What’s on MPR News – 8/15/18

Wednesday August 15, 2018
(Subject to change as events dictate)

9 a.m. – MPR News with Kerri Miller
Two guests discuss disparities in pay between male and female athletes.

10 a.m.- 1A with Joshua Johnson
How tech companies are transforming classrooms. Here’s a new phrase for you: “The Googlification of the classroom.” Tech reporter Natasha Singer covered it for The New York Times in 2017. She wrote that Chicago Public Schools, the third-largest school district in the country has been at the forefront of introducing the tech giant’s low-cost and free tools into the classroom.

What are the effects of having classrooms branded by technology companies? And how much are these digital resources helping students?

Guests: Natasha Singer, technology reporter, The New York Times; Hal Friedlander, CEO and co-founder, Technology for Education Consortium; Jessie Woolley-Wilson, chair, CEO and president, DreamBox Learning, an education software company; Darren Ellwein, principal, Harrisburg South Middle School in Harrisburg, South Dakota.

11 a.m. – MPR News at 11
Analyzing the election results. What will the results mean for the U.S. midterm elections?

Guests: Dianne Bystrom, recently retired director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics; Kathleen Uradnik, professor of political science, St. Cloud State University; Philip Chen, assistant professor of political science, Beloit College.

12 p.m. – MPR News Presents
From the Aspen Ideas Festival. Dr. Atul Gawande: “Is Health Care a Human Right?” Dr. Gawande is interviewed by David Leonhardt of the New York Times.

1 p.m. – The Takeaway
Seven decades of abuse inside Pennsylvania’s Catholic Church: What’s inside an 800-page report, and what it means for its survivors.

2 p.m. – BBC NewsHour
The latest on efforts to rescue survivors from under the bridge that collapsed in Italy.

3 p.m. – All Things Considered
Reaction to the Catholic Church abuse report; a new school year at the scene of a mass shooting; Kavanaugh and red state Democrats; what happened in the 8th District.

6:00 p.m. – Marketplace
A conversation with the CEO of men’s tailoring company Alton Lane. How a full body scanner, a custom-tailored suit, and a glass of bourbon could be the future of retail.

6:30 p.m. – The Daily
Turkey is on the verge of an economic meltdown that could infect the global financial system. We examine how the country’s slide toward authoritarianism helped trigger the crisis.

Guest: Jim Tankersley, who covers economic policy for The New York Times.

7 p.m. – The World
Peace-loving Canada may have a gun problem, and while it’s nothing like what we see in the U.S., some Canadians are worried.

8 p.m. – Fresh Air
Guest: Journalist Somini Sengupta, New York Times International climate reporter. She writes that temperatures are rising faster than experts predicted and she reports on the communities affected by this climate change.

  • Sonny T

    As I’ve said before, Republican candidates go all in on Trump, or lose this fall. Pawlenty is a good example.


    Look for Eric Paulson and other anti-Trump Republicans to get walloped at mid-terms. Spend yer money elsewhere, Dems (they should hire me.)

    Walz wins (narrowly). Housley takes senate.

    There won’t be any traditional mid-term letdown for the president’s party. Look for big Red wave as the unwashed pour in (look out for what you hope for, Dems). Mainstream press pleads, cajoles, threatens in hysterical anti-Trump diatribes, but to no avail.

    People can’t stand being told what to do. Remember childhood? Don’t throw stones at the hornet nest. Don’t go swimming in the creek. Don’t play in the attic with Suzie.

    Did you listen? I didn’t either 🙂

    • I didn’t see anything in Pawlenty’s campaign that came close to anti-Trump, so I don’t see how Johnson-Trump could be viewed as a referendum on the guy.

      I also don’t quite understand what constitutes being anti-Trump in the Republican party. Paulsen even took the floor in the house to deliver the final speech for Republicans urging the House to pass Trump’s initial attempt to strip health care from people.

      //People can’t stand being told what to do.

      People may say that but people are mostly sheep. All you have to do is look at how quickly people will begin to parrot talking points and how seldom they apply any critical thinking skills or research ability to decide for themselves what facts are rather than merely accept what they’re told. This is at the entire heart of political campaigns w.r.t. advertising.

      It’s a sad reality but it’s reality.

      • Sonny T

        we’ll see Bob. These are predictions, although I think we’ll know pretty quick with the Pawlenty thing.

        These are fascinating times. The average Trump supporter dislikes the Republicans as much as the Democrats, and is disliked in turn.

        • Didn’t really answer my questions. What made Pawlenty anti-Trump?

          What makes Paulsen anti-Trump?

          // The average Trump supporter dislikes the Republicans

          That’s marketing. It’s meant to preserve Trump’s ability to run as an outsider. He controls the party. They’re all insiders still trying to say they’re outsiders.

          • Sonny T

            Pawlenty didn’t initially support Trump, and was luke-warm later. Johnson hung this albatross around his neck at every turn.

            Even the casual observer knows Johnson was the Trump guy. Not sure what you’re not seeing. Maybe we’re getting our semantics mixed up.

            Same issue will dog Paulsen. He says continuously, I’m not Trump.

            There are pro Trump and anti Trump wings who will go after each other this fall. Look for the former to prevail. Decisively.

          • I think I understand what you’re saying. You’re referring to the cult of personality regarding pro and anti Trump, not the politics of Trump.

          • Sonny T

            It won’t be Walz vs Johnson. It will be Walz vs Trump.

          • Couldn’t agree more. With Trump’s tweet today, the election is a referendum on the president.

          • Frank

            Midterms are always a referendum on the President.

            The GOP is likely to lose some house seats, but if they hold the majorities, you can expect some epic strutting and crowing from Trump…probably warranted given the history of midterms.

            For me, its not that important. Trump has successfully balanced the SCOTUS in a direction that will secure the integrity of the Constitution for the rest of my life. Leftists have counted on a sympathetic federal judiciary to get an agenda enacted they could never get approval from the electorate for: that is over.

            Additionally, he may or may not get the wall built, but even if it doesn’t get built, the next two years are going to be very discouraging for people looking to violate our borders, which to many of us is a bonus.

          • // Midterms are always a referendum on the President.

            No, they’re really not w.r.t. gubernatorial elections. Almost never in Minnesota, actually. Since 1992, when I moved to Minnesota, I can’t think of a single gubernatorial election in which a president even came up as a dominant issue or was characterized in any way as a referendum on a sitting president.

          • Frank

            Obama came to share his glow with Mark Dayton in 2010. It was widely hailed by MN lefties as I recall.

            MPR referred to a referendum on Obama:

            “Emmer’s greatest opportunity is to reframe the election as a national referendum on President Barack Obama and the nation’s direction.”


          • That’s a whole ‘nother definition than the election being a referendum on a prez. Dayton ‘s campaign in 2010 barely even included Obama’s signature achievement because he wasn’t a fan of ACA, preferring single payer (plus Minnesota already had MinnesotaCare). His deal was raising taxes on the wealthy. At the same time, Tom Emmer never campaigned on Dayton’s ties to Obama. His main message was cutting the state budget by 20 percent and cutting taxes. So the referendum that year was on state taxes.

          • Frank

            And Emmer forgot to tie in Obama’s love for taxes? Again, from MRP:

            “Emmer said Dayton will continue President Obama’s agenda on the state level.

            “It’s about bigger government and higher taxes or it’s about smaller more efficient government and trying to make Minnesota and the United States more business friendly to start growing jobs again,” Emmer said.

            Regarding President Obama’s visit, Emmer said he’s coming in to support the candidate in Minnesota who would follow his policies in Minnesota; to grow government and raise taxes.”


            If you’re saying the success of framing it as a referendum varies, I’d agree. But no midterm politician ignores the impact the sitting President has had on their target constituence, good or bad, for the preceding 2 years.

          • Tagging an opponent on an endorsement has little to with the dynamic of a race being FOCUSED on a president.

            Mr. Johnson clearly is framing it as a referendum, he did that in his primary race also. So is Mr. Walz. That’s usually a clear sign that it’s a referendum.

          • Sonny T

            lord the man’s an idiot. He also could blow the entire ticket up. I didn’t mention that

    • jon

      Yes, the president who has a historically high disapproval rating, and a historically low approval rating, who has proven time and time again in special elections to not really be able to carry a candidate on his coattails… he is going to have a red wave during the midterm elections because the GOP is going to cling to him…
      This is the same president who lost the popular vote?
      The same guy who has been mired in scandal despite his part controlling both chambers of congress?

      That’s what you want to cling too in order for a red wave… some one for whom only 42% of the population approves of the job he is doing…
      That guy?

      Good luck.

      Meanwhile back in reality, The only indicators that a primary can give you on a general elections is 1) who will be on the ballot, and 2) voter enthusiasm…

      And particularly in a midterm election voter enthusiasm matters, 65% of primary voters were democrats in Minnesota this year.

      I know you are going to point out that you don’t believe in polls, unless they support your position, like the president does… and you might not even believe in the outcome of the midterm elections, because maybe massive voter fraud happened somewhere completely unseen with a conspiracy involving millions of people who all know to keep their mouths shut (something that members of the president’s staff can’t even manage).

      But reality is going to happen, regardless of if you believe in it (that’s what makes it reality)… every indication at this point is that there will not be a red wave, and the election will be of a more traditional mid-term nature with the president’s party losing seats… Nothing so far has indicated anything particularly exceptional, no matter what the news media (either fox or CNN) have been telling you… because the honest truth is both of them want you to think it’s exceptional, and this is completely unusual… because that’s how they get you to watch, and that’s how they justify charging more for ads… Or to put it simply… Maybe you’ve been brainwashed too.

      • Sonny T

        I don’t “want” anything. I’m making predictions based on what I see.

        Thanks for your input.

        • jon

          Where are you seeing this information you are using to form your predictions, the kremlin?