FROM Steven A. Cohen
Cause for Optimism at the UN Climate Talks in Lima, Peru? This year's global temperatures will have been the highest since records began in 1880. Against that background, almost 200 nations are meeting in Peru , establishing strategy for another global climate-change summit next year in Paris. They got a recent boost when the US and China made an announcement on cutting carbon . We look at the objectives and the chance for success with former US Senator Tim Wirth, the top international climate negotiator for the Clinton Administration and now Vice Chairman of the United Nations Foundation , and Steven Cohen, Executive Director of Columbia University's Earth Institute and a Professor in the School of International and Public Affairs. Thanks to Sasa Woodruff for production assistance.
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?
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
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.