PRODUCER'S NOTE, MONDAY, APRIL 18TH | Minnesota Public Radio News


9 am Diverse Electorate

The 2016 electorate will be the most diverse it has ever been. Nearly one-third of eligible voters are non-white. We’ll talk about what this means for the candidates and which issues drive the discourse. Two experts join us. 


Professor Khalilah L. Brown-Dean, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science Quinnipiac University
Her first name is pronounced "Ka-lie-la" and my institution's name is pronounced "Qwa-nip-ee-ack"  

Kareem Crayton, Founder & Managing Partner at Crimcard Consulting Services and Visiting Professor at Vanderbilt University Law School

945 Thread Podcast Excerpt

We’ll air an excerpt of the first episode of The Thread podcast, featuring Roman Mars.

10 am Political Junkie

Ken Rudin talks politics

10:15 am Matt Haig

The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that over 15 million American adults has a major bout of depression every year. On Monday at 10, we will discuss what it is like to be hit with the disease so hard that you consider taking your own life. Matt Haig joins Kerri to discuss how he survived his battle with mental illness. His new book is “Reasons to Stay Alive.

11 am Distracted Drivers

We'll spend the hour on a topic state officials have been doubling down on recently, something that caused or contributed to more than 17,000 car crashes last year in Minnesota alone: Distracted driving.

First, we’ll replay part of a conversation Tom Weber had with Matt Richtel, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of “A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention.” 

Later in the hour, Tom Weber will talk with Donna Brau. Donna is the mother of Robert Brau, who was killed almost two years ago when a young woman who was texting crossed the median of a highway and struck his motorcycle. Robert Brau was a popular and talented member of the University of Minnesota marching band. He would have been 23 this month. 


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