FROM Gunjan Bagla
Can Barack Obama Enrich Ties with India? Indians had a love affair with Bill Clinton. George Bush treated India like an international partner. Barack Obama has been complaining about outsourcing American jobs. On top of that, with a contingent including 250 business leaders and the Secretary of Commerce, the US President has timed his arrival during Diwali, the biggest commercial holiday of the year and shops are closed because of security. We hear about trade and diplomacy, Pakistan and China, coconuts and monkeys.
'Slumdog Millionaire' Wins Big at Oscars Slumdog Millionaire scored eight Oscars last night, including best picture and best director and two for A.R. Rahman one for best score and one for best song . Entertainment commentator and management consultant Gunjan Bagla calls it a great acknowledgement of Indian culture.
'Slumdog Millionaire' Wins Big at Oscars Traffic in Hollywood was stalled during this morning's rush hour as the sets were being deconstructed at the Kodak Theater. The Nielson ratings for last night's Oscars were 6% better than last year's. But the big news for Hollywood could be the arrival of Bollywood. Slumdog Millionaire scored eight Oscars last night, including Best Picture and Best Director, as well as Best Score and Best Song for composer A.R. Rahman . Management consultant and entertainment commentator Gunjan Bagla calls it a great acknowledgement of Indian culture.
Local Reaction to Obama's National Security Team Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is on her way to South Asia for talks with the governments of India and Pakistan. But the consequences of last week's terror attacks in Mumbai are more than diplomatic and have serious local consequences. We hear about that and look at the consequences of terrorism in Mumbai for Jews, Muslims and Hollywood.
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.
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.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?