FROM Peter Davison
Plastic in the Ocean - Where Has It All Gone? Cups, bags, bottles and drinking straws, many of these single-use plastics end up in the ocean. But according to a new study, it’s not exactly clear how much of this kind of plastic trash is out there in the depths, and what is happening to it. This week, the National Academy of Sciences reported that a team led by Spanish researchers have found that 99% of the debris they expected to find in the ocean simply wasn’t there. So, where did it go? Peter Davison, a marine biologist at the Farallon Institute in Petaluma, California, joins us.
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.
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?
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.
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.