FROM Chris Arnade
Quitting Wall Street to photograph America's poor Chris Arnade earned a PhD in physics, then made millions on Wall Street as a trader. He quit in 2012 to travel the U.S., photographing poor, neglected neighborhoods. He said he saw a lot more community and dignity there than people typically think, but also more frustration and inequality. Some choose to stay, he points out. “This idea that we should all leave, all get out, why is that our only measure of success? What about a child who stays to be with their family?”
America divided by front-row and back-row Chris Arnade grew up in what he now calls "The Front Row." With a PhD in physics from Johns Hopkins University, he joined Salomon Brothers. But five years ago, in his late 40s, he finally rejected Wall Street values. He took a buyout from Citigroup, and moved his family from Manhattan to upstate New York. Now he's a photo-journalist who travels the country in a 10 year old Honda with a mattress in back… visiting, photographing and talking with folks from "the Back Row."
Sunlight or secrecy: Which would you choose? Three weeks ago, the House passed its Obamacare replacement without any public hearings and before the Congressional Budget Office determined what it would do and what it would cost. Now comes the reality check on the pros and cons : a deficit cut of $119 billion -- leaving 23 million people without health insurance. At first, many Senators said they’d start over from scratch, but now it appears their deliberations will be conducted in secrecy, too. As debate rages over White House connections with Russia, would most Americans rather know what’s next for protecting their health?
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?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
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.