FROM Richard Rhodes
Obama, the Bomb and Memories of War Seventy-one years later, the first sitting US President visits Hiroshima, not to apologize, but to call attention to the threat nuclear warfare still poses. President Obama's historic visit has been warmly received by many Japanese, including some survivors of the atomic bomb dropped on the city 71 years ago. But the trip's been controversial here at home. Some survivors say it's not enough. Some war veterans say it's too much, and that dropping the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was needed to achieve peace quickly. Does a call for a nuclearfree world ring true when it comes from a President who is upgrading America's nuclear arsenal and has presided over the nation's longest wars? We look back and ahead.
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.
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.
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.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.