FROM Tey Meadow
Gender Identity and Civil Rights Former PFC Bradley Manning is now Chelsea Manning, spotlighting transgender rights in the military and beyond. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender movement has helped spread recognition of homosexual rights, but the "T" in LGBT has been silent. Now, state and local officials are grappling with protections for transgender people, including the choice of school bathrooms. The New York Times calls it the "next civil rights frontier." Will transgender sports figures reveal themselves? What about characters in films and TV? Movies tackling transgender issues: Normal Boys Don't Cry Orange Is the New Black Venus of Mars
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
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.
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.