What’s on MPR News today? 3/19/18

Monday March 19, 2018
(Subject to change as events dictate)

Until 9 a.m. – Morning Edition
The environmental effect of building pipelines; a preview of the week at the Capitol; and an interview with Wil Steger.

9 a.m. – MPR News with Kerri Miller
The Political Junkie. Ken Rudin’s weekly talk with Kerri Miller (Listen)

9:20 a.m. – A lot of jobs. U.S. employers added 313,000 jobs in February, putting the U.S. unemployment rate at a 17-year low. Why is the economy doing well? Who is it benefitting? And what does that mean for the American worker? (Listen)

Guests: Eric Morath, Wall St. Journal; Lisa Cook, Michigan State University professor.

10 a.m.- 1A with Joshua Johnson
For the first time, President Trump got specific with his criticisms of the investigation into possible connections between him, his election campaign and Russia. Going beyond the terms “hoax” and “witch hunt,” the president called out the special counsel team led by former FBI director Robert Mueller as deeply partisan. (Listen)

Guests: Tom LoBianco Associated Press reporter covering the Russia investigations; Bret Stephens Op-ed columnist, New York Times; Congressman Jamie Raskin U.S. Representative, Maryland’s 8th congressional district.

11 a.m. – MPR News with Tom Weber (Marianne Combs hosts)
Counter Stories, a conversation about race, identity, and social justice in a region grappling with demographic changes. This time, the crew discusses several stories in the news, including DFL Gov. Mark Dayton’s State of the State address, and a history of racist coverage at National Geographic. (Listen)

Guests: Don Eubanks, assistant professor at Metropolitan State University; Anthony Galloway, owner, Umoja Consulting; Luz Maria Frias, President & CEO of YWCA Minneapolis; Mary Anne Quiroz, co-director and cultural arts director, Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center; Jonathan Blakley, MPR News.

12 p.m. – MPR News Presents
From Neal Conan’s “Truth, Politics and Power” series: “Presidents, Politics and the FBI.” Former FBI agent Asha Rangappa, NPR’s Ron Elving, and Garrett Graff, author of “The Threat Matrix: Inside Robert Mueller’s FBI.” The history of political involvement at the FBI, as well as the current situation.

1 p.m. – The Takeaway
Fifty years ago, Howard University students protested at the height of the civil rights era. How does it compare to the protests of today?

2 p.m. – BBC NewsHour
The Russian election result may never have been in doubt, but what should the West’s next move be? Britain and the EU agree a step towards Brexit. And fighting sexual harassment in Kazakhstan. (Listen)

3 p.m. – All Things Considered
Six more year of Putin; should there be a death penalty for drug dealers? Checking in at SXSW. A new study on the black-white mobility gap.

6:30 p.m. – Marketplace
Living during the financial crisis 10 years ago was frightening. But what about for the guys trying to fix it? Marketplace talks to the architects behind the federal response to the 2008 crisis.

7 p.m. – The World
Russia’s Central Election Commission says President Vladimir Putin was re-elected for a fourth term in office with over 76 percent of the vote. The result is hardly a surprise, but what comes next? Host Marco Werman checks in with reporter Charles Maynes in Moscow about Putin’s victory, and what it means for the next six years of his presidency.

We also hear about on-going reaction in Brazil to the murder of Marielle Franco, a local politician in Rio de Janeiro who was a vocal critic of government security policies and their impact on Rio’s poorest residents. She was also an outspoken LGBTQ advocate.

Plus, methane leaks from oil and gas wells are a major source of pollution around the globe. So, The World’s Jason Margolis set out to report on a push to develop cheaper and more effective ways to detect leaks of the odorless, colorless gas.

And we remember what was going on in the world 80 years ago, and look at why the BBC World Service decided to begin broadcasting in languages other than English.

8 p.m. – Fresh Air
New York Times editor Jonathan Weisman talks about becoming a target of neo nazi trolls on Twitter who barraged him with anti-semitic insults and threats. In his new book Semitism: Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump, he wrestles with how to respond to white nationalists, and looks at connections between them and the Trump campaign and administration.