FROM Sam Atwood
Choking on Wildfire Smoke Southern Californians live with the health-effects of smog produced mostly by automobile and truck traffic. Wild fires produce additional pollution, particles from the smoke and ashes of burning vegetation and materials used in building construction. We hear about the biological consequences , where they're the worst and how soon we can all breath in relative safety from Sam Atwood of the AQMD and USC's Constantinos Sioutas, co-director of Southern California Particle Center.
Does Los Angeles Have the Greenest Carbon Footprint in the USA? Just a month ago, the American Lung Association said that aggressive efforts have improved air quality in Los Angeles. Instead of being America’s worst polluter, it is second worst after Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. But today the Brookings Institution , a well-regarded Washington think-tank, reports that Los Angeles is greener than Portland or San Francisco—in fact it’s carbon foot-print beats any city except Honolulu.
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?
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.