What’s on MPR News – 1/29/19

Tuesday January 29, 2019
(Subject to change as events dictate. This page is updated throughout the day.)

9 a.m. – MPR News with Kerri Miller (Tiffany Hanssen hosts)
The history of independent candidates running for office and what it would take for an independent candidate to be considered a viable option.

Guest: Samara Klar,associate professor of political science at the University of Arizona and author of the book “Independent Politics”

9:20 p.m. – The #MeToo movement has highlighted some of the terrors of toxic masculinity. Meanwhile, Gillette ran an ad calling for more respectful men. How is our current moment shifting the narrative on masculinity?

Guests: Wade Davis, Former NFL player and the NFL’s first LGBT inclusion consultant; Danez Smith, Poet & Author of “Don’t Call Us Dead,” a finalist for the National Book Award for poetry in 2017; Andrew Reiner, Lecturer at Towson University

9:55 a.m. – Stephanie Curtis joins MPR guest host Tiffany Hanssen for a conversation about 5 things worth your time this week.

10 a.m.- 1A with Joshua Johnson
Venezuela’s push for democracy, the fight for socialism & the power of oil. The political and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela is getting worse. America has picked a side. But Russia has told the United States to back off.

11 a.m. – MPR News with Angela Davis
It’s going to be dangerously cold in Minnesota this week. Low temperatures on both Wednesday and Thursday mornings are likely to range from about 25 below in the south to around 40 below in the north. And that’s not even counting wind chill, which could be record breaking at times.

Guests: Kenny Blumenfeld, senior climatologist at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; Lt. Gordon Shank, public information officer for the Minnesota State Patrol;Dr. Neha Raukar, emergency medicine physician at the Mayo Clinic

11:50 a.m. – There’s been a lot of talk about the extreme cold, but we’ll end the show with a look at a new hot spot in Minnesota. It’s an indoor attraction getting national attention. Keg and Case West 7th Market, a food and retail marketplace in St. Paul, is located in the former keg house of the Schmidt Brewery. It opened in September and is drawing accolades. Earlier this month, Keg and Case won USA Today’s Readers’ Choice award for Best New Food Hall.

Guest: Elizabeth Turan, Market director for Keg and Case.

12 p.m. – MPR News Presents
Steven Pinker, author of “Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress.”

1 p.m. – The Takeaway
In 2019, The state of the union is on hold. A look back at its history and what a delay means for the president.

2 p.m. – BBC NewsHour
The British Prime Minister Theresa May seeks a mandate from MPs to seek changes from the European Union on her EU withdrawal deal which previously suffered a massive defeat by parliament.

Also: the Bank of England refuses to release Venezuela’s gold reserves to President Maduro; Sudan authorities have ordered the release of all people detained during protests that began in December.

3 p.m. – All Things Considered
Cold enough for you? Also: Venezuela’s oil; PG&E bankruptcy; which mass shootings matter; the 13-year-old scientist.

6:00 p.m. – Marketplace
The number of American farmers under 35 is growing and in California, some of those rookie farmers are struggling to learn the ins and outs of the agriculture business. Marketplace looks at how coaching could help a generation of farmers.

6:30 p.m. – The Daily
After a 35-day government shutdown over a proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, Democrats and Republicans in Congress are negotiating over what border security actually means. We checked back in with Annie Brown from “The Daily,” who’s been driving the length of the border with the New York Times reporter Azam Ahmed. Their last dispatch focused on migrants in Mexico deciding whether to cross the border illegally. Now, we hear what can happen once they cross.

Guests: Annie Brown, a producer for “The Daily” ; Azam Ahmed, the Times bureau chief for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.

7 p.m. – The World
The U.S. investigation into Huawei has provoked strong reaction in the Chinese press, and meanwhile European countries are edging away from the Chinese tech giant. Today we look at the security threats and corporate espionage that the US is alleging, and how the international community is responding.

And, one man’s strategy to cope with Britain’s planned exit from the European Union? Brexit survival kits. Freeze dried fajitas, firelighter liquid and emergency water filters are all in James Blake’s ‘Brexit Box’, an entrepreneurial attempt to prepare for March 29th, the current Brexit deadline and the day which Brits worry will lead to food and medicine shortages in the UK.

Plus, as a polar vortex grips the US, we look at the seemingly simple question of how to measure snowfall. In windy environments, it’s not simple at all, as we learn from NOVA’s science editor Caitlin Saks. Saks just returned from McMurdo Station in Antarctica, where wind makes accurate snowfall measurements a challenge.

8 p.m. – Fresh Air
Writer Stephanie Land has written a new memoir about working hard, but still living below the poverty level. Her book is Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive. In it she chronicles how she ended up in a homeless shelter with her daughter, fleeing an abusive relationship. She writes about cleaning houses for a living, and turning to government assistance to help make ends meet. Eventually she took out a loan, went to college and became a writer.