What’s on the radio today: Dec. 5, 2019

9 a.m. — MPR News with Kerri Miller

The number of caregivers in America is swelling. More than 40 million Americans currently care for an elderly or disabled loved one. As the baby boomers retire, that number will only grow.

By all accounts, it’s a tough — if rewarding — job. Most family caregivers juggle paid work with their caregiving. Many of them are part of the so-called sandwich generation — caring for aging parents and young adult children. And the financial, health and social implications are dire. According to a study out of Stanford University, 40 percent of Alzheimer’s caregivers die from stress-related disorders before their loved one dies.

That’s why it’s important that the caregivers also learn to care for themselves. On Thursday, Kerri Miller will get practical suggestions from two experts who’ve been in the caregiving trenches and are now passionate about equipping others.

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10 a.m. — 1A with Joshua Johnson

You know the intensity of the NBA. A million coaches in the stands and on the court, high-pressure nail-biters, Stephen A. Smith pontificating about sleep. On the Navajo Nation, rez ball has all of that (well, we can't confirm the commentary on sleep) and more.

Thousands of fans follow their high school teams around the reservation to watch. And Powell spent months with Chinle High School's team in northern Arizona as they worked toward a state championship.

Chinle's coach is Raul Mendoza, who has traveled around the Navajo Nation coaching basketball for decades. And former sports journalist Sunnie Clahchischiligi covered rez ball for years as a part of her work for The Navajo Times. We talk with Clahchischiligi, Powell and Mendoza about the connection and competition behind rez ball.

11 a.m. — MPR News with Angela Davis

Kate Beane and Mattie Harper Decarlo join Angela Davis to discuss the new Minnesota History Center exhibit they developed, “Our Home: Native Minnesota.” The exhibit takes a fresh look at the history of Native people in Minnesota. It explores the resiliency and connection to the land of people who have been here for tens of thousands of years and are still thriving today.

12 p.m. — MPR News Presents

Gary Eichten hosts the annual economic year-in-review and a look ahead to 2020, with MPR's Chris Farrell and economics professor Louis Johnston of the College of Saint Benedict & St. John's University. Recorded Wednesday at St. John's University.

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