What’s on MPR News – 3/28/19

No posting here today. It’s opening day at Target Field.

Thursday March 28, 2019
(Subject to change as events dictate. This page is updated throughout the day.)

9 a.m. – MPR News with Kerri Miller
Modern medicine can help us live longer. But can it help us die well? That’s the subject matter of Sunita Puri’s poetic and practical new book, “That Good Night: Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour.”

10 a.m.- 1A with Joshua Johnson
Affluenza. The “painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety and waste, resulting from the dogged pursuit of more.”

Whether or not you believe it’s a real affliction, one thing’s for sure: wealth informs the human condition.

In the midst of the college admissions scandal, the rise of billionaire families like the Mercers and presidential candidates who are bringing awareness to wealth inequality in America, we want to know: what’s going on in the minds of the one percent of the one percent? And what does it mean for everyone else?

Guests: Michael Kraus, psychologist, assistant professor, Yale University School Of Management; Anand Giridharadas, author, “Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World”; Nick Hanauer , co-founder and partner in Seattle-based venture capital firm, Second Avenue Partners.

11 a.m. – MPR News with Angela Davis
We’ll have the latest edition of Counter Stories, our regular conversation about race, identity and social justice.

Panel: Don Eubanks, associate professor at Metropolitan State University and cultural consultant; Hlee Lee, owner of “the other media group”;Luz Maria Frias, president and CEO of YWCA Minneapolis; Anthony Galloway, executive director of ARTS-US; Marianne Combs, arts correspondent at MPR News

12 p.m. – MPR News Presents
An Intelligence Squared debate. How should the world’s largest social media companies respond to a pernicious online climate, including hate speech and false content posted by users? For some, the answer is clear: take the fake and offensive content down. But for others, censorship – even by a private company – is dangerous in a time when digital platforms have become the new public square and many Americans cite Facebook and Twitter as their primary news sources. Rather than embracing European hate speech laws or developing platform-specific community standards that are sometimes seen as partisan, they argue, social media companies should voluntarily adopt the First Amendment and block content only if it violates American law. Should First Amendment doctrine govern free speech online? Or are new, more internationally focused speech policies better equipped to handle the modern challenges of regulating content and speech in the digital era?

For the motion: David French, senior writer, National Review; Corynne McSherry, legal director, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Against the motion: Nathaniel Persily, professor, Stanford Law; Marietje Schaake, Dutch politician and member of the European Parliament

1 p.m. – The Takeaway
The rise of the adjunct professor. Universities are using them more, but that might not be a good thing.

2 p.m. – BBC NewsHour
The British government intensifies efforts to rescue its Brexit deal, after MPs failed to reach consensus on an alternative; art experts uncover a new work by Botticelli, previously thought to be an imitation; and in the aftermath of the cyclone and flooding, thousands of people in Mozambique have been treated for diarrhoea, an early sign of cholera.

3 p.m. – All Things Considered
The potential for violence in Colombia; Trump campaigns post Mueller; how mosquitoes — remember those? — sense human sweat; Airbnb’s war on taxes; a SXSW music moment.

6:00 p.m. – Marketplace
As the negotiations around Brexit continue, Marketplace will be talking to people across the U.K. about how Brexit is affecting their lives.

6:30 p.m. – The Daily
This year, Chicago’s top prosecutor, Kim Foxx, took the unusual step of asking women to come forward with allegations against the musician R. Kelly. In an interview, she explained that decision.

Guest: John Eligon, a national correspondent for The New York Times, who spoke with Ms. Foxx.

7 p.m. – The World
How nations apologize. Spain is under pressure from Mexico to apologize, for the acts of its colonial conquistadors.Other governments, including the U.S., have hesitated to admit past wrongs. But there are examples of leaders who say “I’m Sorry,” and help their people move forward.

8 p.m. – Fresh Air
Psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb writes the Dear Therapist column for The Atlantic. Her new book Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is about being a psychotherapist and being in therapy herself. She is also the author of the New York Times bestseller, Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough.

  • Gary F
    • Rob

      The average MLB salary for 2018 was $4.52 million, putting most players in the 1%er or higher category. Affluenza, indeed.

      Play ball!

      • Well, that’s what happens when you can do what nobody else can do.

        Meanwhile,the minor leaguers didn’t get a paycheck at all in the spring and will struggle to make minimum wage.

        • Gary F

          But the minor league players still showed up, willingly.

          • Is there another way to get a job in Major League Baseball as a player?

          • Jim G

            My nephew is the Twin’s meteorologist. He’s a far out fielder.

          • I thought Craig, the old MPR weather dude, was.

          • Jim G

            I just checked in with him. He will be on duty this weekend. It sounds like he has the weekends covered. I’m not sure how that works with Craig. Going to the game tomorrow?

          • Sunday

        • Rob

          Greatness = obscene amounts of $$$. Got it.

          So, you’d be in favor of a requirement that every MLB player donate .1 percent of their annual salaries to the minor leagues?

          • KenB

            MLB and the teams have the money to support their minor league operations.

          • Rob

            Yes! Let’s see them spend it.

          • Gary F

            Why?

        • Matthew Becker
      • Gary F

        The money is there, and the people who you are actually going to see are getting paid pretty decently from those revenues.

        And part of the reason the money is there, is they didn’t have to pay a substantial portion of the cost of where they do business.

        • Rob

          Go ahead on and enrich the millionaires; I’ll pass.

          • Gary F

            It’s nice to have the choice to buy a ticket or not. I choose to.

      • Jeff

        They’re in the top .5% of people who can do what they do and people care enough to watch and pay money for. Alas, I don’t have any skills that put me in the top 1% of anything (that I know of) and people wouldn’t care anyways, so I don’t get the big bucks.

        • boB from WA

          Most times life is more than just about the “big bucks”, and that there are people who care about you and what you do. That’s what puts you in in the top 1%.

        • Rob

          Yup. Bread and circuses.

      • J Allen

        Interestingly enough, MLB player’s pay is declining even as overall revenues are at a record high.

        MLB Spent Less On Player Salaries Despite Record Revenues In 2018

        • Rob

          Let me know when average player salaries decline to a few hundred thousand per season on average, rather than $4 million plus.

  • MrE85

    James Earl Jones “baseball speech” was one of the few times I saw a scene in a movie theater and knew instantly that it would become iconic.