FROM Olivia Katrandjian
SWAT’s LA Roots The militarization of local police was a major reason for massive protests last month after Michael Brown was shot by an officer in Ferguson, Missouri. It’s no accident that the force resembled the SWAT teams begun in Los Angeles in the aftermath of the Watts Riots of 1965. Olivia Katrandjian is a reporter for the series " SWAT: Mission Creep " for Retro Report, a project of the New York Times.
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.
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.
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.