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.
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?
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.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
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.