Assistant Producer, To the Point
FROM Devan Schwartz
Race politics and the NFL's culture of silence Devoted sports fans may not like it, but America's most divisive controversy has reached the National Football League. We'll hear how players are speaking out — for racial equality and protection from debilitating injury.
Affirmative action debate revived Is the Trump Administration on the hunt for "reverse discrimination" in college admissions — the exclusion of whites on behalf of blacks and Latinos? We hear about the politics of affirmative action — after decades of new laws and legal precedents.
The brave new world of genetic engineering Gene editing now used for agriculture and developing drugs can also prevent inherited human diseases. We hear the pros and cons of the latest breakthrough in medical science.
Will the US help Venezuela or hurt it? Venezuela is said to be on the verge of becoming a failed state, and President Nicholas Maduro has increased political instability by staging what's being called a fraudulent election. We hear about potential American sanctions; will they make things better or worse?
President Trump touts a booming economy The New York Stock Exchange hit another record today, and the President says that means the economy's booming. Who's reaping the benefits and who's not? What about calls for "tax reform?"
The isolation of the State Department in Trump's White House Career diplomats say the Trump Administration is "hollowing out" the State Department with no clear foreign policy from the Secretary of State or the White House. Congress is already showing impatience as the President has yet to sign a sanctions bill passed with veto-proof majorities.
A one-two punch on LGBT rights President Trump's new policies on gender and sexual orientation are a far cry from his promises during last year's election. We hear what they could mean at job sites and in the military.
The summit within the summit Overshadowing other news at the G-20 is the first meeting of Presidents Trump and Putin at the G-20 Summit in Hamburg Germany. The leaders met behind closed doors for two hours and 16 minutes -- more than twice what had been expected.
Travel ban takes effect The Trump Administration's travel ban is back in effect. Guest host Leon Krauze explores what's behind this modified version. What will be its future in the courts? And how will it affect America's influence in the world?
Amazon and the retail revolution It's Amazon's world now. What began 23 years ago as an online bookstore - a romantic experiment, it seemed at the time - has become an absolute gamechanger. Retail stores and workers now face a long list of challenges. With more than a half million retail jobs gone since 2001, the future of retail might predict the future of America's workforce as well. León Krauze guest hosts.
Supreme Court ends a quiet term, looks ahead to a blockbuster one With all nine members now in place for the next term, the US Supreme Court is expected to decide cases that could impact the lives of many Americans. We hear what to expect from the newest Justice, Neil Gorsuch, who's already taken some very conservative stands.
Senate healthcare bill: reductions in medical care, cuts in taxes All 48 Democrats are sure to vote "No" on the Senate's version of healthcare reform. Both moderates and conservatives see devils in the details, so not all 52 Republicans are prepared to vote "Yes." We find out what it's likely to mean if they do.
Military clashes in Syria expose complex factions Recent strikes against Iranian-backed troops and the downing of a Syrian fighter-plane have Russia accusing the US of “complicity in terrorism.” It's threatening to make targets of planes and drones flown too far into its comfort zone by the western coalition. We'll update divisions in the Trump Administration over what to do.
Big trouble in little Qatar as diplomatic crisis grows The tiny nation of Qatar is the latest focus of conflict and confusion in the Middle East. President Trump has joined its Arab neighbors, who call it a funder of terror. But the US is still selling the oil-rich country $12 billion worth of jet fighters.
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.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
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?