FROM Denea Joseph
Does Affirmative Action Have a Future? Tomorrow, the US Supreme Court will take another look at making race and ethnicity part of admissions to elite public colleges and universities. It's the second time the court will review the claim of a white woman, Abigail Fisher , who in 2008 sued the University of Texas at Austin for racial discrimination — claiming that she was rejected in favor of minority applicants less academically qualified. The justices have a history of eroding affirmative action, and supporters of partially race-based admissions are not expecting good news. Are there other ways of creating the campus diversity regarded as essential to higher education?
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.
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.
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?