FROM Benjamin Miller
There May Be Drones in Your Future — Like It or Not We've all heard about drones used by the military against hostile forces, by law enforcement and to patrol America's borders. The private uses of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are currently limited to 400 feet off the ground, within sight of the operator. But a mandate from Congress , signed by the President, is about to make UAV's -- drones -- a ubiquitous presence in civilian life. What are the possible consequences for the "friendly skies?" We hear about unlimited usefulness, as well as safety and privacy.
There May Be Drones in Your Future — Like It or Not The uses of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, also called drones, are limited only by the imagination. Think of hovering cameras the size of hummingbirds or flies. Already being used by the military against hostile forces, by law enforcement and to patrol America's borders, by an act of Congress , signed by the President, drones will be a ubiquitous part of civilian life in America in a very short time. Drones are so cheap and so easy to make and operate that a booming new industry is already creating concerns about safety and privacy. We hear about what drones can do and ask if it's too late for the law to catch up with the technology?
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.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.