FROM Joshua McElwee
Pope's Urgent Call for Action on Climate Change In September, Pope Francis is scheduled to meet with President Obama and make an address to Congress. Today, he issued an encyclical on climate change — posing direct challenges to world leaders who've failed to take "urgent" action. "Laudato Si, On the Care of the Common Home," is expected to be influential beyond the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics.
Checking In on the Pope The Pope revealed this week that he takes a daily nap, misses going out for pizza, and hasn’t watched television in 25 years. He also approved the beatification of an assassinated Salvadoran archbishop last Saturday, a figure controversial for his defense of the poor in the face of power. The love of pizza and the acceptance of liberal Catholic philosophy represent a new style for the Vatican. Not all in the Catholic establishment are comfortable with it. We check in on the new pope and how he’s shaking things up.
Border security and campaign promises President Trump has promised tightened borders and a big beautiful wall. Guest host Barbara Bogaev looks at two tent-poles of the President's immigration policy: extreme vetting of visa applicants and building the US-Mexico border wall.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.