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.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."