FROM Joe Palca
Cassini's voyage ends in blaze of glory The Spacecraft Cassini burned up in Saturn's atmosphere this morning. That's according to Earth time. Cassini was launched in 1997, reached Saturn in 2004 and lasted 10 years longer than anybody expected. Project Manager Earl Maize delivered the obituary at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California. "This has been an incredible mission, an incredible spacecraft, and you're all an incredible team. I'm going to call this the end of mission. Project Manager off the net." NPR 's Science Correspondent Joe Palca was at JPL as Cassini's mission ended. Photo: NASA/Joel Kowsky
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
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.