FROM Nir Kalron
Wild Elephants Face Extinction by 2020 If Poaching Continues Every year, 33,000 African elephants die at the hands of poachers, feeding a Chinese market for ivory that’s worth billions of dollars. Now NBA superstar Yao Ming is part of the effort to stop what could lead to the extinction of elephants in just six years. Peter Knights is executive director for Wild Aid, an NGO devoted to stopping what’s called “Blood Ivory.” He partnered with Yao Ming on a documentary called The End of the Wild, released this month in China.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
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.
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?
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.