FROM Chris Doyle
After Boston: The Climate of Fear Monday's deadly attack on the Boston Marathon has penetrated the consciousness of Americans in different ways. The target was not a symbol of power or dominance, but a crowd of people at play, a strike at "the heart of America" that makes many feel insecure. Does giving in to such fear mean that "terrorists" win? Do we really know this was a "terrorist act?" What can Americans learn from other countries? President Obama rallied Boston at an emotional memorial service today, mourning the dead and cheering the wounded. He said Boston represents the best of American values, as exemplified by support for runners along the way and help for the victims when "celebration turned into tragedy." He vowed again that the perpetrators will be found and brought to justice, but officials still haven't discovered who they are or why they committed such atrocious crimes. We hear from his address and get a variety of opinions amid a cloud of uncertainty.
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.
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?
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.