerate Minnesota, a grassroots organization working with the Twin Cities Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee



    Hosts:

    Luz Maria Frias, Equity Coach and Founder of The Savvy Coach
    Anthony Galloway, Executive Director of Arts-US
    Jo Erickson, Producer, Counter Stories

    • 49 min
    Racism and cultural appropriation in news headlines

    Racism and cultural appropriation in news headlines

    With so many stories in the news involving race, racism and cultural appropriation, the co-hosts of Counter Stories decided to make this week’s show a “grab-bag” of sorts, including:
    Meghan Markle's experience with British media forced her and Prince Harry to exit the royal family - the Counter Stories team looks at the outright racism displayed by both tabloids and such mainstream outlets as the BBC.
    Singer and rapper Lizzo graced the cover of the February issue of Rolling Stone magazine. But the photo shoot, which had her posing both as a Mexican saint and in Southeast Asian ceremonial dress, sparked a conversation about cultural appropriation.
    Plus, The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled it's legal to refuse jobs to people with dreadlocks... A TSA agent plays with a Native American woman's braids. And fears around the coronavirus fuel anti-Asian rhetoric.

    • 43 min
    Sisters in Loss

    Sisters in Loss

    Black, Native American, Hmong and Latino women share their experiences of coping with the loss of their child during pregnancy in a new book, “What God is Honored Here.”
    The worst nightmare for any parent is the loss of a child. As a society we are uneasy and reluctant to talk about death and certainly not about the death of a child. The trauma can be devastating as parents quietly cope with their loss. But when fetal loss happens at a significantly higher rate for Black and Native American women, the community looks for answers.
    The Counter Stories team looks at the effect of implicit bias and institutional racism on women of color’s reproductive health, and at the greater historical narrative of native women and women of color being continually separated from their children.
    Hosts are:
    Don Eubanks, associate professor at Metropolitan State University and cultural consultant.
    Anthony Galloway, executive director of Arts-Us, Center for the African Diaspora.
    Marianne Combs, correspondent for MPR News.
    With special guests: Shannon Gibney and Kao Kalia Yang, co-editors of “What Gold is Honored Here? Writings on miscarriage and infant loss by and for Native Women and Women of Color.”

    • 46 min
    Counter Stories: Restoring Native American names to Minnesotan landmarks

    Counter Stories: Restoring Native American names to Minnesotan landmarks

    The debate over the name change of Lake Calhoun to Bde Maka Ska is now before the Minnesota Supreme Court.
    Justices will consider whether the Department of Natural Resources has the power to make that change. The lake was named for U.S. Vice President John Calhoun, who defended slavery.
    Dakota public historian Kate Beane joined the Counter Stories team to discuss restoring Native American names to well known landmarks.
    Beane has been one of the leading voices in the campaign to restore the Dakota name Bde Maka Ska. For Native Americans a name can give a sense of home and history, connecting people to the land and their ancestry. And it’s a step toward correcting the stories and practices that erased Indigenous people’s history and culture.
    This episode’s co-hosts are:
    Hlee Lee, owner of “the other media group”
    Don Eubanks, associate professor at Metropolitan State University
    Anthony Galloway, Art-Us
    Marianne Combs, MPR correspondent
    And guest Kate Beane, Flandreau Santee Dakota and Muskogee Creek and public historian

    • 44 min
    Counter Stories: Murder-suicide in Hmong community

    Counter Stories: Murder-suicide in Hmong community

    The last few months Counter Stories has put a spotlight on the issue of violence against women. In this episode we look at murder-suicide in the Hmong community and the underlying cause of these deaths.
    Hlee Lee, owner of “the other media group” Luz Maria Frias, executive coach and race equity strategist
    Anthony Galloway, Art-Us Marianne Combs MPR correspondentDon Eubanks, associate professor at Metropolitan State University and cultural consultant
    And guest:
    Dr Pang Yang-Rhodes, marriage and family therapist

    • 48 min
    Counter Stories: Racism and sport

    Counter Stories: Racism and sport

    Counter Stories hosts are:
    Hlee Lee, owner of “the other media group” Luz Maria Frias, executive coach and race equity strategistDon Eubanks, associate professor at Metropolitan State University and cultural consultant
    Anthony Galloway, Art-Us Brandt Williams MPR correspondent

    • 49 min

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