FROM Sarah Halzack
FedEx shipping empire faces a gathering storm Next year will we all be getting our holiday packages delivered by drones flying out of driverless vans ? Four delivery days left until Christmas and streets are jammed with brown UPS trucks. But by this time next year, will your friendly delivery person be replaced by a driverless car or a drone? Technology and new paradigms are shaking up the shipping industry and threatening to topple the dominance of the traditional giants, FedEx and UPS. Sarah Halzack, national retail reporter for the Washington Post , has been covering this story.
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?
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.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.