FROM Diana Marcum
Yosemite Park: What's in a Name? After 20 years of operating the hotels, cabins and recreational facilities at Yosemite National Park, the Delaware North Company lost last year's bid to renew its contract. It's demanding big money for names it trademarked while it was doing business: $51 million. The National Park Service says they're only worth $3.5 million — and now, the names are being changed. Diana Marcum covers Central California for the LA Times .
LA Veterans Are Falling Through the Cracks About 36,000 veterans who've served since the attacks of September 11 now live in Los Angeles County, and some 24,000 more are expected before the US withdraws from Afghanistan. The United Way of Greater Los Angeles reports that they often face unemployment and poverty. We hear what might be done to make the plight easier. We also hear profiles of some of the Californians who've made the ultimate sacrifice .
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.
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.
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?
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?