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    "It has the kind of scale and scope that reminds me of Márquez, in a sense of trying to look at time and generations of the movement of a black family from the transatlantic slave trade to now."  -Syreeta McFadden, on 'Homegoing' by Yaa Gyasi
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    Obama's World, The Documentary - BBC World Service

    BBC: As Barack Obama prepares to leave office, Nahal Toosi examines his foreign policy
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  • Book picks for presidential candidates

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  • 'Hamilton'

    "Boy, did they have political conflict at the turn of the 19th century!" - Tim Walch, on why the new president should read 'Hamilton' by Ron Chernow
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  • 'Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude'

    "It reminds us of what to be grateful for in a mist of degrees of tragedy and I think that's an important thing for our next president to read." - Syreeta McFadden, on 'Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude' by Ross Gay
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  • Ideas through reading

    "We need people to have fresh ideas, to think a little differently than others. And to have the courage in their convictions to go forward." Tim Walch
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  • Cultural movement

    "That's the story of Midwestern black Americans that is just pretty invisible, I think, in fiction."
    Syreeta McFadden on 'The Turner House'
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  • 'Persuasion Nation'

    "There's something brilliantly wicked and smart and empathetic about the America he renders in those stories."
    -- Syreeta McFadden on why the candidates should read George Saunders
     
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  • Eulogy virtue

    "I think it's fundamentally important for every president, which is don't lose your sense of who it is that constitutes the American people and the American experience."
     
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  • A work of history

    "Given the kind of comments that we hear from that particular candidate, it's ahistorical, and out of context and dishonest. I would definatily recommend a historian."
    -- Syreeta McFadden on what Trump should read
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  • What books should the next president read?

    At 9 a.m. today we ask for suggestions of books that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump should read if they really want to understand the nation they want to lead.
     
    Non-fiction, fiction, biography, poetry – it’s all on the table as long as it would help the next president be better at their job.
     
    MPR News has gathered lists from Historian Tim Walch and writer and literary journal editor Syreeta McFadden. They’ll join Kerri to discuss their recommendations and listen to your suggestions as well.  
    Call in to our live programs at 651-227-6000 or 1-800-242-2828.
     
    Guests:
    - Tim Walch, historian and former director of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library
    - Syreeta McFadden, writer and editor of the online literary journal “Union Station Magazine”

     
     
    by Sara Porter, MPR News edited by Michael Olson, MPR News 7/27/2016 1:41:39 PM
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  • Producer's Note for Wednesday, July 27, 2016

    9:00am MPR NEWS WITH KERRI MILLER
     
    9am -- What books should the next president read?
    Today we ask for suggestions of books that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump should read if they really want to understand the nation they want to lead. Non-fiction, fiction, biography, poetry – it’s all on the table as long as it would help the next president be better at their job. MPR News host has gathered lists from Historian Tim Walch and writer and literary journal editor Syreeta McFadden. They’ll join Kerri to discuss their recommendations and listen to your suggestions as well.  
     
    Guests:
    - Tim Walch, historian and former director of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library
    - Syreeta McFadden, writer and editor of the online literary journal “Union Station Magazine”

    10am -- BBC documentary: Obama's World
    From the BBC: "When Barack Obama was sworn into office in January 2009 he had already gained millions of fans around the world thanks to his promise to change the way America behaved abroad. His foreign policy objectives were clear. He would reset relations with Russia, extend a hand of friendship to the Muslim world, bring Iran in from the cold and end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He promised action on nuclear arms and climate change. Many people in many time-zones who tuned in to watch Obama’s inauguration felt like change was coming.
     
    "Eight years on, how has Obama shaped the world? Nahal Toosi, foreign affairs correspondent for Washington-based news outlet Politico, talks to people in the countries most affected by Obama’s decisions. She finds out how lives have changed, from the people living through drone warfare in Pakistan to the residents of Cuba who witnessed Obama’s historic visit. She hears from those inside Obama’s foreign policy machine on why and how key decisions on Egypt, Syria and Ukraine were taken. And she asks how the world will look back on Obama’s time in office."
     
    11:00am MPR NEWS WITH TOM WEBER
     
    11am -- Alan Page
    Former Supreme Court Justice Alan Page joins Tom Weber to talk about bias in the legal industry – and about race, racism, and disparities in other parts of society. These are topics Page has been thinking and writing about throughout his career.
     
    Guest: Alan Page, former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice and founder of the Page Education Foundation
     
    11:45 -- 60B House race
    The primary election on August 9th in Minnesota won't get the same turnout as the November election, but plenty of races around the state will be decided in August.  That's because some legislative districts lean very heavily DFL or Republican... meaning the winners August 9th are near shoo-in's to win in November.
     
    There are dozens of contested primaries in races for state House and Senate seats. We can't cover all of them, so we picked two – one contested DFL race, one contested Republican race. This week, we’ll air interviews with three candidates running in Minneapolis for House District 60B. That's where long-time DFL representative Phyllis Kahn faces two opponents-- Ilhan Omar and Mohamud Noor.
     
    Wednesday, Tom Weber talks with Ilhan Omar.

    NOON -- MPR NEWS PRESENTS
    You can hear an Aspen Ideas Festival conversation with Vice President Joe Biden, who says Americans don't listen to each other anymore.  Vice President Biden and President Obama speak Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention. We’ll have live coverage starting at 7. You can hear Joe Biden at the Aspen Ideas Festival at noon.
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  • Contested Race: House 60B


    The primary election on August 9th in Minnesota won't get the same turnout as the November election, but plenty of races around the state will be decided in August.  That's because some legislative districts lean very heavily DFL or Republican... meaning the winners August 9th are near shoo-in's to win in November.
    There are dozens of contested primaries in races for state House and Senate across the state. We can't cover every single contested primary… so we picked two.
     
    This week, we’ll air interviews with three candidates running in Minneapolis for House District 60B. That's where long-time DFL representative Phyllis Kahn faces two opponents -- Ilhan Omar and Mohamud Noor.
     
    Tuesday, Tom Weber talks with Mohamud Noor, a former Minneapolis School Board member.
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  • What is the best way to be an ally to a social movement?


    When  the Coalition to Wake Your Ass Up led the protest on highway I-94 in support of Black Lives Matter, it raised questions about the roles of allies . Marianne Combs looks at how allies have historically helped  the civil right movement, and at what cost. How can you be a good ally, and when are you doing more harm than good?  Ashley Fairbanks, a socially-conscious designer and public artist, explores how allies have, or have not, worked with communities of color. And Keith Mayes looks at allies pushing the Black Lives Matter agenda and whether they really help the movement.
     
    Guests:
    - Keith Mayes, Professor African American & African Studies at the University of Minnesota
    - Ashley Fairbanks, a socially-conscious designer and public artist
    - shayden gonzalez, executive director of RECLAIM
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  • Book: “The Underdogs: Children, Dogs, and the Power of Unconditional Love“


    Melissa Fay Greene is the author of “The Underdogs: Children, Dogs, and the Power of Unconditional Love“. She joins Kerri Miller to discuss how dogs can aid humans both emotionally and physically.
     
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  • How would a Hillary Clinton administration be different from Barack Obama's?
    This week, Hillary Rodham Clinton accepts her party’s nomination for President. Many Republican say that by electing Clinton, the country is signing on for another four years of Barack Obama. What are the differences between Clinton and Obama? Historian and foreign policy expert Andrew Bacevich talks with MPR News host Kerri Miller about the differences in foreign policy that we might expect between the two Democrats and Ron Fournier sheds some light on how domestic policy might differ.
     
    Guests:
    - Andrew Bacevich, Professor Emeritus of International Relations and History at Boston University and author of “America’s War for the Greater Middle East:  A Military History”
    - Ron Fournier, senior political columnist at National Journal
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  • Health Care

    "You can disagree with her on policy, but I don't think you're doing yourself an intellectual courtesy if you think that she's not genuinely committed to have health care be more accessible to people..." -- Ron Fournier, on Hillary Clinton's dedication to policy
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  • Cliinton on TPP

    "The TPP represents a new kind of trade agreement, one that promotes, not just more growth, but better growth," Clinton said at a conference of Asian nations.

    Her tune changed last year, a week before the first Democratic debate. TPP negotiations had just been completed when Clinton sat down with Judy Woodruff on the PBS NewsHour.

    "Are you saying that, as of today, this is not something you could support?" asked Woodruff. "What I know about it, as of today, I am not in favor of what I have learned about it," Clinton replied, making news after she had spent months refusing to take a position on TPP.

     

    Evolution or expediency? Clinton's changing positions over a long career

    Clinton's positions on issues from trade to same-sex marriage have changed. Critics say it's often because of political expediency, while supporters insist she learns and adapts to new circumstances.

     

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  • Relationship with Congress

    "Clinton could, and this is speculative, could end up becoming president with Democrats in control of both Houses." — Andrew Bacevich, on if Donald Trump's campaign were to fail
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  • Relationship with Congress

    "What she has going for her is an incredibly low bar." -- Ron Fournier, on President Obama's relationship with Congress
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  • Trading issues

    "The question you have to ask yourself and the question that about three quarters of the population have to ask themselves is, can you trust her." -- Ron Fournier, on Hillary Clinton's upcoming DNC speech
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  • The "red line" in Syria

    "She's a very plotted thinker and if she draws a red line she's a lot less likely to go back on it." - Ron Fournier, on Hillary Clinton compared to Bill Clinton.
     
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    Obama's and Clinton's differing views on Syria

    Obama’s reticence frustrated Power and others on his national-security team who had a preference for action. Hillary Clinton, when she was Obama’s secretary of state, argued for an early and assertive response to Assad’s violence. In 2014, after she left office, Clinton told me that “the failure to help build up a credible fighting force of the people who were the originators of the protests against Assad … left a big vacuum, which the jihadists have now filled.” When The Atlantic published this statement, and also published Clinton’s assessment that “great nations need organizing principles, and ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle,” Obama became “rip-shit angry,” according to one of his senior advisers. The president did not understand how “Don’t do stupid shit” could be considered a controversial slogan. Ben Rhodes recalls that “the questions we were asking in the White House were ‘Who exactly is in the stupid-shit caucus? Who is pro–stupid shit?’ ” The Iraq invasion, Obama believed, should have taught Democratic interventionists like Clinton, who had voted for its authorization, the dangers of doing stupid shit. (Clinton quickly apologized to Obama for her comments, and a Clinton spokesman announced that the two would “hug it out” on Martha’s Vineyard when they crossed paths there later.) -- Jeffrey Goldberg, "The Obama Doctrine", The Atlantic 
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  • "To me, she comes across as an exceedingly conventional liberal internationalist." - Andrew Bacevich, on Hillary Clinton's leadership style.
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  • Best speech of the night?

     
    "It was a really emotional, wildly emotion, touching speech that played to people's hearts not just their heads." - Ron Fournier, on Michele Obama's speech.
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  • Producer's Note for July 26, 2016

    9:00 MPR NEWS WITH KERRI MILLER
     
    9am - How would a Hillary Clinton administration be different from Barack Obama's?
    This week, Hillary Rodham Clinton accepts her party’s nomination for President. Many Republican say that by electing Clinton, the country is signing on for another four years of Barack Obama. What are the differences between Clinton and Obama? Historian and foreign policy expert Andrew Bacevich talks with MPR News host Kerri Miller about the differences in foreign policy that we might expect between the two Democrats and Ron Fournier sheds some light on how domestic policy might differ.
     
    Guests:
    - Andrew Bacevich, Professor Emeritus of International Relations and History at Boston University and author of “America’s War for the Greater Middle East:  A Military History”
    - Ron Fournier, senior political columnist at National Journal
     
    10am - Book: “The Underdogs: Children, Dogs, and the Power of Unconditional Love“
    Melissa Fay Greene is the author of “The Underdogs: Children, Dogs, and the Power of Unconditional Love“. She joins Kerri Miller to discuss how dogs can aid humans both emotionally and physically.
     
    Guest: Melissa Fay Greene

    10:50 - Thread Question of the Week

    11:00 MPR NEWS WITH TOM WEBER
    (Marianne Combs hosts today)
     
    11am - What is the best way to be an ally to a social movement?
    When  the Coalition to Wake Your Ass Up led the protest on highway I-94 in support of Black Lives Matter, it raised questions about the roles of allies . Marianne Combs looks at how allies have historically helped  the civil right movement, and at what cost. How can you be a good ally, and when are you doing more harm than good?  Ashley Fairbanks, a socially-conscious designer and public artist, explores how allies have, or have not, worked with communities of color. And Keith Mayes looks at allies pushing the Black Lives Matter agenda and whether they really help the movement.
     
    Guests:
    - Keith Mayes, Professor African American & African Studies at the University of Minnesota
    - Ashley Fairbanks, a socially-conscious designer and public artist

    11:45 - Contested Race: House 60B
    The primary election on August 9th in Minnesota won't get the same turnout as the November election, but plenty of races around the state will be decided in August.  That's because some legislative districts lean very heavily DFL or Republican... meaning the winners August 9th are near shoo-in's to win in November.
    There are dozens of contested primaries in races for state House and Senate across the state. We can't cover every single contested primary… so we picked two.
     
    This week, we’ll air interviews with three candidates running in Minneapolis for House District 60B. That's where long-time DFL representative Phyllis Kahn faces two opponents -- Ilhan Omar and Mohamud Noor.
     
    Tuesday, Tom Weber talks with Mohamud Noor, a former Minneapolis School Board member.
     
    NOON - MPR NEWS PRESENTS
    On Tuesday you can hear an MPR documentary "The Politics of Joy: A Radio Remembrance of Hubert Humphrey." The last time the Democratic National Convention was held in Philadelphia -- in 1948 -- the young Minneapolis Mayor Hubert Humphrey came to national prominence with his plea for a civil rights plank in the Democratic platform.
     
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  • Call in to our live programs at 651-227-6000 or 1-800-242-2828. If you missed any of today's discussions, find them this afternoon at MPR News with Kerri Miller and MPR News with Tom Weber
     
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  • How Dry They Were: A Century Ago, Members of the Prohibition Party Had High Hopes for Their Convention


    Jack El-Hai joins Tom Weber to discuss his article in Wonders & Marvels about the Prohibition Party convention.
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  • Mental Health Week: Musician Adam Levy


    We bring together our weeklong focus on mental health and our Summer Music Series – in a conversation with Adam Levy, lead singer of the Honeydogs.

    Adam’s son Daniel died by suicide after struggling with mental illness. It’s something Adam has spoken about, and written songs about, in the years since. He and a few members of the Honeydogs joined Tom Weber at MPR to talk about mental health issues and to play a few songs.
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  • The Mercury 13: Women with the 'right stuff' - BBC News

    BBC NewsIn the early 60s, 13 women undertook secret tests at Nasa to see if they could become astronauts.
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  • The Friday Roundtable: Reaction to Cleveland



    Donald Trump has laid out his vision for America in Cleveland in a week that Republicans tried to find common ground with one another. Today on the Friday Roundtable, MPR News host Kerri Miller talks with two political scientists about what the party's convention accomplished. She'll take your calls as well.

    Guests:

    Wendy Schiller, Chair of Political Science at Brown University

    Khalilah Brown-Dean, Associate Professor of Political Science at Quinnipiac University and Co-Author, "50 Years of the Voting Rights Act: The State of Race in Politics"
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  • 9am -- Live Friday Roundtable: reacting to the RNC

    Donald Trump has laid out his vision for America in Cleveland in a week that Republicans tried to find common ground with one another. Today on the Friday Roundtable, MPR News host Kerri Miller talks with two political scientists about what the party's convention accomplished. She'll take your calls as well.

    Guests:

    - Wendy Schiller, Chair of Political Science at Brown University
    - Khalilah Brown-Dean, Associate Professor of Political Science at Quinnipiac University and Co-Author, "50 Years of the Voting Rights Act: The State of Race in Politics"

    10am -- Our favorite new documentary from the BBC World Service

    11am -- Summer Music Series: Adam Levy

    We bring together our weeklong focus on mental health and our Summer Music Series – in a conversation with Adam Levy, lead singer of the Honeydogs.

    Adam’s son Daniel died by suicide after struggling with mental illness. It’s something Adam has spoken about, and written songs about, in the years since. He and a few members of the Honeydogs joined Tom Weber at MPR to talk about mental health issues… and to play a few songs.
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    Living with bi-polar disorder



    Hakeem Rahim takes us on a personal journey in which he discovers as a student at Harvard University that his life was spinning out of his control.  Like most people diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Rahim was unaware of his erratic behavior, and his dramatic mood swings until he was forced to seek help by a friend. 


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