FROM Caitlin Ryan
The Rising Number of Homeless Gay Teens The Pew Research Center, a polling firm, reports that 92% of adults who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender say society has become more accepting of them in the past 10 years. But for some young people that’s just not true. Last month, when 20-year old Daniel Pierce talked to his family about being gay, he recorded the encounter on his cellphone. Daniel Pierce’s tape struck a chord with a lot of people. More than $100,000 in donations poured in to help him survive without the support of his family. That happened just after this month’s Rolling Stone magazine published a lengthy account titled, “ The Forsaken: A Rising Number of Homeless Gay Teens are being Cast Out by Religious Families .”
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
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.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
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.