What's on the radio: Wednesday, July 17

Here’s the MPR News programming plan for Wednesday, July 17, on the radio and on the stream. Missed a live show? Follow the links below to find our show archives and podcast feeds. And for daily news updates straight to your inbox every weekday morning, sign up for the MPR News a.m. newsletter.

9 a.m. — MPR News with Angela Davis

Nicotine usage in 2024: What’s changing? 

Studies showed that this generation was on-track to end smoking, with long-running youth tobacco prevention campaigns and decades of research showing the health risks.   

However, with the decline of cigarette smoking, the tobacco industry is currently undergoing a smokeless revolution, marketing e-cigarettes and oral nicotine pouches more heavily.  

This hour, we’re exploring the tobacco and nicotine industry and how it has changed. With the rise of vaping and the growing popularity of oral nicotine pouches like Zyns — there’s a lot to unpack. 

And we want to hear from you, too. Call 651-227-6000 or 800-242-2828 during the 9 a.m. hour.   

Do you use nicotine products or are you trying to quit them? What questions do you have about nicotine pouches, vapes and their long-term effects?  


  • Sharrilyn Helgertz is a former senior research scientist for the Minnesota Department of Health. Sharrilyn specializes in collecting and analyzing data around tobacco use among youth and adults in Minnesota.  

  • Mike Sheldon is the commercial tobacco cessation communications coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Health. He is also a spokesman from Quit Partner, a free program that offers coaching, medications, texts, emails and other tools to help people quit smoking. 

10 a.m. — 1A with Jenn White

The problem with polls

President Joe Biden is taking on a new political adversary: the polls. In his most recent interviews, he says he doesn’t believe them. But according to the latest surveys former President Donald Trump is leading Biden across seven major swing states. NPR’s Senior Political Editor is Domenico Montanaro. He joins 1A to talk about how much we can trust the polls at this point in the race.

11 a.m. — 1A with Jenn White

The rise of today’s vocational and technical schools

With Gen X’ers and Millennials burdened by student debt, Gen Z may be taking a different path. From mechanical repair to IT, more and more young Americans are seeing the value in specialized trades. Enrollment in trade schools is up – as traditional 4-year college courses become ever more expensive. Jenn White hears more about these new apprentices.

Noon — Minnesota Now

Wednesday on Minnesota Now, we’re following all the latest regional news. We’ll talk about how to get out the vote in a year when many people feel apathetic. MPR’s senior economics contributor Chris Farrell tells us about a “modest clothing” company in Morris, MN doing global sales. Chief MPR Meteorologist Paul Huttner shares his mid-summer report card. Plus, we’ll drop in on Bean Hole Days in Pequot Lakes.

1 p.m. – On Point

Sharks On Point

Sharks have a bad reputation. Marine biologist Jasmin Graham is determined to change that. The marvelous and misunderstood world of sharks.