FROM Jason Karaian
There's Likely to Be an Electric Car in Your Future It's been 100 years since electric cars ruled the roads of industrial countries, until they were replaced by the internal combustion engine. But now, in Europe, China — and especially the US — electric cars are seen as the wave of the future. It won't be long before they're talking to one another. We hear how they're getting a boost from the scandalous cheating by Volkswagen and others to deceive the public about so-called "clean diesel." Car makers, government regulators and savvy investors predict the demand for electric cars is about to go through the roof.
Greece Debt Crisis Deepens After Greeks emptied their accounts over the weekend, the government has closed banks today. When they re-open ATM withdrawals will be strictly limited, and Saturday there will be a national referendum that could sever the five-year-old bail-out lifeline to the European Union. Jason Karaian, senior Europe correspondent for Quartz , joins us from London for an update.
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.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
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.