FROM Martha Southgate
'The Help' The Help is a film made from a book by a white woman, Katherine Stockett, about relations between white families in Mississippi and their black servants during the 1960's. It's triggered a vigorous dispute between supporters and critics. The Los Angeles Times' Betsy Sharkey calls it "a delicious, peppery stew of home-cooked, 1960's Southern-style racism" that produces healthy laughter. The New York Times' Manohla Dargis calls it "a big, ole slab of honey-glazed hokum. We hear more from Kevin Richardson of the Clarion Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi, where the film is set, and novelist Martha Southgate, who's written about the film in Entertainment Weekly .
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?
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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?