FROM Dennis Overbye
'God Particle' Stays Tantalizingly out of Reach The theory called " particle physics " says the universe is a vacuum full of particles, including protons and electrons. The big mystery is why the particles have mass. The search for the so-called "God Particle" has led to "the biggest manhunt in the history of physics," with two competing groups composed of thousands of scientists each. They've been sifting data from the Large Hadron Collider, near Geneva. This morning, thousands of other scientists around the world were waiting for word of what they've been able to find, according to Dennis Overbye, who writes about science for the New York Times .
Americans' Nobel in Physics Is Big Boost for Big Bang Theory Nobel Prizes for Chemistry , Medicine and Physics were awarded this week. The Nobel Prize for Physics has been awarded to two astronomers whose work confirms the origin of the universe 14 billion years ago. George Smoot of UC Berkeley and John Mather of NASA worked with a team of some thousand scientists to uncover new evidence supporting the Big Bang theory.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
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.
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?