FROM Melissa Goodman
Sexism in Hollywood It’s no big secret that Hollywood is a man’s world. But now the status quo is being challenged as a violation of civil rights: specifically, the dearth of women in the director's chair. The A.C.L.U. is pushing the agencies that oversee employment practices to look into what they call rampant and intentional gender discrimination in recruiting and hiring female directors. What’s the civil rights organization asking for, and what is it like to be a woman working in the business today?
New Legal Protections for Transgender Students Transgender students in public schools are about to get the protection of state law . After January 1, they'll be able to use the bathrooms set aside for the gender they prefer — not the one dictated by biology. The same will be true for sports and other activities. What will that mean?
Gay-Straight Alliance Struggles at Sultana High in Hesperia Sultana High School in Hesperia, in the Inland Empire has a club called the Gay-Straight Alliance, but members say it's not being allowed to staged events or put up posters the way other clubs are. Now the ACLU has filed suit , contending that administrators — and even teachers — are discriminating against gay and lesbian students. We hear more from Melissa Goodman of the ACLU and from Kyle Bodda, president of the Sultana High chapter of the Alliance.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.