FROM John Lauerman
Campus Sexual Assault Gets Attention of White House, Activists The start of the fall semester is the time when sexual assaults are most common on the campuses of colleges and universities. The Obama Administration has launched a campaign called “It’s On Us,” designed to engage both women and men—on campus and off. President Obama announces the "It's On Us" campaign "It's On Us" campaign video
Regulating For-Profit Colleges Across the country, public community colleges are inundated with applicants, but filled to capacity at a time when the public sector is cutting back. In the past ten years, private, for-profit colleges have picked up the slack by targeting low-income and minority students with massive recruiting campaigns. They have tripled enrollment and become a multi-billion dollar industry. Classes are funded by student loans, which the students, not the colleges, have to repay. Now the Department of Education is asking questions, trying to crack down on what it claims are abuses. Why do so many students go into default? Did they get what the colleges promised: jobs good enough to allow them to pay back the loans? Were they qualified in the first place? Are new rules needed to get abuses under control?
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.
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.
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.