FROM Martin Gomez
Libraries Extend Hours Thanks to Measure L All 73 libraries in the City of Los Angeles were open today for the first time on a Monday since August of last year. At that point budget cuts put services at their lowest level in 140 years. Today's re-opening was the result of Measure L , which passed in March with more than 60 percent of the vote. Martín Gómez is the Los Angeles City Librarian .
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.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
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?