FROM Joseph Lyou
Greening LA: Status Report on the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day Acid rain was reduced by new federal regulations on sulfur emissions; the EPA got the lead out of gasoline; it took an international treaty to protect the Ozone layer. But a lot of environmental progress has been made on the local level. Then 15 years old, Andy Lipkis started the Tree People three months after the first Earth Day 40 years ago. We speak with Lipkis and others about local efforts at protecting the environment and the quality of life in Southern California.
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.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
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.