Producer's Note for Monday, August 24, 2015 | Minnesota Public Radio News

Producer's Note for Monday, August 24, 2015 Live

NOTE: Marianne Combs hosts today at 9am and 10am

9:00 a.m. - Corrections Officers
Last week, the NYTimes reported that a correctional facility in Fishkill, New York had a prison guard ‘beat up squad,’ which was responsible for the death of a prisoner. As more attention is paid to abuse and poor conditions in prisons - little is being said about what it’s like to be a guard in prison, a profession with high suicide and PTSD rates. This hour we’ll examine the unique working conditions and stresses facing prison guards, and ask why there aren’t more programs in place to provide better training and assistance. 

Kevin Minor is a professor in the school of justice studies at Eastern Kentucky University

-Caterina Spinaris is the founder of Desert Waters

9:45 a.m. - Polical Junkie
Marianne Combs talks with Ken Rudin, the Political Junkie, about the week to come in politics.

Guest: Ken Rudin, political analyst

10:00 a.m. - Children's TV
What does Sesame Street’s move to HBO say about the future of television? During this hour we discuss the rise of on demand content, diversity in kids shows and the entertainment and educational values of kids’ programming.

- Lesli Rotenberg , General Manager of Children’s Media at PBS,
- Alyssa Rosenberg, pop culture blogger at the Washington Post

11:00 a.m. - MPS First Day of School
It's the first day of school for Minneapolis Public Schools (grades 1-12; first day for pre-k and k is weds, 8/26). Interim superintendent Michael Goar joins Tom Weber in studio.

Guest: Michael Goar, Interim Superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools

11:30 a.m. - Rep. Walz
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 Tim Walz, who joins us from the MPR studio in Rochester.

Guest: DFL Rep. Tim Walz, representing Minnesota’s 1st District

11:45 a.m. - Ebola nurse
One year ago, the world was watching an Ebola crisis unfold in West Africa.

It was last August that the World Health Organization declared Ebola an international public health emergency. The death toll passed 1000 that month, and Senegal became the fifth country hit.

A Twin Cities nurse travelled to Sierra Leone to help, spending months in the country. While she was there, Carrie Jo Cain opened one of the very first clinics for Ebola survivors. She’s headed back to Sierra Leone in just a couple of days… but will stop by the studio first to talk with Tom Weber.

Guest: Carrie Jo Cain, Health Programs Coordinator at World Hope International, Sierra Leone Program

MPR News Presents at Noon and 9 p.m.:
Psychologists at the Aspen Ideas Festival discuss "The Four Sources of Happiness." Paul Bloom, Dan Gilbert, Eli Finkel, Jennifer Senior and Tim Kasser.


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