What’s on MPR News – 5/23/19

Thursday May 23, 2019
(Subject to change as events dictate. This page is updated throughout the day.)

9 a.m. – MPR News with Kerri Miller
Think about your favorite word. Maybe it’s kerfuffle or hullabaloo. Words like these often raise the question “where in the world did that word come from?” Etymologist Anatoly Liberman’s new book “Word Origins And How We Know Them: Etymology for Everyone” aims to help readers understand how people like him study the origin of words and what we can learn from them.

Guest: Anatoly Liberman, etymologist and professor at the University of Minnesota

10 a.m.- 1A with Joshua Johnson
Throughout American history, there have been periods of intense friction between the executive and legislative branches of government. With the power struggle between President Trump and the Democratic-led House, we’re in such a period now. When Democrats took control of the House in 2018, the drumbeat for impeachment picked up. Then, the Mueller report was released. And Democrats started asking for testimony by some of the president’s closest associates in front of Congress. This week, former White House Counsel Don McGahn, didn’t show after President Donald Trump instructed him not to, even though a House committee issued a subpoena. How effective is the system of checks and balances today? What is the likelihood that Congress will impeach the president?

Guests: Norman Ornstein, resident scholar, American Enterprise Institute; Bruce Gibney, lawyer, venture capitalist, and author of “The Nonsense Factory: The Making and Breaking of the American Legal System.”

11 a.m. – MPR News with Angela Davis
The latest edition of Counter Stories, our regular conversation about race, identity and social justice.

Guests: Don Eubanks, associate professor at Metropolitan State University and cultural consultant; Hlee Lee, owner of “the other media group”;Luz Maria Frias, lawyer and consultant;Anthony Galloway, executive director of ARTS-Us; Marianne Combs, arts correspondent at MPR News

12 p.m. – MPR News Presents
John Dickerson, of CBS News, interviews former Sec. of State Madeleine Albright and former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley about the “Newer World Order: Internationalism and American Security.” Recorded Tuesday at the Presidential Ideas Festival at the University of Virginia.

1 p.m. – The Takeaway
All this week The Takeaway is talking about life in your 40s: from money to work to health. In this episode, Tanzina Vega talks family and relationships in this unique decade.

2 p.m. – BBC NewsHour
India’s general election: seven weeks of polling, 600 million votes cast, the Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi looks to have secured a second term as prime minister; Botswana has lifted a five year ban on elephant hunting; we hear from Hong Kong where a proposal to allow Hong Kong citizens to be sent to mainland China to face courts controlled by Beijing has sparked widespread protest.

3 p.m. – All Things Considered
Trump’s state tax returns; election results in India; abortion economics;

6:00 p.m. – Marketplace
A conversation with writer and producer of Booksmart, about female roles in the comedy film industry.

6:30 p.m. – The Daily
The bank that kept saying “yes” to Donald Trump. At a time when most Wall Street firms had stopped doing business with Donald J. Trump, a single bank lent him more than $2 billion. We look at the two-decade relationship that could unlock the president’s financial secrets.

7 p.m. – The World
The challenge of rehabilitating terrorists. The scheduled release of John Walker Lindh, the so-called American Taliban, is making headlines. Hundreds of other prisoners, convicted of terrorism-related charges, will eventually also be released.The U.S. may not be ready.

8 p.m. – Fresh Air
Terry Gross talks with rapper and singer Lizzo. Her music is exuberant and has a strong body positive message—that comes from a big girl, with dancers who are also big girls, who love to twerk on stage. In her college days, Lizzo was planning to be a classical flautist.

  • Rob

    One of my favorite words is combobulated. It’s not in the dictionary, but in order for someone to feel discombobulated, they must have felt combobulated first.

    • That’s a perfectly cromulant take on this subject.

      • Rob

        Close enough to cromulent for me!

    • boB from WA

      I am usually com-bob-ulated, however there are times when I’m not.

    • X.A. Smith

      In order to feel combobulated, it helps to be whelmed.

  • What is the likelihood that Congress will impeach the president?

    50% for impeachment.

    0% that the Senate will remove him.

    Trump’s state tax returns

    Huh, I hadn’t even given those much thought. New York to the rescue.

    • Sonny T

      Indeed, impeachment will go nowhere. And yet it is pursued anyway, splitting the caucus in two, handing talking points to the opposition.

      It’s fascinating. There’s something about this President that drives the opposition nuts, and makes them their own worst enemy. They could win by ignoring him. Yet they can’t.

      • Yeah… something… but…. what…could… it … be?


      • Rob

        There’s some things about this president that should drive everyone nuts – starting with corruption, venality and incompetence.

        • Sonny T

          These are partisan accusations, and none are sticking. Don’t they say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting a different result?

          Also, it’s not like there isn’t a history. The New York establishment has been after Trump for decades, using the same tactics as today’s Democrats. If it was going to work, don’t you think it would have? Instead, he’s president.

          • Rob

            Heh. If truth and facts = partisan, you’d be on to something. His grifting and cons have been enabled all the way to the top of the heap.

          • Sonny T

            True fact- Back in the 90’s he was held in high esteem by the RE industry. Put up his own assets, took on urban renewal, built quality and used unions, hired industry outsiders, especially women, for key roles.

            Now he’s THE DEVIL. Ought to use your emoji. What changed? Nothing, really. The elites hate an outsider. He succeeds despite them, and they can’t stand it.

            The elites hold the rest of us in disdain, too. They think they can tell us what to do, and think. Well, I’m not their water boy. Neither is Trump, and therein lies his appeal.

          • You understand your version of reality is coming directly from a ’90s media mythology, right? It’s a picture that has been thoroughly discredited and the empire exposed as a house of cards. There’s a reason why we don’t get to see his tax returns. It’s all a con. The New York Times has already proven it.


            You are, however, entirely accurate that Trump’s appeal comes from a repudiation of intelligence and education.

            Just as there’s nothing that can convince Trump’s opponents that he has any value or integrity, there’s no convincing Trump’s base that he doesn’t.

            so here we are …day after day… saying the same thing… over… and over… and over….

            While we wait for an errant asteroid to do us all a favor.

          • Sonny T

            No one knows these things. Why? Trump was under their radar through the 90’s. What I state is verifiable by anyone in the commercial RE industry. He was a rock star, for reasons stated.

            Oh, and think the media would actually give Trump credit for something? Not likely. I literally cannot think of a positive story. Can you?

          • I think what you point out is somewhat correct…. his appeal is as a rock star. And of course, people don’t really know rock stars…they only know the mythology. Which is great — and relatively harmless — for, you know, rock stars.

            But he’s president of the United States and at this point he remains a favorite of people who don’t like to read, who like to only be told what to believe, have non existent critical thinking skills, are susceptible to cultish ideation, and blame someone else for their lot in life. Re-election wouldn’t surprise me a bit.

          • Sonny T

            “Rock star” is the current vernacular for high achiever, as I’m sure you know.

            People don’t understand business or industry. This allows a sort of broad ignorance about Trump, gleefully exploited by the media.

            The fact is you can’t do business at Trump’s level without sound judgment. He employs thousands of people, has hundreds of partners and investors. Integrity is critical. The idea of any consistent, real success without integrity is silly. Don’t believe it. Business people don’t, and you shouldn’t either.

          • // . The idea of any consistent, real success without integrity is silly. Don’t believe it. Business people don’t, and you shouldn’t either.

            The federal prisons are full of people who were through to be highly successful business people who employed thousands of people with hundreds of partners and investors.

            Not nearly full enough, though.

          • Sonny T

            Yeah, he’s a crook. Like THAT’S not conspiracy stuff. Remember when the loony right said Obama was a terrorist. They weren’t letting go of that, either. All three of them.

            Trump’s investors, employees, customers, and lenders would pull up stakes and flee tomorrow, if what you say is true. Your assertions fly in the face of common sense. At least you’re not lonely.

            You get last word, if you choose. Thanks for listening.

          • Rob

            Ask the folks at Deutsche Bank how much money they lost on backing T.Rump’s enterprises.

          • kevins

            Exactly..he is president, which makes all of this much, MUCH more than a New York thing or partisanship. This is still not a zero-sum game as you assert.

          • Jay T. Berken

            “Don’t they say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting a different result?”


          • kevins