FROM Mark Bauerlein
A new president. What comes next? For the 45th time, America has accomplished a peaceful transition of power-- leaving the country with a sense of uncertainty about the future. President Donald Trump's inaugural address repeated familiar themes from his campaign for office. The President painted a dark picture of the nation's current condition, and promised to disempower the Washington elite — but he was short on specifics. Did he reassure the majority of Americans who voted for Hillary Clinton?
Why Halloween at college is so frightening Halloween costumes have scared college administrators into taking action. Are they over-looking other dangers that require moral guidance? Last year, Yale University lost faculty members in a dispute about offensive Halloween costumes. This year, the University of Florida is offering round-the-clock counseling; Tufts is promising “disciplinary action;” and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst has installed: S.C.R.E.A.M.— the “Simple Costume Racism Evaluation and Assessment Meter.” Mark Bauerline is a professor at Emory University in Atlanta. His op-ed column on the subject appeared recently in the New York Times .
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?
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.
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?