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.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
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 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.