FROM Phil Smith
Will the Saga of Trapped Miners Have a Happy Ending? As of 3pm this afternoon in Chile, 18 miners had been pulled from the underground chamber where they were trapped when the Mina San José collapsed more than two months ago. At that time, there were 15 miners left to go. (By the time this rebroadcast airs, all 33 miners had been brought to safety.)
Will the Saga of Trapped Miners Have a Happy Ending? Just after midnight this morning, Florencio Ávalos, stepped onto the Earth's surface for the first time since the Mina San José collapsed 68 days ago. Since then, the rest of the 32 Chileans and one Bolivian have been pulled out at the rate of about one every hour, watched by millions of viewers worldwide. What's next for a group of obscure workers who've lived through a real-life disaster scenario and now face massive publicity? How has the extraordinary rescue been accomplished? What will it mean for the image of Chile? Are there any lessons for miners in the United States?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
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.
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.
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.