FROM Melody Moezzi
Iran Comes Back to the Bargaining Table on Nuclear Program During massive protest over alleged fraud in President Ahmadinejad's re-election, Iran ended international nuclear talks in 2009. Now, Iran's nuclear development program is back on the bargaining table -- or is it? Talks are scheduled to start on Saturday, but there's real doubt they'll last much longer than that. With new elections looming in both Iran and the United States, what are the prospects for anything more?
Iran Comes Back to the Bargaining Table After more than a year since cancelling negotiations about its nuclear program, Iran will sit down on Saturday with the US and other powerful countries. But nobody is predicting what to expect. Iran insists it is not developing nuclear weapons, but it's facing crippling sanctions and a possible Israeli attack. With elections scheduled in both the US and Iran, domestic politics could prevent major concessions by either side. We hear a variety of opinions on what might go right and what might go wrong.
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.
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.
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?