What’s on MPR News – 9/4/18

Tuesday September 4, 2018
(Subject to change as events dictate)

8:30 a.m. – The Kavanaugh hearings
There is no testimony expected on the first day. This day is dedicated to opening statements. The chair Senator Chuck Grassley and Ranking Member Diane Feinstein will have unlimited time for opening remarks. Their statements will be followed by 10 minute remarks from each senator on the committee. Judge Kavanaugh will be seated and will deliver his opening statement at about 1 p.m. CT.

2 p.m. – BBC NewsHour
The Afghan Taliban have announced the death of Jalaluddin Haqqani – the founder of one of the most potent jihadist groups in the region, the Haqqani network today.

3 p.m. – All Things Considered
Civil law v. church law; the future of abortion in the states; the future of food criticism; the ruby red slippers return from Oz.

6:00 p.m. – Marketplace
When Neel Kashkari joined the U.S. Treasury in 2006, he never thought he’d be the man in charge of the biggest bailout of banks in American history. What he’s learned in the 10 years since the financial crisis.

6:30 p.m. – The Daily
Republicans have created a pipeline of conservative lawyers to help carry out a sweeping reconfiguration of the federal judiciary.

Guest: Jason Zengerle, a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine.

7 p.m. – The World
Sounds like a joke at the expense of the Russian president. But Vladimir Putin really does have his own reality show on Russian TV now. Host Marco Werman gets the scoop from Washington Post Moscow bureau chief Amie Ferris-Rotman.

Also, leaders from all over Africa converged in Beijing this week for the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation. China is investing massive amounts of money on development projects in Africa, and there’s concern here in the US that some African nations are taking on dangerous levels of debt with China. Marco finds out what each side is getting in these transactions from Larry Medowo, Africa business editor for the BBC in Nairobi.

Plus, how a graduate student from Pakistan is preparing for a new school year here in the US — it’s her first time back in class since her cousin was killed during a mass shooting at a high school in Texas last May.

8 p.m. – Fresh Air
Pakistani activist Khalidi Brohi is the author of the memoir, I Should Have Honor: A Memoir of Hope and Pride in Pakistan. Her mother was forced into marriage at the age of nine. Khalida’s cousin was the victim of an honor killing. Khalida was the first girl in her village to go to school. She started the Sughar Foundation , a non-profit dedicated to providing opportunities for tribal and rural women in Pakistan. She’s been twice named among Forbes’ 30 Under 30 for Social Entrepreneurship.

  • Sonny T

    You’re kidding, right? We have to listen to endless partisan bickering over a nominee whose confirmation is a forgone conclusion? ALL WEEK LONG? Aaaaaaaaaghghgh

    • // We have to listen

      Are you not familiar with the “off” button. Nobody is making you do anything. Nobody is making you listen to anything.

      • Sonny T

        BUT I could be listening to MPR programming, Cathy Wurzer, interviews, opinions, noon shows. But no.

        Also do you realize the horde around here will make me listen to top 40 country. Have you ever listened to top 40 country?

  • Sonny T

    Thanks I’ll check it out.

    What do you think of the Brett Kavanaugh hearings? My point is if you’re going to confirm him anyway, can’t we all forgo the political posturing?

    • But the thing is, you can forego it for yourself. You’re asking that it be eliminated for everyone else.

      But the reality is that there will — eventually — be specific cases cited and the person interested in being informed will have the opportunity to look up specific case law, which is always illuminating.

      I found the Gorsuch hearings to be fascinating precisely for that reason.

      The frozen trucker case? That was REALLY interesting.


      The other thing is this will be, likely, the last time in your life that you’ll hear a specific (likely) Supreme Court justice explain himself. They answer to NO ONE. Get it while you can, I say.

      • Sonny T

        It could always turn interesting. Note what I had to say to Frank, below.

      • Sonny T

        Unfortunately the play book is in place, assuring the same tired answers. Unless we get lucky 🙂

  • Sonny T

    I agree, except if Kavanaugh even hints at overturning Roe v. Wade it would go off like an atom bomb. Then we’d all be watching.

    Limiting campaign contributions might never get much traction. Any challenge gets hooked to free speech, and you can’t touch that.

    • The limits of presidential power would be … and I imagine WILL be… quite a conversation.

    • I’m not sure how many times in history people have lost a right that had been previously guaranteed . So that’s worth paying attention to.