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Conversations on news and culture with Kerri Miller. Weekdays from MPR News.

    How Amy Coney Barrett could shape the Supreme Court

    How Amy Coney Barrett could shape the Supreme Court

    Amy Coney Barrett is likely to be the newest Supreme Court justice. President Trump announced the conservative judge as his nominee over the weekend, and it appears the Republican majority in the Senate has the votes needed to forge ahead with confirmation hearings — barring any defectors.What will this process look like? What will the appointment mean for pending cases — or a contested election? How will this decision shape the court’s rulings on issues like abortion, climate change and the Affordable Care Act? Tuesday at 9 a.m., two legal scholars joined MPR News host Kerri Miller to discuss Barrett’s legal record and the future of the Supreme Court. 

    Guests:

    Randall Eliason is a former federal prosecutor and professorial lecturer in law at George Washington University.Afsheen John Radsan is a professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law and faculty adviser to the school’s Federalist Society chapter.To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above.

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    The latest on the pandemic with Michael Osterholm

    The latest on the pandemic with Michael Osterholm

    COVID-19 cases are spiking in Europe, leading to more travel bans. College campuses here in the United States are also seeing outbreaks. This comes in the midst of continued mask resistance and a looming influenza season. Vaccines are on the horizon, but when?

    Monday at 9 a.m., MPR News host Kerri Miller took your questions about the pandemic and the public health response to it.

    Guest:


    Michael Osterholm is an epidemiologist and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.









    In August Michael Osterholm on where we are now with the COVID-19 pandemic





    U of M epidemiologist Michael Osterholm On how to assess COVID-19 risks







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    • 46 Min.
    Learning about the spread of COVID-19 on college campuses

    Learning about the spread of COVID-19 on college campuses

    Like everything else, college looks very different this year. Some campuses welcomed students back for in-person learning. Some colleges opted to keep classes mostly online. Other schools have opened up, experienced outbreaks and asked students to quarantine. The ad-hoc nature of these plans reflects the greater patchwork of the COVID-19 response,  where social distancing protocols, community spread and access to testing vary from state to state.What has the beginning of this academic year taught us about the viability of a more “normal” spring semester? Thursday, two guests joined MPR News host Kerri Miller for a conversation about which reopening methods work well, which ones do not and what might need to change as flu season comes to campus.Guests:


    Dr. Preeti Malani is chief health officer at the University of Michigan and professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases.

    Michael Vasquez is a senior investigative reporter for The Chronicle of Higher Education.




    Correction (Sept. 24, 2020): During the live show, host Kerri Miller incorrectly stated that the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse was instituting a shelter-in-place order Thursday evening. In fact, the order took effect at 5 p.m. on Sept. 13, and lasts until Sept. 27. The audio attached in this post has been corrected.

    Editor’s note (Sept. 20, 2020): This show was originally scheduled for Monday but was moved to Thursday to cover the news of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing.

    To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above.

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    The power of the nonvoter in the 2020 presidential election

    The power of the nonvoter in the 2020 presidential election

    In 2016, at the end of a volatile campaign, almost 100 million eligible Americans did not cast a vote for president. That number represents an astounding 43 percent of the eligible voting population.

    Much attention is given to the partisan voter and the voters who change their minds. But until recently, little was known about the bloc of people who opt out entirely. Earlier this year, the Knight Foundation released a study to examine why nonvoters are disengaged — and what it would take to get them to the polls.

    MPR News host Kerri Miller discussed that study with two political scientists, including one of its authors. Both President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger former Vice President Joe Biden hope to activate this untapped group of voters. Will they be able to do it?

    Guests:


    Yanna Krupnikov, assistant professor of political science at Stony Brook University

    Philp Chen, assistant professor of political science at Beloit College




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    • 47 Min.
    What will the Supreme Court look like without Justice Ginsburg?

    What will the Supreme Court look like without Justice Ginsburg?

    Not long after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing at age 87 on Friday, there were rumblings about what would happen with her seat on the Supreme Court.  Monday at 9 a.m., MPR News host Kerri Miller spoke with two guests about the late justice’s legacy and the future of the court without her.   Guests:


    Margaret M. Russell is an associate provost and constitutional law professor at Santa Clara University School of Law.

    Russell Berman covers politics as a staff writer at The Atlantic. 




    To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above.

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    Exploring the depths of family relationships with author Sue Miller

    Exploring the depths of family relationships with author Sue Miller

    Families are intricate, made up of interwoven and multilayered relationships. Sue Miller’s newest book, “Monogamy” examines these complex ties amidst a family who loses their beloved and gregarious father, Graham. After his death, his second wife Annie, discovers Graham wasn’t always faithful during their 30-year marriage. The resulting grief, anger, reassessing and, ultimately, acceptance is the work of being human.

    Sue Miller’s own life informed her new book, as she tells Kerri Miller in the above interview. But her book also taught her how to embrace the broken and beautiful bits of her own life.

    Guest:


    Sue Miller, author of many novels including the new book “Monogamy”




    To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above.

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