What’s on MPR News – 3/21/19

Thursday March 21, 2019
(Subject to change as events dictate. This page is updated throughout the day.)

9 a.m. – MPR News with Kerri Miller (Stephanie Curtis hosts)
When the World Wide Web debuted 30 years ago, it was seen at as the new frontier — the great equalizer even. As we celebrate three decades of the web, how much have we gained from it?

Guests: Jason Hong, professor in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University; Haim Levkowitz, associate professor of computer science at Kennedy College of Sciences

10 a.m.- 1A with Joshua Johnson
Oil and gas is a $31 billion industry in Coloradom, according to leading businesses and civic organizations, but it’s also a big concern to some residents. Our Across America team spoke to several people in the Greeley, Colorado, area about how the industry has affected their lives. In some cases, it’s even had an impact on their sleep. How does Colorado balance the health and safety of residents with the economic success of the oil and gas industry?

Guests: Amy Harder, reporter covering energy and climate, Axios; KC Becker, Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives; Chris Wright, CEO and chairman, Liberty Oilfield Services; Therese Gilbert, co-founder, Weld Air and Water; Matt Bloom, energy and economy reporter, KUNC Greeley, CO.

11 a.m. – MPR News with Angela Davis
It’s great when professional athletes give back to their communities. Angela Davis will be speaking with retired soccer player Tony Sanneh, who is tackling the achievement gap and the shortage of teachers of color.

12 p.m. – MPR News Presents
Many DFL candidates in Minnesota promised voters they would expand access to health care by broadening access to MinnesotaCare from the near poor to more middle-income people who would pay to enroll. How would such a “buy-in” option work? Could it pass in a Minnesota Senate where Republicans hold the majority? A conversation featuring MN Senator Michelle Benson (R) and national health care industry expert Joel Ario. Professor Larry Jacobs will moderate. Recorded at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School.

1 p.m. – The Takeaway
Ahead of World Water Day on Friday, The Takeaway looks at the estimated some 1.6 million Americans who are currently lacking access to clean running water and the basic plumbing necessary to maintain adequate health and hygiene. But for a fuller picture of who might be affected by water poverty in the US, there remains a lack of understanding about the true scope of the problem, or what communities might be disproportionately affected.

Some farmers in Nebraska are facing devastation by the floods in the midwest which have killed at least four people and left most of Nebraska underwater. Already Chapter 12 bankruptcies were up some 20 percent among Midwest farms, and more than $400 million worth of livestock could be impacted by the floods, as well as $500 million in crops.

In Georgia, voters soundly defeated a referendum that would have expanded Atlanta’s transit service, MARTA, to Gwinnett County, a historically white enclave that has seen its demographics diversify in recent years. Organizers, frustrated by the low voter turnout in a March election, are already vowing to put the referendum up for another vote in the future.

After being without a permanent leader since January of 2018, the FAA is poised to finally get a new head. President Trump has named Stephen Dickson, former Delta Airlines Executive, as his choice for FAA chief.

The Takeaway goes to Florida where on Tuesday a House subcommittee approved a bill that would require former felons to pay back all court fines before they can register to vote — including fines and fees accumulated after a person’s original sentence and not spelled out by a judge.

Jordan Peele’s highly-anticipated new horror film “Us” is out Friday, so far garnering rave reviews from critics including comparisons to Alfred Hitchcock. Rafer Guzman and Valerie Complex talk about this next offering from Peele, what makes it work, and if — like Get Out — it has messages that resonate far beyond theaters.

2 p.m. – BBC NewsHour
The British prime minister Theresa May heads to Brussels to ask for a delay but will EU leaders agree? Newshour’s James Coomarasamy is in Brussels and will be live with the latest.

Also: how rescuers are struggling to reach thousands stranded by the floods in Mozambique?

And New Zealand’s ban on semi-automatic rifles.

3 p.m. – All Things Considered
Fox News and Muslims; small-dollar Democrats; why are migrants coming; the decriminalization of sex work; how to fix Congress.

6:00 p.m. – Marketplace
Research out today on the children of Asian-Americans found that while they often excel at academics, it’s harder for them to move into managerial role in the workforce. In today’s episode: A look at why that might be.

6:30 p.m. – The Daily
For only the second time since the start of a global epidemic, a person was reported this month to have been cured of H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS. Scientists and activists had almost given up on reaching that milestone. Here’s a look at how we got to this point.

Guest: Peter Staley, a longtime AIDS activist.

7 p.m. – The World
Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte makes his own rules. His war on drugs has executed thousands of Filipinos without a trial. His sister compares him to Donald Trump and explains how Duterte became Duterte.

8 p.m. – Fresh Air
Journalist Ed Caesar writes in The New Yorker about the 2016 campaign for Brexit in Britain and the millionaire Arron Banks who funded the most extreme end of the Leave campaign and the question of whether he did with Russian assistance. Banks also used Trumpian scare tactics to sway voters.