FROM Willa Paskin
When Will the Hollywood Superhero Reflect the Audience That Roots for Him? Last year, 12 Years a Slave won the Best Picture Oscar. The Butler and The Best Man Holiday were commercial successes, and it looked like a great year for ethnic minorities in Hollywood movies. But research by the Annenberg School at USC shows otherwise. For the most part, blacks, Asians and especially Latinos, aren’t seeing themselves on the screen in anything like their proportions in the general population.
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.
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?
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.