FROM Matthew Hughey
Is Oklahoma Frat an Isolated Case? Sigma Alpha Epsilon was founded in Alabama two months before the Civil War. Now, it's the nation's biggest college fraternity. The President of the University of Oklahoma, former Governor and US Senator David Boren, has expelled two students and banned their fraternity from his campus. It's all about members chanting racist lyrics -- about lynching and that no African Americans will be allowed to join -- in a video that went viral. Matthew Hughey is a professor of Sociology at the University of Connecticut. He studies racism and racial identity.
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.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind 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.