FROM Phil Isenberg
Will Californians Ever Agree about Water? Both the population and the economy of California are growing, but the amount of available water stays the same — unless it declines, as it's doing now in the worst drought in 20 years. For 30 years, governors and legislators have tried to increase storage and manage delivery for both urban and agricultural users at the same time protecting complex ecosystems. Last week, the latest effort collapsed into partisan wrangling despite what one Senator called "a decade's worth of progress in just a few weeks."
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?
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.