What’s on MPR News – 1/17/19

In an MPR News production booth, arts reporter Marianne Combs creates art for radio.

Thursday January 17, 2019
(Subject to change as events dictate. This page is updated throughout the day.)

9 a.m. – MPR News with Kerri Miller
Kirsten Gillibrand, Tulsi Gabbard and Julian Castro have announced their bids for the 2020 Presidential elections. They join a long list of Democrats vying for a seat in the oval office.

Guest: Natasha Korecki, national correspondent for POLITICO.

9:20 a.m. – The political divide in America is stark, but the relationship between Conservatives and Liberals hasn’t always been so corrosive. A study from Pew Research shows that between 1994 and 2016 the number of Republicans and Democrats who have “very unfavorable” views of the opposing party has more than doubled.

Guest: Lilliana Mason, an assistant professor of politics at the University of Maryland and the author of “Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity”

10 a.m.- 1A with Joshua Johnson (Todd Zwillich hosts)
Over the weekend, The Washington Post and The New York Times published explosive stories about President Donald Trump and Russia. The Times said the FBI had opened an investigation into President Trump, questioning whether he was working for Russia.

The Times report says this segment of the investigation has been taken over by special counsel Robert Mueller. The Washington Post, meanwhile, reported that President Trump has been secretive about his conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

What do these stories mean about the scope of the Russia investigation and the president’s approach to foreign relations?

Guests: Mark Mazzetti, Washington investigative correspondent, The New York Times; Asha Rangappa , senior lecturer, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University, former associate dean, Yale Law School.

11 a.m. – MPR News with Angela Davis
Housing and homelessness are top of mind in Minnesota, with the Hiawatha homeless encampment shut down and a lack of affordable housing across the state.

These issues and more will land on the plate of the state’s new housing commissioner. Jennifer Ho will lead the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency. Ho is a Minnesota native and was a senior advisor at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Obama administration.

11:45 a.m. – You know the T-Rex. But do you know the Spinosaurus? The giant hunting dinosaur was even bigger than the T-Rex – some 50 feet long with seven-foot-long spines. Its fossils were first found in Morocco, then lost in World War II.

Along with other scientists, paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim worked with new fossil discoveries and old drawings to bring the giant creature back to science.

Guest: Nizar Ibrahim, paleontologist, anatomist, assistant professor of Biology, National Geographic Explorer

12 p.m. – MPR News Presents
APM Reports documentary: “Hard to Read: How American Schools Fail Students with Dyslexia.” The documentary explores how improving things for kids with learning disabilities like dyslexia could help all students learn to read better.

1 p.m. – The Takeaway
The Takeaway hears from reporters in Arizona, Texas and Alaska about the impact of the shutdown on their communities and how local charities and businesses are stepping up to meet the needs of people.

On Capitol Hill these days it turns out you can argue with science. In his confirmation hearing to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler avoids the “c words.” So what can he speak to? We’ll look at his long history in Washington .

And: A look at the humanitarian crisis more broadly in Syria and why children, particularly infants, are most at risk.

2 p.m. – BBC NewsHour
Big protests and mass arrests in Sudan. A senior North Korean official heads to Washington. And one year on from a murder that shook a nation, has anything changed in Pakistan ?

3 p.m. – All Things Considered
Iraq, Iran trade and sanctions; unpaid fed workers are fed up; dispatches from Steve King’s Iowa district; golf ball pollution.

6:00 p.m. – Marketplace
The Department of Agriculture changed school nutrition standards, and dairy may soon show up in school lunches in a big way. What this deal means for the dairy industry and student health.

6:30 p.m. – The Daily
As the government shutdown approaches its fifth week, a few congressional Republicans are publicly breaking from the president in his push for a border wall. We spoke with one of them.

Guest: Rep. Will Hurd, Republican of Texas.

7 p.m. – The World
What happens when we misplace the North Pole? On today’s show, The World’s Carolyn Beeler explains that the US agency that helps keep track of magnetic north is shutdown (it’s day 27 of the federal government shutdown, by the way), leaving the scientific community and shipping traffic with gaps in their global data.

Also, women are marching in protest again this weekend. But this year’s marches have been fractured as organizers deal with internal tensions about their priorities. But The World’s Allison Herrara reports that for women across the US and around the world, the march will go on.

Plus, how do we fully know our history when so many voices from the past have been silenced? Our series this week about the legacy of the transatlantic slave trade continues, with The World’s Rupa Shenoy reporting from Virginia. She looks back at the history of the first enslaved Africans who arrived in the American colonies 400 years ago this year, and the way their experiences are being documented in new ways.

8 p.m. – Fresh Air (Dave Davies hosts)
Senior political correspondent for Yahoo, Jon Ward’s new book is Camelot’s End: Kennedy vs. Carter & the Fight that Broke the Democratic Party. He writes about “one of only a handful of times…that an incumbent president running for re-election had been challenged from within his own party” when Ted Kennedy challenged Jimmy Carter for the Democratic nomination in 1980.