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 .)
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.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
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.