FROM David Smith
Xenophobic Attacks Hit South Africa South Africa has been a haven of tolerance for refugees from violence in other parts of the continent. But this week, there have been bloody attacks on foreigners in Durban and other cities. David Smith, Africa correspondent for the Guardian newspaper, joins us from Johannesburg.
Pistorius Found Not Guilty of Murder Oscar Pistorius has escaped a murder conviction in the killing of his girlfriend, a vindication for the Paralympic athlete who proclaimed he hadn’t intended to kill her. After 41 days of testimony in Pretoria, South Africa, Pistorius was cleared of the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. But the judge hearing the case suggested she would him find guilty of the lesser offense of "culpable homicide." Watching the proceedings over the past six months and the reading of today’s verdict is David Smith, Africa correspondent for the Guardian.
Pistorius: Nation Prepares for Final Act of Blade Runner Murder Trial South African Oscar Pistorius became an international hero as the first double amputee to run in the Olympics, using prosthetic legs that led to the nickname "blade runner." Now his murder trial has made him a daily feature on South African TV in what one crime writer called, "The Kardashians meet OJ Simpson." The prosecution has rested, and Pistorius is scheduled to take the stand next week. He doesn't deny firing four shots through a bathroom door, killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, a model who was also a graduate of law school. David Smith is covering the trial for The Guardian newspaper.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
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.
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?
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.