FROM Erica Smegielski
Shooting Victim's Daughter Watches as Gun Measures Stall Again After Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Tucson, Sandy Hook Charleston, San Bernardino — and now Orlando -- the families of victims visit Washington to lobby for gun control. Almost a ritual, the outcome is always the same. This week, in the aftermath of Orlando, four gun control measures died in the Senate . Erica Smegielski, an advocate with the nonprofit Everytown for Gun Safety , is an advocate who was disappointed again. She's the daughter of Dawn Hochsprung, the Principal of Sandy Hook Elementary, who was killed along five other adults and 20 first graders.
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.
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.
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.