FROM Steven Weinberg
Space Travel: The Past and the Future What does a man do for an encore after walking on the moon? That's the question Buzz Aldrin faced after eight days on Apollo 11, including the first moon landing 40 years ago today. It's one of the subjects addressed in his new book, Magnificent Desolation : The Long Journey Home from the Moon.
Space Travel: The Past and the Future Forty years ago today, humans accomplished a goal as old as the species when two men walked on the Moon . We talk with Moonwalker Number Two about the Moon itself and the depression and alcoholism he faced on returning to Earth. Buzz Aldrin is among those who say the Moon itself is a dead end, but that humans could get to Mars before 2050. He insists that we should. Others point out that we've been there for five years, with robots, which make more precise observations and never need to come home.
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?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
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.
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.