FROM Alyssa Rosenberg
The 'bully pulpit' in a divided nation After condemning Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan on Monday, President Trump spoke again yesterday of this weekend’s violence at the University of Virginia. The White House scheduled a press conference to change the subject from Saturday’s violence at the University of Virginia to infrastructure repair, but President Trump turned it into another defense of armed white racists and the demonstration they called Unite-the-Right. He seemed to find moral equivalence between armed white racists supporting a Confederate symbol and those who protested. David Duke and other white nationalists say they’re grateful for those words; Republicans are almost unanimous in their outrage. What are the consequences when a President provokes ideas and emotions that go back to the Civil War?
How Hollywood has shaped our attitudes toward police From the Andy Griffith Show to the Wire, Hollywood has had an enduring fascination with police. And vice-versa. The relationship between creatives and cops has been closer than one might think. The Washington Post has a new five-part series on 100 years of police in pop culture.
Diversity Is Selling Again in Prime Time The biggest hits on prime time, network TV this season reflect America's ethnic diversity—on screen and behind the cameras. How to Get Away with Murder , Fresh off the Boat , Jane the Virgin and Empire don't just feature black, Hispanic and Asian actors in major roles. They're good shows — produced by ethnically diverse crews of producers and writers. With help from social media, they've drawn the live audiences dear to advertisers, and they've delivered high ratings across the board. But skeptics say this has happened before, and Hollywood's executive suites are still dominated by white men. How long will it last?
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
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.
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.