What’s on MPR News – 3/18/19

Monday March 18, 2019
(Subject to change as events dictate. This page is updated throughout the day.)

9 a.m. – MPR News with Kerri Miller
MPR News Host Kerri Miller runs down the week in politics with Ken Rudin, host of The Political Junkie Podcast.

9:15 a.m.- A group of wealthy parents were charged last week with illegally pulling strings and paying bribes to get their kids into prestigious U.S. universities: Yale, Stanford, USC, UCLA, Georgetown and Wake Forest. Federal authorities say it’s the largest college admission scam in U.S. history.

Guests: Jessica Calarco, assistant professor of sociology at Indiana University and author of “Negotiation Opportunities; Julie Lythcott-Haims, former Stanford University Dean of Students and author of “How to Raise an Adult.”

10 a.m.- 1A with Joshua Johnson
Friday’s mosque shooting in New Zealand was inspired by a toxic & racist culture that feeds off parts of the internet. How do we reckon with online hate and what consequences should there be for the bigots who promote acts of violence?

11 a.m. – MPR News with Angela Davis
In February, a set of recommendations for how prosecutors across the country can better manage officer-involved shootings was released. The toolkit was developed by a coalition of victims and activists, as well as prosecutors and police chiefs from across the country.

Among the working group were several Minnesotans, including the mother and uncle of Philando Castile who was shot and killed by a St. Anthony police officer 2016, and Ramsey County Attorney John Choi, who led the prosecution of that officer, who was found not guilty.

Guests: John Choi, Ramsey County Attorney; Valerie Castile, founder of the Philando Castile Relief Foundation and mother of Philando Castile, who was shot and killed by police in 2016; Clarence Castile, Reserve officer for the St. Paul Police Reserve Unit and uncle of Philando Castile, who was shot and killed by police in 2016.

12 p.m. – MPR News Presents
An APM Reports documentary “In the Dark: The Trial of Curtis Flowers.” On Wednesday, March 20, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear Curtis Flowers’ case and lawyers have cited reporting from APM’s “In the Dark” team in their briefs. Madeleine Baran is the documentary’s reporter and narrator.

1 p.m. – The Takeaway
Inside the fight over online privacy rights. Californians will soon have more control over their personal online data. But what if they don’t read the fine print?

2 p.m. – BBC NewsHour
Gun law reform will be announced in New Zealand, following the massacres at two Christchurch mosques; floods in Mozambique have killed 157 people; and we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table.

3 p.m. – All Things Considered
Remembering the victims of the New Zealand terrorist attack by white man; a cop on trial in Pittsburgh; the last big U.S. baseball glove maker; the death of Dick Dale.

6:00 p.m. – Marketplace
Despite being a stone’s throw from Silicon Valley, the San Francisco City Assessors Office has been running on technology from 1980s. But that equipment may soon be getting an upgrade.

6:30 p.m. – The Daily
A gunman opened fire at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing at least 50 people. The massacre was partly streamed online. We look at why the attack was, in some ways, made by and for the internet.

Guest: Kevin Roose, who writes about technology for The New York Times.

7 p.m. – The World
A woman arrested for scaling the Statue of Liberty, Patricia Okoumou is a US citizen from the Republic of Congo who was arrested for scaling the Statue of Liberty. She climbed the statue to protest the immigration policies of President Trump. This week she faces possible jail time.

8 p.m. – Fresh Air (Dave Davies hosts)
Life and death on Riker’s Island. Dr. Homer Venters spent nine years as head of New York City’s correctional health services, where he oversaw the care of thousands of inmates. He details horrific cases of inmate deaths from beatings and neglect, and describes some hard-won institutional changes. He has a new memoir.

  • Jack

    Helicopter parents and parents cheating the system to get their kids into the school of choice aren’t helping the kids, just hurting them and others. Or so my kid says.

    It can be painful to watch some of the decisions but if one doesn’t learn to do it on his/her own, it can lead to a life of dependence on a parent or sibling.

    Kids need to learn by failing at times and parents shouldn’t try to relive their own childhood.

    (off my soapbox for the morning)

    • jon

      Plenty of people live lives of dependency, all without experiencing “hurt” because of it.

      Get into a good school and be almost guaranteed a job, because your resume has a good school on it… get into the job, and find some one there who to keep doing your work for you (all you’ve got to do is nag them into it day in and day out, or demonstrate helplessness, something you likely learned early on in life if your parents did everything for you.)

      Keep doing that until you either get promoted for doing such great work (i.e. for some one else’s work) or layed off (because getting fired for failure to perform has enough bureaucracy around it that you have time to build some excuses, or improvement plans…) then find a new job, that pays more because you not only have a great school you also have “Experience”.

      I’ve seen more than a few people who float through life this way… more than a few promoted to their level of incompetence, and more than a few who are doing better than me financially despite their own personal culture of dependency… They only need a little bureaucracy to hide in, and a lot of privilege early on.

      • Sonny T

        A lot of helicopter parents lead helicopter lives. They’re above it all. They have a history of unearned support, as you state, or an inheritance in the bank, or waiting, or the family has money. By following along, as you state, they are the beneficiaries of a system that rewards insiders (them) and punishes outsiders (the not-them).

        Helicopter people create cliques. They exclude others socially, economically, professionally. It has class and racial overtones. It’s really the root of prejudice, and flourishes, sadly, in our most progressive sectors.

    • AL287

      I’ve heard so many stories from teachers where I sub it’s become like a broken record. I’ve had so many of these coddled children in various classrooms that I can almost spot them immediately.

      As one of my co-workers put it, quite succinctly—“Entitlement.”

      Kids can’t learn success without some failure along the way.

      These helicopter parents are crippling their kids, socially, educationally, and economically and I regret to inform them, employers are starting to take note.

      Stop blaming your child’s teacher when your child is failing and look in the mirror for a change.

  • Jack Ungerleider

    “and we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table.”
    For those with an interest in the Periodic Table and how elements were discovered I suggest the following book:
    The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean

  • Jack

    Thank you for the blog posting on the certification of the Boeing 737 Max. I have sent the linked story to engineers that I know.

    The price of profits = human lives.