FROM Ron Hartwig
Crime and Culture at the World’s Richest Museum A new book called Chasing Aphrodite is subtitled "the hunt for looted antiquities at the world’s richest museum." That, of course, would be the Getty here in Los Angeles. Ralph Frammolino is coauthor of a work based on investigative reporting with Jason Felch, which won prizes for them and for the LA Times. Frammolino trains investigative journalists in South Asia.
Choice to Head Getty Trust Surprises Some in Art World The Getty Trust, the world's richest art institution, has named a new CEO. He is James Cuno , director of the Art Institute of Chicago. Nobody disputes his credentials, but his views on the rights of countries to retain antiquities discovered within their borders has created an uproar in the art world.
Getty Returns Prized Artifact to Greece A gold wreath that dates back almost to Alexander the Great has been returned to Greece by LA's Getty Museum . It has been described as one of that country's "most exquisite treasures"--realistically delicate leaves and flowers made of gold foil attached to a slender headband. It was made in the 4 th Century BC. Ron Hartwig is Vice President for Communications at the Getty.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
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.
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?