FROM Michael Hausfeld
The Crazy Money behind "March Madness" This year's NCAA basketball championships will generate $1.5 billion; Division One athletics are major business. Big schools get big money and coaches make millions, but many players may be left with nothing but injuries — and no education at all. "March Madness" usually features Syracuse University, where millionaire coach Jim Boeheim has developed a winning record. But, after penalties leveled by the NCAA , Syracuse withdrew from this year's competition, and while Syracuse and North Carolina may be this year's examples of how academic fraud victimizes "student athletes," the practice is widespread. As another season is winding down, is it time to give the players what they're really worth? What's the best way to do it?
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.
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.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
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.