FROM Joel Jacinto
Catastrophe in the Philippines Is Felt in LA Aid organizations around the world are racing to the Philippines with food, water and clothing five days after Typhoon Haiyan struck that country. The estimate of fatalities is now 2000 or more, with tens of thousands injured and more than two million in need of food. With more Filipinos than anyplace in the world outside the Philippine Islands, Southern California has been hit hard. KCRW's Saul Gonzalez went to the Eagle Rock Plaza Mall, a popular spot for Filipino-Americans. For more on relief efforts and ways you can donate, go to KCRW's Which Way, LA? blog .
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
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.
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.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.