FROM Vicki Goldberg
Digital Image Overload? Snap, snap, snap. Every two minutes we take as many photos as were taken in the entire 19th century. Ten percent of all photographs ever taken were shot in a recent twelve-month period. That's the result of some careful calculations by the 1000 memories blog. Even if the startling statistic is off by a few million photos, it's still clear that the digital age – and the omnipresence of digital cameras and cell phones – has unleashed an unprecedented surge in picture taking and posting. Facebook, Instagram, Flickr…. Are we in the midst of a visual feast or a visual glut? Vicki Goldberg writes about art and photography for the New York Times and other publications. Her latest book is The White House : The President's Home in Photography and History.
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?
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?
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.