FROM Emily Dowdall
What Are the Benefits and Risks of Closing Public Schools? Public schools have been closing in major American cities — New York, Philadelphia, Detroit, Oakland, and most recently in Chicago , where parents and teachers took to the streets. School closings are especially problematic in poor neighborhoods, forcing kids to travel further and often to cross gang territory where they can be exposed to danger. What happens to the buildings after cities shut down public schools? Emily Dowdall, a researcher with the Pew Charitable Trusts , is trying to get to the bottom of all this.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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.
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?
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.