FROM Meryl Gordon
Mrs Astor Regrets Brooke Astor was Queen of the New York's high society almost until she died at the age of 105, but her last years read like a soap opera. Her only son, Anthony Marshall, who's 84, is heading to court on charges of grand larceny, conspiracy, forgery and possession of stolen property, all stemming from the way he handled his mother's affairs. Writer Meryl Gordon "infiltrated" New York society to produce Mrs. Astor Regrets : The Hidden Betrayals of a Family beyond Reproach.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?