FROM Jerome Klinkowitz
Kurt Vonnegut Remembered As the flap over Don Imus was reaching its peak this week, American novelist Kurt Vonnegut died at the age of 84. With Slaughterhouse Five , Cat's Cradle , and Breakfast of Champions , Vonnegut was part of a generation of writers known for democratizing language, using common American speech to describe massive cultural changes during the 60's and 70's. Did he help sew the seeds of today's unrestrained public dialogue? Jerome Klinkowitz, a friend of Vonnegut's, wrote about him in books including, Vonnegut in Fact and, The Vonnegut Effect .
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.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
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.