FROM Brian Vastag
Nobel Prize for Stem Cell Discoveries This year's Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine is being shared by scientists for work done 40 years apart. British scientist John Gurdon cloned a frog back in 1962. In 2006 and 2007, Japanese research Shinya Yamanaka used a different technique to reprogram cells of both mice and humans beings. Their techniques in stem cell research could help medicine turn back the biological clock. Brian Vastag reports on science for the Washington Post .
Japan Scrambles to Cool Overheating Reactors Because of Japan's nuclear crisis , China today suspended approval to build 28 nuclear power plants. Germany is shutting down reactors for "safety checks," while other countries are denouncing what they call, "nuclear hysteria." Energy Secretary Steven Chu says new power plants are still part of America's plans for "clean" electricity. But he told Congress today events in Japan are more serious than Three Mile Island. Brian Vastag is science reporter for the Washington Post .
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
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.