FROM Saeed Ali
Can a Public School Program Get Too Popular for Its Own Good? After five years, the Mandarin Foreign Language immersion program outgrew the Broadway Elementary School in Venice. LA School Board member Steven Zimmer persuaded his colleagues to spend $30 million to expand it and move it to Mark Twain Middle School in Mar Vista. Zimmer predicted a "game changer." But, despite the Board's approval last year, Superintendent Ramon Cortines has decided , it "will not move forward." In fact, the program will be cut in half. The public officials involved, Zimmer and Cortines, declined to discuss a dispute that's raised important issues for parents, teachers and local residents.
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.
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 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
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?