What’s on MPR News – 4/3/19

Wednesday April 3, 2019
(Subject to change as events dictate. This page is updated throughout the day.)

9 a.m. – MPR News with Kerri Miller
As women’s voices in faith communities become more necessary and more influential, we are opening a new series of conversations titled, “Women in Faith.”

Guest: Sister Simone Campbell, a Catholic nun & founder of the Network Lobby for Catholic Social Justice.

10 a.m.- 1A with Joshua Johnson
The Democratic presidential field includes two veterans. A former Marine and current congressman is eyeing a run too, motivated in large part by his five-month-old daughter.

Guest: Massachusetts Congressman Seth Moulton.

11 a.m. – MPR News with Angela Davis (Stephanie Curtis hosts)
In recognition of Minnesota Music Month, we invited The Current’s Andrea Swensson to join us on the program. Swensson will highlight some new songs by Minnesota artists and share the stories behind them.

12 p.m. – MPR News Presents
University of Texas professor Michael Lind speaks at the St. Olaf College Institute for Freedom and Community in an event titled, “Immigration and the New Class War.”

1 p.m. – The Takeaway
Two separate measures to send disaster relief aid to Puerto Rico failed to advance to the Senate on Monday, leaving the island without much-needed funding as it continues to feel the impacts of hurricane devastation more than a year later.

The Takeaway turns to Chicago where on Tuesday, voters elected Lori Lightfoot to be their next mayor. She’ll be the first African American woman to serve as Chicago’s mayor, as well as the city’s first openly gay mayor.

Michael Brown’s mother Lesley McSpadden was defeated in her bid to become a city council member in Ferguson, Missouri on Tuesday. Rachel Lippmann, a reporter covering politics and criminal justice for St. Louis Public Radio, joins the Takeaway to talk about the election results.

On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell lost a vote to overhaul the confirmation process for federal court nominees. Currently, 30 hours of debate time are required before a nominee can be confirmed. The rule change would lower it to just two hours.

The Takeaway convenes three people to go beyond the politics to take a thoughtful and wide-ranging look at the topic of reparations.

2 p.m. – BBC NewsHour
Deadly floods in Iran; Britain’s Brexit shambles enters a new phase of crisis; and what the people of Lashkar Gar make of the possibility of the Taliban returning to Afghan government.

3 p.m. – All Things Considered
Noor trial update; Nashville’s cherry tree drama; FAA crash explanation draws criticism; Planet Money: Student IPO.

6:00 p.m. – Marketplace
Joining a credit union today may be easier than ever and that has banks crying foul. A look at why credit union membership has become an issue in the financial sector.

6:30 p.m. – The Daily
President Trump has backed away from his call to replace the Affordable Care Act with a Republican alternative. Why did his own party talk him out of it?

7 p.m. – State of the State
MPR News provides live coverage of Gov. Tim Walz’s first State of the State address. Hosted by Mike Mulcahy.

8 p.m. – Fresh Air
The rise of white supremacy after the Civil War and reconstruction when white southerners found ways to roll back new rights for African Americans. Terry Gross talks with historian Henry Louis Gates, Jr., about his new book Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy and the Rise of Jim Crow. And contributor Sam Briger interviews comic Rob Delaney, co-creator and co-star of the series Catastrophe on Amazon.

  • Sonny T

    “10 a.m.- 1A with Joshua Johnson
    The Democratic presidential field includes two veterans. A former Marine and current congressman is eyeing a run too, motivated in large part by his five-month-old daughter.”

    I assume this is Congressman Seth Mouton. Not sure I believe the line above, or want a leader who speaks in pre-fab, TV-ready soundbites.

    It’s hard to see a Seth Moulton succeeding. Trump does especially well against this kind of candidate. But currently, to the horror of Democrats everywhere, it’s hard to see any candidate succeeding.

    • Trump’s base doesn’t think Democrats can win White House. Interesting.

      • Sonny T

        I’m non-partisan. It’s like owning a really good flashlight. And best of all, it’s free.

        But truly, who’s going to beat Trump? Right now everyone is aping his populist message. Warren sounds like she’s reading from his inaugural address.

        • // I’m non-partisan

          No you’re not. We read your stuff.

          • Sonny T

            I’m flattered you’re paying attention. But I am not a Trump supporter. He’s wrong on too many issues.

            Of course, I’ve defended him on a couple others. That’s all it takes to get you tossed from the DFL. And this type of orthodoxy could cost them the election. You have to pull some Trumpers to win. But the Dems just can’t admit he’s done some things right.

          • // I am not a Trump supporter

            nobody believes that who’s paid attention.

          • Sonny T

            Well, as I’ve stated before, support his economics, don’t support his environmental policies, etc. etc. We could go down a long list of pros and cons.

            But this is interesting. Can you support Trump in ANY area, and still be a Democrat?

          • kevins

            I support his oranges.

          • Sonny T

            It will be mighty dull when he’s gone.

    • jon

      Can you name any sane person in early April 2015 who thought Trump would be president in 2017?

      Just a reminder he didn’t declare his candidacy until mid-June 2015, and in early April of 2012 he was still a registered Democrat.

      If you feel qualified to make any prognostication right now, you are on the wrong side of the dunn-kruger effect.

      • Sonny T

        Correct. It’s too early to say definitively. But in analyzing candidates, we might uncover trends which will help to see what’s happening.

        • jon

          “Analysis without numbers is only an opinion.”

          What you are saying is you have an opinion.
          Here is the really great news: We all already know you have an opinion. To bobs point anyone who has been paying attention knows what it is.

          I’m going to skip trying to do an analysis with numbers here because:
          1) The numbers right now are garbage, not at all reflective of what they will be in a year much less by the general when we actually know who the candidates are (Trump might not be one of them, so speculation that assumes that is definitely questionable).
          2) Political speculation and talking points are why Bob shuts down the comments section and I don’t want to be “that guy”. (I am trying…)
          3) An analysis should be done to make better decisions… I’ve got no decisions to make until super tuesday, so an analysis right now would serve no purpose.

          • Sonny T

            Really all I’m doing is what the announced candidates are asking us to do. Assess their ability to win.