FROM Riggs Eckelberry
Will Renewable Energy Standards Pave the Way for New Technologies? We all know that Southern California is becoming a center for wind and solar development. One more exotic-sounding strategy involves something almost as familiar as the sun and the wind. It turns out that algae, which we think of as that slimy green stuff that forms when water's allowed to stand for too long, can be transformed into substances that are useful for fuel, pharmaceuticals and food. Experts say that algae is no silver bullet to solve the energy crisis, but could be a part of the mix. As with other alternatives, development will require a huge infrastructure, and that will require the support of government and its regulatory muscle before investors will be willing to put up the money. KCRW's Andrea Brody visited Origin Oil , a company that's been developing algae here in Los Angeles since 2009. Algae incubation at Origin Oil
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?
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.