FROM Melissa Chiu
China's Most Famous Artist Jailed for 'Economic Crimes' One of China's most distinguished artists and architects has been detained for investigation of "economic crimes," and other countries have been warned not to meddle in his case. After a news conference yesterday at China's Foreign Ministry, the official transcript deleted all questions and answers about Ai Weiwei . The issue was why the designer of the Bird's Nest stadium for the Beijing Olympics was detained at the Beijing airport, still under detention, while police officers raided his art studio. Melissa Chiu is Director of the Asia Society Museum .
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?
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.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.