What’s on MPR News today? 1/11/2018


Monday January , 2018
(Subject to change as events dictate)

Until 9 a.m. – Morning Edition
Reporter Steve Goldstein on the state of the Department of State; Tom Gjelten on chain migration; Neda Ulaby on punching bag art; and Greg Allen on Florida’s off-shore drilling politics.

9 a.m. – MPR News with Kerri Miller
On Tuesday President Trump brought a bipartisan group of lawmakers to the White House to draft a bill that would manage to keep so-called Dreamers in the country but would also allow Trump to keep his campaign promise of building a border wall with Mexico.

Guest: Alexis Simendinger, White House correspondent, The Hill

9:15 a.m. – They say “timing is everything.” So how do you make sure your timing is setting you up for success?

Guest: Daniel Pink, author of, “When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing.”

10 a.m.- 1A with Joshua Johnson
America’s emergency rooms are filling up. The CDC says flu hospitalizations have doubled in just one week. And this season’s strain has killed dozens, with California hit particularly hard. We know it’s bad. But are we prepared for the worst?

11 a.m. – MPR News with Tom Weber
What the lead up to the Super Bowl means for getting around in Minneapolis – closed roads, detours, train and bus services, and more.

Guest: Kyle Chank, vice president of operations and logistics for the Super Bowl Host Committee.

11:15 a.m. – How do authorities decide when to charge police in shootings.

Guest: Ramsey County Attorney John Choi.

12 p.m. – MPR News Presents
Michele Norris of the Aspen Institute and sociologist Alondra Nelson talk about the value of researching your ancestry. The Aspen Ideas Festival conversation was titled, “Can DNA Help Us Grapple with the Past?

1 p.m. – The Takeaway
Kids everywhere are glued to screens. Who’s responsible? Parents? or … Apple?

2 p.m. – BBC NewsHour
The Iran nuclear deal: can it survive?

3 p.m. – All Things Considered
What are Minneapolis and St. Paul doing to ensure that the homeless have shelter when people descend on the metro for the Super Bowl? Plus: Paul Huttner’s Climate Cast.

Also: The Arizona political landscape in the race for U.S. Senate; Efforts to stop ‘swatting’; an update on a class action lawsuit in the Flint, Mich., water debacle.

7 p.m. – The World
Last month a video went viral of a Palestinian girl slapping an Israeli soldier. Now she’s on trial, facing jail time. It’s something that would not likely happen to an Israeli activist. The World examines uneven justice in Israel.

8 p.m. – Fresh Air
Ena Waithe, creator of the Showtime series The Chi, set in the southside of Chicago. Last year, Waithe became the first African American woman to win an Emmy for writing for a comedy series for co-writing the Thanksgiving episode of Aziz Ansari’s series Master of None, the episode on which her character comes out to her mother. It’s based on Waithe’s experience.

  • MrE85

    “The Arizona political landscape in the race for U.S. Senate;”

    I heard “Sheriff Joe” on NPR this am. He said if it up to him (and it’s not) he would deport Dreamers (big surprise, huh?), noting that “these kids are very educated and can do good things for their country.” Joe fails to note that they could do good things for THIS country, which they consider to be their home.

    Well, he’s an old man. He will be dead soon. Too bad his vile ideas won’t die with him.

    • In 2018, a criminal conviction for a politician is a nearly a requirement to run for office.

      • MrE85

        So, you’re saying I should run? 😉

    • jon

      Taken in the broader scheme of things, DACA and the administrations general stance on immigration is … bizzare to insane.

      So we’ve got this $1.5 trillion tax cut, done under the theory that it will create jobs, and lots of them (it won’t)

      Unemployment is at 4%, or something like 6.5 million people.
      There are 5.9 million open job positions in the US… IF you are following the math here that is 700K people who want jobs, but there aren’t positions for (ignore the part where the open positions don’t fit the skills in the employment market for a little bit here.)

      So deporting 200K salvadorans and the 800K registered dreamers (not the other Million who have not registered yet) and we have 700K jobs no longer being taken up by these folks (assuming their labor participation and unemployment rate is similar to the national average).

      So we now have full employment, and if we deport the other million dreamers we have more jobs than we have people to fill them… and that is assuming we don’t have millions of jobs created by this tax cut.

      What does that do to the labor markets? Wages might go up as there is more demand for labor than there is supply… but at least some corporations are going to look for labor elsewhere… and a tax break for offshoring will make that more appealing… good thing we baked one into the tax bill. And they’ll have the tax break to thank for the extra capital they can leverage to get offshore business centers off the ground.
      But don’t worry that money won’t be coming back into the US at all thanks to the repatriation tax…
      Eventually I figure wages will fall significantly as those who offshore are able to price things more competitively, and we’ll see something similar to the loss of US manufacturing to other countries, only this time it will be the white collar jobs that go.

      “It’s the economy stupid” will be the rallying cry when the GOP gets thrown out of office… I don’t know when it will happen, but when you give up on balancing the economy at all and set us up for failure, eventually those chickens will come home to roost.

      • MikeB

        So, it’s not about security, it’s not about the economy. Gee, what’s left?

        • jon

          We could try to follow the money… but it’s all just going the same place as all the other money, into the bank accounts of wealthy folks.

          • MikeB

            It’s not the affluent who are pushing out immigrants.

          • jon

            Pretty sure that is exactly who is doing it.
            Sure they are doing it as a way to placate their base, and their base is only worried about it because they saw a way to play on their fears to get put into a position of power where they could give themselves masses of tax breaks…

          • MikeB

            It’s a racist policy implemented by racists