What’s on MPR News today? 2/22/18

Thursday February 22, 2018
(Subject to change as events dictate)

Until 9 a.m. – Morning Edition
The lockdown in Orono; Why is it so hard to find an apartment in the Twin Cities; The Florida law that prevents local gun regulations; a U.S. Olympic skiing update; and conservatives in the age of Trump.

9 a.m. – MPR News with Kerri Miller
Can the Parkland protests change anything? The students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas have been getting national attention from politicians, lawmakers, media and celebrities as they call for gun reform. Are we seeing a new generation of activism? Can protest actually lead to real change?

Guest: Aimee Allison, president of Democracy in Color

10 a.m.- 1A with Joshua Johnson
Live broadcast from CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Guests: Daniel Schneider, executive director, American Conservative Union; Lindsay De La Torre, executive director, Manufacturers’ Accountability Project at the National Association of Manufacturers; Craig Stevens, spokesman, GAIN Coalition, or Grow America’s Infrastructure Now Coalition, a pro-pipeline association; Ben Domenech, publisher, the Federalist, a center-right web magazine on politics and culture.

11 a.m. – MPR News with Tom Weber (Mike Mulcahy hosts)
A conversation about the effects of alcohol exposure on a fetus, what it’s like living with the consequences of that exposure, and what the latest research is doing to help.

Guests: Jeff Wozniak associate professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota; Ruth Richardson, director of programs, Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

11:50 a.m. Rep. Rick Nolan.

12 p.m. – MPR News Presents
BBC documentary, “China’s Generation Gap.” China has changed beyond recognition in the past few decades, from war and famine in the 1940s and 1950s, Chairman Mao’s communist Cultural Revolution in the 1960s, to the massive technological and social changes as the country has opened in recent decades. Reporter Haining Liu, born into China’s ‘one-child generation’ in the early 1980s, explores how these political, social and economic changes have affected the relationship between old and young in China.

1 p.m. – The Takeaway
There are dozens of gun control measures to choose from: expand criminal background checks, forfeitures, seizures, assault weapons ban, arm teachers, comprehensive training. Could any of them pass and help curb violence if they did?

2 p.m. – BBC NewsHour
The UN Security Council is due to vote on a resolution calling for a ceasefire in Syria. Will Russia simply veto it?

3 p.m. – All Things Considered
How steel tariffs play with U.S. allies; Olympic gold for U.S. women in hockey; support for parents in school shootings.

7 p.m. – The World
We start the show today with a couple of perspectives on the gun debate raging in the US right now. First we hear from Estelita Carazzai, who’s in Washington covering the story for the Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo. She relates what’s happening in the US to Brazil’s own issues with gun violence.

Then we hear from Bina Shah, a writer in Pakistan. She tells host Marco Werman that after a massive terror attack against a Pakistani school, there was an effort to give teachers in the country weapons and training. Shah says the idea was to provide more protection for students, but it didn’t work out that way.

Also on the show today, a look at how climate change in Alaska is creating huge challenges for native communities.

8 p.m. – Fresh Air
Journalist Scott Shane, of is with the Washington bureau of the The New York Times, discusses Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election and the Mueller indictments.

  • MrE85

    “….conservatives in the age of Trump.”

    The Democrats may have lost the election, but the conservative movement lost more.

    • MikeB

      Depends on how you look at who/what was lost. The conservative establishment that was feeding a beast that overtook them, or GOP voters who were promised one thing and given another? Maybe CPAC is now officially out of the closet and they like how it feels.

      • Conservatives to 1A: “How come you don’t cover CPAC with live coverage.”

        Dana Loesch at CPAC: “The media loves mass shootings.”

        America: [eye roll]

        • MikeB

          It’s good for the brand.

        • Frank

          The media coverage of spree shootings is disturbingly reminiscent of the infamous Wellstone memorial.

        • jon

          While the conspiracy theorists try to discredit survivors of a shooting as paid actors, some one who is actually a paid actor for the NRA getting any attention… irony.

          Dana (scary NRA lady) Loesch should get no coverage…

          • There’s no reasoning with that kind of lunacy. It’s absurd to even try anymore. It doesn’t need to be accommodated or pacified. Drew Magary had it exactly right in his GQ article yesterday.

          • Frank

            They’re not paid, but the media absolutely expects acting from the survivors. They even provide the scripts.


            I wish we could say this is a one off, isolated incident, but the record is much too replete to ignore the truth.

          • Actually, you don’t know what the media wants becauase you’ve never been in a functioning newsroom and — I’m guessing — you don’t know anybody in the media to be able to speak intelligently and knowledgeably on the question of what it is they do or do not want. You only know what you want to believe and your link is a perfect example.

            You had two choices of whom to believe in the link . You can believe the kid, who says he was supplied with the speech. Or you can believe CNN, which says it did no such thing.

            The reason you’ve chosen to believe the kid, and thus used it for an uninformed conclusion about “the media” (which is plural, by the way, not the singular you used ) is because that’s what you wish to believe. You suspend disbelief because it might disturb your choice of reality. This is the manipulation we see in the country today on ALL sides which has led us down this path of ignorance masquerading as knowledge.

            I don’t know which of the two possibilities is true, but I do know this: He’s shown leafing through some papers which suggests that’s the speech or questions or communication allegedly from CNN. His story is easily provable. Show us those papers and let’s see all the alleged communication from CNN.

            Seems like a pretty simple detail to provide, at least to people who realized there’s a pretty big thing missing from his story. Those are the people with a functioning capacity for critical thinking. They’re a rarity.

          • Frank

            Mr. Collins, like all of my conclusions, the decision to believe the kid was informed by the facts. In this case, CNN’s history of innacurate (some would call it “hack”) reporting.


            It’s odd, well not really, that the left is screeching “listen to the kids!” unless they are providing a narrative uncomfortable to them. Yes, the right does it to.

            Also sir, I do not have to watch a hotdog being made to identify one.

          • As I said, this story is easily provable one way or another.

          • MikeB

            Using the label ‘conspiracy theorists’ does not accurately describe what is happening here. It is a willful lie to say these kids are crisis actors, meant only to discredit their message because they fear it may take hold. These liars try to create a story that sounds like a rational explanation but only to support their lying.

            Time to retire the term “conspiracy theorists” in our political discourse.

          • Jerry

            Dana Loesch is the Mirror Universe Mariska Hargitay.

          • Rob


        • Gary F

          The media doesn’t like mass shootings, no one does, except for the shooter, but they do like the opportunity to push the gun control narrative and “Emanuel Goldstein” the NRA. She could of worded that better.

          • MrE85

            Oh, she knew exactly what she was saying.

          • Rob

            She wasn’t interested in wording it better, because what she said had the intended effect of charging up her base.

            Wayne LaPierre’s assertion that people in favor of gun safety laws “hate individual freedoms,” is preposterous, but he says it because it’s red meat for the base.

            Venality is how these folks roll.

          • Chris

            Emanuel Goldstein is an imaginary villain in a work of fiction. The NRA is a very real villain contributing to the gun culture that has flooded this country with easily available assault rifles. Kids are dying and the NRA shares plenty of blame. Why do some people love guns more than kids? This is very real.

          • Gary F

            your two minutes is up

          • MikeB

            Ironic, at CPAC they had their 2 minutes or so of “Lock Her Up”. They’ll have the weekend to review the current and pending Trump staff indictments

          • Chris

            The congnative dissonance of people who throw a hissyfit when anyone protests the government shooting unarmed people but think they need a personal arsonal to protect themselves from the government is astounding.

  • Gary F

    Wow, NPR at CPAC. In the heart of the beast.

    • I believe 1A comes from WNYC.

      • Gary F

        OK, syndicated show. Good to hear, some needed diversity.

        • JamieHX

          NPR bends over backwards to cover and give time to conservatives and conservative viewpoints. They have done so for a very long time. I hear it myself all the time, but Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) did a study once (2003-04), of how many voices we hear on NPR newsmagazines are conservative and how many are liberal/progressive — interviewees and commentators, not reporters. They found that conservatives outnumbered liberals by far. To my ears, they still do.

          • Of course everyone has a different definition of conservative and liberal. So there’s a fair amount of listener bias in the evaluation.


    Ben Domenech, publisher, the Federalist, a center-right web magazine on politics and culture. plagiarist