FROM David Pierce
A report from CES 2017 The Consumer Technology Association reports that industry sales have fallen worldwide for the past three years. Phones, computes and TV's are providing more than anyone needs. So, at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, companies are coming up with gimmicks to get us all to upgrade. That's according to David Pierce, senior writer at Wired magazine .
FitBit Goes Public FitBit, the most popular fitness tracker, went public today. The stock is already outpacing expectations. The San Francisco startup is valued at $4 billion. FitBit’s big day on Wall Street is good news for the business of wearables. But with lots of competition, and smartphones that can track your steps just as well as devices around your wrist, can FitBit keep it up?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
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.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.