FROM Michael Blood
Diablo Canyon: Former Inspector Says It’s Time to Shut It Down SoCal Edison has shut down San Onofre in Orange County, leaving California with just one remaining nuclear power plant: Diablo Canyon, on the rugged coast near San Luis Obispo. After an earthquake fault was discovered during construction 30 years ago, retro-fitting got underway on two giant reactors. But it had to be started over again because it was being done backwards. Environmentalists aren’t the only ones who have questioned Diablo Canyon’s ability to withstand a big earthquake ever since. Now Michael Peck, the lead on-site inspector for five years, has filed a confidential report saying nobody knows if it’s safe or not. Michael Blood of the Associated Press obtained the report and broke the story.
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.
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.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.