FROM Ray Ring
Will the Mexican Wolf Survive the Obama Administration? Mexican gray wolves are the most endangered mammal in the United States. In 1998, the Clinton Administration began a recovery program on 4 million acres of mostly public land in New Mexico and Arizona. The goal was to have 100 animals living in the wild by 2006. Today, there are only about 50.
Will the Mexican Wolf Survive the Obama Administration? President Obama is focused on climate change and what it could mean for the future of Planet Earth. What about trade-offs that have to be made right now? A case in point is the Mexican gray wolf. In 1998, the Clinton Administration began a recovery program on 4 million acres of mostly public land in New Mexico and Arizona. The goal was to have 100 animals living in the wild by 2006. Today, there are only about 50, a dismal failure. Environmentalists blamed Texan George Bush for siding with cattle ranchers rather than wolves. Will the President from Chicago be any different? When development clashes with conservation, how is the new administration likely to manage millions of acres of federal land?
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.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
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.
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?