FROM Edward Krupp
NASA Takes to the Internet to Dispel Doomsday Prophesies Internet rumors have persuaded many Americans that the world will end two weeks from tomorrow—Friday the 21st of December. We’ll hear about NASA’s social media campaign to convince the public that’s wrong.
The Mars Mission: Made in LA At 10:31 Sunday evening, Pacific Standard Time, the Mars Laboratory called " Curiosity " will land on the Red Planet, after decelerating from 13,000 miles an hour in just seven minutes. We hear about some of the reasons for nail-biting at the Jet Propulsion Lab and Cal Tech in Pasadena.
Solar Eclipse of Venus It's a rare day for astronomers. The Transit of Venus occurs only twice every 120 years, but weather may be the problem for viewing today's rare event in the United States. Ed Krupp, Director of the Griffith Observatory and author Skywatchers, Shamans and Kings : Astronomy and the Archeology of Power, has more on what the event is and what it's meant to astronomers and to various cultures.
Venus and Jupiter Cozy Up After the Moon, the brightest objects in the night sky are the planets Jupiter and Venus. Every so often they appear close together and tonight promises one of the best so-called "conjunctions" for years in the Northern Hemisphere. Ed Krupp is Director of the Griffith Park Observatory.
Griffith Observatory Reopens The Griffith Observatory has been closed for five years. After a week of private advance showings it will open again to the public tomorrow. Admission to the observatory is still free, but reservations will be required for a while, and there's no parking at the top of the hill. There will be a charge for shuttle rides from Hollywood and Highland , the LA Zoo parking lot and the Botanical Gardens.
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.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
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.
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.