FROM Rebecca Rideal
Who's afraid of the Americanization of English? The evolution of the English language in books: Yankees one, Brits 0 Photo by Mona Chalabi / Data: Gonçalves et al. 2017 There's a new book creating a stir in the United Kingdom, That's the Way It Crumbles: The American Conquest of English . As the vote for Brexit suggests, there's a nationalist trend in that country — and an argument that British and American English are two separate languages that ought to stay that way. Rebecca Rideal disagrees , based on her studies as a historian of 17th Century England, when English settlers started coming here to the New World.
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.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
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.
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.