What's on the radio: Tuesday, May 11

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

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9 a.m. — MPR News with Kerri Miller: As vaccine eligibility opens up, what caregivers should know

Kids ages 12 and over could be eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines as early as this week.

The FDA has already approved its use for kids 16 and older, and other pharmaceutical companies have their own pediatric trials underway.

As vaccination rates among older adults slow down, having more young people immunized could help the country inch closer to herd immunity and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Tuesday at 9 a.m., two physicians join host Kerri Miller to discuss the pediatric trials and answer questions from parents and other caregivers about getting kids vaccinated.


  • Dr. Tina Tan is a professor of pediatrics at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and is an infectious diseases attending physician at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.

  • Dr. Stanley Perlman is a professor of microbiology and immunology and a Pediatric Infectious Diseases physician at the University of Iowa and is on the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, which advises the FDA on the approval of COVID-19 vaccines. He is also a member of the COVID-19 Vaccine Working Group of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

10 a.m. — 1A: The Washington establishment

For decades, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has cast a long and influential shadow over Washington and Democratic politics.

Her father was a big-city mayor and her mother his political organizer. However, she did not run for office until she was 46 years old. It was after her five children had mostly flown the nest that she found her calling.

As the first female Speaker of the House, she took on the establishment that she's now a part of. She had been privately planning her retirement until Donald Trump became president. A new biography by New York Times bestselling author and USA Today's Susan Page chronicles this titanic clash.

Susan Page joins us to talk about that conflict and the years before that prepared her for what would prove to be the political battle of her life.

11 a.m. MPR News with Angela Davis — In Focus: Black youth resilience in Minnesota

Black teens and young adults in Minnesota are challenged by the politicization of race, the killing of George Floyd and the COVID-19 pandemic, all disproportionately affecting their communities. At the same time, Black youth face inadequate access to well-being support and representative mental health providers.

How is racism preventing young Black people from connecting with culturally appropriate care? How are Black youth remaining resilient during this difficult time and amid the challenges of persistent historic and institutional racism?

The free event was co-produced by American Public Media’s Call to Mind and MPR News as part of the Well Beings Youth Mental Health Project and its Well Beings Tour, presented by WETA.

Noon — MPR News Presents

From the Westminster Town Hall Forum's May series: "The Arc Toward Justice: Taking Stock One Year After George Floyd's Death." The second speaker in the series is Rev. Otis Moss III of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.

This programming schedule is subject to change.