FROM Elizabeth Heubeck
Swine Flu: Mixed Messages and Public Anxiety This summer, Obama Administration officials said not to worry: there would be plenty of Swine Flu vaccine. The public didn't seem all that inclined to get vaccinated anyway. Now the second wave of the H1N1 Flu has arrived, but the vaccine is in short supply, and public anxiety is on the rise.
Swine Flu: Mixed Messages and Public Anxiety Two weeks ago, swine flu vaccination was derided on television talk shows, and polls showed a lack of public interest. Then supplies began to run out. Even before the President declared an Emergency last Saturday, lines were forming. Now the government is counseling Americans not to panic. Why is there a lack of supply? Is that what's behind the increased demand? Who really needs the vaccine? Is the risk from the H1N1 virus being blown all out of proportion?
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.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
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.