FROM Robert Putnam
American Inequality: A Children's Story The widening gap between America’s haves and have-nots is usually expressed with hard data on the declining wages and incomes of working adults. Sociologist Robert Putnam takes a different approach — using personal stories to show how poor children lose the opportunity to achieve the American Dream. Family and community life that used to help poor kids prepare for the future are on the decline. Is the Internet making things better or worse? Is inequality becoming an issue in next year’s presidential campaign — for both political parties?
September 11, Five Years Later The attack on Pearl Harbor unified an American generation that went on to win World War II. Their descendents still share the memories today. It would not be until September 11, 2001 that the United States would again be so dramatically attacked within its own borders. Just as they had 60 years before, Americans felt a deep sense of unity. This time, however, that feeling lasted for less than a year. Has President Bush failed to ask for the sacrifices demanded for the continuing war on terror, or have Americans been lulled into complacency because the administration has prevented another attack on US soil? Where the rest of the world is concerned, had the really important changes already happened?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
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.
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?