FROM Russell Riley
What suffers when a White House is investigated? The latest "person of interest" in the probe of the Trump White House is presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner, who's been assigned massive responsibilities. The work of independent counsel Robert Mueller is bound to be an " enormous distraction ." That's according to Russell Riley, co-chair of the Presidential Oral History Program at the University of Virginia. His books include Inside the Clinton White House: An Oral History .
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.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
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.