FROM Monica Hesse
The Harry Potter Phenomenon Harry Potter made his first appearance in 1997. J.K. Rowling's last book was finished in 2007. Now the last of eight movies has opened, The Deathly Hallows, Part II . "In the cottage industry of Potter analysis, no superlative is too super, no grandiosity is too grand, no pie in the sky is too high." That's according to Monica Hesse of the Washington Post , who's read all the books and seen all the movies.
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?
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.
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.