What’s on MPR News – 4/8/19

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

9 a.m. – MPR News with Kerri Miller
Kirstjen Nielsen resigned from her post as Homeland Security Secretary on Sunday. How much will the Trump Administration’s immigration policies change without her at the helm? And who is next in line to hold that post?

Guests: Ken Rudin, host of the Political Junkie podcast; Michel Marizco, Fronteras desk senior editor

10 a.m.- 1A with Joshua Johnson
We all have that one relative that won’t budge on their views, no matter how many facts or articles you send them. It seems as though this is a relatively new phenomenon, or at least much more prevalent than it used to be. Is that the case? Is our sociopolitical system really broken?

How did we get here?

Guests: Eric Metaxas, author, “If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty;” Michael Tomasky, author, “If We Can Keep It: How the Republic Collapsed and How It Might Be Saved.”

11 a.m. – MPR News with Angela Davis
The recent scandal of parents buying their children’s way into college brought the term “snowplow parenting” to light. But parents who move challenges out of the way for their children have been around forever.

Guests: Dr. Jennifer Hartstein, psychologist for adolescents, teens and parents; Jessica Lehay, author, educator and parent.

12 p.m. – MPR News Presents
A new debate from the Intelligence Squared series: The motion is “The Republican Party Should not Re-nominate President Trump.”

For the motion: former Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake and NY Times columnist Bret Stephens.

Against the motion: Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Fox News contributor Liz Peek.

1 p.m. – The Takeaway
Kirstjen Nielsen is out as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Kevin K. McAleenan, the commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection, will become acting secretary. The Takeaway looks back at Nielsen’s tenure, and where her exit leaves the situation at the border.

The Federal Reserve was designed to be politically independent, excluding the federal government from playing too big of a role in the economy. But President Trump’s proposed Federal Reserve appointees threaten to make the body politically partisan, especially with Stephen Moore and Herman Cain as proposed appointees.

Walgreens and CVS have both announced that they will be selling CBD products in 1,500 stores bringing CBD into the mainstream. CBD purports to be a cure for practically everything from trouble sleeping, pain, anxiety, depression, and trouble concentrating, but there isn’t much science to back up these claims.

A Chinese woman carrying a device containing malware into Mar-a-Lago was arrested recently, renewing concerns over security at the president’s “winter White House.”

2 p.m. – BBC NewsHour
Sudan: some military personnel intervene to prevent state security forces from breaking up a mass protest against President Omar al Bashir; websites to be fined over ‘online harms’ under new proposals here in the UK. Is regulating the internet sensible or anti freedom of speech?; and Israel goes to the polls tomorrow. Will Benyamin Netanyahu be able to hold on to power in Israel?

3 p.m. – All Things Considered
The legacy of the outgoing Homeland Security boss; Noor trial update; protecting homes from the sea; artificial intelligence used in hiring; Arizona voting bill.

6:00 p.m. – Marketplace
A tour of China’s cyberspace and beyond. What does the internet look like without Google and Amazon? In China, both tech giants are closed out of the market, and that means the Chinese tech sector looks very different than it does in the U.S.

6:30 p.m. – The Daily
Under President Vladimir Putin, Russia has carried out a brazen campaign of state-sponsored assassinations. Our colleague tracked down one of the hitmen.

7 p.m. – The World
The Agency of Homeland Security is under new leadership after Secretary Kirstjen Neilsen was asked to resign over the weekend. The World’s immigration editor Monica Campbell explains what this change in management signals about the Trump administration’s intentions, and we examine how Mexico’s government is reacting to the dramatic pronouncements on border policy from their northern neighbor.

Also, Mozambiquians are managing the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai. Host Marco Werman talks with Oxfam’s Mozambique country director Rotafina Donco about the urgent need. And, David David Wallace-Wells, author of the new book, “Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming,” talks with Marco about why storms like Idai are likely to keep ravaging low-lying, vulnerable places like Mozambique.

Plus, the Brexodus continues as the UK remains in political gridlock over exiting the European Union. Some companies and obscure EU agencies are relocating from the UK to mainland Europe, and taking jobs with them. One of the more popular destinations: the Netherlands. Reporter Jonathan Groubert has the story.

And speaking of gridlock, London is experimenting with “congestion pricing” today, charging an increased fee on cars entering the city, as a technique to reduce traffic. Would a $30 toll dissuade you from driving? Marco learns more from BBC London transport correspondent Tom Edwards.

8 p.m. – Fresh Air
Writer Nathaniel Rich talks about his new book “Losing Earth: A Recent History”. It’s about climate change and why we failed to solve the problem when we maybe had the chance. The book focuses on the decade between 1979 and 1989. Rich writes about the scientists, the politicians and the fossil fuel industry. He also writes about the people leading the efforts to change and the people blocking those efforts.

  • I like the Intelligence Squared debates, but I don’t think I’ve got the stomach for today’s. Heading out into the sunshine with the doggos and starting the day on a positive note.

  • MrE85

    “How much will the Trump Administration’s immigration policies change without her (Kirstjen Nielsen) at the helm?”

    A more fitting question might be: “How much worse can it get?”

    Much, much worse, I’m afraid.

    “Advertising for the cannabis derivative often promises relief from anxiety, pain, and a host of other ailments. But we still don’t know much about what CBD can actually do for our bodies.”

    I’m reminded that when MN debated medical marijuana, not a single health care professional spoke in its defense, as far as I know. Certainly no one from the health insurance industry stood up and said, “you know, no insurance company is going to pay for this.”

    • I would love to be able to give my MIL with Alzheimer’s some pot. MN effectively makes medical use impossible because of the hurdles.

      • MrE85

        It’s not just MN. As long as the feds classify pot as a Schedule 1 drug, no insurance company will ever pay for it. Usually the insurance companies follow the lead of Medicare and Medicaid. If they pay for it, then others follow suite.