FROM Ben Taub
The Fight to Train Doctors under Siege in Syria The regime of Syria's Bashar al-Assad has systemically destroyed hospitals and assassinated doctors thought to sympathize with rebels. In the process, entire families have died from the lack of care. We hear about David Nott, a British surgeon who's risked his own life teaching desperate people how to give medical treatment. Dr. David Nott A young medical worker in Syria works on a man who's been shot in the throat and the stomach…learning how to perform surgery from a doctor in Britain who's coaching him over the phone. That scene begins "The Shadow Doctors: The underground race to spread medical knowledge as the Syrian regime erases it," Ben Taub's unforgettable article in this week's New Yorker magazine.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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?
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
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.