FROM David Smith
Xenophobic Attacks Hit South Africa South Africa has been a haven of tolerance for refugees from violence in other parts of the continent. But this week, there have been bloody attacks on foreigners in Durban and other cities. David Smith, Africa correspondent for the Guardian newspaper, joins us from Johannesburg.
Pistorius Found Not Guilty of Murder Oscar Pistorius has escaped a murder conviction in the killing of his girlfriend, a vindication for the Paralympic athlete who proclaimed he hadn’t intended to kill her. After 41 days of testimony in Pretoria, South Africa, Pistorius was cleared of the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. But the judge hearing the case suggested she would him find guilty of the lesser offense of "culpable homicide." Watching the proceedings over the past six months and the reading of today’s verdict is David Smith, Africa correspondent for the Guardian.
Pistorius: Nation Prepares for Final Act of Blade Runner Murder Trial South African Oscar Pistorius became an international hero as the first double amputee to run in the Olympics, using prosthetic legs that led to the nickname "blade runner." Now his murder trial has made him a daily feature on South African TV in what one crime writer called, "The Kardashians meet OJ Simpson." The prosecution has rested, and Pistorius is scheduled to take the stand next week. He doesn't deny firing four shots through a bathroom door, killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, a model who was also a graduate of law school. David Smith is covering the trial for The Guardian newspaper.
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.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
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.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.