FROM Porter Bibb
Barack Obama, Technology and the Internet The Federal Communications Commission is best known for regulating phone companies and policing nudity and strong language on radio and TV. But to head his FCC, Barack Obama has chosen Julius Genachowski , the man who introduced Facebook and other Internet social networks to political campaigns. His priorities will include expanding broadband access to rural America and protecting the openness of the Internet. Is the FCC up to the task or, in the age of Facebook and Twitter , is it so out of touch that it should be abolished? What's Twitter all about anyway?
Sam Zell's Deal from Hell The "deal from Hell" is what Sam Zell calls his purchase of the Tribune Company , including the Los Angeles Times . BusinessWeek magazine calls is " one of the most disastrous the media world has ever seen." On this special rebroadcast of Politics of Culture, we hear how Zell's miscalculations will impact the paper and its long-suffering employees. Will Lewis speaks with former Los Angeles Times legal reporter Henry Weinstein, media merchant banker Porter Bibb and BusinessWeek's Emily Thornton.
The Writers' Strike Despite the presence of a federal mediator, yesterday's last minute talks between television and film writers and the Alliance of Film and Television producers went nowhere. Today members of the Writers Guild of America began carrying picket signs in New York and Los Angeles. Should the rest of the nation care? We hear how new media are changing the world of entertainment and America's cultural economy.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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?
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.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?