FROM Michelle Kinman
Harnessing the Sun in the Antelope Valley Those of us who live in Southern California love to brag about our weather, much to the chagrin of the rest of the country when were in shorts and they're in wool sweaters. The sun is one of our greatest attractions, and could be one of our greatest resources. Solar power seems a natural fit with our climate and location, though for many of us it remains cost-prohibitive, even with state and local tax breaks and incentives. But a local incentive in Lancaster is an offer residents cannot refuse – or wont be able to a year from now. Last week, the city council there voted to require that all new homes of a certain size – built after January first, 2014 – have rooftop solar units. It's the first such zoning ordinance in the country.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
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.
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.