FROM A.C. Thompson
2017: A new year of fear? In just ten days after last month's election the Southern Poverty Law Center counted more than 850 incidents of hate and intimidation , many of them against Muslim-Americans. The FBI found hate crimes against Muslims rose by nearly 70 percent in 2015. Civil rights groups fear that could go even higher under a Trump administration bent on tightening borders, beefing up surveillance, and waging an ideological war on quote "radical Islam." We hear what Muslim Americans have been facing, whether cases of harassment have been inflated in the media, and what's being done to defuse tensions after a divisive election.
Terror in Little Saigon When Saigon fell in 1975, many members of the political and military elite of South Vietnam fled to America…where they continued to fight left-leaning journalists and those who dared to question the anti-communist cause. That conflict sometimes led to murder, in places like Orange County, San Francisco and Houston… and the murders of these journalists remain unsolved. We hear from one of the collaborators behind a Frontline special airing tonight .
Casey Anthony and 'Child Cases' TV pundits and millions of viewers were stunned when Casey Anthony was acquitted of killing her two-year old daughter. But the realities of criminal justice are a long way from such gritty productions as CSI . Juries must find defendants guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and, especially in the killing of children, that certainty can be hard to come by. Caylee Anthony's body was found six months after she died. The defense presented expert testimony that contradicted prosecution arguments and raised questions about circumstantial evidence. A.C. Thompson, with ProPublica , was lead reporter in Child Cases , a series that aired last week on NPR and Frontline .
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.