FROM Alison Griswold
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick resigns Uber may have changed transportation practices all over the world, but it lost almost $3 billion last year. Yesterday, after hours of reported drama, Uber's founder, Travis Kalanick, was forced by investors to resign as the company's CEO. Alison Griswold, who reports for the online business publication Quartz , says Kalanick will remain on the board and holds a significant share of the company.
Airbnb Targets China Last year, Chinese tourists made 109 million trips out of the country. Now, Airbnb wants a piece of that action. Last June, the company raised a stunning $1.5 billion from investors and just announced that it’s planning to use some of that money to set up shop in China. What are the challenges?
Uber Battles Itself At a New York dinner party, Uber’s senior vice-president, Emil Michael, reportedly proposed a million-dollar opposition-research type campaign against reporters who have criticized the company. The dominant company in America’s ride-sharing business may be harming its own reputation by alienating the very people who use its service. That’s according to Alison Griswold of Slate.com , who’s written a lot about Uber.
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.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.