FROM Cathy Tauber
Angel Funders Save Vidiots Last week, we reported that Vidiots—the 30-year-old video-rental shop in Santa Monica—would be closed down. Film critic Joe Morgenstern said it was like “a death in the family.” Doctor Leonard Lipman, a longtime customer, promised some help—but Megan Ellison brought it home. She’s the head of Annapurna, the production company behind Zero Dark Thirty, Her, American Hustle and other distinctly contemporary movies.
Vidiots, Beloved Video Store, Is Closing Vidiots — a video rental shop in Santa Monica — survived competition from Blockbuster and Hollywood Video by offering literally thousands of movies they didn't have. We hear why a beloved institution nay be closing after 30 years in business.
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.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
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.
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?