FROM THIS EPISODE
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 He's ordered more than half of the US staff in Havana withdrawn from the island and ordered travel warnings for all Americans.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.
Jr., E.J. Dionne
More From To the Point
Restoring public confidence in our institutions Are President Trump and allies in Congress eroding public trust in democratic government? Even a former Republican governor warns that attacks on Special Counsel Robert Mueller have gone too far. A constitutional scholar and a former FBI agent see real threats to both federal law enforcement and national security.
Has the ‘Year of the Woman’ finally arrived? Women’s Rights are still not guaranteed by the Constitution, despite generations of effort. Will #MeToo, #TimesUp and backlash against President Trump make this a year of liberation? More women are running for office than ever before. And black women are especially energized. We’ll hear how times may be changing for women--in culture and at the ballot box.
The shutdown highlights a broken system “To the Point” goes beyond the current blame game and explains the political calculations behind government shutdowns. You need to know, because the next one may be just weeks away. You’ll get the history of a self-defeating strategy the mainstream media don’t have time to tell you. On our Talking Point: the continuing Trump Campaign wears out the best of reporters.
LATEST BLOG POSTS
3 reasons why your commute between Ventura and Santa Barbara has gotten even worse It’s been over a month since deadly mudslides washed through Montecito and shut down Highway 101 for weeks. But, even though the highway is now clean, open and back to… Read More
Vote: What should we answer next? We’ve looked at the history of the Nike missile base, found out about the empty land near LAX, and answered many of your marijuana questions. Now you get to vote!… Read More