FROM Will Carless
US swimmers lied about gunpoint robbery in Rio Ryan Lochte is back in the United States, but two other members of the US Olympic swimming team are still in Brazil with their passports on hold and another is unaccounted for. It's all about Lochte's claim that they were robbed at gunpoint, while a Brazilian gas-station owner says they vandalized his business. Will Carless, senior correspondent for PRI and Global Post , joins us from Rio.
Is Rio ready for the Olympic Games? Just four days before South America's first Summer Olympic Games, there's still widespread fear that Rio is unprepared to stage a global spectacle. There's a crime spree, corruption and shoddy construction of major venues. Water contamination is a threat to the health of swimmers and sailors. And the Russian doping scandal has cast doubt on the integrity of world-class athletics. We hear what all this means for the quality of the competition, the size of the crowds and rules for staging Olympiads of the future.
Brazil's Government in Crisis Mode Just months before the Olympics, the President of Brazil is a step closer to being impeached — by other politicians arguably more corrupt than she is. Photo: Senado Federal There was a chaotic moment yesterday in Brazil's Congress as politicians voted to advance impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff. Will Carless is senior correspondent for the Global Post , based in Rio.
Zika and the Politics of Public Health Does the Zika virus really cause the birth defect microcephaly? From Brazil's Amazon Basin to the favelas of Sao Paulo, researchers are looking for answers. We hear what's being learned on the ground about the deadly mix of over-crowding, extreme poverty, drought and climate change. They're combining to foster the breed of mosquitos that carries Zika as well as other, deadly diseases. The World Health Organization's declared a "public health emergency" — but is also telling athletes and fans of the summer Olympics not to worry.
The Zika Virus: The Knowns…and the Unknowns The World Health Organization says, "alarm is high." But so is "uncertainty." In the next year, the Zika virus might infect three to four million people. But nobody knows for sure if the mosquito-borne illness really is responsible for birth defects in South American babies. Women there are being warned about pregnancy, and the WHO today called an emergency . US health officials say an outbreak here is unlikely. We hear from Brazil, where fear is on the rise, and get the latest on controlling mosquitos.
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.
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.
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.