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.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
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.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
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.