FROM Gerardo Reyes Chavez
Can Big Business Improve the Plight of America's Farm Workers? Migrant workers labor under conditions that some describe as a kind of indentured servitude and, until not that long ago, the very worst of the worst offenders were the tomato farms of Immokolee, Florida. But, in 1993, tomato pickers there got together and began partnering with retailers and restaurant chains, including McDonald's and Taco Bell, to pressure growers in Florida into providing better wages and humane conditions. Now one of the nation's largest and least labor friendly corporations is joining up. Will Walmart bring this innovative program to the rest of the country? Is threatening the bottom dollar the most effective way to improve the lives of the nation's most vulnerable workers?
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?
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.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.