FROM John Biggs
3D Printing and DIY Guns Three-D printers produce objects by spraying thin layers of plastic, metal or ceramics that build into shapes. Industrial companies use them to make parts. Gun components have been made that way and used in guns that successfully fire bullets. Now a law student in Texas has set off a raging controversy with plans to completely print a functional weapon and release the specifications free on the Internet. The Wiki Weapon project raises the possibility of a convicted felon making a gun without needing a permit or a kid in the bedroom making a gun while parents think he or she is "playing video games on line." John Biggs is East Coast Editor of Tech Crunch .
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.
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.
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?
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?