What’s on MPR News today? 1/31/18

Wednesday January 31, 2018
(Subject to change as events dictate)

Until 9 a.m. – Morning Edition
Reaction to the State of the Union speech; assessing the economic impact of the Super Bowl; the Super Bowl side hustle; and how Amazon is breaking the health care insurance stranglehold.

9 a.m. – MPR News with Kerri Miller
A class called “white racism” is stirring up controversy at Florida Gulf Coast University. Sociology professor Ted Thornhill has received death threats because of the class, and he has police officers stationed outside his lecture hall. Thornhill joins MPR host Kerri Miller to talk about why he’s teaching the course, and why he thinks it’s necessary in today’s political climate. They’ll also be joined by Chenjerai Kumaniyka, researcher, journalist, and artist who works as an assistant professor in Rutgers University’s Department of Journalism and Media Studies.

10 a.m.- 1A with Joshua Johnson
Open lines for listener reaction to the State of the Union address.

Guests: Molly Ball, national political correspondent, TIME; former staff writer, The Atlantic; Ilhan Omar, Minnesota State Representative, a Democrat, one of highest-elected Somali-American Muslim public officials in the United States; Jill Upson, West Virginia State Delegate, the first black Republican woman elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates in the state’s history.

11 a.m. – MPR News with Tom Weber(Mike Mulcahy hosts)
An analysis of President Trump’s speech.

Guests: Wendy Schiller, chair of political science at Brown University; Mary Kate Cary, a former speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush and co-host of the new podcast “Bipodisan.”

12 p.m. – MPR News Presents
Rebroadcast of President Trump’s first State of the Union Address and the Democratic response by Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy.

After the Democratic response – The Takeaway
A look at the issues that matter most to real Americans, state by state

2 p.m. – BBC NewsHour
The long war in Afghanistan; a BBC study finds the Taliban are openly active in 70% of the country; the philosopher Gene Sharp has died; and the chequered flag waves for grid girls.

3 p.m. – All Things Considered
A look at Super Bowl security in Minneapolis; how the green card lottery works; what’s the real plan for improving the nation’s infrastructure? GOP and Democratic governors analyze the State of the Union; and what you’re getting wrong about Appalachia.

7 p.m. – The World
The National Hockey League is not freeing up players to go to the Winter Olympic Games. So the United States is sending lesser-known athletes, including a college kid, the first black hockey player to skate for Team USA.

8 p.m. – Fresh Air (Dave Davies hosts)
The secret history of Israel’s targeted assassinations. Dave talks with Israeli journalist and military analyst Ronen Bergman. His new book, Rise & Kill First, takes a look at the methods, morality and motives for such killings. He tells one story in which a commercial airliner carrying Yassir Arafat was targeted, but senior military officials secretly refused to carry out the operation.

  • >>12 p.m. – MPR News Presents
    Rebroadcast of President Trump’s first State of the Union Address<<

    I'll pass…again.

    /Watched David Letterman interview Barack Obama last night instead.
    //It was pretty good.

    • Robert Moffitt

      You choose wisely.

    • X.A. Smith

      Ah! I spent all evening watching early-80s Letterman on YouTube.

      • His old daytime show?

        /Used to skip class to watch.

        • X.A. Smith

          Some of the daytime show, and then hours of “Dave’s Record Collection”

  • Kelly

    I feel like I’m hearing people misunderstand the term white privilege. As a middle-age middle-class white female, I have taken time to educate myself and meet with colleagues within different organizations I belong to in order to understand what it means to have white privilege and educate myself on what it means to support a robust, well functioning multi cultural, multi racial community. And part of this is my own understanding that I have the honor to walk through the world with an ease that is not available to others based on assumptions about my “goodness”, my “safeness – level of threat to others”, etc. This often also comes with assumptions about who I am that I don’t appreciate, but I also don’t underestimate how this impacts my ease compared to many others, and more importantly I remember and watch out for how people of color are mainly negatively impacted by assumptions (sometimes subtle, sometimes blatant) they are often subjected to and how those negative assumptions ultimately work against all of us who will benefit by eliminating these assumptions.

  • mplstransplant
    • I was never contacted by this group, FYI.

      Also, I was busy today writing about the Domestic Abuse Act expansion by the Minnesota Supreme Court so I probably wouldn’t have gone.