FROM Nick Castele
Cleveland's Curse Is Over, Will the GOP Get Lucky? Last night's NBA Championship game was a nail-biter — at the Oracle Arena, home of the Golden State Warriors. But more than 50 years of sports heartbreak ended as the MVP LeBron James and Cleveland Cavaliers became the first NBA team ever to win the deciding seventh game after being behind by three to one. And that brought Cleveland its first sports championship in 52 years. Now the City's preparing for next month's Republican nominating convention — with barricades, batons, riot gear and police officers from out of town. Nick Castele, who covers sports and politics for WCPN ideastream , public radio in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio, looks at last night's game and preparations for the GOP convention.
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.
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.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
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.