FROM Julia Sulek
Was Father Serra a Saint or a Sinner? Pope Frances has praised Father Junípero Serra as "the evangelizer of the West." On his September visit to Washington, the Pope plans to canonize the priest who founded California's mission system. California has two statues in the Capitol Building: Ronald Reagan's and Serra's. But some Native Americans say Father Serra was anything but a saint, and there were protests during this week's Easter celebration at the Carmel Mission, where his remains are buried.
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.
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.
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?