What’s on MPR News – 4/24/19

Where the old meets new. The expansion of the Kling Media Center in St. Paul, Minn., incorporated the original building at the location.

Wednesday April 24, 2019
(Subject to change as events dictate. This page is updated throughout the day.)

9 a.m. – MPR News with Kerri Miller (Stephanie Curtis hosts)
Two Princeton historians say that in order to understand the division of today, we need to look beyond the 2016 election. In their new book “Fault Lines: A History of the United States since 1974,” Julian Zelizer and Kevin M. Kruse argue that the roots of the division we see today started in the ’70s and have unfolded over the last several decades.

10 a.m.- 1A with Joshua Johnson
If you’re in the mood for love, you’re in the mood for Maxwell. The Grammy award-winning singer has been making music for decades, fusing the legendary sounds of soul with contemporary R&B. Now he’s re-releasing some of his rare recordings, and reflecting on his career.

11 a.m. – MPR News with Angela Davis
Mindfulness has gone mainstream. Minnesotans are now practicing it in retreat centers, even at work. Studies show it can ease depression, anxiety, and pain and maybe other conditions as well.

Guests: Alex Haley, mindfulness program lead at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality & Healing; Maureen Doren, lead facilitator for mindfulness training at Allina Health’s Penny George Institute for Health and Healing; Theresa Glomb, professor at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.

12 p.m. – MPR News Presents
Katharine Hayhoe, director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, discusses the importance of better communication, particularly with those who disagree — or don’t know– about climate change. Also on the program, scientist Noah Diffenbaugh of Stanford University.

1 p.m. – The Takeaway
New annual reports say that Medicare will go insolvent in 2026, and Social Security will do so in 2035… Inaction on the part of Congress could leave retirees with three quarters of their Social Security benefits. Is there a politically viable way to save these massive government benefits?

When the redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report came out last week, most of the coverage focused on two points: whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia… and whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice. But The Takeaway’s in-house experts were combing the report for references to the president’s sprawling business operations. And they say we learned key information about the Trump Tower Moscow project.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks in Sri Lanka that have killed at least 300 people, and the government of Sri Lanka has announced that the bombings may have been in retaliation for mosque shootings in New Zealand last month. The Takeaway takes a closer look at the local terrorist cell responsible for the massacre.

It’s been more than six months since the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Soon after his killing, major US companies like Ford, JP Morgan, and Uber began re-thinking their financial ties to the Kingdom. Major companies are now doing an about-face on their renunciations of the Saudi Kingdom.

The Ramapough Lenape Indians in New Jersey are accusing the Township of Mahwah of violating their religious freedom. The ongoing conflict has brought together some strange bedfellows in the fight for religious freedom: the DOJ last month filed a letter in support of the tribe.

2 p.m. – BBC NewsHour
Sri Lanka: the suicide bombers who killed more than 350 people on Easter Sunday had well-educated, middle class backgrounds; Kim Jong-un crosses the border into Russia for his first meeting with President Putin; and the latest in our series on climate change. A report from Svalbard, half way between continental Norway and the North Pole.

3 p.m. – All Things Considered
Today’s testimony from the Noor trial; the latest from Sri Lanka; Democrats address She the People; a Clinton impeachment lesson; Tom Goldman on the NBA playoffs.

6:00 p.m. – Marketplace
From producing hit movies like Meet the Parents to running one of the world’s most preeminent film festivals, a conversation with Jane Rosenthal, CEO of the Tribeca Film Festival.

6:30 p.m. – The Daily
A series of highly coordinated bombings in Sri Lanka has left more than 350 people dead. How did a small, obscure and underfinanced local group carry out one of the deadliest terrorist attacks since 9/11?

7 p.m. – The World
Leaving thousands of coffee workers with nothing to harvest. El Salvador’s coffee farms are struggling with disease and drought linked to climate change. And Salvadoran coffee farmers can’t afford to replace the plants.

8 p.m. – Fresh Air
Psychiatry’s search to understand the biological basis of mental illness. Terry Gross talks with Harvard Professor Ann Harrington about her new book Mind Fixes, about how that search led to new classes of drugs. But Harrington says pharmaceutical companies are leaving the psychiatric field, and we’re at a turning point in how we treat mental illness.