FROM Reed Johnson
The Arts as Victims of the Economic Recession Opera Pacific performed for decades in Orange County, up until last November. During intermission on the final night of The Barber of Seville, the musicians were told it was all over. They played the last act anyway, but there’s no more opera, and the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa is now short $400,000 in revenue. The 81-year-old Orchestras of Pasadena laid off half their staff last year and stayed afloat on checks written by board members. The economic decline is devastating the arts in Southern California. We look at the crisis facing arts institutions with arts writers, producers and advocates.
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.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
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.
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.