What’s on MPR News – 3/26/19

Tuesday March 27, 2019
(Subject to change as events dictate. This page is updated throughout the day.)

9 a.m. – MPR News with Kerri Miller
Amin Aaser was 13 years old when 9/11 happened. In the days that followed, Aaser tried to hide his Muslim identity. He dyed his hair blond and asked his mom to pick him up late from baseball practice so that no one would see her hijab. When two mosques were attacked in New Zealand earlier this month, Aaser remembered his experience and thought of how young Muslims must feel right now. He wrote an op-ed in the Star Tribune about how to support Muslim youth in the wake of tragedy.

9:20 a.m. – Novelist Don Winslow has written at length about America’s war on drugs. He joins MPR host Kerri Miller to discuss his latest novel, “The Border.”

10 a.m.- 1A with Joshua Johnson
Justice Clarence Thomas is a man of few words. But what case moved to him to break his silence? Also, life sentences for juveniles, weeding racists out of jury selection, and cases from North Carolina and Maryland put gerrymandering back in the spotlight. Joshua Johnson looks at what’s on the docket at the Supreme Court.

Guests: Edith Roberts, editor, SCOTUSblog; Brianne Gorod, chief counsel, Constitutional Accountability Center; Samara Freemark, senior producer, APM’s “In the Dark” podcast.

11 a.m. – MPR News with Angela Davis
A conversation with four prominent journalists of color about how the media covers race – and what happens when we don’t get it right.

Guests: Steve Wyche, reporter for the NFL Network; Maria Hinojosa, of Latino USA; Mark Trahant, of Indian Country Today; Emma Carew Grovum, a media diversity advocate based out of New York City.

12 p.m. – MPR News Presents
With dozens of rich and famous families allegedly cheating to get their kids into elite schools, we’ll hear an APM Reports documentary about disparities in college admissions.

1 p.m. – The Takeaway
What the Mueller investigation means for our trust in American institutions.

2 p.m. – BBC NewsHour
The British government says a vote by MPs to take control of Brexit sets a dangerous precedent; the European Parliament votes on controversial copyright law reform; and Mexico demands an apology from Spain over colonial abuses.

3 p.m. – All Things Considered
About that Russian interference; the first US Census in Arabic; President XI visits France; the Supreme Court gets a crack at strengthening gerrymandering.

6:00 p.m. – Marketplace
Why Brexit matters and how it has shaped people’s lives. The deadline for the UK to leave the European Union is just around the corner, and the way Brexit plays out will affect the global economy.

6:30 p.m. – The Daily
The special counsel, Robert Mueller, was supposed to decide whether President Trump had committed a crime. Why did the attorney general, William Barr, do it instead?

Guest: Michael S. Schmidt, who has been covering the special counsel investigation for The New York Times.

7 p.m. – The World
Today on The World, our reporter Matthew Bell explains why so many Israeli politicians come all the way to the US to participate in AIPAC, a lobbying conference that champions American support for Israel. We’re also exploring the agreements that ensure the integrity of international borders, and how President Trump’s proclamation recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights presents a challenge to these norms.

At the US-Mexico border, immigration officials are no longer supposed to separate parents and kids. Instead, over the last three months, officials have reportedly released more than 100,000 parents and kids from detention and dropped them off in Texas, Arizona and California. What happens when families get out of custody without a bus ticket, a phone or money? Reporter Jude Joffe-Block brings us that story from Phoenix.

Plus: In Japan, atomic bomb survivors receive support from the government, including free medical check-ups. In Hiroshima the aging children of A-bomb survivors have sued the government to receive the same support as their parents.

8 p.m. – Fresh Air
Comic writer and actor John Mulaney. He used to write for Saturday Night Live, and returned twice in the past year to host the show. He also does the voice of Andrew in the animated series Big Mouth about adolescence and puberty. His comedy special Kid Gorgeous at Radio City is streaming now on Netflix.

  • the first US Census in Arabic

    This surprised me. I thought the US Census bureau was pretty accommodating so far as multi-lingual access to their forms.

    The special counsel, Robert Mueller, was supposed to decide whether President Trump had committed a crime.

    Was he? I thought he was just supposed to gather evidence and submit the findings to the Justice Department. The JD was supposed to review the evidence and decide whether or not to prosecute crimes that would pass the “beyond a reasonable doubt” threshold.