FROM Lise Buyer
Can Facebook Go Public and Change the World? When Facebook goes public, it's expected to be the biggest initial public offering (IPO) in Silicon Valley history, possibly raising $10 billion on a value of $100 billion. Founder Mark Zuckerberg says, "We don't build services to make money, we make money to build better services." What will that mean to potential investors — especially when Zuckerberg, age 27 — will retain almost total control? Will becoming a publicly traded company necessarily change his style? How will he deal with government oversight, especially overseas? As he sells the personal data of 800 million "friends," will they all stay comfortable or raise more questions about violations of privacy?
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?
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.
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?
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.