FROM Chuck Klosterman
Imagination failed us in 2016 Looking back now, 2016 seems to be the year so many of us got so much so wrong: Brexit, Trump, low-fat dairy, Ken Bone for heaven's sake. Prognosticating has never been something humans excel at. Chuck Klosterman has some ideas about why we go so far off the mark when we try to imagine the future in science or culture or politics. But, of course, there's a pretty good chance he's wrong too. He's author of But What If We're Wrong? Thinking about the Present as though It Were the Past , and he's going to help us think about 2017 like it's the past.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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.