FROM Dale Goldsmith
Was the Northridge Earthquake a Wake-up Call? Twenty years ago tomorrow, LA was shaken awake by a 6.7 magnitude tremor. Scientists are certain there will be more shaking. We hear what’s been learned since the Northridge Earthquake and what’s being done to prepare for what might — or might not -- happen next. We hear recollections of an event that killed at least 57 people, damaging 40,000 buildings at a cost of $2 billion. What’s been learned since about the risks and likely locations of earthquakes? Are developers taking needed precautions? Is it worth the cost to protect against a disaster that could strike in the next minute — or 100 years from now?
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.
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.
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.
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.