FROM Sheila Smith
Disaster and Recovery in Japan A second reactor explosion occurred today at a nuclear power plant in the Fukushima Prefecture, 150 miles north of Tokyo on Japan's main island of Honshu. Now there's concern there could be a third. If you'd like to contribute to relief efforts in Japan, our panelists suggest: Red Cross Save the Children Mercy Corps Socks for Japan (Jason Kelly)
Disaster and Recovery in Japan Japan's Prime Minister calls it the worst crisis to strike his country since World War II: the earthquake, the tsunami and, now, the aftermath. The death toll could exceed 10,000. For survivors, priorities include food, water and shelter for millions -- and fallout from explosions at two nuclear power plants. A $5 trillion economy — the world's third largest — has been severely disrupted. Rolling blackouts are expected for months to come. We hear about the devastation, Japan's degree of preparedness and what recovery is going to require. If you'd like to contribute to relief efforts in Japan, our panelists suggest: Red Cross Save the Children Mercy Corps Socks for Japan (Jason Kelly)
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.
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.
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.
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.