FROM Jon Liebman
The Oscars, the Movies and TV Oscar night has long been the entertainment event of the year, both in Hollywood and in living rooms across the country. There is nothing more glamorous than walking on the red carpet or getting the Academy's applause. Yet a growing number of writers and producers are moving to television, once considered film's poor cousin. Critics have been arguing that shows like Grey's Anatomy , 24 or Lost are more innovative and more gripping than the movies. Is it true that the studios have dumbed-down movies? With more entertainment being made available on the Internet, are the movies going to be eclipsed completely as the home of great drama? Guest host Jim Sterngold speaks with industry insiders.
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.
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 plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?