FROM Roja Bandari
Persian-Americans React to Rising Tensions in Iran All during this week of massive protests in Iran, there has been support from expatriates and other sympathizers here in the US. Americans of Iranian heritage are concentrated in several parts of the US, most conspicuously in Southern California and Texas. We sample their response to today's developments.
Iranian Ex-Pats React to the Turmoil in Iran Another day, another mass protest on the streets of Tehran, this time with many people wearing black to signify mourning for those killed since last Friday's elections. Los Angeles is the home of more Iranians and their descendents than any place other than the mother country, and many are not just interested but deeply involved. We speak to Iranian-Americans with different views of what's going on in their home country.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
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.
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.