FROM Sean Gulick
New Dig May Solve What Killed the Dinosaurs Later this month, a new drilling rig will be set up in the Gulf of Mexico, but it won't be probing for oil. It'll be looking to understand one of the great events that have affected life on this planet. Photo: Thomas Vandenberghe The Chicxulub Crater was created when a very large asteroid hit the Earth some 66 million years ago. It's now underwater in the Gulf of Mexico. Later this month, researchers from the US and the United Kingdom will be taking core samples of rock beneath the surface, hoping to learn more about the event that's thought to have killed off the dinosaurs. University of Texas geophysicist Sean Gulick is co-chief scientist for the project .
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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.