What’s on MPR News – 3/8/19

University of Minnesota climatologist Mark Seeley makes his weekly chat on Friday with MPR’s Cathy Wurzer. Photo: Boyd Huppert | KARE.

Friday March 8, 2019
(Subject to change as events dictate. This page is updated throughout the day.)

9 a.m. – 1A with Joshua Johnson
Domestic news roundup. On Monday, the House Judiciary Committee announced a sweeping investigation into President Trump and his associates, requesting documents from 81 “agencies, entities, and individuals.”

Meanwhile, the House initially delayed voting on an anti-Semitism resolution that was drafted in the wake of recent comments by Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-MN. And Sen. Martha McSally, R-AZ, told the Senate Armed Services subcommittee that she was raped by a superior officer while in the Air Force.

Guests: Devlin Barrett, reporter, national security and law enforcement at The Washington Post; Jessica Taylor, political reporter, NPR; Shawn Donnan, senior writer, Bloomberg.

10 a.m.- 1A with Joshua Johnson
International news roundup. This week, intelligence analysts revealed that North Korea has started to rebuild the structures it uses to launch satellites and test other technology for its intercontinental ballistic missile program. Protesters have taken to the streets in Algeria after the current president decided to run for a fifth term. And Chinese tech company Huawei sued the United States this week after the American government banned its agencies from purchasing Huawei products.

Guests: Mark Landler, White House correspondent, The New York Times; Karen DeYoung, associate editor and senior national security correspondent, The Washington Post; Ron Nixon, international investigations editor, Associated Press.

11 a.m. – MPR News with Angela Davis
The state legislature now has a record number of people of color representing the people of Minnesota.

Guests: Rep. Samantha Vang; Rep. Tou Xiong; Rep. Jay Xiong

12 p.m. – The Takeaway
Again this week Democrats find themselves preoccupied with intraparty drama over shifting attitudes toward Israel. It began last Sunday when freshman congresswoman Ilhan Omar and Congresswoman Nita Lowey exchanged tweets about what is or isn’t anti-Semitic. The Takeaway breaks down the row over Israel in Congress.

It’s more than just freshmen in the house of representatives challenging U.S. support for Israel. Five Democratic senators who are either officially running or considering running for President voted against a bill that included an “anti-B.D.S.” provision last month. What is the B.D.S. movement and could it end up dividing the Democratic party?

Does the Democratic nominee stand the chance of unifying the country in such polarizing times?

On Wednesday, a district court in California ruled against the Trump administration’s inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 census. This is the second time a court has struck down the question, and will be taken up by the Supreme Court in April. Why is the administration working so hard to include this question in the census?

One reason why the census is so important is that it informs reapportionment, the process by which the number of representatives each state gets in the U.S. House is set. A look at what it would mean for representation in Congress if the Census is not entirely accurate.

1 p.m. – Science Friday
A conversation with NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, about sending humans to the Moon and Mars-mining asteroids and the role of companies like SpaceX in the future of American spaceflight. Plus, lichens as a sign of environmental health.

2 p.m. – BBC NewsHour
Will the mass protests in Algeria bring political change?

On International Women’s Day, former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard tell us it’s time to close the gender gap in politics with 50-50 leadership

And the war in Syria is now in its 8th year, we’ve been following the fate of two refugees, children who were born at the start of the conflict

3 p.m. – All Things Considered
The week in politics; girls hockey overtakes figure skating; the backlash against cashless businesses; the economic woes of Pennsylvania voters; the AKC museum of dogs.

6:00 p.m. – Marketplace
Whether you’re a homeowner or not, housing data is an important indicator for the state of the U.S. economy. But what are the major housing data points, and what are they supposed to tell us?

6:30 p.m. – The Daily
For decades, despite a swirl of allegations around him, Michael Jackson earned the world’s admiration, bewilderment and pity. A New York Times culture critic reflects on the moment the spell broke.

Guest: Wesley Morris, a critic at large for The Times and a host of the podcast “Still Processing.”

7 p.m. – The World
On this International Women’s Day, the women of the US National Soccer Team are suing their sport’s governing body for equal pay. We’ll have the details on the lawsuit, and put the situation for players here in the US in a global context.

Also today, The World’s Patrick Winn reports from Indonesia on an initiative by one of the globe’s largest Islamic organizations. Its leading clerics are urging Muslims around the world to refrain from using the word “kafir” to refer to non-Muslims. It’s Arabic for “infidel.”

Plus, The World’s Amy Bracken reports from Haiti on what should have been a festive carnival week there. Instead, the annual celebrations were cancelled after weeks of street protests in the country over political corruption scandals.

And we meet Micropixie, a San Francisco-based musician whose family has been migrating between continents for three generations, leaving her with a unique perspective on borders and freedom.

8 p.m. – Fresh Air
To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Mario Puzo’s novel The Godfather, Fresh Air will replay its interview with Puzo, and one with Francis Ford Coppola about adapting the novel into the film.