FROM Michael Behar
Can We Cure Disease by Shocking the Nervous System? Painkillers, steroids and other drugs are often effective, but they can be expensive, hard to administer and accompanied by lethal side effects. Medical professionals and some investors say the entire drug industry may some day be replaced by what's called bioelectronics. This sort of electroshock therapy is a way to get the nervous system to communicate with the immune system — in effect, telling the body to heal itself. It's a promising new industry described in this Sunday's New York Times magazine by author Michael Behar.
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.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
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?
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.