FROM Dale Goldsmith
Was the Northridge Earthquake a Wake-up Call? Twenty years ago tomorrow, LA was shaken awake by a 6.7 magnitude tremor. Scientists are certain there will be more shaking. We hear what’s been learned since the Northridge Earthquake and what’s being done to prepare for what might — or might not -- happen next. We hear recollections of an event that killed at least 57 people, damaging 40,000 buildings at a cost of $2 billion. What’s been learned since about the risks and likely locations of earthquakes? Are developers taking needed precautions? Is it worth the cost to protect against a disaster that could strike in the next minute — or 100 years from now?
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.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
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.