FROM Marc Siegel
Doomsday Scenarios When the Soviet Union developed nuclear weapons, the magazine Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists created the Doomsday Clock . As the prospect of nuclear war gets more likely, the minute hand gets closer to midnight. In January, when this program first aired, the hand was moved from seven minutes until midnight to five—the closest it's been since the Cold War. But there's a new twist: global warming has been added as an imminent threat to human kind.
Doomsday Scenarios: What to Believe? When the Soviet Union developed nuclear weapons, the magazine Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists created the "Doomsday Clock." As the prospect of nuclear war gets more likely, the minute hand gets closer to midnight. This week, the hand was moved from seven minutes to night to five --the closest it's been since the Cold War. But in a new twist, global warming has been added as an imminent threat to human kind. Are recent predictions about the end of our species any more credible than those we've already survived? Can we count on unforeseen circumstances and human ingenuity? Does popular culture convey the right message or promote unnecessary anxiety?
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.
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.
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?