FROM Dan Koeppel
Banana Shock: America's Fruit No Longer Cheap Americans eat as many bananas as apples and oranges combined. Given that bananas are grown far away and have a shelf life of just two weeks, it's astonishing that they've become a cheap staple. But that's a thing—both good and bad--that may be coming to an end. Gasoline is more than $4 a gallon. Bananas may soon rise to $1 a pound, according to an op-ed piece in this week's New York Times by Dan Koeppel, author of Banana : The Fate of the Fruit that Change the World.
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.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
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.