FROM Heidi Cullen
The Heat Wave and Global Warming There's a heat wave in the eastern two-thirds of the United States that's likely to continue into August, along with a widespread lack of rain that's created severe drought conditions. What does it mean for the future? Every 10 years the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recalculates " climate normals ," 30-year averages of temperature and precipitation for 7500 US locations. Climate Central meteorologist Heidi Cullen, author of The Weather of the Future , says the latest report offers "a fascinating and disturbing snapshot of a restless climate."
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
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.
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?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?