FROM Barbara Block
A Tale of Coral Reefs, Great White Sharks and Rubber Duckies Earth's oceans are essential to human life, but we pay more attention to outer space than to what's in and under the waters. Now, with so many marine species in danger that we could see mass extinctions within the next generation, it's time to rethink human relationships with the seas and their creatures. We hear some fascinating stories about our relationship to the seas, which are teeming with life -- fish, turtles, seabirds and seals that make round-trips of 39,000 miles across the Pacific. We also hear why sharks are important, what it's like to swim with them and how few are left, and we learn how 28,000 plastic bath toys traveled the world.
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.
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.