FROM Doug Fitzsimmons
Expo Line's Phase 2 Moves Full Speed Ahead Phase One of the Expo Line from downtown to the beach in Santa Monica reached Culver City last year. Evidence of Phase Two is visible in many places all over the Westside. But the major new cause of traffic congestion wasn't originally part of the plans and only recently received funding. It's a bridge that will take the trains west from Culver City over Venice and Robertson Boulevards. (In addition to our two guests, we also hear from KCRW's Saul Gonzalez who interviews Nick Wayne, owner of Upstairs/Downstairs , near the intersection of Venice and Robertson.)
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?
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.