FROM Carolyn Kellogg
Bob Dylan awarded Nobel Prize for Literature Today, the Secretary of the Swedish Academy announced this year's Nobel Prize for Literature . It goes to a poet favored by President Obama and Salman Rushdie, but the winner is still a surprise: singer and song writer Bob Dylan . Asked why Dylan was chosen, the Secretary said, “the times they are a 'changin'…” We get perspective on the prize and the poet from Carolyn Kellogg, book editor of the Los Angeles Times , and from Kevin Dettmar, chair of the English Department at Pomona College and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Bob Dylan . Bob Dylan, onstage in Victoria-Gasteiz, at the Azkena Rock Festival in 2010 Photo by Alberto Cabello
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.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?