FROM Mark Whitlock, Jr
Charleston Killings Hit a Nerve in Los Angeles The violent racism that appears to have spurred a gunman to attack Emmanuel First AME Church has Americans trying to come to terms with what it means for race relations in 2015. We hear from Angelinos in this special live edition of Which Way, LA?
AME in Los Angeles Vigils were held across the country last night for the shooting victims at the Emanuel Church in Charleston. There was also a vigil at the First AME Church in South L.A., the oldest church founded by African-Americans in Southern California, and another at Christ Our Redeemer AME Church in Irvine. That’s one of the newest AME churches. We hear from its leader about how people here are reacting to the shooting in South Carolina and if they have any concerns about safety here.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
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.
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.