FROM Nick Welsh
Santa Barbara Mayoral Debate KCRW, the Santa Barbara Independent and the Santa Barbara City College Foundation co-host a debate between the five candidates running to be the next mayor of Santa Barbara.
Priced Out: Santa Barbara's housing crisis To understand Santa Barbara's current housing situation, you just need to look at the numbers: the median home price is around $1 million, the rental market is 99.5 percent full, and there's a 10-year waiting list for public housing.
Water: Is Santa Barbara All Dried Up? Three years into the worst drought in California history, Santa Barbara is looking for water. From importing supplies to re-opening its desalination plant -- what are the costs? And what's the environmental impact?
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.
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.
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.
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?