FROM Sarah Sikich
Crude Corrosion Federal investigators say corrosion had eaten away almost half the steel wall of the pipeline that ruptured last month and spilled more than 100,000 gallons of crude oil into the ocean off Santa Barbara. So far, they are not saying corrosion caused the disaster. Since the oil spill in Santa Barbara, tar balls have washed ashore in Ventura, Malibu, and the South Bay. Those beaches have re-opened. But now tar balls are being found on the coast of Long Beach. Are they related to the spill?
Plastic Bag Ban Going into Effect January 1 On January 1, Los Angeles will become America's biggest city to ban plastic bags from big retailers. Small stores can still give them away until next summer. Councilman Paul Koretz pushed for the ban and now he's raising money for reusable tote bags to be given away free. We hear from his Deputy for Environmental Affairs and Sustainability, Andy Schrader, and from Sarah Sikich, Coastal Resources Policy Director for Heal the Bay .
Scanning the Waves for Japanese Debris Last week, we heard about the massive Japanese dock that washed up in Oregon, debris from the devastating Japanese tsunami of more than a year ago. Last Friday, Heal the Bay began monitoring beaches in Southern California—at the request of NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Sarah Sikich is Heal the Bay 's coastal resources director.
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.
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.
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.