What’s on MPR News today? 11/30/17

Thursday November 30, 2017

9 a.m. – MPR News with Kerri Miller
How sexual harassment decisions affect the workplace.

Yesterday Minnesota Public Radio severed ties with Garrison Keillor, amid accusations of sexual misconduct. Keillor is the latest high-profile man to be fired after facing such accusations. The pace at which organizations choose to suspend or terminate an employee, even before they’ve been formally charged, seems to have gotten faster in recent months.

Guest: Corporate culture expert Glenda Eoyang, who will explain why companies are forced to act quickly and what long-term impact this has on employee morale, and on the company’s reputation.

9:30 a.m. – Does net neutrality really matter?
Next month the FCC will vote on a measure that could drastically change the internet. The commission is considering whether to remove nearly all of the protections for “net neutrality.” Current rules protect “net neutrality” by preventing internet service providers (ISPs) from favoring certain content over another. Removing these protections hypothetically means that ISPs could act as a gatekeeper for what you see or have access to online by slowing down certain sites, blocking others or charging premiums to access sites owned by competitors.

Guests: Nate Foster, Cornell University

10 a.m.- 1A with Joshua Johnson
Matt Lauer was a daily presence in the homes of millions of Americans for two decades. This week, the longtime “Today” show co-host was fired by NBC after a complaint about “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace” was investigated by the network. Now, those who watched and revered Lauer are in shock, or possibly even a state of grief. Lauer is one of the latest high-profile people to lose his job over sexual misconduct at work. Minnesota Public Radio also fired former “Prairie Home Companion” host Garrison Keillor this week over allegations of improper behavior. It’s a moment of national reckoning on harassment, assault and abuse of power. How are you processing the growing list of fallen icons? And even though it can feel like we know celebrities intimately, how should you respond when someone you know in real life is accused of sexual misconduct?

Guests: Jill Olmsted, associate professor, School of Communication at American University; Lynn Linde, senior director, Center for Counseling Practice Policy at the American Counseling Association.

11 a.m. – MPR News with Tom Weber
Open lines for your venting on the Garrison Keillor story.

11:30 a.m. Carbon-dioxide removal: A fix for climate change?
Each year, humans add billions of tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. That’s one of the main causes of climate change. But what if we could we pull some of that carbon dioxide out of the air, and spare the planet the effects of global warming? Tom Weber talks with Elizabeth Kolbert about her article in the most recent (Nov. 20) issue of The New Yorker: “Can Carbon-Dioxide Removal Save the World?”

Guest: Elizabeth Kolbert, staff writer for The New Yorker

12 p.m. – MPR News Presents
“Public Options in Health Care.” An examination of the Canadian health care system, and the proposed “public option” for the United States

1 p.m. – The Takeaway
Congressman Keith Ellison has a prescription for the Democratic Party.

2 p.m. – BBC NewsHour
The United Nations pleads for the urgent evacuation of hundreds of patients from a besieged Syrian enclave; is Rex Tillerson about to be fired?; and
equine diplomacy in the Middle East.

3 p.m. – All Things Considered
Facebook fighting back against influence campaigns. Facebook has some two billion members worldwide. But how many of these accounts are fake? Experts say creating fake accounts is easy and takes minutes. Now Facebook is asking its users to use real names. But does that work?

7 p.m. – The World
DACA in Hollywood. As Marvel’s Black Panther comes to the screen, one one of the cast– at least one — is undocumented.
He talks about the federal DACA program and his fight to keep it alive.

Guest: Actor Bambadjan Bamba

8 p.m. – Fresh Air
Are we at a turning point in how we handle allegations of sexual harassment?

Guest: Jane Mayer, who wrote a book about Anita Hill’s allegations against Clarence Thomas during his Senate confirmation hearings; Rebecca Traister, who writes about feminist issues for New York magazine.

  • MrE85

    “Congressman Keith Ellison has a prescription for the Democratic Party”

    Congressman, heal thyself.

    In the past, Ellison has advocated heavy GOTV efforts in safe districts like his to boost votes for Dems running for statewide or national office. It’s a good plan, but it has its limitations, in that it focuses financial and human resources in areas the Dems were going to win anyhow, instead of picking up new seats in swing districts.

    Still, the man who predicted Trump would win deserves to be listened to, so I will.

    • Jeff

      More cowbell?