FROM Brett Poulos
A Year After the Virginia Tech Massacre, Debate Continues over Gun Control It's been one year since the massacre at Virginia Tech , where surviving students -- including some of the wounded -- are pushing for gun control. But students elsewhere want the right to carry concealed weapons on campus for self-defense, and that's been legalized in a few places. In the past year, some 30 incidents on school campuses have killed 14 people and led to proposed restrictions in 38 states. We hear from students on both sides, as well as how urban and rural communities are locked in ongoing struggles over public safety and the right to bear arms.
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.
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.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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.