FROM Sara Libby
Sea World Kills Its Killer Whale Shows First it was the documentary Blackfish, aired repeatedly by CNN. Then it was a California Coastal Commission ruling that Sea World could no longer engage in the breeding of captive killer whales. Now, Sea World says , there are going to be changes. Sara Libby is managing editor of Voice of San Diego .
Sea World Announces Big Changes to Orca Habitats The documentary Blackfish comes down hard on Sea World, the amusement park where captive killer whales are trained and put through their paces. The film claims the animals are treated so cruelly that they turn against humans, which is not part of their nature. Last Wednesday, Sea World’s stock dropped 33% after its earnings report failed to meet expectations. On Friday, the company announced that it’s doubling the size of the tanks where its killer whales live. But it’s adamant in denying that’s a reaction to Blackfish. KCRW producer Benjamin Gottlieb spoke with Dave Koontz, a spokesman for Sea World in San Diego.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.