What’s on MPR News? 7/30/18

Monday July 30, 2018
(Subject to change as events dictate)

9 a.m. – MPR News with Kerri Miller (Chris Farrell hosts)
The Political Junkie podcast host, Ken Rudin, looks ahead to the week in politics.

9:20 a.m. – There was a time when the mere mention of the ‘S word” — socialism — would be seen as unamerican and anyone found following this subversive politics would undermine the “American Dream”. So when did it change? Today millennials are happy to embrace socialist policies on education, housing, healthcare and falling wages.

Guest: Cathy J. Cohen, David and Mary Winton Green Professor

10 a.m.- 1A with Joshua Johnson
Facebook says it is standing up to bullying and hatred with its temporary suspension of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. It’s a sharp turn from the company’s recent stance on free expression. And comes just as Facebook’s stock suffers a historic drop in price. Facebook has been called out time and again for inconsistently applying its community standards to people who use the platform to elevate hoaxes and hate speech. How will the social media giant be different now?

11 a.m. – MPR News at 11
The Blevins video.

11:20 a.m. – Are rape survivors ignored by the police? In a Star Tribune investigation, reporter Brandon Stahl reviewed of more than 1,000 sexual assault cases, filed in the last two years and revealed that Minnesota’s largest law enforcement agencies, including those in Minneapolis and St. Paul are consistently failing to investigate, or poorly investigated sexual assaults. So do the police see rape as a less serious crime to investigate or is sexual assault difficult to investigate and prosecuted?

Guests: Abby Honold, rape survivor; Paul Schnell, Inver Grove Heights police chief; Brandon Stahl, Star Tribune reporter.

12 p.m. – MPR News Presents
From the 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival: “Finding Happiness and Success at Every Stage of Life.” A talk by behavioral economist Arthur Brooks, the CEO of the American Enterprise Institute. In this talk he explores art, music and philosophy and ties them all together with the latest human happiness research. Part of his advice for a happy life is to “share your wisdom in whatever you know” and “stop doing the things that aren’t truly you.”

1 p.m. – The Takeaway
Is your destiny determined by your zip code? In communities that appear healthy, the data finds blind spots.

2 p.m. – BBC NewsHour
Zimbabwe holds its first election without Robert Mugabe’s name on the ballot.

3 p.m. – All Things Considered
Profile of 5th District congressional candidate Jamal Abdulahi; today’s developments in the Blevins case; the Confederate monuments of Memphis; drought vs. dams in California; the threat of a government shutdown.

6:00 p.m. – Marketplace
Ten years, one whole decade after the financial crisis, and you’d think college economics courses would be all over it. Not so much.

6:30 p.m. – The Daily
For decades, the American Civil Liberties Union has battled in the courts on behalf of Americans’ constitutional rights, whether that means same-sex marriage or the right of neo-Nazis to hold a rally. But since the 2016 election, the A.C.L.U. has been changing tactics, and one of its models for the future is the National Rifle Association.

Guest: Anthony Romero, the executive director of the A.C.L.U.

7 p.m. – The World
We’ll have reaction from Minneapolis, where Ethiopia’s prime minister is visiting today. The Twin Cities area of Minnesota is home to Ethiopian, Somali and Eritrean communities. And the visit is taking place amid a thaw in relations among the nations in the Horn of Africa region. We’ll hear why that’s happening now.

Host Marco Werman speaks with John Mukum Mbaku , a professor at Weber University in Utah, about the politics back home in his native Cameroon. The president there, Paul Biya, has just announced he’s running for re-election. Biya is 86 and he’s already been in power for 36 years.

Plus we’ll have the latest on the voting today in Zimbabwe, for the first presidential elections there since longtime ruler Robert Mugabe was forced to step down last year.

8 p.m. – Fresh Air
Kidnapped by Somali pirates. Michael Scott Moore talks with Dave Davies about his two-and-a-half years of captivity. He was beaten, considered suicide, attempted escape, and was eventually released after his mother raised $1.6 million in ransom.