FROM Douglas Failing
'Carmageddon' Didn't Happen, Should We Do This More Often? Maybe drivers in the capital of the car culture really do hate traffic after all. Threatened with " Carmageddon " this weekend, massive numbers stayed off the road. While they were gone, half the Mullholland Drive bridge was taken down --17 hours ahead of schedule--by a contractor who knew what it was doing. After all, Kiewit built the bridge in the first place.
LA Prepares for the Mother of All Traffic Jams "Short-term pain means long-term gain." That's what METRO says about its four-year, $1 billion addition of a carpool lane to the San Diego Freeway from the 10 on the Westside to the 101 in the San Fernando Valley. But two weekends may cause more pain than the rest of the project put together. During the first, from midnight Friday, July 15 until 5am the following Monday, the 405 will be shut down in both directions through the Sepulveda Pass.
Congestion Pricing Experiment on LA Freeways Los Angeles will soon become the latest city to experiment with " congestion pricing ," a system by which commuters on two local freeways would be able to buy their way out of traffic and into the carpool lane. Will that help clear our overcrowded roads? Douglas Failing is District Director for Caltrans, covering Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.
Big-Rig Crash in the Newhall Pass Three people were killed in Friday night’s crash in the Newhall Pass tunnel and ten others were injured. But with thirty-one vehicles involved altogether, the California Highway Patrol says at least nine people are still unaccounted for. Apparently, they escaped, but they haven’t contacted authorities. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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.
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?