FROM Jeff Bennett
Can a Japanese Airbag Protect You from Itself? Airbags are supposed to protect passengers during car crashes, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says bags installed in millions of cars are an immediate danger to drivers. When they explode, they spray drivers and passengers with metal fragments. Five deaths have been linked to faulty airbags made by the Japanese company Takata. US safety regulators have asked BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda and Mazda for a recall. Nobody yet knows how many cars are involved. Jeff Bennett, who covers the automotive industry for the Wall Street Journal , joins us from Detroit.
GM's Internal Report on Recall Failures After receiving results from an international investigation today, General Motors CEO Mary Barra fired 15 people, disciplined five more and admitted to repeated delays in recalling 2.6 million cars linked to at least 13 deaths in 47 crashes. Addressing GM employees in Warren, Michigan, she asserted, "But I never want to put this behind us. I want to keep this painful experience permanently in our collective memories. I don't want to forget what happened because I – and I know you — never want this to happen again." Jeff Bennett is automotive reporter for the Wall Street Journal .
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?
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.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.