FROM Irwin Zalkin
The Legacy of Cardinal Roger Mahony Retired Cardinal Roger Mahony has apologized for decades of protecting child abusers from criminal law. But Archbishop José Gomez has relieved him of "public duties" anyway. Mahony says that, once he understood the magnitude of the crimes he was covering up he instituted a system of child protection. The recent release of tens of thousands of unedited documents — and the Archbishop's action — have raised questions about Mahony's legacy as the long-time leader of the largest Catholic Archdiocese in America. We hear from KCRW's Saul Gonzalez, who went to St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Pasadena yesterday and spoke with parishioners after the 8am mass, from reporters following the story and an attorney for some of the victims.
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.
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.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.