FROM David Goulson
Are RoboBees the wave of the future? Will bees be replaced by robots? Several RoboBees sit on the ground next to a 19 mm-diameter United States penny, while another is held in tweezers with the wings activated. Photo by Kevin Ma & Pakpong Chirarattananon Bees pollinate 75% of the world's flowering plants and 35 percent of all food crops. But they're declining, and Japanese researchers are developing robotic drones to do their job… complete with robotic buzzing. David Goulson specializes in bumblebees at the University of Sussex and he's author of Buzz in the Meadow .
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
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.
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.
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.