FROM Patricia Cochran
Refugees from Climate Change in Alaska Native Alaskans are living through a climate-change wake-up call for the US and the rest of the world. As sea ice that's protected coastal villages from harsh winter storms melts away, there's no system to help communities that have to move. We hear about the desperate plight of Eskimo villagers in what looks like a preview of what's to come in more heavily populated locations. It's hard enough to rebuild after one-time events like Katrina or Sandy. Can we prepare for the relocation that might be required by slow-moving disasters?
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.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.