FROM Ian Sherr
Samsung recalls 2.5 million phones because of battery fires The Galaxy Note 7 smartphone got rave reviews when it debuted in August as Samsung's answer to Apple's latest iPhone. Now, Samsung's being forced to do damage-control. It's recalling 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7s because of batteries that have caught fire or exploded. Ian Sherr, Executive Editor at CNET , says the magnitude of the recall shows how seriously Samsung is taking the issue.
Why Are Our Batteries Stuck in the 1990s? Millions of Americans this holiday season are buying new smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices. But the batteries that power those devices aren't keeping up. Ian Sherr is News Editor at CNET magazine. When we spoke with his late last month, he'd been looking into why our batteries are stuck in the '90s.
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.
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.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.