FROM Toni Griffin
Detroit: End of the American Dream or Hope of the Future? Detroit is a shrinking city, with just 700,000 residents in a place designed for two million. Many who still live there want to leave. But instead of trying to restore the Silicon Valley of the Jazz Age to its time of industrial greatness, civic leaders have another idea. The Detroit Future City report is hugely ambitious: showing a greener, healthier and more prosperous city — at Detroit's present size. Can the symbol of post-industrial ruin become a model for re-inventing not only Detroit but other failing cities in the Rust Belt, Florida and California?
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.
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.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?