What’s on MPR News – 3/27/19

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

9 a.m. – MPR News with Kerri Miller
Today marks the beginning of a new series on MPR News with Kerri Miller. As women’s voices in faith communities become louder, we’re speaking with women who are energized by some of our most urgent policy, spiritual and philosophical questions.

Guest: Nadia Bolz-Weber is the founder of a church in Denver called the House for All Sinners and Saints and the author of a new book called “Shameless: A Sexual Reformation.”

10 a.m.- 1A with Joshua Johnson
At its height, the so-called Islamic State ruled over millions in Syria and Iraq. Its territory was the size of the U.K. But the White House says ISIS has been wiped out and its caliphate has been crushed. How do we now deal with a more secretive and dispersed insurgency?

11 a.m. – MPR News with Angela Davis
The Red River is on the rise again in northwest Minnesota. Angela Davis will broadcast live from Moorhead, where Mayor Johnathan Judd has declared a state of emergency due to possible spring flooding in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

Mayor Judd will join Angela Davis in MPR’s studios at Concordia College to talk about the rising river – as well as the potential he sees in his city. They’ll be joined during the hour by a local flooding expert.

Guests: Johnathan Judd, mayor of Moorhead; Chuck Fritz, executive director of the International Water Institute.

12 p.m. – MPR News Presents
Nine years after the devestating earthquake there, “Haiti Untold” tells several stories about the island nation that have gotten lost in the reporting since then.

1 p.m. – The Takeaway
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard two cases involving congressional maps in North Carolina and Maryland, one favoring Democrats, the other the Republican Party. How has gerrymandering has helped shape national politics, particularly since 2010?

The Trump Administration said this week that it supports fully overturning the Affordable Care Act, in a brief supporting a recent district court decision that found Obamacare unconstitutional. The Takeaway looks at what’s behind this shift in strategy and what it could mean for the millions of Americans it would impact.

Forty-three percent of Puerto Ricans are struggling to deal with a cut to food stamps benefits after Congress missed a March deadline to reauthorize the food stamp aid it has been providing since Hurricane Maria.

More than 150 people were massacred this weekend in Mali’s Mopti region, in an attack targeting the Fulani ethnic minority, apparently by so-called “self-defense” groups. There has been growing violence against the Fulani herding population, which has apparent ties to jihadist groups, but Saturday’s attack represents an escalation.

The Takeaway is stepping back to look at not only the mental health consequences of witnessing a mass shooting, but also of continued exposure to gun violence in your community.

2 p.m. – BBC NewsHour
A big day in the British Parliament, MPs will hold a highly unusual series of votes to try and break the deadlock on Brexit; just weeks before he faces re-election India’s Prime Minister declares his country a “space superpower”; and who did break into the North Korean Embassy in Madrid?

3 p.m. – All Things Considered
The FAA testifies before Congress on Boeing crashes; UK Brexit alternatives; masculinity 2020; Liberians to be deported.

6:00 p.m. – Marketplace
Brexit, or the U-K’s potential exit from the EU, will affect the global economy and Marketplace will be in the UK, talking to people in London and across the country about how it has been affecting their lives.

6:30 p.m. – The Daily
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel faces federal indictments over an alleged scheme involving brazen acts of bribery and fraud. Why are so many Israelis ready to re-elect him?

Guest: David M. Halbfinger, the Jerusalem bureau chief of The New York Times.

7 p.m. – The World
A mixed message about Myanmar. The top official in Myanmar wants to attract foreign investors. She’s directing them to a region with beautiful beaches, ancient Buddhist temples, and 7,000 rebels who want the government to get out. And still Myanmar promises a tourist paradise.

8 p.m. – Fresh Air
Natasha Lyonne talks with Terry Gross about co-creating and starring in the Netflix series Russian Doll, in which her character keeps dying and coming back to life—and doesn’t understand why. Lyonne nearly died of drug related problems in 2005, which led to her recovery. In 2014, she was nominated for an Emmy for her role in Orange is the New Black.

  • MrE85

    “But the White House says ISIS has been wiped out and its caliphate has been crushed.”

    The caliphate has certainly been crushed. But as anyone other than an idiot will tell you, ISIS has not been “wiped out.”

    “The Supreme Court takes up partisan gerrymandering again..”

    Please get it right this time, SCOTUS.

    “Why are so many Israelis ready to re-elect him?”

    Because they are no better than so many Americans.

    • Sonny T

      Regarding ISIS, are you recommending we stay? Increase our forces?

      • MrE85

        I think there are some problems in the world that can’t be solved by military solutions.

        • Sonny T

          But you were dinging the administration. Now you seem to be agreeing with it.

          • He only said that the WH saying ISIS has been “wiped out” is premature and agreeing with the premise that a more secretive and dispersed insurgency is/will take the place of a standing ISIS military.

          • Sonny T

            Regardless of nuance of statement, what is the point? Should we leave or not?

          • Leave WHERE? Isis is a whack-a-mole.

          • Jay T. Berken

            Plus, leave where? Northern Iraq? Iraq? Afghanistan? Don’t we consider ISIS the same as Taliban?

            I don’t see it as should we stay or should we go now. I see it as what is the plan now that ISIS (or Taliban) is out of the area?

          • Sonny T

            Trump has pledged to pull back from foreign involvement. Is he right on this one?

          • Jay T. Berken

            I pledged to eat better. What does that mean?

          • Sonny T

            It means you pledged to do a good thing. It is admirable. That’s my point.

          • Jay T. Berken

            How quaint. Pledges from this president don’t mean anything. Unfortunately, for presidents proceeding him until they show me the beef.

          • Sonny T

            Trump has pledged a good thing, unless you want to argue that. And he has followed through, unless you want to argue that.

          • Jay T. Berken

            Whoa, back the bus up, I’m not the president to argue anything. I’m simply asking what does it mean? Trump tweeted the last time to pull all the troops after talking it over with the president of Turkey. No planning with his Generals.

            If the president comes up with comprehensive plans that doesn’t require us to reestablish presents and especially deters another 9/11. Great!

          • So why are we giving the Pentagon the keys to the U.S. Treasury again?

          • Sonny T

            Deterrence. But that’s one I don’t agree with.

            My problem is the current liberal climate. It requires disagreement with anything Trump says or does. He can never be right. Ever, never, ever.

            Another fringe said the same about Obama. The difference was they were the fringe. With Trump the lunatic fringe has gone mainstream.

          • // He can never be right. Ever, never, ever.

            Yeah, you keep saying that and while it provides a nice distraction to dismiss their concerns, you’re applying your definition of “right” and declaring that it should be theirs. Clearly they feel that he’s not right and don’t really have an obligation to accept yours.

            The fringe who criticized Obama were usually making monkey noises and contending that he wasn’t born here.

            In case you haven’t noticed, those people are running the country now.

          • Sonny T

            Trump has plenty of detractors. Your characterization is a grotesque, partisan, fringe-worthy distortion.

          • Jay T. Berken

            “Your characterization is a grotesque, partisan, fringe-worthy distortion.”

            In Bob’s statement, how?

          • Sonny T

            Our fringe is better than their fringe.

          • Again, the incapacity to understand complexity is the internal threat to the country that’s more dangerous than any external force.

            Trump’s approval ratings, by the way, are 13 percent underwater.

            Math will tell you that the fringe — as you call it — isn’t the fringe at all. It’s the majority.

          • Sonny T

            That’s for sure.

          • Clearly the guy’s base believes that to be the case, yes. But that just means that’s what you and they believe. I’m OK with that.

          • Guessing his pledge came minutes after the topic came up on Fox and Friends. I think it’s pretty clear the president is not a student of geopolitics and doesn’t like to listen to the experts who are any more than he likes to listen to his military leaders or his intelligence officers.

            It’s pretty well beyond his interest and grasp and, like most of these sorts of decisions, is designed to create a simple headline that will appeal to a base that will love him no matter what. They’re not big on details nor complexity.

            The U.S. is pretty well spread thin around the world. The military has bankrupted us and at the same time, we’re losing influence around the world to a new superpower — China, and an old one — Russia — who know how to play the long game and fill the vaccum that the U.S. short game creates.

            Trump’s strategy is the one people suggested Johnson — and later the treacherous Nixon — use: declare victory and go home.

            It wouldn’t have been a victory, of course, it was just the opposite. But the partisans would’ve created their own reality and thrown a parade, and kids would’ve been allowed to come home in something other than a body bag. Instead, they rallied behind “their” guy, watched 50,000 funerals, played patriotic songs, told the kids to cut their hair, and “god bless America.”

            Nothing much changes. People are sheep.

          • Sonny T

            Trump pretty much agrees with you, if you care to follow him.

          • That people are sheep and not that bright when it comes to complexities of policy? Yeah, he fully understands that.

            To a certain extent, three idiots on a couch in a TV studio are running the country.

          • Sonny T

            Trump’s non-involvement policy was once the clarion call of the left. Once.

          • Well, again, geopolitics is complicated. The dynamic is constantly changing. I’m not sure what place or period you’re referring to but, yeah, a lot of people wanted us out of Vietnam and didn’t want us in Iraq. Those were both pretty big mistakes, for sure.

            I presume in your talking about this today you’re referring to Syria. That’s a lost cause and, worse, it put us perilously close to face-to-face warfare with the Russians.

            But the Russians aren’t the biggest threat to the U.S. China is.

            A sweeping “let’s pull out” makes for a great headline and good internet chatter, perhaps, but historically the devil is in the details.

            What’s changed about America is we’re not a people who are interested in details anymore.

            We had our day once, though.

          • Sonny T

            All policy starts with statements. If you can’t agree with non-involvement, then say so. But you’re going back on a hundred years of Progressive ideals. And for what? Because Trump is for it? The simple answer, sadly, is yes. Trump can never be right. Ideals be damned.

          • Jay T. Berken

            Again, Bob is not president. Trump is and has to back up his ‘statements’ or ‘pledges’ explaining why and how it will be done. He has done neither. Is has been president for two years and some months and has not come out with a plan to explain to the people of the U.S. how to exit the Middle East.

          • I’m not really sure if you’re the student of history that you think you are but starting with a statement that says includes “non involvement” and not immediately addressing the obvious second question is obviously dumb regardless of what history does or does not say.

            You obviously believe Trump to be right here and that’s up to you and you, like he, — at least on the Syrian question — are free to ignore military leaders, the intelligence community, and professional diplomats. That’s your definition of right. That’s not THEIR definition. Quite the opposite, actually.

            Trump does not believe as a rule in non-involvement, despite your assertion and despite his words because otherwise today he wouldn’t have said “all options are on the table” with regard to getting Russians out of Venezuela and obviously he’s said the same thing about North Korea.

            Let’s face it. Most Americans couldn’t pick Syria out on a map. Americans are famously ignorant in matters of world affairs.

            Trump certainly CAN be right. The odds are that he will be one of these days.

          • Sonny T

            Better watch out. I know a slew of Trump haters who would throw you off the bus for that last statement.

            Thanks. Most of my friends would never engage me in such a fact-laden way. Sure you really hate Trump? : )

          • Jay T. Berken

            But he is the foxtroting president of the United States. What he thinks and does matters. I do not think Trump grasps that. If Trump doesn’t want to deal with the complexities, then why did he run. No one made him.

          • Did you read that New Yorker article three or four months ago about Mark Burnett. You’ll find your answer in there.

          • The world is a big and complicated place. I just saw on the MPR news ticker as I drove by that Trump says all options are on the table for getting Russia out of Venezuela. Geopolitics is hard.

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    • Mike Worcester

      Unfortunately I’m not holding out a lot of hope that SCOTUS clamps down on partisan line drawing because they still seem reluctant to interfere with the operations of state legislatures. I do keep hoping that here in Minnesota we can get through enactment of a non-partisan commission like other states use for line drawing.

  • kevins

    Welcome to Moorhead Angela!! It’s an ugly grey color today, with lots on muddy puddles. Some day the grass will be green.

    As for the administration’s cutting of funding for Special Olympics, philanthropy will cover the costs…yep, that’s the ticket.

    • jon

      “philanthropy will cover the costs”

      Wasn’t that once the GOP healthcare plan too?

      Have we given up on trickle down economics where we give money to the rich “job creators” and hope they create jobs? Because now it seems like we are giving up on the role of government (except for the military) and hoping that the wealthy will finance that through philanthropy”

      • kevins


  • Jeff R.

    While I don’t want to tell someone to not listen to MPR for a morning/lunch each week: Thom Hartmann has Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) on each (usually) Wednesdays. The conversations on the failed Reagan “trickle-down” theories are worth the listen. We were sold a sham and the Republicans have been running the ball in the wrong direction for almost 40 years.