MPR’s International Control Center

Thursday February 22, 2018
(Subject to change as events dictate)

Until 9 a.m. – Morning Edition
The lockdown in Orono; Why is it so hard to find an apartment in the Twin Cities; The Florida law that prevents local gun regulations; a U.S. Olympic skiing update; and conservatives in the age of Trump.

9 a.m. – MPR News with Kerri Miller
Can the Parkland protests change anything? The students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas have been getting national attention from politicians, lawmakers, media and celebrities as they call for gun reform. Are we seeing a new generation of activism? Can protest actually lead to real change?

Guest: Aimee Allison, president of Democracy in Color

10 a.m.- 1A with Joshua Johnson
Live broadcast from CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Guests: Daniel Schneider, executive director, American Conservative Union; Lindsay De La Torre, executive director, Manufacturers’ Accountability Project at the National Association of Manufacturers; Craig Stevens, spokesman, GAIN Coalition, or Grow America’s Infrastructure Now Coalition, a pro-pipeline association; Ben Domenech, publisher, the Federalist, a center-right web magazine on politics and culture.

11 a.m. – MPR News with Tom Weber (Mike Mulcahy hosts)
A conversation about the effects of alcohol exposure on a fetus, what it’s like living with the consequences of that exposure, and what the latest research is doing to help.

Guests: Jeff Wozniak associate professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota; Ruth Richardson, director of programs, Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

11:50 a.m. Rep. Rick Nolan.

12 p.m. – MPR News Presents
BBC documentary, “China’s Generation Gap.” China has changed beyond recognition in the past few decades, from war and famine in the 1940s and 1950s, Chairman Mao’s communist Cultural Revolution in the 1960s, to the massive technological and social changes as the country has opened in recent decades. Reporter Haining Liu, born into China’s ‘one-child generation’ in the early 1980s, explores how these political, social and economic changes have affected the relationship between old and young in China.

1 p.m. – The Takeaway
There are dozens of gun control measures to choose from: expand criminal background checks, forfeitures, seizures, assault weapons ban, arm teachers, comprehensive training. Could any of them pass and help curb violence if they did?

2 p.m. – BBC NewsHour
The UN Security Council is due to vote on a resolution calling for a ceasefire in Syria. Will Russia simply veto it?

3 p.m. – All Things Considered
How steel tariffs play with U.S. allies; Olympic gold for U.S. women in hockey; support for parents in school shootings.

7 p.m. – The World

8 p.m. – Fresh Air
Journalist Scott Shane, of is with the Washington bureau of the The New York Times, discusses Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election and the Mueller indictments.

From all indications, Newsweek is exhibiting a death rattle this week.

On Wednesday, it retracted its story from earlier this week suggesting that “bots” took down Sen. Al Franken.

I won’t bother with all the things that were wrong with the story — I’ve already done that here — but it wasn’t pretty.

The initial report was based on research conducted by Unhack The Vote, a group examining outside influence in U.S. elections and politics.

It alleged that a “decidedly alt-right” botnet “weaponized” anti-Franken stories and amplified pressure on Franken to resign after allegations of sexual misconduct. Newsweek was unable to independently verify their claims after a further review of their work.

Newsweek regrets the error.

From all indications, the editorial process is in flames at the magazine, making it fairly predictable that an embarassingly sourced story would make it past an editorial review.

Earlier this month, the company fired editor-in-chief Bob Roe and executive editor Kenneth Li and reporter Celeste Katz because they were working on an expose of Newsweek and its connections to Olivet University and a Korean pastor whom Mother Jones had previously reported had “said that media companies affiliated with the Community are part of a new Noah’s ark designed to save the world from a biblical flood of information.”

But some other reporters took a different route. They took over the story and worked on it outside Newsweek offices until they published it last night, and put this incredible disclaimer at the top of it.

“As we were reporting this story, Newsweek Media Group fired Newsweek Editor Bob Roe, Executive Editor Ken Li and Senior Politics Reporter Celeste Katz for doing their jobs. Reporters Josh Keefe and Josh Saul were targeted for firing before an editor persuaded the company to reverse its decision.

As we continued working on the story, we were asked to take part in a review process which, we ultimately learned, involved egregious breaches of confidentiality and journalism ethics. We believe that subjects of the story were shown parts of the draft, if not the entire piece, prior to publication by a company executive who should not have been involved in the process.

At an on-the-record interview with the subjects of this story, a company official asked editors to identify confidential sources. On-the-record sources were contacted and questioned about their discussions with Newsweek Media Group reporters.

We resisted their efforts to influence the story and, after learning of the review’s ethical failings, the reporters and editors involved in this story felt they would be forced to resign. At that point, a senior Newsweek Media Group executive said the company’s owners would ensure independent review and newsroom autonomy going forward.

This story was written and edited Tuesday, free of interference from company executives.”

The team of journalists standing up for an independent media mulled resigning in protest on Tuesday if the article was not published, Daily Beast reported.

It’s still not clear how much trouble the renegade staffers are in, CNN says. Their story is not featured on the Newsweek home page, although it shows up in a list of “most read” stories. At the top.

There’s a commentary tucked in the middle of Star Tribune reporter Kim Ode’s lovely story of two families in Minneapolis who have been sharing weekly dinners with each other for over 30 years.

They weren’t sure they wanted to talk to a reporter.

We were a little self-conscious about it,” Nancy [Gaschott] said. Would readers misunderstand their motives, think them smug, as if they’d invented sliced bread?

“We talked about what Family Dinner was and what it wasn’t,” Ann said. “Is this an important thing to share, and why?”

In the end, they believe that their story makes a point about community, about being intentional, about being there for others — even about trying new recipes.

“And,” Don [Luce] added, “we realized it had been 30 years.”

The paragraph raises an increasing question in the age of social media which sees a dark world everywhere: Why would anyone tell their story anymore?

Fortunately, they did because in a state like Minnesota — put that old joke here about Minnesotans are willing to give you directions to anywhere but their home — the notion of community — real community is a valuable tale, even if it leaves some of us — ahem — feeling that in 26 years in Minnesota, we’ve never had anyone not connected by marriage or romance over for dinner.

There’s nothing particularly earth shattering about “Family Dinner”, Ode notes.

“When a generation witnesses the security of unconditional friendship, the future seems less formidable,” she says.