What’s on MPR News today? 4/16/18

MPR editors and producers plot coverage strategy for breaking news.

Monday April 16, 2018
(Subject to change as events dictate)

Until 9 a.m. – Morning Edition
Chemical weapons in Syria; what’s it like on the brink of homelessness; an appreciation of Milos Forman, the second week begins in the Cosby trial.

9 a.m. – MPR News with Kerri Miller
The Political Junkie. Ken Rudin and host Kerri Miller will try to make sense of all the political news — from Syria to Cohen.

9:30 a.m. – Third-party politics. Both Democrats and Republicans have seen major splinters in their party since the 2016 election. Does that mean that third parties will have a better shot at success in this year’s midterms?

Guests: Kathryn Pearson, professor of political science at the University of Minnesota; Reed Galen, chief strategist, Serve America Movement.

10 a.m.- 1A with Joshua Johnson
Where might you find a city that uses only renewable energy? Try Georgetown, Texas: a red town in a red state that’s going green. Georgetown’s power company is owned by the city. And that allowed Mayor Dale Ross, who is described as “something of a libertarian at heart,” to make the move away from fossil fuels.

Guest: Dale Ross, mayor, Georgetown, Texas; Certified Public Accountant.

11 a.m. – MPR News at 11
Author Leslie Jamison’s story of alcohol addiction and recovery examines loneliness, alcohol abuse and the artistic process. She and Dr. Joseph Lee, medical director for Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s youth services, discuss the process of recovery from alcohol substance abuse.

12 p.m. – MPR News Presents
Jeff Goodell, author of, “The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World.” Also featured are Stanford research scientist Katharine Mach and former Tesla executive Marco Krapels, co-founder of “The Solutions Project.” (Program from the Commonwealth Club of California’s ‘Climate One’ series.)

1 p.m. – The Takeaway
Violence against young black boys in the pages of a novel for young adults. Author Jewell Parker Rhodes steps up to the challenge.

2 p.m. – BBC NewsHour
The first reporter to get inside Douma after the alleged chemical attack; Russia’s foreign minister speaks to the BBC venting his anger at the U.S.-led intervention in Syria; and the start of a journey across Castro’s Cuba.

3 p.m. – All Things Considered
A blizzard postscript; Phoenix 10 years after the real estate crash; a union for campaign workers; the Pulitzers announcement; and notes from a public typewriter.

6:00 p.m. – Marketplace
The high stakes of early decision. Early admissions programs can give students a better chance to get into the school of their choice. And it gives colleges some certainty about the incoming class. But it’s not without costs.

6:30 p.m. – The Daily
A battle is brewing between the Environmental Protection Agency, which wants to weaken auto emissions standards, and the state of California. Separately, James Comey, the F.B.I. director fired by President Trump, went on national television to call the president “morally unfit.”

Guest: Coral Davenport, who covers environmental policy for The New York Times.

7 p.m. – The World
Ireland’s anti-abortion law is among the toughest in Europe. Next month, Irish voters decide whether to repeal it.

8 p.m. – Fresh Air (Dave Davies hosts)
Pulitzer prize winning journalist Lawrence Wright’s new book is about his home state, “God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State.” Wright was awarded the Pulitzer for his book The Looming Tower about Al Qaeda and the run up to the 911 attacks. He has also written books about the Camp David Accords, and Scientology. Wright is a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine.

Also: TV critic David Bianculli reviews this week’s episode of the FX series Legion. The show, based on a Marvel Comic series, began it’s second season two weeks ago. Bianculli says “that this week’s episode of ‘Legion‘ is one of the strangest, most compelling , hours of TV he’s ever seen.