What’s on MPR News today? 2/14/18

Wednesday February 14, 2018
(Subject to change as events dictate. Frequent pledge drive breaks scheduled.)

Until 9 a.m. – Morning Edition
Why people are turning their car keys over to perfect strangers; Meth makes a return in Blue Earth County. Plus: ‘Ask Cokie’ about military parades; aging and politics; and the Cuba sonic mystery.

9 a.m. – MPR News with Kerri Miller
The consequences of rising college costs. A roundtable discussion on the cost of college tuition with Sharon Smith-Akinsanya, founder of the People of Color Career Fair, Trey Williams, director of TRIO/Student Support Services at Carleton College, and Isaac Jahraus, president of Lead MN. (Rebroadcast)

10 a.m.- 1A with Joshua Johnson
Unraveling the financial ties between health advocacy groups and drug makers. America’s opioid crisis remains deadly; more than 40,000 people overdosed in 2016. A new report shows undisclosed financial ties between drug makers, patient advocacy groups and medical professionals, are making things worse. The pharmaceutical business is worth billions, but is it getting away with murder?

11 a.m. – 1A with Joshua Johnson<
Reason, science, humanism, and progress. If the news is getting you down, perhaps you’re not seeing the bigger picture. Psychologist and author Steven Pinker says by most metrics, our world is healthier and less violent than it was.

12 p.m. – MPR News Presents
A new Intelligence Squared debate: Have dating apps killed romance? Daniel Jones of the New York Times’ “Modern Love” column, Eric Klinenberg, co-author of Modern Romance, Helen Fisher, chief scientific advisor at Match.com, Tom Jacques of OK Cupid, and Manoush Zomorodi of “Note to Self.”

1 p.m. – The Takeaway
The complicated question of free speech and how institutions protect their students. White supremacists have found new recruiting grounds: college campuses.They’ve gone from boots to suits. From camo to khakis, in an attempt to present themselves as a legit part of the mainstream conversation.

2 p.m. – BBC NewsHour

3 p.m. – All Things Considered
A conservative view of the immigration debate; Olympic hockey without NHL players; Muslim Valentine’s Day cards; and federal proposals for paid family leave.

7 p.m. – The World
Bilingual love letters. He spoke Swedish. She spoke Finnish. So in his letters to his beloved, composer Jean Sibelius tried writing in her language. And when he stumbled? She kissed his mistakes, right there on the page.

8 p.m. – Fresh Air
Long haul trucker Finn Murphy has logged over a million miles and has been moving stuff back and forth across the country since 1980. He’s what’s known in the business as a “bed bugger” – a term for the truckers who move people’s belongings for them. Murphy has written a new memoir, “The Long Haul: A Trucker’s Tales of Life on the Road.”