What’s on MPR News – 1/16/19

Wednesday Jan. 16, 2019
(Subject to change as events dictate. This page is updated throughout the day.)

9 a.m. – MPR News with Kerri Miller
Men like Aziz Ansari and Louis C.K. have been making their way back into public life after being called out by the #MeToo movement. Have they done enough to make amends? Are fans willing to forgive them?

Guests: Anna North, senior reporter at Vox covering gender issues; Zainab Salbi, founder of Women for Women International, host and creator of a special on PBS last year, #MeToo Now What?

10 a.m.- 1A with Joshua Johnson
Keep Calm & Carry On was a popular slogan for the British during the War. But it’s not a great strategy for leaving the European Union. More than a million Americans work for British companies. What does Brexit mean for them?

Guests: Jon Sopel , North America editor, BBC; author, “If Only They Didn’t Speak English: Notes from Trump’s America” ; Anne McElvoy, senior editor, The Economist; editor, Economist Radio; based in London; Erik Brattberg, director of the Europe Program and a fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington.

11 a.m. – MPR News with Angela Davis
In a recent piece about optimism and climate change for Vox, David Roberts was very frank:

“In a sense, we’re already screwed, at least to some extent. The climate is already changing and it’s already taking a measurable toll…One way or another, when it comes to the effects of climate change, we’re in for worse.”

Despite all that, Roberts argues for “conditional optimism.”

Guests: MPR’s Chief Meteorologist Paul Huttner and Kim Cobb, a professor of earth and atmospheric sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

11:45 a.m – Despite a lack of snow in some parts of Minnesota, there are plenty of outdoor activities available this winter, including some of the best ice skating in years.

MPR News host Angela Davis talks with Anthony Taylor, adventures director for the Loppet Foundation, about increasing access to outdoor activities and green spaces for all Minnesotans – and why it matters.

12 p.m. – MPR News Presents
APM Reports documentary, “Teaching Teachers.” Some ideas from Japan on the best ways to train and retrain teachers.

1 p.m. – The Takeaway
The Federal Reserve chairman warns of the economic impact of the federal freeze. The Takeaway explores those costs.

Also: How the uncertainty over Brexit is playing in Ireland and what the possibility of a no-deal Brexit means for a country that wants and needs an open border with Northern Ireland to thrive economically.

And a conversation about the new Gillette ad and what it says about this current social environment and how the marketing for men is changing.

2 p.m. – BBC NewsHour
We’ll be in Westminster where the British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a motion of no confidence in her government as she tries to find a Brexit compromise that can win the support of parliament.

3 p.m. – All Things Considered
Black women judges take office; Democratic freshman policies examined; evangelicals on the pullout from Syria; Total Wine suit at the Supreme Court; and how much does class size matter?

6:00 p.m. – Marketplace
What the state of the junk bond says about the state of the economy. High-risk junk bonds haven’t been selling, and economic uncertainty may be to blame.

6:30 p.m. – The Daily
In a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, William P. Barr, the nominee for attorney general, vowed to protect the Justice Department and seemed to tell senators what they wanted to hear. But was it what the president wanted to hear?

Guest: Michael S. Schmidt, who covers national security and federal investigations for The New York Times.

7 p.m. – The World
Where American slavery started. Four-hundred years ago, about 40 people were snatched from what is now Angola, then sold in Virginia. They were the first enslaved Africans in what became America. History says they landed in Jamestown, but there’s a competing story about where they came ashore.

8 p.m. – Fresh Air (Dave Davies hosts)
Journalist Tom Gjelton has been a correspondent for NPR for over 30 years, covering diplomatic and national security issues. He’ll discuss the evolution of the U.S. immigration policy and how we got to the present situation at the border. He is the author of the 2015 book, A Nation of Nations: A Great Immigration Story. He is currently NPR’s religion and belief correspondent.

  • MrE85

    “In a sense, we’re already screwed…”

    I’m going to have that put on a t-shirt.

    • Strib front page story on three experts saying winters are becoming a thing of the past and that the Twin Cities are among the fastest-warming cities on the planet is eye opening.

      It’s already too late.

      But who are without winter? We’re losing our very identity.

      • Rob

        Identity, schmidentity. Gotta go – am planning my annual winter motorcycle trip in AZ…

      • lusophone

        I remember maybe 20 to 30 years ago walking in the woods behind my childhood home in the winter thinking to myself that there weren’t too many people in the world who lived in these kinds of conditions. It was snow covered and the temp. was maybe in the teens. Just a nice little winter walk in the woods. Times have certainly changed in these parts.

      • KariBemidji

        If you’d like you can be guest for Hockey Day Minnesota this weekend. I think my identity this weekend will be windblown popsicle.

      • Sonny T

        We need activist politicians who make the environment the centerpiece of their platform. Sadly, I can’t think of any.

    • Rob

      I prefer pessimism regarding climate change as well. As my dear sainted mother used to say, “A pessimist is merely an optimist who understands and accepts the facts, and realizes that once you start circling the drain, optimism is merely a gussied-up form of denial.”

    • MikeB

      Can also apply to our standing in the world, etc. Front row seats to end of the empire.

      • Sonny T

        Our empire? A lot of people would say Good Riddance.

  • Mike Worcester

    We perhaps should remember that while our winters can be annoying at times, they serve a useful purpose. For example, ice fishing and snowmobiling are economic boons for many rural areas. Or that abundant snowfall, while a pain to push around, is also vital to our ag sector for replenishing ground moisture. Or that cold acts as a detriment to many bugs and parasites that otherwise would love to call Minnesota home. In these respects, I’ll take the snow and chill.

    • Postal Customer

      But there are economic and environmental losses associated with snowfalls. One of them involves the salt and chemicals dumped on the road that winds up in our lakes.

  • boB from WA

    I know I’m not one to comment on what’s coming up in these threads, but the pictures you post are rather fascinating. For instance, why does Cathy Wurzer (?) have a different mike than the other ones in other studios? And, what is that on the screen behind her left shoulder?

    • The host mics are the same in all the studios. It’s also the one that’s the guest mic in the Current studio I use at 420, so I’m not sure in regards to your first question. I believe the screen on her left shoulder is a TV monitor.

      • Postal Customer

        What kind of headphones are those? They look like AKG, but what model?

      • boB from WA

        I get that its a monitor, but what intrigues me was the image. What is THAT?

        • Looks like someone having fun during a weather forecast

          • I swapped out the image to make it expandable. It’s not a weather forecast. I honest to God don’t know what the heck it is.

          • boB from WA

            Maybe Ms Wurzer would know?

          • Maybe. Drop her a line. Our schedules don’t mesh

          • boB from WA

            Ok then

  • Sonny T

    If you refer to Trump, he’s been very consistent, very clear about pulling back from foreign involvement.

  • Sonny T

    I’d prefer to discuss what he does, rather than what others think he might do