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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the safety of American employees in Havana cannot be guaranteed. He's ordered more than half of the US staff in Havana withdrawn from the island and ordered travel warnings for all Americans. Josh Lederman, who covers foreign policy for Associated Press, says US officials are not being very specific about the incidents and are simply calling them "specific attacks."
Drug overdose become the leading cause of death in America, and President Trump has declared a "national emergency." The White House has yet to explain what that means, but there's no doubt doctors have over-prescribed opioids once thought to be safe for treating severe pain. The cure has been worse than the problem. Opioids are so addictive that patients are driven to illegal drugs, and there's an epidemic of deadly overdoses. We go to the hardest hit place in the country, learn how doctors are cracking down on their colleagues and how Washington might — or might not — help out.
German Lopez, Vox (@germanrlopez)
Drema Mace, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (@WVSOM)
Marty Makary, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (@MartyMakary)
Roger Crystal, Opiant Pharmaceuticals (@RogerCrystalMD)
Lopez on America's opioid epidemic, causing average life expectancy to drop
Center for Rural & Community Health's prescription opioid, heroin awareness toolkit
Makary on how doctors can stop the opioid crisis at its source
Opiant Pharmaceuticals on opioid antagonists
Norman Ornstein is co-author of the new book One Nation after Trump, and yesterday we heard him describe how "Trumpism” has been decades in the making. Today we turn to the future of democracy and what Ornstein calls "a contract for social responsibility" involving American corporations.
Listen to Part I.
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Sifting through the ashes: Cleanup and questions after the fires Wildfire is all too familiar in the Golden State, but last week's record-setting blazes in Northern California left behind something new — more property damage over a wider area with more human casualties than ever before. We hear about likely causes, the struggle to clean up and the possibility of prevention.
Political dueling and the future of the ACA Uncertainty about the fate of Obamacare grows by the day, with key factors including bipartisanship in the Senate, opposition deeper than ever in Congress -- and a president who veers from one side to the other. We talk with Maryland's attorney general and others about what's at stake from the state house to the doctor's office.
Will the NFL find common ground on national anthem protests? National Football League team owners are meeting today to craft a unified message about political protest. Men and women athletes in other sports are protesting too. We hear how one man's refusal to stand for the flag has demonstrated the inseparable relationship between sports and politics.
Author Masha Gessen on the appeal of Putin and Trump Masha Gessen was born in Russia but emigrated with her parents to the United States. She returned in the early 1990s when political change was afoot. And since then, she’s become a leading observer - and critic - of Russian president Vladamir Putin. She fled Russia again in 2013. In this special podcast, Warren Olney talks with Gessen about her new book, The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia .
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