FROM Aaron Gellman
Did Buffett Make a Safe Bet on the Future of Railroads? Warren Buffett is spending $34 billion on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation, in what he calls "an all-in wager on the economic future of the United States." The nation's largest rail transporter of coal and grain, the BNSF is a link for consumer goods from Asia to the ports of Southern California to the rest of the country. Aaron Gellman, Professor of Management and Strategy at the Kellogg School of Management and the Transportation Center at Northwestern University, says the implications extend far beyond America's railroads.
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.
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.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.