FROM Ruth Coleman
California State Parks Under Stress Governor Brown likes to sing the praises of California's state parks as "wonderful places… to explore the magnificence of the Golden State." But after years of dwindling support from the general fund, he's proposed to save $22 million by shutting down 70 of the 279 parks in the system. For the first time in state history, 15 will be closed for sure. Twenty-five might be saved, and 30 have earned at least a temporary reprieve. Three of those have signed contracts with private operators. Ruth Coleman is Director of the California State Parks .
State Parks Face the Budget Axe In order to save money, the State is going to shut down 70 parks to all visitors starting early next year. How did they choose which ones to close? Can they really keep people out? Ruth Coleman is Director of the State Department of Parks and Recreation.
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?
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.
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.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.