FROM Chris McGurk
Robert Redford Sets Up Shop in LA On Friday of next week, there will be a major new venue for movies in West Hollywood. The Sunset 5 at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Crescent Heights will now be the Sundance Sunset Cinema. The President of the Sundance Group is one of the major figures in American films. We hear from actor, director and producer Robert Redford, who says his new theater will be reminiscent of the Los Angeles movie houses of his childhood, and from Chris McGurk, chair and CEO of Cinedigm Digital Cinema, who says that somewhere during his corporate ride in Hollywood, he became a "softie" and fell in love with independent film.
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.
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?
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.
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.