FROM Melissa Silverstein
ACLU Wants Inquiry into Hollywood Bias Hollywood is not just a man's world. A recent study shows that, for the past 20 years, just 5% of Hollywood's top films have been directed by women. Calling the film and TV industries guilty of "blatant and extreme gender inequality," the American Civil Liberties Union wants state and federal civil rights agencies to investigate the hiring practices of major studios, networks and talent agencies — with the possibility of bringing charges. Melissa Silverstein is founder and editor of Women and Hollywood , a blog that advocates for gender equality. She shares with us evidence for that demand. Photo: Brian McKechnie
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.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
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.