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Counter Stories is a program by people of color, for people of color…and everybody else. We discuss race, identity, social justice and culture in a region grappling with demographic changes. Hosts: Anthony Galloway, Luz Maria Frias, Don Eubanks and Hlee Lee.
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Counter Stories- Legislative Wrap Up: Driver’s Licenses for All

After more than two decades, Minnesota passed a law in 2023 allowing anyone in the state to get a driver’s license no matter their immigration status. A big win for the more than 80,000 undocumented immigrants in the state to finally be able to obtain a legal license to drive. Emilia Avalos Gonzalez, Unidos MN

Counter Stories: The Importance of Grief

The crew discusses what grief looks like for themselves. Having all lost loved ones fairly recently, and not having an outlet to discuss it (as it is often seen as an inappropriate topic for social conversations), the crew talk about death, memories, shared grief, and joy.

Counter Stories: The Food That Makes Us…Us

The Crew digs into what makes a gather an authentic gathering, what foods are present? They talk about the commercialization of foods from their communities, how making traditional foods have changed, and what’s ours.

Grab Bag #8

On our latest Grab Bag show, we talk about yet another racist review of a movie that doesn’t focus on white people, the latest set back on holding someone accountable for the murder of Emmitt Till, and racist happenings at “family-friendly” theme parks.

Counter Stories: Finding our Roots…? (Pt 2)

Where do we come from and why is that important? The crew talks about the want and need to, but also the barriers to, finding their roots. Once discovered (what we can), how can we preserve the story of our roots for future generations – not just so they know their history, but so they can embrace it?

Counter Stories: Foster Awareness

May is Foster Awareness month. Hoang Murphy joins the crew to talk about his personal experience in the foster system and how his organization, Foster Advocates, is giving the power to the young people living this often-invisible reality. Guest: Hoang Murphy, Foster Advocates

A Lesson on BQ (Blood Quantum)

The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe is posing two questions to their enrolled members this year regarding blood quantum, or BQ as it is often seen as a derogatory term. BQ was established by the colonizers and continues today. The questions will inform the tribe leadership about whether BQ should be removed as a requirement to be a member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe and allow the tribe to determine its own membership requirement. But it’s not that simple. Our guests join us to unravel just the top few layers of this complex issue. Guest: Wayne Ducheneaux, Native Governance Center [https://nativegov.org/] Sally Fineday, MN Chippewa Tribe member

Counter Stories: A Lesson on Blaqueamiento

A question about the lack of Black players on Argentina’s national futbol team between colleagues, sparks a conversation about blaqueamiento. Blaqueamiento is a racial whitening practice that occurred in some previously-colonized countries in the Americans and Caribbean. This practice of idealizing and preferring European features, continues to this day throughout the world.

Special Episode – Emerging Voices

In this special episode, we bring you the conversation our producer, Hlee Lee, moderated at a recent event celebrating the 20th anniversary of ThreeSixty Journalism, a nonprofit providing journalism training to youth of color. The five panelists are all graduates of the program, have taken what they learned and applied it to their careers in various fields. Guests: Evan Odegard Pereira, Amolak Sing, Victoria Turcios Laparra, Feven Gerezgiher, Aaliyah Demry

Who’s Labor?

There has been a lot of news about labor recently with the Unionizing of Amazon workers in New York and recent teachers’ strikes in Minnesota. In this episode, the crew talks with Alanna Galloway and Daniel Perez about their work in the labor movement and how people of color have an important, albeit complicated history with labor unions.

Supported by...

McKnight FoundationPohlad family foundationThe Minneapolis FoundationSaint Paul & Minnesota Foundation