FROM Neal Broverman
Metro Board Approves Rail Stop at Leimert Park The vote today at Metro to build a Leimert Park subway stop on the Crenshaw Line is being described as a miracle. It was a hard-fought vote because there are already plans for a station just a half-mile away. But community leaders and businesses rallied for an underground station at Leimert Park, saying it will bring much-needed foot traffic to the area.
Metro Board Moves Ahead with Purple Line under Beverly Hills HS On a vote of seven to two, LA County transportation officials decided today that the Subway to the Sea will require a tunnel 70 feet below the Beverly Hills High School. The MTA board made the decision despite the pleas of city officials and parents. The Beverly Hills PTA even produced a video opposing the action. A satirical musical video in favor of the MTA route was produced by a group called LA on the Move, although nobody knows who that is. Neal Broverman, editor of CurbedLA.org , picks up the story.
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?
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
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.