Producer's Note, Monday, May 15th, 2016 | Minnesota Public Radio News

Producer's Note, Monday, May 15th, 2016 Live

9 am Minimum Wage

The national minimum wage has remained at $7.25 per hour since 2009. Over half of US states and several cities adjusted their minimum to exceed the federal level. On today’s show we’ll talk about the “Fight for 15.” Where did this number come from? What are the possible effects of raising the minimum? How would this effects be felt differently in various economies throughout the country?    
Ken Jacobs, Chair of the UC Berkeley Labor Center 
Bio: <> 

Second guest TBD

9:50 Thread Excerpt

We'll air an excerpt of the fifth episode of the Thread podcast, featuring Strangers host, Lea Thau

10 am Ken Rudin political junkie

Guest: Ken Rudin, political analyst

10:15 Spring Home Repair

We'll answer home repair questions

Samantha J. Strong, contractor and founder of Metamorphosis <>

John Trostle is an FHA-approved home inspector

11 am Water 

During MPR’s month-long focus on water, we’re featuring a series of conversations with people whose professional or person endeavors involve water. Today, Tom Weber talks with Judy Helgen.

Minnesota made headlines around the world in 1995 when schoolchildren discovered deformed frogs in a pond in south central Minnesota. Soon there were more reports of deformed frogs from around Minnesota and other places - gruesome pictures of extra legs, missing legs, or eyes in the wrong place. People wondered if the frogs were a sign that something was wrong in the environment, which could also spell trouble for humans.

Judy Helgen is the MPCA biologist who pushed the agency to investigate the matter. She wrote about her experience in a book, "Peril in the Ponds - Deformed Frogs, Politics, and a Biologist's Quest." She’s still working on water issues around the state, now as a regular citizen.

Judy joins Tom in the studio. We’ll include tape from a visit Judy and Tom took to Ney Pond, near Henderson, where it all started.

Judy Helgen
Author, "Peril in the Ponds - Deformed Frogs, Politics, and a Biologist's Quest."

Her book: <>
Hemphill story about her/the frogs: <>

11:30 93 Days of Spring

We continue our focus on water by looking at water through the lens of photographer Jim Brandenburg. In his latest work, featured in the May issue of National Geographic Magazine, Brandenburg photographs the story of 93 Days of Spring. In the photographs, wildlife, plants and stark landscape share a relationship with water. It's the most photographs in a single feature in the 128 year history of magazine - 93.

Jim Brandenburg 
Photographer <>


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