FROM Zama Coursen-Neff
Children Picking Tobacco in US Exposed to Serious Health Concerns Children are not allowed to buy cigarettes in the United States — but they are allowed to work in tobacco fields. In North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia, a survey has found that they're showing symptoms of nicotine poisoning. Restrictions on child labor in the US are different for agriculture than for other industries. On large farms, kids as young as 12 can work legally for unlimited hours when they're not going to school. Last year, Human Rights Watch surveyed 141 child tobacco workers, aged 7 to 17. Zama Coursen-Neff is director of the Children's Rights Division of Human Rights Watch and co-author of a report on the survey's findings.
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.
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?
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.