What's on the radio: Monday, Jan. 24

Here’s the MPR News programming plan for Monday on the radio and on the stream. Missed a live show? Follow the links below to find our show archives and podcast feeds.

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9 a.m. — MPR News with Angela Davis

If you’ve recently filled a gas tank, shopped for ground beef or paid your electric bill you’ve noticed that prices have gone up. Inflation jumped seven percent last year, the biggest increase in almost four decades. 

Many of the price increases are directly related to Covid supply chain bottlenecks. Some economists predict inflation will peak in a few months. But that still leaves many people on lower and fixed incomes trying to manage the price hikes. 

There are also some signs that people are spending more money than they have. Credit card debt has surged back up after dropping earlier in  the pandemic.  And, more people are using “buy now pay later” options that allow them to pay for goods in monthly installments. 

At 9 a.m. Monday, MPR News host Angela Davis talks with two financial counselors about setting financial goals and finding ways to save at a time when almost everything costs more. 

Plus, MPR News senior economic contributor Chris Farrell explains how inflation works and how today’s price increases compare to the 1970s. 

And we want to hear from you, our listeners: How are you managing the increased cost of food, gas and other basic expenses? Have you found ways to save money? Tell us your best tips and strategies. Call us at 651-227-6000 or 800-242-2828 during the 9 a.m. hour. Or you can tweet @AngelaDavisMPR


  • Tonia Brinston is a certified financial counselor and health and nutrition educator with University of Minnesota Extension based in North Minneapolis. 

  • Kim Miller is a certified financial counselor with Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota.  

10 a.m. — 1A with Jenn White

Actress Rita Moreno’s performance as Anita in the original “West Side Story” is iconic. Moreno famously became the first Latina to win an Oscar for the role in the 1961 film.

Now actress Ariana DeBose is giving new life to Anita in the 2021 remake of the film directed by Steven Spielberg.

DeBose has already snagged a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress and has been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award and Critics Choice Award. Many anticipate an Oscar may be added to that list later this year.

We speak to her about the big shoes she’s had to fill, her Broadway career, and what’s next for her.


Ariana DeBose (are-EE-AH-nuh duh-BOSE), actress, singer, and dancer. Anita in “West Side Story”

11 a.m. — 1A with Jenn White

Russia’s President Putin has a list of demands that he’s been told he’s not going to get. How far is he NOW willing to go – to get them? Jenn White asks can the west stop a war in Ukraine? You’ll get the very latest - next time on 1-A.


Ambassador Alexander Vershbow, former Deputy Secretary General of NATO and former U.S. Ambassador to Russia.

Amy MacKinnon, national security and intelligence reporter at Foreign Policy.

Dr. Olexiy Haran, head of research, professor of Comparative Politics at Kyiv Mohyla Academy.

Robyn Dixon, Washington Post Moscow Bureau Chief.

Noon: Minnesota Now

On the next Minnesota Now, host Cathy Wurzer talks with a Hennepin County official about strategies to prevent carjacking and gets insight from a career coach about how to think about building your career in the midst of the Great Resignation. Cathy will also bring you the latest news and weather from around the region, plus the Song of the Day. All that and more on the next Minnesota Now.