FROM James Rubin
Will Los Angeles Ever Fall in Love with the Bicycle? CicLAvia has become a recurring feature of life in LA with the latest scheduled for this coming Sunday. We hear about the 123 miles of new bikeways Los Angeles is "installing," and the Department of Transportation's plans for another 200 miles a year for the next five years. Are they making Los Angeles more "bike friendly?" We hear what to expect about Sunday and from a metropolis that's committed to making the bicycle part of everyday life. (Roger Rudick put his Rotterdam story together as part of KCRW's Indpendent Producer Project .)
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?
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.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?