What’s on MPR News – 9/26/18

The newsroom

Wednesday September 26, 2018
(Subject to change as events dictate)

9 a.m. – MPR News with Kerri Miller
President Trump gave a speech at the UN on Tuesday, touting the merits of sovereignty. But what are his views on other areas of foreign policy? Where is the U.S. with China, Iran and Climate change?

Guests: Afsheen John Radsan – Professor of Law at Mitchell Hamline School of Law; Joshua Busby – Associate Professor of Public Affairs at University of Texas, Austin;Sheila Smith – senior fellow for Japan studies at Council on Foreign Relations.

10 a.m.- 1A with Joshua Johnson
Susan Sontag wrote in her essay “On Photography” that “[p]hotographs furnish evidence. Something we hear about, but doubt, seems proven when we’re shown a photograph of it…A photograph is not just the result of an encounter between an event and a photographer; picture-taking is an event in itself, and one with ever more peremptory rights-to interfere with, to invade, or to ignore whatever is going on. Our very sense of situation is now articulated by the camera’s interventions.”

No more is that clear than in Syrian refugee Alan Kurdi’s photograph, which was taken after a two-year-old washed ashore in Greece after the boat transporting him and his family sank.

What happened to her family after the photo? What is the current status of the Syrian refugee community?

Guest: Tima Kurdi, author, “The Boy On The Beach: My Family’s Escape From Syria And Our Hope For A New Home.”

11 a.m. – MPR News at 11
More than two-thirds of American fourth-graders cannot read at their expected grade level. Children struggling to read in the third grade are likely to be poor readers for their entire lives.

In a recent APM Reports documentary, reporter Emily Hanford found that many teachers in training, including the professors instructing them, don’t understand reading science.

Guests: Kelly Butler, Barksdale Reading Institute, Director, Policy & Partnerships; Lori Helman, Director of the Minnesota Center for Reading Research & Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at the U of M

12 p.m. – MPR News Presents
A keynote address given by David Brooks on Monday night at the Institute for Freedom and Community at St. Olaf College in Northfield. The speech kicked off their series on “Patriotism, Nationalism, and the Idea of America.” Brooks is a columnist for the New York Times, and a commentator on PBS and NPR.

1 p.m. – The Takeaway
Seeking normalcy, after serving time. California pushes to clear convictions and create opportunities for the formerly incarcerated.

2 p.m. – BBC NewsHour
President Trump doubles down on Iran, Russia and China. What can he achieve as chair of the UN Security Council? Also: a new estimate of the vast numbers who died in South Sudan. And ribbon wars in Catalonia.

3 p.m. – All Things Considered
Eight District congressional debate; a Senate panel is reviewing new sexual misconduct allegations from a third woman against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh; Major DJ Skelton has retired from the Army. He was grievously injured in Iraq 14 years ago, but managed to return to active duty after more than 80 surgeries; The Federal Reserve raised its key interest rate today. The move marks the third such hike this year, and like the others, it’s a modest one.

4 p.m. – President Trump news conference.

6:00 p.m. – Marketplace
How trade experts keep up when the trade policies keep changing. For U.S. custom brokers, work has been a lot more complicated since U.S. tariffs were announced on imported steel and aluminum.

6:30 p.m. – The Daily
Revisiting What Happened to Anita Hill.
The law professor testified against Judge Clarence Thomas during his confirmation hearings in 1991. What has changed since?
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7 p.m. – The World
This morning, as Trump chaired a meeting of the UN Security Council, he accused China of trying to meddle in the 2018 midterm elections in the United States. Host Marco Werman gets a reality check on that from Fred Kaplan, national-security columnist for Slate, and author of “Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War.”

Also, the president used his time at the UN to blast the International Criminal Court. He condemned the International Criminal Court, saying it has “no jurisdiction, no legitimacy, and no authority.” Marco speaks about that with Oona Hathaway, a professor of International Law at Yale.

Plus reporter Janet Babin goes on a scientific quest to Greenland, to find out how worried she should be about sea levels rising around her home in New York City.

And Marco speaks with Chris, the leader of French indie-pop band, Christine and The Queens. They talk about gender identity and empowerment, two big themes for the band.

8 p.m. – Fresh Air
Musician and composer Jon Batiste, the music director and band leader of Stay Human, the house band for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. His new album Hollywood Africans, is a mix of boogie woogie, blues, standards, and originals, including compositions inspired by classical music. We’ll hear music from this album and Batiste will play piano and sing in the studio for this interview. He has recorded and performed with artists in various genres of music including Stevie Wonder, Prince, Willie Nelson, Lenny Kravitz, Ed Sheeran, and Mavis Staples.