FROM Tiffany Hsu
Twinkies Cannot Die: Hostess Bosses, Union in Mediation Talks After a strike by its union, bankrupt Hostess Brands announced last week it would go out of business . Boxes of Twinkies are now up for sale on Craigslist and eBay for thousands of dollars apiece. But yesterday, a judge asked both sides to try mediation . Four thousand people have signed a petition asking President Obama to nationalize Twinkies to "prevent our nation from losing our creamy center," but for 18,000 workers, the demise of the bakery is no joke -- and potential buyers of some of America's best known names are circling. Tiffany Tsu is business reporter for the Los Angeles Times .
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.
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.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?