FROM Steve Sternberg
Dark Secrets from the Operating Room Patients need to have trust in their doctors, and doctors cultivate what's called a compassionate "bedside manner." But their behavior in the operating room doesn't always inspire confidence. When a gynecologist admitted to secretly photographing and recording his patients , the Johns Hopkins Health System settled the case for $190-million. In Virginia, an anesthesiologist had to pay $500,000 to a patient whose iPhone recorded the doctor's mocking insults while the patient was under sedation. Now the prestigious Annals of Internal Medicine has published two more shocking accounts, witnessed by medical students in operating rooms. The publication has created a firestorm with stories of racism, misogyny with overtones of sexual assault -- while patients were under sedation. Accused of vilifying an entire profession, the publication says, doctors need to think twice — especially when they are role models for medical students.
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?
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.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.