FROM Jeff Knight
March of the Mormon Cricket Armies of blood-red crickets -- two miles long and a mile across -- are about to march through northern Nevada, destroying crops, causing accidents on highways, even crawling into people's homes. The two-inch long, so-called “Mormon Crickets,” can't fly but are a fearsome sight when they're on the march by the millions. One town has a novel method for fighting the infestation: turning up the volume of hard rock music. Jeff Knight is the Nevada State Entomologist. (Photo: Katie Madonia , taken in Nevada in 2006. Click to enlarge.)
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?
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.
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.
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?