FROM Jesse Eisinger
Mark Zuckerberg and "Impact Investing" At the age of 31, Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg is one of the richest men in the world. Now he wants to invest in the future. He and his wife have pledged $45 billion to improve education, cure disease, connect people and build strong communities. It's a form of "impact investing" that supporters call the future of charity. Skeptics say it's a way of escaping taxes and increasing political power. We hear from both sides and look at what happened to Zuckerberg's earlier effort to reform public schools in Newark, New Jersey.
Does America Need a New Model for Disaster Relief? Hurricane Isaac struck Louisiana and Mississippi in August of 2012. Hurricane Sandy hit New York and New Jersey several weeks later. The Red Cross claimed its relief efforts had been “flawless.” But internal documents and insider interviews show more concern about appearing to provide assistance than actually doing the real thing. That’s according to investigative reports by Pro Publica and NPR , denounced by the Red Cross as sensational “witch hunts.” The agency refused to open its records and went to court, claiming release of what it called “trade secrets” would cause it “competitive harm.” How did the Red Cross spend hundreds of millions of donated dollars? Is it prepared to handle future disasters?
Why Are Big Companies Rarely Ever Punished? This week, it's been reported that federal prosecutors are about to file criminal charges against two of the world's biggest banks. But that threat may sound more dramatic in headlines than it will turn out to be in reality. Big corporations are rarely, if ever, punished, and criminal charges against big banks may not be what they seem. That's the conclusion of Jesse Eisinger, senior reporter for Pro Publica , whose story on corporate impunity appears in Sunday's New York Times Magazine .
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.
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?
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.