FROM Peter Spotts
Orbiting Messenger Sends Back Surprising Data on Mercury NASA's Messenger is the first space craft to orbit the planet Mercury, where it's been circling for 88 days. Some previous theories are being confirmed but many others are ending up in the "dustbin of science." Messenger left Earth in 2004, and it's now mapping the surface of Mercury in unprecedented detail, providing much new — often puzzling — information. Pete Spotts is covering the story for the Christian Science Monitor .
Space Shuttle's Risky Mission to Fix Hubble Telescope The shuttle Atlantis is about 8000 miles from the Hubble Space Telescope and closing for the rendezvous and capture tomorrow. Yesterday’s liftoff of the shuttle Atlantis did unusual damage to the launch pad at Cape Canaveral. As they close in on the Hubble, the astronauts are inspecting Atlantis for damage. Peter Spotts, staff writer for the Christian Science Monitor , considers the risks and potential rewards of the extraordinary mission.
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.
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.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
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.