FROM Timothy Aeppel
The Robots Are Coming. Is Your Job Safe? China has become the world's second-largest economy by manufacturing products faster and more cheaply than other countries. Now, China's massive factory workforce is being replaced by robots, and many people may be left behind. In the US and other developed countries, fast-food workers, office staffs and sales personnel also may soon be shouldered aside. And robots are teaching classes, researching legal cases — even writing news stories — without demanding vacations or time off. As robots become more creative, will guaranteed incomes be needed to sustain an unemployed middle class?
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.
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.
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.
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.