What’s on MPR News – 2/7/19

Thursday February 7, 2019
(Subject to change as events dictate. This page is updated throughout the day.)

Bob is off today.

9 a.m. – MPR News with Kerri Miller
Writer and anti-racist trainer Robin DiAngelo first coined the term “white fragility” in 2011 to describe the ways in which many white people react emotionally and defensively when confronted with issues of race.

10 a.m.- 1A with Joshua Johnson
The news can be exhausting and keeping up sometimes feels like a superhuman effort. The world’s biggest, most trusted news organizations have had to adjust too. But how? Joshua Johnson shares highlights from a special event featuring Michael Barbaro of the New York Times, and the BBC’s Katty Kay.

11 a.m. – MPR News with Angela Davis
It’s Winter Member Drive! So, we’re bringing our listeners the best of Angela Davis. Two guests joined host Angela Davis to talk about what happens to your DNA and to your relationships when you use a DNA kit.

12 p.m. – MPR News Presents
The Minnesota legislative leaders discuss the key issues facing the state: Senate Republican Majority Leader Paul Gazelka and DFL House Speaker Melissa Hortman. MPR’s Brianna Biershbach moderated the discussion Wednesday at the U of Minnesota Humphrey School.

1 p.m. – The Takeaway
Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon launches an inquiry into Saudi students escaping prosecution for crimes committed on U.S. soil

2 p.m. – BBC NewsHour
President Maduro of Venezuela refuses to allow aid shipments into the country despite severe shortages. Also: the British prime minister is back in Brussels demanding changes to the Brexit deal.

3 p.m. – All Things Considered
The Pacific Northwest’s measles outbreak; the cost of water; what happens when cryptocurrency disappears because the one guy who had a password dies; a look at the Green New Deal; the National Prayer Breakfast.

6:00 p.m. – Marketplace
Autonomous vehicles are making big strides with real world testing, but there’s another obstacle left in the road to a driverless future: making these cars profitable.

6:30 p.m. – The Daily
The pope has acknowledged for the first time the persistent problem of sexual abuse of nuns by priests. We look at why it took the Catholic Church so long to recognize this group of victims.

Guest: Laurie Goodstein, who has covered the Catholic Church for decades.

7 p.m. – The World
A quick economic history of Venezuela, a country that seems to have come full circle. Democratic Venezuela went broke in the 1990s. Socialist Hugo Chavez came to power promising to fix the economy. Now Juan Guaido has tapped into Venezuelan discontent about inequality, poverty and corruption, just as Chavez did.

8 p.m. – Fresh Air
Journalist Michael Schmidt covers national security and federal investigations for The New York Times. He’ll discuss the Mueller investigation and the other investigations surrounding President Trump. Schmidt was one of the Times reporters who last month broke the story that after Comey was fired, the FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation into whether Trump was secretly working on behalf of Russia and posed a threat to America’s national security. He also broke the story about Hillary Clinton’s exclusive use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State.

  • MrE85

    “Autonomous vehicles are making big strides with real world testing,…”

    Yesterday I got a message on my dashboard that my car’s radar screen was blocked (by some slush). I never thought I would have a car equipped with radar.

    We are already realizing the benefits of self-driving cars, in the improved safety features that comes standard in many newer vehicles.

    • Tell us more about this car with radar.

      • I’m waiting for cars with pitot tubes.

        • Rob

          And propellers and wings!

      • MrE85

        My 2018 Insight (it’s a hybrid, like the Prius) has “Honda Sensing.” Try to ignore the awful music, and this video shows how it works. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ulVmeA04EM

        • X.A. Smith

          My dad’s Subaru has something much like this, and I found it to be really annoying.

          • MrE85

            You can turn off most of the features if you don’t want them. I never use cruse control, anyway.

          • Jeff C.

            Looks useful. What was annoying about it?

          • X.A. Smith

            I’m supposed to be in complete control of the vehicle, but then an unseen force is taking that control away from me. All the motions I’ve been competently executing for the last thirty years are suddenly being critiqued by an unseen force.

            As Mr.E85 says, you can turn the features off—FOR NOW! 😉

    • Rob

      Wow – radar-equipped cars. What’s next, cars with heat-seeking missiles?

      • wjc

        I could use one of those considering the quality of many drivers.

    • kevins

      We are in the throes of a good-old blizzard…my radar says stay in!!!

    • jon

      Had you been driving all night your hands wet on the wheel?

  • Robin DiAngelo is a consequential researcher and lecturer on race. The bigger challenge remains an old one: how to get people to be self-aware. This cuts across all kinds of societal constructs, not just race. We are seeing tension as awareness dawns over gender, race, religion, and so much of what is baked into our institutions and culture. Listen, read, learn and try to be open-minded – it’s a process.

    • Al

      She’s a foundational piece of our office’s work on talking about race in the workplace. Good stuff.

      • Sonny T

        Do you have an integrated workplace?

    • >>The bigger challenge remains an old one: how to get people to be self-aware. <<

      At time I look back at past behavior or things I've said to people and just cringe. At the time, I didn't know any better or know the context of something I said.

      • JamieHX

        >>At the time, I didn’t know any better or know the context of something I said. <<
        That's important to consider when judging situations like the Virginia governor and attorney general.

        • Sure, it would , IF “at the time” was something like the 50s or 60s. But for the governor it was 1984. For the attorney general, it was 1980. And this was college.

          So, no sale. These weren’t the dark ages.

          • AL287

            I recommend you visit the Baton Rouge Morning Advocate web page and read the article telling the story of the Opera which took place around the same time as Northam’s unforgivable “transgression.”


            Racism is learned and taught. We aren’t born hating blacks, Asians, Muslims, etc.

            What all of us need to ask ourselves is am I teaching and practicing tolerance?

          • Sonny T

            I’d argue we were more enlightened. What happened to affirmative action? Why don’t we hear those words?

          • I don’t understand. It what context do you want to hear those words with regard to this story?

          • Sonny T


          • JamieHX

            It was 35 and 40 years ago. If NPR still has to educate us about why wearing back face is offensive, as they did this morning, then we shouldn’t be so critical of it happening in the 80s in the South.
            Imagine someone who often sees people like stage or movie actors, or people dressing up for Halloween or other celebrations, who wear all kinds of different makeup and costumes in order to look like certain characters. But they’ve never heard the perspective of black people who are offended by certain renderings. How would he know not to dress up like Michael Jackson?

          • // It was 35 and 40 years ago. If NPR still has to educate us about why wearing back face is offensive, as they did this morning, then we shouldn’t be so critical of it happening in the 80s in the South

            Anyone who had to be educated about why wearing blackface is offensive is an idiot in 2019, and a racist in 1984.

            Sure, MAYBE someone lived in such an insular, whites-only environment that allowed them to get all the way to college (or later if people are just learning about it now on the radio) without ever having talked to a black person or understood why blackface is racist. In any case, those people have no business being in positions of authority in a state.

            //It was 35 and 40 years ago

            Again, this is the ridiculous aspect of the excuse making. It was 35 or 40 years ago. So? The only way one would invoke this excuse is a lame attempt to try the “we didn’t know any better.” That’s absurd. It’s literally impossible to have grown up in the America of the civil rights era and be so clueless about the symbols of racism.

            They all knew better. The governor. The AG. The head of the Va. GOP. They all knew better. They did it anyway. That’s the story.