FROM Val Zavala
The 'LA Model' of Handling Priest Abuse In January, the Los Angeles Catholic Archdiocese released voluminous files on sexual misconduct by priests. KCET's SoCal Connected has studied them all and found at least one accusation in 63 percent of all parishes, many of them in Latino communities. In all, 250 priests were identified as pedophiles, and the Archdiocese leads the nation in payouts to survivors, totaling almost a billion dollars. SoCal Connected also found an audio tape of Father Stephen Rossetti, conducting a training session on how Catholic Church officials should handle such cases. Val Zavala is the host of SoCal Connected .
Big Fires Raise Big Questions about Money Firefighters got a break from the weather today as clouds moved in and increased the humidity. At a command center today, Governor Schwarzenegger congratulated firefighters who are being sorely tested by so many blazes in so many places. So far, state and local budget shortfalls have not reduced state and local resources. But fire season is just beginning.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
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.
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?
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.