FROM Philip Sherwell
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?
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?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
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.