FROM Jimmy Chin
Climbing, Filming and Fear in 'Meru' If at once you don't succeed summiting a mountain and it nearly kills you, should you try, try, try again? In 2008, three mountain climbers set out to be the first team to scale Meru, a 21,000 foot mountain in the Himalayas. Along with 200 pounds of gear, Conrad Anker, Renan Ozturk and Jimmy Chin brought cameras to document the climb. That trip ended in failure just 100 meters from the summit. Three years later, despite setbacks, they tried again. That's the subject of the new documentary film Meru . Climber, codirector, producer and cinematographer Jimmy Chin joins us. An exhausted Renan Ozturk contemplates the long descent after making the summit. Jimmy Chin
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.
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?
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?