What’s on MPR News – 1/11/19

Friday January 11, 2019
(Subject to change as events dictate. This page is updated throughout the day.)

9 a.m. -1A with Joshua Johnson
Domestic news roundup. We are now more than 20 days into the partial government shutdown. About 800,000 federal government employees in all 50 states are about to miss their first paycheck.

The viral Lifetime documentary “Surviving R.Kelly” has catalyzed legal action against the singer. R.Kelly is accused of sexual, emotional and physical abuse. He is also accused of maintaining a sex cult.

Guests: Jeff Mason, White House correspondent, Reuters; Alexis Simendinge, national political correspondent, The Hill; Jonathan Tamari, Washington correspondent, The Philadelphia Inquirer.

10 a.m.- Closs case news conference
Live coverage of the news conference in Barron, Wis., on the rescue of Jayme Closs.

11 a.m. – MPR News with Angela Davis (Stephanie Curtis hosts)
The Iowa caucuses are more than a year away, but the field of democratic candidates is already shaping up. Should Minnesota DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar run for president? How does she stack up against other likely contenders?

Guests: Mark Zdechlik Reporter, MPR News; Steven Smith, Professor of political science, Washington University in St. Louis; Jeff Blodgett, political consultant and founding director Wellstone Action; Alex Conant, Senior aide at Firehouse Strategies, former communications director for Marco Rubio.

12 p.m. – The Takeaway
In the game of political hardball, Democrats seem to finish last. Is it time for Democrats to fight dirty?

1 p.m. – Science Friday
A look at how the government shutdown is affecting science and what might happen if it continues. Plus: How a smartphone app might help save opioid users from overdoses. And: scientists report new data on mysterious distant radio bursts.

2 p.m. – BBC NewsHour
The US begins its pull-out from Syria as fighting rages around a stronghold of the Islamic State group in the east of the country.

Plus, the Saudi teenager who fled to Thailand in fear of her life is reported to have been granted asylum in Canada.

And, the migrants who don’t make it across the Mediterranean. We hear about their ordeal in Libya and from some who have been rescued and returned to Niger.

3 p.m. – All Things Considered
The week in politics; the shutdown’s effect at HUD; an NPR shutdown poll; Hamilton in Puerto Rico; Planet Money on cyber insurance.

6:00 p.m. – Marketplace
Live broadcast of another news conference in the Jaymie Closs case; a look at what’s next for Brexit. The British parliament could determine the fate of Brexit next week.It will decide on whether to accept Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal with the EU.

6:30 p.m. – The Daily
A majority of Americans oppose the construction of a border wall. President Trump’s insistence on building it has led to a bitter political impasse and a government shutdown. We spoke with a sheriff on the border who supports the president’s efforts.

Guest: Mark Napier, the sheriff of Pima County, Ariz.

7 p.m. – The World
The US has begun to withdraw troops from Syria, but ISIS retains a foothold in the region. The World examines what work remains in defeating ISIS, and what role the US could have going forward.

And, Mexico’s new President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador wants to crack down on fuel theft from the state-owned oil and gas company Pemex. Next thing you know, there’ve been massive gasoline shortages and long lines at gas stations in Mexico City.

Also, Nicaraguan journalist Jaime Arellano has been a vocal critic of President Daniel Ortega for years. Now, Arellano is in Miami and says he fears for his safety if he were to return to his country.

Plus, the best soccer player in the world. Ada Hegelberg received the Ballon d’Or award and she using that prestigious accolade to send girls a message about starting out in soccer: “believe in yourselves.”

8 p.m. – Fresh Air
We celebrate the 20th anniversary of the premiere of The Sopranos, and listen back to Terry Gross’ interview with the show’s creator David Chase. And TV critic David Bianculli will talk about the importance of the series.