FROM Harry Jaffe
What Fires Are Stoking "The Bern?" US Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is nothing if not consistent. From college days in Chicago to Capitol Hill to this year's campaign, he's pursued a single goal: "to fight for a progressive economic agenda that creates jobs, raises wages, protects the environment and provides health care for all" and "to take on the enormous economic and political power of the billionaire class." Despite his Socialist leanings, Sanders has worked with Republicans in the Senate. As Mayor of Burlington, Vermont he was praised for fiscal efficiency. Biographers, old friends and former staffers say he's out to change the way Americans are thinking. We hear how a very private man has made himself one of this year's most important public figures.
In Iowa, the Democrats Are Down to the Wire Hillary Clinton may lead Bernie Sanders in national polls, but the race to the White House is a state-by-state process. In Iowa and New Hampshire, Sanders is coming on strong -- raising the stakes for last night’s final, televised confrontation before Democrats caucus in Iowa. There were lively exchanges on gun control, healthcare, taxes and Wall-Street domination……with appeals not only to the mostly white voters in the two early states — but to more diverse electorates in primary contests just around the corner.
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.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
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.