FROM Melanie Eversley
Charlotte, Tulsa and living while black in America Recent high-profile killings of black people by local police are the just latest in a year that’s already seen such incidents more than 200 times. These two differ in many ways: police video has been released in Tulsa, but not in Charlotte. Tulsa’s been peaceful, while there’s been violence in Charlotte. But what might be most important is one thing they share: black communities that don’t believe official explanations, and that don’t trust local police. We talk about what that reveals about American history and contemporary reality -- and the challenge posed to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
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?