FROM Lori Ann Burd
The Mysteriously Disappearing Honeybees Honeybees the tiny farm workers responsible for dozens of crops, from almonds to cherries have been dying off at alarming rates for more than two decades. Recently honeybee deaths have spiked beekeepers report they lost more than 40 percent of their hives in the past year. Scientists point to a number of possible explanations. Whatever the cause, honeybee services are worth about $10 to $15 billion a year to the agriculture industry. A White House task force has proposed planting wildflowers along pollination routes to help the ailing bees. But many environmentalists are more concerned about pesticide use. We explore the worrisome trend with honeybees and the multi-billion-dollar agriculture industry that depends on them.
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.
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?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?