FROM Lawrence Krauss
How Should We Think Rationally about Fear? Crimes identified as "terror" attacks inspire panic. Does that distract our attention from thinking rationally about what's really dangerous and what's not? Photo by fotologic Immediately after 14 people were shot to death at a Christmas party last month in San Bernardino, attention focused on gun control. When the religious extremism of the killers was revealed, "the anxiety level skyrocketed [even though]…nothing had changed about the substance of the crime." That's according to Lawrence M. Krauss, in the New Yorker magazine. Krauss read about the crime and the changing reaction while he was on a cruise to the Antarctic. He's a physicist and director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University.
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?
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.
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.