FROM Brian Vastag
Nobel Prize for Stem Cell Discoveries This year's Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine is being shared by scientists for work done 40 years apart. British scientist John Gurdon cloned a frog back in 1962. In 2006 and 2007, Japanese research Shinya Yamanaka used a different technique to reprogram cells of both mice and humans beings. Their techniques in stem cell research could help medicine turn back the biological clock. Brian Vastag reports on science for the Washington Post .
Japan Scrambles to Cool Overheating Reactors Because of Japan's nuclear crisis , China today suspended approval to build 28 nuclear power plants. Germany is shutting down reactors for "safety checks," while other countries are denouncing what they call, "nuclear hysteria." Energy Secretary Steven Chu says new power plants are still part of America's plans for "clean" electricity. But he told Congress today events in Japan are more serious than Three Mile Island. Brian Vastag is science reporter for the Washington Post .
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?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
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.
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?