FROM Mark Thompson
What's gone wrong with our political language On the eve of this year's first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, what's the state of our political language in 2016? We talk with a man who should know. Mark Thompson once headed the BBC. He's now Chief Executive of the New York Times. Anybody who has led two of the most authoritative journalistic institutions in the English speaking world would be worth talking to for that reason alone. But Thompson is author of the new book Enough Said: What's Gone Wrong with the Language of Politics , which speaks to the decline of public trust in public institutions — in the Britain, in Europe and in the United States.
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.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.