FROM Katie Orr
Effective Opposition or Sour Grapes? The idea of a “town hall” is as old as colonial America. At GOP-hosted town halls since the election of President Trump… protesters continue to shout down their representatives and demand action. Is this part of an organized movement… or simply lingering frustrations from the general election?
Anti-Vaxers Appeal to the Voters As classes begin again in the public schools, it's the last year when California parents can opt out of vaccinating their children based on personal beliefs or religious convictions. Some angry parents want voters to repeal the toughest law of its kind in the nation. KCRW's Saul Gonzalez met with some vaccination skeptics. He reports that many parents are skeptical about the pharmaceutical industry — and that skepticism is rising as the number of recommended vaccines has increased.
Parents Protest Vaccine Bill State lawmakers are trying to pass a bill that would make vaccinations mandatory in the state and they’re getting some serious pushback. Right now, parents can opt out of vaccinations for a variety of “personal beliefs.” SB 277 would allow only medical exemptions for childhood vaccinations. A crucial vote takes place tomorrow .
Leland Yee Leland Yee, a Democratic state senator from San Francisco, was arrested today in an FBI corruption investigation. His is only one of a string of arrests across San Francisco that have also netted infamous Chinatown gangster Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow. Senator Yee is the third Democratic Senator this year to be targeted by the FBI’s ongoing corruption investigation. He is also running for Secretary of State.
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.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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.
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?