FROM Elilta 'Lily' Habtu
A Year After the Virginia Tech Massacre, Debate Continues over Gun Control It's been one year since the massacre at Virginia Tech , where surviving students -- including some of the wounded -- are pushing for gun control. But students elsewhere want the right to carry concealed weapons on campus for self-defense, and that's been legalized in a few places. In the past year, some 30 incidents on school campuses have killed 14 people and led to proposed restrictions in 38 states. We hear from students on both sides, as well as how urban and rural communities are locked in ongoing struggles over public safety and the right to bear arms.
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.
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?
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.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.