Producer’s note for Monday, April 4th Live

Producer’s note for Monday, April 4th 

9:06 am Eyewitnesses 

MPR News host Kerri Miller talks with two law professors about the validity of eyewitness testimony. The Innocence Project has brought to the forefront the suspect nature of these testimonies. It is unreliable and many individuals that were convicted of crimes using eyewitness testimony have been exonerated primarily based on more reliable DNA evidence. Why is eyewitness testimony so unreliable? What is the role of an officer’s eyewitness testimony? Do the courts view them differently from the public?

Guests:  Brandon Garrett, professor of Law at the University of Virginia

Sandra Guerra Thompson, Director of the Criminal Justice Institute at the University of Houston Law Center


9:45 am Political Junkie       

The Political Junkie, Ken Rudin joins MPR News host Kerri Miller to discuss the upcoming Wisconsin primaries.

Guest: Ken Rudin, political analyst

10:00 am How to make step-families gel 

Blended families can be difficult and messy. Step-children often see their parent’s new partner as less of a mother and father and more as an awkward addition to their once functioning family unit. So how can two families that have their own rhythms and rules, successfully meld together?

Guests: Dr. William Doherty, professor of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota

Patricia Papernow, director of the institute for Stepfamily Education

11:00 am TBD

11:30 am Spelling Bee 

Several Minnesota students are headed to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D. C. next month. That means right now, they’re preparing like crazy. Minnesota Public Radio stepped in to sponsor this year’s Metro Area Regional Spelling Bee. Tom Weber hosted that competition at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. As we look ahead to next month’s national bee, we’re going to hear the winning rounds of that metro competition.


12:00 & 9:00 pm MPR News Presents 

Monday on MPR News Presents we'll hear a new debate from the Intelligence Squared series: "Should we trust the promise of artificial intelligence?"

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