What’s on MPR News – 1/17/19

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.

  • MikeB

    withdrawing this comment

  • Which segment are you referring to and what was said in it that you’re referring to?

    I ask because you made your comment at 8:30, a half hour before ANY of this content had been on the air.

  • Sonny T

    “President who lies about everything…” They said the exact same about Obama, Bush 2, Clinton, Bush 1… Yawn.

    “…revels in name calling and insults…” Um, I think you’d have a hard time showing one party is worse than the other in this department.

    9:20 a.m. – The political divide in America is stark, but…

    Yes, it is stark. The parties are divided. Good. When one side participates with the other, it’s called tyranny.

    • “President who lies about everything…” They said the exact same about Obama, Bush 2, Clinton, Bush 1… Yawn.

      They can SAY it all they want, but this particular President is head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to telling falsehoods, and it’s not even close.


      • Sonny T

        Nah. Partisan nit-picking. It’s the same as it’s always been, just amped up by a Keystone Cops mainstream press, stumbling over themselves to insult, deride, and discredit.

        Also, I like what they call a lie. “President says progress made in Korea.” They call that a lie? The press isn’t about to let this president even have an opinion.

        • You saw the Toronto Star link provided, correct?

          Trump lies ALL THE TIME.

          Over big things, over small things, over stupid things…it’s just lie after lie, day after day. Lies that can be proven (see the Star link).

          There’s some willful ignorance or cognition issues going on with those who can’t see the fact that Trump has a very tenuous relationship with reality.

          • Sonny T

            They said that about Obama. Just not as loudly. And not in the mainstream. The freak show fringe has gone mainstream. More than a little frightening.

          • They said that about Obama.

            Who is “they” and to what extent?

            Please cite your sources.

          • Sonny T

            “You lie!” A congressman actually jumped up and said that, during an Obama address. Don’t you remember? It put into words what a small but vocal Republican wing wouldn’t shut up about.

          • “You lie!” A congressman actually jumped up and said that, during an Obama address.

            Yep, of course I remember what Joe Wilson shouted. Wilson was also wrong.


            Wilson also apologized for his outburst.

            So you cite one Congressman who was actually wrong.

            OK…got it.

            /I’m just going to leave this topic because I can see this will be going nowhere and I have stuff to do.

          • Sonny T

            The point is it was gobbled up by the fringe. Just as the same accusation is traded around endlessly.

            When Amy Klobuchar is pres you’ll hear it again. Guaranteed.

          • X.A. Smith
    • I’m guessing as you guys furiously type away, you’re not actually listening to the program at all, right?

      Because one option would be to actually talk about what is actually being said.

      or you can just have the same old conversation on the internet AGAIN today. That’s valuable.

      • Sonny T

        C’mon Bob let us have fun 🙂 Also what’s with these eastern academics always being on the show? Can’t Kerri find any local eggheads? 🙂

        • There’s nothing fun about reading the same old, same old. Go to the PiPress or YouTube sites for your jollies.

    • jon

      My dad pitches the “same as it ever was” bit too…

      He doesn’t go so far as to include quotes ending them with “, but…” and exclude the part that says why this is different.

    • kevins

      Really Sonny T, equating trump to any past President in anything, particularly lies, is a great operational definition of minimization.

  • boB from WA

    //”arts reporter Marianne Combs creates art for radio.”
    Again being outside of the regular threads that go on here – my question is -what does art created for radio look like exactly [or even fantastically?]

    • It doesn’t look like anything. It sounds exactly like what comes out of your radio. The rich mix of natural sounds and interviewed, glued together by clever writing.

      • boB from WA

        Ahh, I see (or in this case, hear). Thanks for the continual enlightenment.

  • boB from WA

    For a slightly different take on how we arrived at this point in our political divide I invite you to listen to this:

  • What I’m learning in this thread is I can go ahead and stop wasting my time with the daily listing of what’s on the radio. Not much more than that, though.

    • kevins

      As a gardener, I know that sometimes things you plant don’t grow. No need to stop planting however. Thanks for your effort.

    • L. Foonimin

      please don’t stop, this preview is important for how I plan my day … it used to be a feature of MPR site, no longer, so you fill an important need … Thanks

    • boB from WA

      Or, as a public service, you could keep on doing the listings and then close the comments. But, hey, it’s your blog!

      • The point is people are listening to the radio, which is the point. Comments are irrelevant

  • Sonny T

    Sophisticated programs of disinformation are used by both sides. The Democrats aren’t any more trustworthy than the Republicans.