FROM Jack Healy
'What recovery?' Las Vegas years after the housing crash Both Presidential candidates are unveiling their economic plans this week in Detroit. The economy has been a central issue in politics especially since the housing bubble burst eight years ago, plunging the US into the greatest recession since the Great Depression. The economic recovery, though relatively steady overall, has been sluggish and selective, affecting some more than others. So in some communities, when people hear politicians talk about whether the recovery has been fast enough or strong enough, they have good reason to wonder, “Recovery? What recovery?” Communities like Las Vegas, Nevada.
A Small Coal Town in Colorado Reconsiders Marijuana The mountain town of Hotchkiss, Colorado twice voted to ban both the recreational and medical use of marijuana. But then a coal mine in the North Fork Valley shut down amid a wave of industry slowdowns and bankruptcies all over America's coal country. Hotchkiss, Colorado took another look at economic reality. New York Times reporter Jack Healy reports.
Bikram Yoga and Sexual Assault Allegations There’s a new twist in a long-running sex scandal involving a Beverly Hills-based yoga guru. A sixth woman is suing Bikram Choudhury, the founder of Bikram yoga, over sexual assault allegations. Choudhury built an empire on his brand of hot yoga, which involves a 90-minute sequence of poses performed in 105-degree rooms. It has attracted celebrity followers and made Choudhury a millionaire. But, for the past two years, he’s been beset by accusations of sexual assault and rape from former students. Now Choudhury is facing a half dozen civil lawsuits. We hear about the cases, and how Choudhury built a lucrative cult of personality around an ancient practice.
Aurora, Colorado, Braces for Mass Murder Trial Two and a half years ago, James Holmes walked into a crowded movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, during a midnight screening of Batman and opened fire, killing 12 people. Holmes admits he did the killings, but argues he was legally insane. The prosecutor wants to give him the death penalty. Jury selection begins tomorrow. Jack Healy is Rocky Mountain correspondent for the New York Times .
A Trial for Terrorists in New York City Attorney General Eric Holder announced today that the self-described mastermind of 9/11 will be tried in federal court just blocks from where the World Trade Towers once stood in New York City. Holder said he'll seek the death penalty for Kalid Saikh Mohammed and four other men. The decision raises questions about security, the rights of defendants who say they were tortured and what might happen if they're acquitted. Why are they getting a civil trial while a suspect in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole will face a military tribunal?
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.
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.