FROM Timothy Baird
LA Unified: iPads and Politics The LA Unified School District will spend $30 million to provide iPads to students — and that's just the beginning. It's the first step in a $400 million plan to give every student a tablet computer in the next two years. Apple is pushing the idea that technology is the key to learning in the new economy. KCRW's Saul Gonzalez has explored the iPads-for-students program with LA Unified officials and others.
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.
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.
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.