What’s on MPR News today? 4/9/18

Monday April 9, 2018
(Subject to change as events dictate)

Note: Posting will be very light on NewsCut this week as I am taking it off to watch baseball.

Until 9 a.m. – Morning Edition
Pompeo, Bolton, and global Islam; the latest on the trade war; and comparing the airlines.

9 a.m. – MPR News with Kerri Miller
The Political Junkie. Ken Rudin with his weekly political discussion.

9:15 a.m. – After President Trump announced tariffs on Chinese goods, China responded with their own tariffs on American goods. But China’s tariffs seem targeted at farmers, who are right in the middle of America’s reddest Republican-leaning heartland states. What are the political and economic implications of what might turn out to be a trade war with China?

Guests: Mary E. Lovely, nonresident senior fellow at the Peterson Institute, professor of economics and Melvin A. Eggers Faculty Scholar at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs; Pradnya Joshi, Politico trade and agriculture editor.

10 a.m.- 1A with Joshua Johnson
You know Frank Oz’s voice. He was Grover, Bert, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Animal, Yoda and so many more. Now he’s talking, along with many of his colleagues, in a new documentary. Oz also directed a number of movies, including cult classics “Little Shop of Horrors” and “What About Bob?”

Guest: Frank Oz, director, Muppet Guys Talking; puppeteer

11 a.m. – MPR News at 11 (Marianne Combs hosts)
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 700 women die in the U.S. each year from complications of pregnancy or childbirth, and black women are three to four times more likely to die of these causes than white women. Marianne Combs talks to local midwives and doulas about the problems of childbirth and looks at whether culturally-centered maternal care can provide solutions to this problem.

Guests: Jennifer Almanza, School of Health Policy & Management at the University of Minnesota; Clara Sharp, a doula at Ahavah Birthworks; Rebecca Polson, midwife and owner of Roots Community Birth Center.

12 p.m. – MPR News Presents
From the America Abroad series: “Syria and Fragile States.” Why do some states become so fragile, and what’s the best way to get them back on their feet? Anchored by Madeleine Brand, with a Town Hall about Syria moderated by Joshua Johnson of IA.

1 p.m. – The Takeaway
First was “March for Our Lives,” now, young voices are speaking up at “Town Hall for Our Lives”. The next chapter in a national movement against gun violence led by America’s youth.

2 p.m. – BBC NewsHour

3 p.m. – All Things Considered
look at the man accused of bombing a suburban Twin Cities mosque last summer; the CIA’s PR campaign; farming’s grassroots movement; Zuckerberg as a leader.

6:00 p.m. – Marketplace
The 2008 financial crisis put many people out of jobs. Marketplace talks to one of them who took the crisis as an opportunity to develop a totally different and successful career.

6:30 p.m. – The Daily
President Trump has warned that there will be a “big price to pay” after yet another suspected chemical weapons attack on Syrians. But the suspicion that the Assad regime continues to use those weapons suggests it views the United States as being focused on a different fight. Guest: Ben Hubbard, who covers the Middle East for The New York Times.

7 p.m. – The World
Thailand’s war on drugs is filling the country’s prisons with women.

8 p.m. – Fresh Air
Journalist Todd Purdum talks about the creative relationship of Richards Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. His new book “Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway” examines the distant relationship between the two collaborators, despite the united front they presented to the world. He’ll talk about some of the failures of the team as well as the great successes. Purdum is a national editor and political correspondent for Vanity Fair magazine. Until late 2005, Purdum was a reporter and the Los Angeles bureau chief for the New York Times. From 1994 to 1997, he was a White House correspondent for the New York Times.

  • jon

    “What are the political and economic implications of what might turn out to be a trade war with China?”

    When will we reach a point where there are chinese products used/imported by/for the Trump organization that are being targeted?

    I’m going to say never, because short term pain is for losers. And not paying taxes makes you smart, unless you are named Bezo, then it makes you a loser…

    One law for them… another for the rest of us…

    • Trump and his ilk are quite literally living in an entirely different world than the rest of us, never mind taxes. They are well aware that nationalism and borders, serving in the military, working at actual jobs, religion, the law, and so much of what occupies political discourse is for the rest of us, not for them.

      • jon

        Spot on, except for religion, I can assure you that’s not for me at least… Ethics though would be a suitable substitute that is clearly something we should be worried about, but not so much for the trump administration…

        Heck even the Pruitt condo charade, where he was effectively paying $1,000 a months for a room in a condo where rooms normally start around $1,500 a month, and Trump called it “about market rate”. (the kind of math that can manage to bankrupt a casino.)

        $500+ month is close enough but the same political party only months ago was praising how much money a $1.50 a pay check was…
        $1.50 is a lot of money for you… $500 is about the same as $0 for us.

        Not buying it… we a congress that is willing to bring people up for impeachment for impeachable offenses…

        • I can go with ethics instead. Different world for those guys – clearly filling the swamp instead of draining it.

    • Jack Ungerleider

      The Chinese don’t want to punish Trump in the wallet, they want to punish him at the ballot box and in the court of public opinion. When you have politicians running a government they understand that every action has a political reaction.

      The Chinese want predictability (some might call it stability) in the White House. (As do many of our allies.) In that way they are attempting to influence the outcome of the up coming election by how they react to the actions of this President. If their reciprocal tariffs disproportionately effect voters who 2 years ago supported Trump, that’s just understanding the American political landscape better than this President.

  • Gary F

    Cold weather in Cleveland this week?

    • Jack Ungerleider

      I’m surprised he didn’t take off next week and go to San Juan to watch the Twins and Indians someplace that is guaranteed to be warm. 8^)

  • AL287

    I hope you’re traveling to a warm and sunny place to watch your beloved team.

    We smucks stuck here in polar spring will be green with envy!

    • Minneapolis

      • AL287


        However, it is supposed to get above 50 the middle of the week.


  • MrE85

    If Bob were posting today, he would likely be about the passing of Michael Gorr this weekend. http://www.kare11.com/article/news/minnesotas-top-bell-ringer-passes-away/89-536479759