Five at 8 – 1/15/10: What would MLK say?

1) Monday is Martin Luther King Jr., Day. What would MLK think about the U.S. today?

(h/t: Open Culture)

2) What’s worse than not hearing anything from a loved one in Haiti? Hearing that she’s OK and then getting a call later that it was bad information. It happened to a family in Massachusetts. Aid is starting to get into Haiti. The airport has reopened but there’s no air traffic control system, NPR reports. Yesterday, a planeload of medical personnel almost collided with another.

This Associated Press reporter has uploaded this (graphic) video:

We’ve reached the “unheeded warnings” portion of the story. Officials warned authorities in Haiti two years ago that an earthquake was likely.

None of that matters, of course, to people who are suffering now. Miriam Castaneda of the Canadian Red Cross was in Haiti when the earthquake struck. She tells Dick Gordon of American Public Media’s The Story about what she saw that day, and the pressures the survivors face now. Gordon also talks to Mecca a.k.a. Grimo, a poet based in Miami. He says since the earthquake hit on Tuesday he’s been moving non-stop, using events and social networking to help unite Haitian-Americans.

The underlying tragedy, David Brooks says, is that the disaster is about poverty:

The first of those truths is that we don’t know how to use aid to reduce poverty. Over the past few decades, the world has spent trillions of dollars to generate growth in the developing world. The countries that have not received much aid, like China, have seen tremendous growth and tremendous poverty reductions. The countries that have received aid, like Haiti, have not.

Brooks walks a pretty fine line between a theoretical discussion of poverty and blaming Haitians for being entombed.

3) Minnesota is prepared to close down for several hours on Sunday when the Vikings play the Cowboys in the NFC playoffs. But how much actual football is there during a game? About 11 minutes, the Wall St. Journal has calculated.

4) What if the difference between a soldier with post traumatic stress syndrome and one without it, is a quick shot of morphine?

5) A pilot on a fishing trip in Alaska left some fresh bait in his plane. A bear tore up the plane to get at it. Behold, the power of duct tape! (h/t: David Allen)

Which is harder? Landing on a lake or landing on the tip of a mountain? (hint: the mountain)

Bonus: In Mankato, Hayley the dog climbs ladders and hangs out at construction sites.


The Haitian earthquake has taken an immense toll on a country that was struggling already. On Thursday President Obama announced an initial pledge of $100 million to support relief efforts. What are you doing to respond to the catastrophe in Haiti?


Midmorning (9-11 a.m.) – First hour: Three Minnesota specialists on stem cells and heart research talk about new ways to repair hearts and prevent future heart problems.

Second hour: Ice dams on your roof? Frozen pipes? Windows letting in too much of that cold winter air? Midmorning’s home repair experts will answer your questions about those vexing winter home problems.

Here’s what not to do:

Midday (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.) – First hour:Paul Eisenstein, of the has spent the week at the Detroit Auto Show and answers questions about new developments for cars, and the future of the auto industry.

Second hour: The American RadioWorks documentary “What Killed Sergeant Gray?”– winner of the DuPont Columbia Award, announced this week. Here’s the Web site.

Talk of the Nation (1-3 p.m.) – It’s Science Friday. First hour: A celebration of the laser.

Second hour: What can science tell us about race.

All Things Considered (3-6:30 p.m.) – A winner of the Nobel prize for economics weighs in on what happened during the recession.

Is the Prairie Island nuclear power plant safe enough to provide more power to Minnesota? MPR’s Stephanie Hemphill provides an assessment.

Chris Roberts reports on the slightly absurdist play “Everything Must Go,” by Mischka Productions at the Red Eye Theater. It’s about two people at the bottom of the economic ladder who are so-called human directionals or sign carriers, and how they overcome their monotonous, boring existence.

MPR’s Tom Weber notes today is the deadline for school districts to reach teacher contract settlements or face fines from the state. He’ll have the latest information.

Cyril Paul has been on the Twin Cities music scene for more than 40 years since moving here from the Caribbean, performing his uptempo blend of calypso. He appears at an MLK Day event Sunday night in Minneapolis. MPR’s Dan Olson will have a profile.

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  • Kim E

    So, in response to Brooks’ NYTimes article…’s their own fault they’re poor? I guess I just didn’t like the assumptions he made in his article about the Haitian culture’s views of poverty and how one’s actions affect the situation. On the other hand, it’s true that Haiti is one of the poorest countries, so I guess I support continuing to provide aid to it as we have been doing, until we think of a better system.

    I liked the article about football only being 11 total minutes of play. This explains a lot about why I can only make it to about half-time before getting bored silly.

  • JackU

    On actual action in a football game, this is old news. I remember former Redskins coach George Allen talking about when he was a college coach. (In an interview, maybe 60 Minutes but probably not.)

    He had a several students help with a study. The were provided with stopwatches. They started the stopwatch when the play started and stopped it when the whistle blew. At the end of the game they wrote down the total elapsed. The result as I remember it was 12-16 minutes per game.