FROM Chris Arnade
Quitting Wall Street to photograph America's poor Chris Arnade earned a PhD in physics, then made millions on Wall Street as a trader. He quit in 2012 to travel the U.S., photographing poor, neglected neighborhoods. He said he saw a lot more community and dignity there than people typically think, but also more frustration and inequality. Some choose to stay, he points out. “This idea that we should all leave, all get out, why is that our only measure of success? What about a child who stays to be with their family?”
America divided by front-row and back-row Chris Arnade grew up in what he now calls "The Front Row." With a PhD in physics from Johns Hopkins University, he joined Salomon Brothers. But five years ago, in his late 40s, he finally rejected Wall Street values. He took a buyout from Citigroup, and moved his family from Manhattan to upstate New York. Now he's a photo-journalist who travels the country in a 10 year old Honda with a mattress in back… visiting, photographing and talking with folks from "the Back Row."
Sunlight or secrecy: Which would you choose? Three weeks ago, the House passed its Obamacare replacement without any public hearings and before the Congressional Budget Office determined what it would do and what it would cost. Now comes the reality check on the pros and cons : a deficit cut of $119 billion -- leaving 23 million people without health insurance. At first, many Senators said they’d start over from scratch, but now it appears their deliberations will be conducted in secrecy, too. As debate rages over White House connections with Russia, would most Americans rather know what’s next for protecting their health?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
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.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.