FROM Sam Polk
Harsh Truths about Income Inequality The world's 85 richest people control as much wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion. That's according to a study by the humanitarian group, Oxfam — and it's caught the attention of the movers and shakers at this week's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. With the US leading the way, the gap is growing between the rich and the rest, provoking stark warnings about social stability. We hear how income inequality got to be on the agenda for the rich and powerful at Davos. How did the very rich get that way? Will they ever share their wealth willingly, or is greed a form of addiction?
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.
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?
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.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?