What’s on MPR News – 4/30/19

Tuesday April 30, 2019
(Subject to change as events dictate. This page is updated throughout the day.)

9 a.m. – MPR News with Kerri Miller
This weekend’s shooting at a synagogue outside of San Diego is another act of violence allegedly committed by a man with ties to white supremacy and Christian nationalism. Violent acts committed by white supremacists are growing. According to a study by the Anti-Defamation League, white extremists killed nearly three times as many people in the U.S. between 2009 and 2018 as Islamic extremists did.

Guest: Michael German, retired FBI agent and a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice’s Liberty and National Security program.

9:15 a.m. – White evangelical voters played a decisive role in putting Donald Trump in the White House. It’s a muscle developed in the 1980s when the Moral Majority coalesced and became a consistent GOP voting bloc. But since 2016, a growing number of evangelicals have grown disenfranchised with the religious right. And Democratic contenders for 2020 – such as Pete Buttigieg and Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker – are comfortable talking about their Christian faith in the public sphere. Will they mobilize the religious left? Tuesday, we will talk to two experts in American religion and culture.

Guests: Kirsten Powers, CNN political analyst, a USA Today columnist and co-host of the Faith Angle podcast; Diana Butler Bass is an independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture. She holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Duke University and is the author of 10 books.

10 a.m.- 1A with Joshua Johnson
President Donald Trump loves talking about the strength of the economy. He does it all the time. And sure, the numbers do look good. The gross domestic product grew by 3.2 percent in the first quarter this year. Disposable personal income rose by 3 percent as well – overall, CNBC reports that this quarter was the best first quarter the U.S. has experienced since 2015. And 71 percent of Americans believe the economy is “good,” according to a March 2019 poll.

Trump likely plans to campaign on the strong economy. But a Washington Post-ABC News poll demonstrates “a widespread belief that the economy mainly benefits people already in power.”

Who do those economic benefits reward most? And who should take the credit for the thriving economy?

Guests: Heather Long, economics correspondent, Washington Post; Sarah Anderson, director, the Global Economy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, co-editor for inequality.com; Brian Riedl, senior fellow and member of Economics 21, the Manhattan Institute; former chief economist to Senator Rob Portman (R-OH).

11 a.m. – MPR News with Angela Davis
Research shows a correlation between homework and achievement. However, when too much is assigned or students don’t have access to the internet or proper materials, the picture grows complicated.

Guests: Annie Mason, director of elementary education at the University of Minnesota; Eleni Roulis, professor of education at the University of St. Thomas; Megan Olivia Hall, a science and agriculture teacher at Open World Learning Community and the 2013 Minnesota Teacher of the Year

12 p.m. – MPR News Presents
Live Westminster Town Hall Forum: Barbara Brown Taylor. She is an Episcopal priest, teacher and bestselling author of 14 books on religion and spirituality. Her new book is “Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others.”

1 p.m. – The Takeaway
The National Rifle Association is in turmoil. Last weekend the group’s president, Oliver North stepped down, and soon after, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced an investigation into the group’s nonprofit status.

The prison commander at Guantanamo Bay has been fired for a “loss of confidence in his ability to command” according to military officials. There are currently 40 people still in the prison after President Trump vowed to keep it open following President Obama’s failed promise to close it. How is the military weighing the cost of this project, how much care should it provide to these men, and how it should be delivered?

A closer look at the slate of investigations underway against Facebook for mishandling users’ personal information. While that’s true across the board, low-income people are especially vulnerable when it comes to safeguarding digital privacy.

Reveal and Al Jazeera have released a new investigation looking at a rehabilitation program that seeks to heal people through so-called therapeutic labor.

Who gets to make their living creating art? The Takeaway looks at the economic barriers that exist across the art world, and the work being done to break them down, by speaking with two artists with different backgrounds.

2 p.m. – BBC NewsHour
The end of an era in Japan as Emperor Akihito abdicates the throne; state governments across India clamp down on cheating in exams; the University of Cambridge in England has announced a two-year inquiry into its historical links with slavery.

3 p.m. – All Things Considered
The latest from the Noor trial; a preview of the AG Barr Senate hearing; the global return of measles; foreigners snapping up U.S. farms; college students with kids.

6:00 p.m. – Marketplace
Kidnappings are on the rise. What’s fueling them? Economics.

6:30 p.m. – The Daily
A bitter power struggle has broken out inside the nation’s pre-eminent gun rights group. We look at how the mere threat of a financial investigation plunged the National Rifle Association into crisis.

7 p.m. – The World
A turning point in the political and military stalement that’s left Venezuelans struggling for basic needs.

Also vacationers who sign up for volunteer work as part of their travel plans are inadvertently creating problems for the people they’re supposed to help…

And, why must a ship be labelled a woman? Is it appreciatin or sexism?

8 p.m. – Fresh Air
Erin Lee Carr is a documentary filmmaker and the daughter of late David Carr, a New York Times media columnist who had a large and devoted following. David Carr was addicted to drugs when Erin was born, and got sober soon after. He was both father and mentor to Erin. Erin’s new memoir, “All That You Leave Behind” is a tribute to her father. She writes that she was raised as his “little protégé”, and about what it was like to grow up in her father’s shadow. Her HBO documentaries are Mommy Dead and Dearest, based on the case of Dee Dee and Gypsy Rose, and Thought Crimes: The Case of the Cannibal Cop. Her latest documentary, At The Heart of Gold, is about the USA gymnastics abuse survivors.

  • Gary F

    The San Diego shooter also was very anti-Trump in his manifesto. Think they’ll talk about that?

    • link?

      • Gary F
        • Jim in RF

          I actually went and followed the link. No, not “very anti-Trump”. More like “not a supporter” because of Trump’s support for Israel.

      • J Allen

        I’d give you one, but it’s to The Daily Stormer, so no. But I’ll quote the passage with some omissions for decency’s sake for you:

        “Are you a Trump supporter?”

        You mean that Zionist, Jew-loving, anti-White, traitorous *********? Don’t make me laugh.

        That’s pretty much in line with the rest of what he has to say and how he says it. How this is supposed to reflect well on Trump beats me.

        • “You will not replace us.”


          “Good people on both sides”

  • jon

    “Trump likely plans to campaign on the strong economy.”

    Didn’t McCain plan to do the same?

    • Sonny T

      I’m not sure what parallels can be drawn. McCain was not a sitting president, and could not take credit for the economy. Not that he would want to. The economy was not looking good leading up to the 2008 election.

      • jon

        Yes I can see how you’d have a hard time seeing parallels, when you are comparing the situation 3 months prior to an election to the year and 8 months before an election rather than comparing like for like.

        The GOP platform was the economy is strong… right up until it crashed… taking the GOP with it.

        • Sonny T



          “In the Third Quarter, July to September, the economy contracted 1.9 percent and real GDP was $14.89 trillion according to the final revision. By that time, the government had bailed out mortgage guarantors Fannie and Freddie and insurance company AIG. Investment bank Lehman Brothers had gone bankrupt in September, triggering a 777 point crash in the Dow.”

          If the GOP was running on that, they’re even dumber than I thought.

          Trump can be beaten. But it won’t be on the economy. Not unless things change, and no one is predicting that.

        • The economic meltdown — and I know this is tough for people who can’t think except in terms of Republicans vs. Democrats — was non-partisan. It was about the people with money having the power and creating an economy and country that exists for the sole benefit of people in power and people with money.

          The system is gamed, partly because the people doing the gaming got suckers to believe it’s just another political fight.

          Also, they think the American people are too stupid to even begin to understand what a con it all is.

          They’re not wrong.


          • Sonny T

            A major Trump point, hammered home again and again, and explicitly stated in his inaugural address.

            Unless the Dems can counter this, or more likely co-opt it, 2020 is already over.

          • 2020 is going to come down to one issue. and it ain’t this.

          • Sonny T

            What issue is that? If you’re saying the economy will not be crucial, if not decisive, you’re bucking history.

            Trump can be taken down, even with a good economy. The way to do it is to declare a populist uprising. Just like Trump (ugh).

          • jon

            Historical precedent was well bucked in 2016.

            Though if you want to play historical precedents… no president with an approval rating as low as trumps at this point in his presidency has ever been re-elected.
            If you believe the economy will hold out, then one of the two precedents needs to break.

            Obligatory xkcd (though dated):

          • Sonny T

            For too many the economy was bad in 2016. End of story.

            Also I love these polls. What Trump supporter would admit it? Don’t you read the papers?

          • Jack Ungerleider

            The current policy on international trade will, if not changed, result in many pockets of economic frailty in the run up to next year’s election. People whose livelihood is based in those pockets will not answer the classic Reagan campaign question in the positive.

          • Sonny T

            By “changed” do you mean changed back? Because Trump’s doing what others said they’d do, but didn’t.

            “And I promise to ship your job to China” will not be a winning pledge from his opponent.

          • jon

            But who got the blame?

          • Sonny T

            No one. As Bob points out, it was bi-partisan. Politicians don’t usually blame themselves.

          • J Allen

            It wasn’t the politicians who were responsible for the housing bubble and subsequent crash, actually. Alan Greenspan could have perhaps raised the Fed’s interest rates to dampen the bubble, but he didn’t. So it’s rather interesting now to hear Trump blather on about keeping interest rates low. Hmm…

          • Sonny T

            I agree. Someone has to pay for low rates, and something tells me it’s not the rich.

          • J Allen

            The great recession of 2008 was caused not by the sort of speculation dramatized in The Big Short. It was caused by a housing price bubble that started as early as 2004, and was aided and abetted by both opportunistic lenders and buyers who blithely assumed that housing values always and only go up. By early 2005 my supervisor and I looked at each other one day and we both agreed that incomes weren’t keeping pace with rising housing prices, and that people were buying homes by taking out adjustable-rate mortgages with low teaser-rates (ARMs) and even interest-only mortgages (!!!) to “afford” the home they wanted. Needless to say, what can’t keep going on… can’t keep going on. Mortgage brokers who were only interested in closing a sale and then re-selling the loan didn’t care, and banks who should have known better thought they could protect themselves by in turn selling securitized loans to investors by classifying the more risky ones as “sub-prime” and letting the buyer of them beware. The problem with that the housing market in general by late 2007 was sub-prime as housing in general was over-valued. So when the crash came it came good and hard. Those of us with a little experience remember events like the housing crash in California in the 1980s or several housing booms and busts in Florida over the years, and could see this happening again, except this time it was national in scale. It wasn’t as bad as the Great Depression, but it still took a while to recover. As a consequence it’s no longer as easy to get a mortgage as being able to fog a mirror, and banks are behaving more responsibly. But there’s always going to be a temptation to make a quick buck, either in housing or elsewhere, and that’s the nature of the free market left to its own devices.

  • Al

    Today’s post is very helpful because for the longest time I couldn’t figure out if his name was Steven John or Steve N. John and by the time I got out of my car I’d forgotten this urgent need and then the whole thing would start up the next day and NOW I KNOW.

    • Jeff

      I have the same problem with Mark O’Rubio, the Irish senator from Florida.