What’s on MPR News? 7/26/18

Thursday July 26, 2018
(Subject to change as events dictate)

9 a.m. – MPR News with Kerri Miller
How language shapes our identity. Our identities are formed in so many different ways: by the people around us, the books we read, by the work we do, and by our speech. So much of our identity is shaped by the use of a word, or a phrase.

Guest:Anatoly Liberman, professor at the University of Minnesota.

10 a.m.- 1A with Joshua Johnson
The Russia investigation update. A poll released this week says 51 percent of American voters think “the Russian government has compromising information about President Trump,” according to Politico. But in the same poll, 70 percent of Republican voters don’t think the Kremlin has compromising information on him.

Guests: Carol Leonnig, national investigative reporter, The Washington Post; Alex Whiting, professor at Harvard Law School.

11 a.m. – MPR News at 11
Mid-life job transitions. Are you in the wrong job? Do you want to transition to a new career? What’s the best way to do it? Do you need to go back to grad school? Start your own business?

Guests: Jeffrey Scott, managing partner Me&I LLC; Barbara Bradley Hagerty, author of “Life Reimagined: The Science, Art and Opportunity of Midlife” and contributing editor at The Atlantic.

12 p.m. – MPR News Presents
From the 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival: “Gun Violence: A Mental Health Crisis for Youth.” Three high school students whose lives have been forever changed by gun violence speak out: Ke’Shon Newman of Chicago and Kayla Schaefer and Olivia Wesch of Parkland, Florida. Clinical social worker Ann Thomas, the CEO of The Children’s Place in Kansas City, adds her insights. The moderator is former ABC News anchor Ted Koppel.

1 p.m. – The Takeaway
The administration hits a deadline for family reunification. What the numbers say about borders crossings.

2 p.m. – BBC NewsHour
Supporters of the Pakistani politician Imran Khan celebrate him as the winner of the general election although official results still aren’t in.

3 p.m. – All Things Considered
The medical bill of the month; family reunification update; second part in the story on brain injuries and the firing of weapons; trade and the mid-term elections.

6:00 p.m. – Marketplace
A lot of people in Erie, Pennsylvania depend on social programs like food stamps. But if the Trump administration cuts those programs, where will those people turn?

6:30 p.m. – The Daily
Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, testified on Wednesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The question that came to the fore: Is the United States’ policy toward Russia what the president says, or what the government does?

Guest: Julie Hirschfeld Davis, who covers the White House for The New York Times.

7 p.m. – The World
The court-mandated deadline for the US government to reunite children who were separated from their parents at the US border under President Trump’s short-lived “zero tolerance” policy is July 26th. That’s today. But hundreds of children remain in limbo after their parents were deported by US immigration authorities. Host Marco Werman gets an update from The World’s Global Nation editor Monica Campbell.

Also, we remember the late Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga, whose research helped lead to an official apology in the 1980s from the US government for the detention of Japanese Americans during World War Two. Marco speaks with Nina Wallace of Densho, a group dedicated to documenting the Japanese American experience.

Plus, how US tariffs aimed at Canada are making life harder for small newspapers here on this side of the border.

And why lizards with longer toes fare better than their shorter-toed cousins when it comes to surviving hurricanes in the Caribbean. Seriously.

8 p.m. – Fresh Air
Who is Maria Butina? The 29-year-old Russian woman has been charged with working as an unregistered agent of Russia in the United States. Dave Davies talks with Washington Post investigative reporter Rosalind Helderman about Butina’s political connections, her relationship with the NRA and her activities related to the 2016 U.S election.

  • MrE85

    “A lot of people in Erie, Pennsylvania depend on social programs like food stamps. But if the Trump administration cuts those programs, where will those people turn?”

    I don’t know, but since Trump won Erie County in 2016, this must be what they wanted.

    • Marketplace has been dropping in on Erie since the campaign.

      Also, Trump won the county by about 2,000 votes of about 116,000 votes cast.

      He did not win the city of Erie. Clinton won every precinct.

      • MrE85

        If the New York Times “extremely detailed” election map can be trusted, Trump won my precinct, although much of the rest of the city voted for Clinton.

        So I guess I wanted to make America great. Funny, until the election, I thought it already was.

        • Sonny T

          It was for a lot of people. Not for others. And by the way, the real food stamp news is that it has plummeted.

          • You mean the use of food stamps has plummeted? I guess that makes sense. My 96 YO mother, who had only $39k left to her name, lost the $15 she got in food stamps every month. I guess she’s doing her part to make America great.

          • Sonny T

            Use plummeted through an increase in employment.

            If people are being cut from food stamps for any other reason, I am very much opposed to this

          • Sonny T

            “…food stamps, fell to 39.6 million in April, the most recent government data show. That’s down from a record 47.8 million in 2012, but as a share of the population it’s just back to where it was as the economy emerged from …”

            I don’t know what to make of this. Maybe I’m not smart enough. Is food stamp use up or down?

            If it’s down that’s good. How could it be spun any other way?

          • I think food stamp use tracks the economy, is what they’re saying . And overall, it’s better to have a growing economy than a receding one. Eventually, we’ll learn this lesson again the hard way.

          • Sonny T

            I absolutely agree. And I’m no socialist, but there’s something wrong when a boom and bust economy can so drastically affect our poorest.

          • I suppose. But it’s always the people on the margins who suffer the most when the economy turns sour.

          • Jack

            Once the government opts to buy all the excess commodities due to the tariff war, they will just hand the lesser folks a slab of cheese.

            Revisiting the 80’s?

  • >>A poll released this week says 51 percent of American voters think “the Russian government has compromising information about President Trump,”<<

    …the other 49% of Americans KNOW the Russian government has compromising information about President Trump.

    • Sonny T

      Just a question. What compromising information would the Russian government have on Trump?

      I’m not being coy or setting a rhetorical trap. I honestly can’t think of a plausible answer that would justify the mainstreaming of this question. To steal the election? Whatever Russia did, that didn’t happen. Some sexual indiscretion? We have seen how little Trump is affected by that kind of news.

      • There is a real reason why Trump won’t release his tax returns. Hopefully we will find out why he refuses sooner rather than later.

        • Sonny T

          But to the point, taxes wouldn’t be a Russia issue. Or would it? Still wondering what they would “have” on Trump.

          • Do we really have to spell it out for you? You’re smarter than this unless you are just trolling.

          • Sonny T

            I wouldn’t make assumptions 🙂

            The key word is plausible.

      • RBHolb

        Financial information that may or may not show unlawful conduct, but that would certainly prove embarrassing to him.