FROM Caitlin Shamberg
Two Lawsuits over Private Videos Gone Viral ESPN's Erin Andrews won $55 million in court over video shot through a hotel peephole without her consent. And Hulk Hogan is suing Gawker for $100 million after the website published footage showing him having sex with a friend's wife.
Russia Sends Troops and Military Supplies into Syria As Europe struggles to deal with a massive refugee crisis, the largest numbers are fleeing from Syria's civil war. Russia and the US are on different sides of that conflict — but they do share a common enemy in ISIS. We hear what that could mean as circumstances change on the ground.
The UN and Violence against Women For 20 years world leaders have promised gender equality, but honor killings, rape and domestic abuse are still prevalent in many places. We hear about this week's 59th session of the UN's Commission on the Status of Women, the progress that has been made and how much is left to be done.
Who Is Leaving Los Angeles Because of Housing Prices? Housing has become so expensive in the LA Area that beaches, warm winters and cultural diversity aren't enough anymore to keep a lot of people from moving away. We hear from some who have struggled with staying and talk with regional thinkers about the loss of both young people and economic diversity.
The Arab War on Terror and Shifting Middle East Alliances President Obama’s coalition is a historic game-changer in the Middle East. Arab countries are dropping bombs in other Arab countries. But, it’s a risky business that could produce internal backlash against five uncomfortable allies….
Barack Obama’s Outreach to Africa The first African-American president waited until his second term to hold his first African summit. But this week, he hosted almost 50 African heads of state and American business leaders, hoping the US can catch up in the world’s last great emerging market.
Ebola Is Spreading: Can It Be Contained? Almost 700 people have died, and more than a thousand have been infected, in the worst epidemic since the Ebola virus was discovered in 1976. We’ll hear about a horrific disease with no cure, and West Africa's widespread fear, not just of Ebola, but also of Western doctors and their unfamiliar procedures.
LA Wants Out of Immigration Enforcement LA Mayor Eric Garcetti says local cops should not do the work of federal immigration authorities, so he’s ordered the LAPD to stop most so-called “immigration holds” on inmates ready to be released from jail. Now LA County might do the same thing. Will it increase the risk of crime? Is it none-too-subtle political pressure for immigration reform?
Artificial Intelligence: is the Promise Worth the Peril? Artificial intelligence might be the death of humanity. That’s from no less an authority than Stephen Hawking—the world’s best-known physicist. How do Americans feel about science fiction made real? Will developers agree not to go too far before it’s too late?
Iraq, Iran and the Pottery Barn Rule As ISIS moves closer to Baghdad, sectarian violence has broken out in that city. Can Prime Minister al-Maliki keep Iraq together? Is it destined to become a divided country?
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.
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.
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?
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.