FROM Doug Fitzsimmons
Expo Line's Phase 2 Moves Full Speed Ahead Phase One of the Expo Line from downtown to the beach in Santa Monica reached Culver City last year. Evidence of Phase Two is visible in many places all over the Westside. But the major new cause of traffic congestion wasn't originally part of the plans and only recently received funding. It's a bridge that will take the trains west from Culver City over Venice and Robertson Boulevards. (In addition to our two guests, we also hear from KCRW's Saul Gonzalez who interviews Nick Wayne, owner of Upstairs/Downstairs , near the intersection of Venice and Robertson.)
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.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?