FROM Henry Timms
The Changing Face of Charity In the aftermath of last summer's sudden fad for the victims of Lou Gehrig's Disease, American charities were struck with “Ice Bucket Fever.” People raised $115 million for the ALS Foundation — a charity that took in less than $3 million in August of last year — by dumping ice on their heads. But the exercise in viral giving was not sustainable for humanitarian fundraising. Charities that go viral are not always cost effective. Why do people donate to one thing and not another? Can Social Media help lift the level of giving above the tiny percentage of GDP, where it's languished for years?
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.
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?
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.
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.