Producer's Notes: Friday Live

9:00 a.m. The play Thurgood opened last night.  The one man show on stage at the Illusion theater is a tour de force trip thru the life of Thurgood Marshall. The US Supreme Court Justice had an outsized impact on racial equality in the 20th century.  In his career, Marshall was chief attorney for the NAACP, a federal appeals court judge, solicitor general and the first African American on the Supreme Court.  He served as an associate Justice from 1967 until his retirement in 1991.  He died in 1993.  

Tom Crann talks with three Minnesotans about the life and legacy of Thurgood Marshall and his connection to the current conversation about race in America.

The play Thurgood gives us a chance to talk about his life and legacy, especially as so many of the touchstones in the play are playing out still in America today, even this very week.

Guests: James Craven, Stars in the one-man show THURGOOD at Illusion Theater  

Judge Tanya Bransford, Hennepin County District Court Judge

Professor Duchess Harris, professor of American Studies and Department Chair, Macalester College

10:00 a.m. Only four American Presidents have won the Nobel Peace Prize. Jimmy Carter is one of them. In 2002, the Nobel Committee awarded the Carter the prize "for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development."

President Carter will be in Minneapolis taking part in the Nobel Peace Prize forum this weekend.  He talks with MPRs Tom Crann about his award and about what he sees as a lack of peacemakers in the ranks of world leaders.

Guest: Former President Jimmy Carter

10:30 a.m. The BBCs Lucy Ash examines Russia's military strategy.  

11:00 a.m. Were two months into the legislative session. At 11am on MPR News, well get some analysis of the issues, the personalities, and whats next at the Minnesota Capitol.

Two guests will join Mike Mulcahy for the show. Steve Sviggum is an instructor at the University of Minnesotas Humphrey School of Public Affairs and former Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives. And Todd Rapp, with the Minneapolis PR firm Himle Rapp & Co., is a Democrat and regular political commentator on MPR News.

Guests: Steve SviggumInstructor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota and Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives, 1999 to 2007     

Todd Rapp, President of Himle Rapp & Co. and regular political commentator on MPR News

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