Assistant Producer, To the Point
FROM Devan Schwartz
Trump's base: Collapsing, holding fast or somewhere in between? President Trump's approval ratings are falling fast, and he's accused of equating violent white nationalists with protesters against them. What's the impact on his public support and the Republican Party?
Race politics and the NFL's culture of silence Devoted sports fans may not like it, but America's most divisive controversy has reached the National Football League. We'll hear how players are speaking out — for racial equality and protection from debilitating injury.
The war of words between North Korea and the US President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jung Un made provocative statements yesterday about the use of nuclear weapons. What are their respective messages, and do they understand one another?
The brave new world of genetic engineering Gene editing now used for agriculture and developing drugs can also prevent inherited human diseases. We hear the pros and cons of the latest breakthrough in medical science.
Will the US help Venezuela or hurt it? Venezuela is said to be on the verge of becoming a failed state, and President Nicholas Maduro has increased political instability by staging what's being called a fraudulent election. We hear about potential American sanctions; will they make things better or worse?
The isolation of the State Department in Trump's White House Career diplomats say the Trump Administration is "hollowing out" the State Department with no clear foreign policy from the Secretary of State or the White House. Congress is already showing impatience as the President has yet to sign a sanctions bill passed with veto-proof majorities.
A one-two punch on LGBT rights President Trump's new policies on gender and sexual orientation are a far cry from his promises during last year's election. We hear what they could mean at job sites and in the military.
The summit within the summit Overshadowing other news at the G-20 is the first meeting of Presidents Trump and Putin at the G-20 Summit in Hamburg Germany. The leaders met behind closed doors for two hours and 16 minutes -- more than twice what had been expected.
Amazon and the retail revolution It's Amazon's world now. What began 23 years ago as an online bookstore - a romantic experiment, it seemed at the time - has become an absolute gamechanger. Retail stores and workers now face a long list of challenges. With more than a half million retail jobs gone since 2001, the future of retail might predict the future of America's workforce as well. León Krauze guest hosts.
Supreme Court ends a quiet term, looks ahead to a blockbuster one With all nine members now in place for the next term, the US Supreme Court is expected to decide cases that could impact the lives of many Americans. We hear what to expect from the newest Justice, Neil Gorsuch, who's already taken some very conservative stands.
Senate healthcare bill: reductions in medical care, cuts in taxes All 48 Democrats are sure to vote "No" on the Senate's version of healthcare reform. Both moderates and conservatives see devils in the details, so not all 52 Republicans are prepared to vote "Yes." We find out what it's likely to mean if they do.
Military clashes in Syria expose complex factions Recent strikes against Iranian-backed troops and the downing of a Syrian fighter-plane have Russia accusing the US of “complicity in terrorism.” It's threatening to make targets of planes and drones flown too far into its comfort zone by the western coalition. We'll update divisions in the Trump Administration over what to do.
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.
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.
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.