FROM Tanvi Misra
Harvey raises questions of global climate change Tropical Storm Harvey is being heaped with superlatives: most rain, worst flooding, most economic damage, highest toll in human misery. It may be the worst storm in this country’s history--but it’s dwarfed by storms hitting the rest of the world—even India, the land of the Monsoon. 1200 are dead there and in Bangladesh. Millions don’t have homes—and help is not on the way. The elephant in the room is Climate Change. As Houston dries out and Congress raises funds for relief, is it time to plan for the future--in case Harvey becomes the New Normal?
Is the sharing economy racist? A Stanford/MIT/University of Washington study out this week found that people with African-American sounding names -- as opposed to white sounding names -- had to wait longer for Lyft or Uber rides in Seattle, and were twice as likely to be cancelled on in Boston. Airbnb has also ran into issues with discrimination.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
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.
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.