FROM Donovan Hohn
A Tale of Coral Reefs, Great White Sharks and Rubber Duckies Earth's oceans are essential to human life, but we pay more attention to outer space than to what's in and under the waters. Now, with so many marine species in danger that we could see mass extinctions within the next generation, it's time to rethink human relationships with the seas and their creatures. We hear some fascinating stories about our relationship to the seas, which are teeming with life -- fish, turtles, seabirds and seals that make round-trips of 39,000 miles across the Pacific. We also hear why sharks are important, what it's like to swim with them and how few are left, and we learn how 28,000 plastic bath toys traveled the world.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
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?
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.
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?