FROM Bill Berkeley
The Difficulty of Reporting from Iran Today marked another massive, anti-government protest today in Tehran. As we considered what's likely to happen next, we've been told, "We're in unchartered waters." Bill Berkeley, who teaches journalism at Columbia University, is a former foreign correspondent for the New York Times and other publications. He's been to Iran four times for a book he's writing about the kidnappers who took American diplomats hostage during the revolution of 1979.
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.
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.