FROM Sarah Lyall
British Phone Hacking Scandal Leads to Arrests David Cameron today addressed continuing revelations about the relationships between British police, politicians and the media, putting an end to the decades-old practice of Labour and Conservatives Parties "courting the support of the press." An hour after the Prime Minister spoke, one of his own former aides was arrested in connection with the scandal over News of the World, the paper Rupert Murdoch is closing down. Andy Coulson was editor of the paper during a disturbing episode of cell phone hacking. Watching all of this is Sarah Lyall, London correspondent for the New York Times .
A Royal Wedding in an Age of Austerity With two billion people watching around the world, Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton became the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today. Among very few surprises were two kisses instead of one a white dress on the bride's sister and the Prime Minister's wife attending without a hat. Some British leftists are refusing to celebrate the marriage of the future King and Queen Consort. There's even a button with the image of a small crown and the slogan, "Stuff the wedding, fight the cuts." What's the attraction of an event with only symbolic importance? With record austerity measures just setting in, was it worth some $80 million? We hear from supporters and skeptics about the British monarchy and the echoes of empire in the modern world.
Britain's Royal Family Announces Engagement of Prince William Kate Middleton today wore the same sapphire and diamond ring that Prince Charles gave to the late Princess Diana, only this time it came from Charles and Diana's son. Middleton's been called "Waity Katy" by British royal-watchers during her long romance with Prince William, the heir to the British throne. Now they're officially engaged , even as William's friends make cracks about the common origins of the bride-to-be. Sarah Lyall reports from London for the New York Times .
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
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.
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.