What's on the radio: Wednesday, Oct. 20

Here’s the MPR News programming for Wednesday 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: The influence of social media on our lives

It’s only been 16 years since the forces of social media entered our lives. But in those 16 years they have moved from the margins — teenagers, game players, internet professionals and fame-seekers — to the center of culture. So much so that when the three platforms owned by Facebook — Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp — went offline on Oct. 4, analysts were alarmed.

For many people, Facebook is the internet, so their outage stopped businesses in their tracks, paralyzed economic transactions, and turned some workdays into spontaneous days off. What does this mean for and about us? Have we adjusted our social, emotional and economic habits in order to best support and cope with this new normal? Does social media have a greater influence than we have acknowledged? What should we do to adjust? 

At 9 a.m. Wednesday, guest host Chris Farrell digs into the shifting social media landscape with Macalester College professor Ana Marie Cox, founder of Wonkette and host of the podcast, “With Friends Like These” from Crooked Media and David Larson, a professor at The Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

And we’d like to hear from you, too. Has social media migrated to the center of your life? Do you use it to make a living? What happened when it went down on Oct.4? Are you ready to give up social media because it’s taking up too much of your life?  Call us at 651-227-6000 or 800-242-2828 during the 9 a.m. hour. 


  • Ana Marie Cox is the founder of Wonkette and the host of the podcast, “With Friends Like These” from Crooked Media. She teaches in the Media and Cultural Studies Department of Macalester College.

  • David Larson is a professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

10 a.m. — 1A with Jenn White: The future of the child tax credit

The Child Tax Credit expires at the end of the year. The president argues it help lift millions out of poverty. But Joe Manchin wants some guarantees that extending the benefit will go to those he's described as "the right people." Should the Democratic Senator from West Virginia be the one to decide?

11 a.m. — 1A with Jenn White: What you haven’t heard about the college admissions scandal

Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman have been the most public faces of the college admissions scandal. Off to the side is another key figure — John Vandemoer. Stanford's sailing coach was the first person to be charged and he pleaded guilty. But he now says he was the Fall Guy in a university rat race that craves standing & serious money. He joins Jenn White, next time on 1A.

Noon — Minnesota Now with Cathy Wurzer: Stories from around the state

  • Top local news

  • Minneapolis mayoral candidate Sheila Nezhad

  • Weather with Paul Huttner 

  • Interview with musician Chastity Brown