FROM Ricardo Herrero
The US and Cuba: What's Changed and What Hasn't? It's been a year since the US and Cuba re-opened diplomatic relations after 54 years of estrangement. Embassies have re-opened and there's been modest economic improvement, but the US trade embargo remains in place, and the Castro regime still tramples on political dissidents. Hardliners insist the Obama Administration lost the chance to demand concessions. White House aides say nobody expected sudden improvement. We hear what's different and what's the same in a conversation with a disappointed exile — and to a child of exiles with different ideas about Cuba's future.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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.