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Close The Gap
Twin Cities Public Television's (tpt) Minnesota Channel, in partnership with The Itasca Project (a business led alliance focused on strengthening the future of our Twin Cities Metro area for all its citizens) presents the Close the Gap documentary series. This 5-part documentary shares the stories of the Minnesotans who put a face on the problems and some of the efforts to close the gaps created by race, class and place disparities and the hope and solutions that exist. Each of the five half-hour episodes features a series of stories that personify the problems as well as existing solutions to these disparities.

Below is a list of broadcasts scheduled to air in the next 60 days on any of our three channels.

Episode #101
Making The Case
Close the Gap: Making the Case provides an overview of the Itasca Project itself and the power of committed and united business, community and civic leadership, the compelling analysis from the Brookings Institution, the community-wide themes of disparities, and urgency of taking the issues into action.
27 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #102
Race Disparities
Close the Gap: Race Disparities shows how race and racial inequity are inextricably linked with the Twin Cities' past and future. In this episode, profiles of people of color facing challenges bring to life startling data on racial disparities in the Twin Cities. Stories and best practices for solutions are found in organizations like the Minnesota Indian Women's Resource center, the African American Men Project, and Neighborhood House as well as the work of a race awareness and self esteem building program The Skin I'm In.
28 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #103
Class Disparities
Close the Gap: Class Disparities reminds us of the uniquely American schism of the haves and the have-nots. Through a look at Latino labor union members, an aging worker's efforts to make ends meet and a young mother's struggles with work, school, home and homelessness we see how seemingly inescapable the challenges of class remain.
28 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #104
Place Disparities
Close the Gap: Place Disparities shows the growing aspect of individual struggle and regional crisis in Minnesota. With limited transportation options, how do workers living in the center city get to the jobs that are more and more found in the suburbs when transportation options are limited? What does a look at the history and unsettling resurgence of school segregation in South Minneapolis mean for the entire regions future? The Institute on Race & Poverty offers a sobering statistical birds-eye view of these issues in the Twin Cities. Organizations like Pillsbury United Communities/Emerge providing access to jobs and La Clinica providing cultural understand to address health care disparities are examples of innovative work to cross the divides.
28 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #105
Making Change
Close the Gap: Making Change highlights hope and possibilities for change. From policy to interpersonal interaction, from right-minded business decisions in a board room to conversations in a living room, there are poignant stories of how people, communities, and organizations take action on these issues. Highlights of efforts that ?close the disparities gap? include E-mentoring, community gardens, parent involvement in schools, hiring practices, faith-based efforts, and more.
28 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.


Sorry, there were no episodes of this series airing in the last 2 months on any of our three channels.



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