Producer's Note for Thursday, August 20 Live
9:00 a.m. - MN Weather
Summer is winding down and it has been one of the most comfortable on record in Minnesota. How’d the rest of the country fare? Paul Huttner hosts for Kerri Miller and he will take your weather questions. He’ll also talk about hurricanes, El Nino and other recent weather news with Washington Post weather editor Jason Samenow.
Guest: Jason Samenow, Washington Post Weather Editor and contributor to the Post’s Capital Weather Gang blog
9:45 a.m. - Climate Cast
This week, the EPA proposed new rules on methane. Specificlaly: how much of the gas can escape from newly built energy infrastructure like hydraulically fractured oil wells and natural gas pipelines. Now we don't talk about methane nearly as much as we talk about CO-2, but it's another potent contributor to climate change. That's why the administration's goal is to make methane emissions in 2025 only 45% lower than they were in 2012.
Guest: Rob Jackson, professor of earth system science at Stanford University
10:00 a.m. - Julian Bond rebroadcast
Julian Bond, John Lewis and Andrew Young reflect on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.11am -- USFWS
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe is in town for an event at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. He'll be talking monarch butterflies with U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and University of Minnesota Professor Karen Oberhauser. He joins MPR's Tom Weber before the event to talk about conservation efforts more generally, and how we can continue our efforts as the climate changes around us.Guest: Dan Ashe, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director
11:15 a.m. - Highway 94 (BG)
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is embarking on a project to rethink one of the most-traveled stretches of highway in the metro: Interstate 94 between Minneapolis and St. Paul. As part of a two-year study, MnDOT will be taking time to reimagine many elements of the highway -- overpasses, lanes, exits - asking whether current structures best serve both commuters and the communities on that span the road.
On today’s show, we take the opportunity to entirely reimagine the highway ourselves. Start from scratch - what do you want I-94 to be? What would you change? What has its current form done for good… and for bad… to the Twin Cities.
-Brian Isaacson, I-94 Project Manager, MnDOT
11:45 a.m. - Congressman Nolan (JS)
When Congress returns from its August recess, it’ll have plenty of high-stakes work to do. Budget battles, the debt ceiling, and the debate over the Iran nuclear deal are some of the main challenges that await.
But for now, many Congressmen and women are home in their districts. We’re checking in with some of Minnesota’s Congressional delegation during the August recess.
Today, Tom Weber talks with U.S. Representative Rick Nolan, who joins us from the MPR studio in Duluth.
Guest: Rep. Rick Nolan, DFL, representing Minnesota’s 8th District.12:00 & 9:00 p.m. - MPR News Presents
A new debate from the Intelligence Squared series: The motion is, "Containment is not enough: ISIS must be defeated."