Wednesday November 22, 2017
9 a.m. – MPR News with Kerri Miller
The health care debate is heating up again. The major tax plan that is currently making the rounds has a provision that would put an end to the individual insurance mandate. If the bill passes, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that it could mean Medicaid spending would be 35 percent lower in 2036 than under current law.
Guest: Andy Slavitt, acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid under the Obama administration. He is now a special advisor to the equity firm General Atlantic.
10 a.m.- 1A with Joshua Johnson
The Trump administration is ending a humanitarian program that has let almost 60,000 Haitians live and work in the United States. Temporary Protected Status is just that–temporary. But it covers hundreds of thousands of others living in America. How long can they stay? If they have no home to go back to, what then?
Guests: Armando Trull,senior reporter on race and identity at WAMU; has spent the past four years covering emigration from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala; Marleine Bastien, founder and executive director of Haitian Women of Miami.
11 a.m. – MPR News with Tom Weber
School discipline: MPR News reporter Solvejg Wastvedt joins Tom Weber to discuss a three-year, $4.5 million effort to reduce suspensions and discipline problems in St. Paul Public Schools.
11:30 a.m. – Should girls join the Boy Scouts: Last month, the Boy Scouts of America announced that girls will be able to join the Cub Scouts in 2018 and a program for older girls will use the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts.
Guest: Liana Tessum, capacity building director for Girl Scouts River Valleys; Kent York, director of communication at the Boy Scouts Northern Star Council.
11:45 a.m. – Fans of the Netflix show “Stranger Things” snapped up a vintage sweatshirt from the Science Museum of Minnesota recently, after that sweatshirt appeared on an episode of the show. The purple sweatshirt features an image of a long-necked dinosaur and reads: Brontosaurus, “Thunder Lizard.” MPR host Tom Weber talks with museum president and CEO Alison Brown, about how all that happened – and whether the show has created an interest in all things dinosaur.
12 p.m. – MPR News Presents
David Isay’s presentation at the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival. StoryCorps has launched “The Great Thanksgiving Listen,” an app for kids to interview elders about their lives, something families could consider doing over the holiday. (Rebroadcast)
1 p.m. – The Takeaway
What makes American health care unique in the industrialized world?
2 p.m. – BBC NewsHour
Two decades after the massacre at Srebrenica, a war crimes court in the Hague delivers a guilty verdict in the genocide trial of the Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic.
3 p.m. – All Things Considered
Tamara Keith looks back when Congress considered ethics charges against Bob Packwood, Tom Goldman considers the woes of the NFL, and Neda Ulaby reveals how to apologize.
Immigrants under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) are expected to become undocumented as the president and his administration continue to cancel protections. The program has already ended for immigrants from Nicaragua, Honduras and Haiti. And for thousands of Liberians in Minnesota, the program’s extension (Deferred Enforced Departure/DED) is expected to expire early next year. Minnesota is home to the largest Liberian community in the country. And although they’ve never been certain of their future in the United States, they say this year, things are different. MPR’s Riham Feshire will have the story.
7 p.m. – The World
Using virtual reality to get Israelis and Palestinians to see each other.
8 p.m. – Fresh Air
Nashville singer-songwriter Margot Price. She has a new album, All American Made. Rolling Stone called it “one of the most political country records in years.”