FROM Karl Brauer
The Los Angeles Auto Show The first auto show of the season is held in the car capital of the world. The Los Angeles Auto Show opens to the public tomorrow. KCRW's Saul Gonzalez went to the press preview yesterday. (He spoke with Ed Loh, Editor of Motor Trend magazine, Gene Jennings, President of Automobile magazine, and Freeman Thomas, Design Director for the Ford Motor Company .) You can see pictures of some of these new high-tech cars on our blog: KCRW.com/WhichWayLAblog .
Little Cars, Green Cars at the LA Auto Show The exhibition opening tomorrow at the downtown convention center is not your father's LA Auto Show . Bentley, Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini won't even be there. That has a lot to do with what's selling these days and the answer is, not much. The automakers, of course, want to turn that around.
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.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
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?