What’s on the radio today: Sept. 25, 2019

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Here’s the radio line up for Wednesday, Sept. 25.

9 a.m. — MPR News with Kerri Miller

Last week, President Trump named Robert C. O'Brien as his new national security adviser. He replaces John Bolton, who was fired by the president two weeks ago.

Prior to his appointment, O’Brien was an envoy for hostage affairs. Now the fourth national security adviser during the Trump administration, he will play a key role in carrying out the president’s foreign-policy agenda.

With drama escalating between Iran and Saudi Arabia, China’s growing global power, and denuclearization negotiations with North Korea, what can we expect from O’Brien and the Trump administration?

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10 a.m. — 1A with Joshua Johnson

When baby makes three, is that one too many? Some are convinced that overpopulation lies at the heart of the climate crisis. America's birth rate is down, but families in poorer countries are having more children.

11 a.m. — MPR News with Angela Davis

There are times when our bodies fail us. We stumble. We hurt. We bruise. But what if your body is actively working against you?

Our immune system usually works to fight off invaders like bacteria and germs. But with Lupus, the immune system attacks healthy tissue instead, causing joint pain and other symptoms.

Five million people struggle with lupus. And it can be deadly. Healthy blood cells are round, but people with sickle cell have some crescent-shaped cells that can get stuck in blood vessels and block the flow of oxygen. This can cause severe pain in their extremities.

On Wednesday, host Angela Davis will talk about two diseases that turn the body against itself: sickle cell and lupus.

12 p.m. — MPR News Presents

Three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist, best-selling author and Minnesota native Thomas Friedman was back home Monday to speak at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School. He covered a wide range of concerns, everything from global events to the fate of small American towns.