FROM Elizabeth Newhouse
Disasters don't discriminate but relief efforts do Congress is spending many billions of dollars to clean up after Harvey and Irma. Survivors will be lucky if the money lasts more than a month. That's according to a former head of FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency. We survey the damage in the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Florida. We find out what federal and local officials can learn from Cuba. And we hear how Houston exemplifies the disproportionate impacts of natural disasters on poor and minority neighborhoods.
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?
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.