FROM A.C. Thompson
2017: A new year of fear? In just ten days after last month's election the Southern Poverty Law Center counted more than 850 incidents of hate and intimidation , many of them against Muslim-Americans. The FBI found hate crimes against Muslims rose by nearly 70 percent in 2015. Civil rights groups fear that could go even higher under a Trump administration bent on tightening borders, beefing up surveillance, and waging an ideological war on quote "radical Islam." We hear what Muslim Americans have been facing, whether cases of harassment have been inflated in the media, and what's being done to defuse tensions after a divisive election.
Terror in Little Saigon When Saigon fell in 1975, many members of the political and military elite of South Vietnam fled to America…where they continued to fight left-leaning journalists and those who dared to question the anti-communist cause. That conflict sometimes led to murder, in places like Orange County, San Francisco and Houston… and the murders of these journalists remain unsolved. We hear from one of the collaborators behind a Frontline special airing tonight .
Casey Anthony and 'Child Cases' TV pundits and millions of viewers were stunned when Casey Anthony was acquitted of killing her two-year old daughter. But the realities of criminal justice are a long way from such gritty productions as CSI . Juries must find defendants guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and, especially in the killing of children, that certainty can be hard to come by. Caylee Anthony's body was found six months after she died. The defense presented expert testimony that contradicted prosecution arguments and raised questions about circumstantial evidence. A.C. Thompson, with ProPublica , was lead reporter in Child Cases , a series that aired last week on NPR and Frontline .
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.