FROM John Parrish
Was the Northridge Earthquake a Wake-up Call? Twenty years ago tomorrow, LA was shaken awake by a 6.7 magnitude tremor. Scientists are certain there will be more shaking. We hear what’s been learned since the Northridge Earthquake and what’s being done to prepare for what might — or might not -- happen next. We hear recollections of an event that killed at least 57 people, damaging 40,000 buildings at a cost of $2 billion. What’s been learned since about the risks and likely locations of earthquakes? Are developers taking needed precautions? Is it worth the cost to protect against a disaster that could strike in the next minute — or 100 years from now?
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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.