FROM Joel Jacinto
Catastrophe in the Philippines Is Felt in LA Aid organizations around the world are racing to the Philippines with food, water and clothing five days after Typhoon Haiyan struck that country. The estimate of fatalities is now 2000 or more, with tens of thousands injured and more than two million in need of food. With more Filipinos than anyplace in the world outside the Philippine Islands, Southern California has been hit hard. KCRW's Saul Gonzalez went to the Eagle Rock Plaza Mall, a popular spot for Filipino-Americans. For more on relief efforts and ways you can donate, go to KCRW's Which Way, LA? blog .
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.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
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?