Assistant Producer, To the Point
FROM Devan Schwartz
Is Trump trying to sink both Obamacare and the Iran deal? President Trump is trying to make good this week on two campaign promises that upend the legacies of his predecessor. Jamil Smith guest hosts.
Weinstein: sex, power and changing our culture of acceptance The list of women accusing Harvey Weinstein of everything from workplace harassment to rape keeps growing. Guest host Jamil Smith explores why Hollywood's "open secret" has spilled into public now. Is it about sex or power?
Podcasts are finding a new home on TV There are hundreds of television shows out there in this era of “peak TV.” Industry executives are always looking for the next great show idea in novels, memoirs, and shows from other countries. And increasingly they’re mining the booming field of podcasting.
Can Democrats ride their populist wave or will it sink the party? Guest host Todd Purdum discusses the Democratic Party's growing ideological – and generational – divide and its implications for the 2018 midterms and beyond.
Catalans seek to declare independence from Spain Spain's central government cracked down brutally Sunday on voters during a referendum on independence in Catalonia, the country's wealthiest province. We hear what's happening there — and about potential consequences in other parts of the European Union.
Comforter-in-Chief v. Divider-in-Chief President Trump showered sympathy and resources on Texas and Florida after they were struck by hurricanes. But it's not been like that for Puerto Rico — which may have been hit even worse. We hear about the rising death toll and the delay in military assistance.
Opioids, doctors and drug addiction Medical advances should be driving America's average life expectancy up. But instead, it's going down. The cause is an epidemic of deadly overdoses, driven by doctors -- over-prescribing legal painkillers that make their patients addicted to drugs. We hear about prevention… and treatment.
Russia's social media meddling in the spotlight US Intelligence says Russia used social media during last year's election to help Donald Trump become President. Twitter and Facebook are now under investigation. How much were they part of the action, and what did they know? Can digital interference in politics be prevented?
Can Trump undo the nuclear deal with Iran? Iran is thumbing its nose at tough talk from President Trump. His call for renegotiating the nuclear deal is falling flat with diplomats from other countries. Their priority is weapons that already exist… in North Korea, which said today that Trump has "declared war."
The silent suffering of Myanmar's Rohingya Former supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi, the elected leader of Myanmar, are demanding that she give up her Nobel Peace Prize. She's been silent about vicious atrocities committed by the military in her Buddhist-majority country. We get the background of a humanitarian crisis that's not as simple as it looks.
Trump threatens to 'totally destroy' North Korea President Trump played Good-Cop Bad-Cop today in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly. He told world leaders the US is ready to "destroy" North Korea — while saying that nations should work together… each in its own self-interest.
Trump, DACA and the buds of bipartisanship President Trump struck a deal last week with Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. Or did he? Sometimes he sounds like he did and sometimes he doesn't. We look at what might or might not be next for the Dreamers protected by DACA.
Disasters don't discriminate but relief efforts do Harvey and Irma: two major disasters, one right after the other. We look at where the suffering is worst while federal relief money will be running out almost as soon as it's been spent.
Can a diminished EPA still be an effective EPA? Texas, Florida and other states face years of environmental consequences from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. At the same time, the Trump Administration is downsizing the Environmental Protection Agency and weakening rules for protection. We hear what that could mean.
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.
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.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
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.