FROM A.C. Thompson
Rise Above Movement: A hate group from OC and LA ProPublica has profiled a group from Southern California that has gone to rallies in Charlottesville, Berkeley and elsewhere. The group is called the Rise Above Movement. It has about 50 members who promote racist and Nazi views. Physical violence and training for violence is a key part of the group’s identity.
President Trump and the alt-right: a test of leadership After two days of demands for "moral clarity" — from black leaders to conservative Republican Senators — President Trump delivered a new statement on racism – but only after he listed a few of his economic achievements.
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 .
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?