The Trump administration has reversed an Obama-era ban on importing the heads and tusks of elephants killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia. The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service says allowing these trophies as part of legal, well-regulated sport hunting will help fund efforts to conserve elephants. But critics say the move could undermine efforts to curb poaching.
Oliver Milman, environment reporter, The Guardian US Frank Pope, CEO, Save the Elephants
In a closed-door meeting Thursday, UC regents scolded UC President Janet Napolitano for agreeing to a plan that led to her top aides improperly interfering in a state audit of her office. The officials had interfered by asking UC campuses not to “air dirty laundry” in an audit survey and warned each other to keep communications “off of email.” Napolitano’s approval “reflected poor judgment and set in motion a course of conduct that the Board of Regents finds unacceptable,” chairman George Kieffer said. Also UC Berkeley students are calling for the resignation of UC Regent Norm Pattiz, after a recording surfaced of him asking a female comedian if he could hold her breasts. When asked if he would resign, Pattiz replied, “Not on your life.” We discuss the latest news out of the UC system.
Teresa Watanabe, education reporter, Los Angeles Times
Journalist and mother Sarah Lacy says working moms face a number of challenges in the workplace, from lower pay to the so-called “Maternal Wall” that hinders career mobility. “When I had children, I was stunned because I had spent my entire adult life being told that having children would make me distracted and weak and a worse employee.” But she says, her experience as a working mom was much different. In her new book, “The Uterus is a Feature, Not a Bug: The Working Woman’s Guide to Overthrowing the Patriarchy,” she explains how working mothers can regain power in their careers. Lacy also joins us to talk about being targeted by Uber, sexism in the tech industry and navigating the workplace as a woman.
Republican members of both chambers of Congress are hustling this week to reach an agreement on a tax plan. But major differences remain between the Senate and House bills, especially the repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. We’ll get the latest on Republican efforts to pass a tax plan.
Peter Morici, professor, Smith School of Business at University of Maryland; former chief economist, U.S. International Trade Commission Robert Reich, professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley Amanda Becker, congressional correspondent, Reuters
For the past decade Deb Perelman has been cooking meals in the tiny kitchen of her New York apartment and sharing them on her popular blog, The Smitten Kitchen. Pereleman has now published her second cookbook, “Smitten Kitchen Every Day.” We’ll talk to Perelman about squeezing good cooking into busy lives and we’ll get her tips, and take your questions, about what to serve for the holidays.
Zimbabwe’s military placed its president Robert Mugabe under house arrest, took over state TV and filled the streets of the capital with military tanks. While it is being deemed a coup, the military has avoided calling it one. Successors have been vying for the elderly 93-year-old Mugabe’s seat, with some experts saying the military may try to replace him with his fired deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa. We get the latest on the takeover.
Andrew Meldrum, assistant Africa editor, Associated Press James Robbins, diplomatic correspondent, BBC Horace G. Campbell, chair of African studies at the Institute of African Studies, University of Legon, Ghana
Time is running out for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to reach an agreement on marijuana dispensaries, as the sale and purchase of recreational cannabis becomes legal on January 1. While 74 percent of the city’s voters last year backed legalizing recreational use of the drug, some city residents want to limit where pot stores can be placed, keeping them 1,000 feet from schools or daycare centers. Still other neighborhoods want the right to ban dispensaries altogether. We’ll get the latest on where and how recreational marijuana will be sold in San Francisco after the new year.
Chris Matthews, the longtime host of MSNBC’s “Hardball” is known
for his political analysis and combative style. He joins us in the
studio to talk about the Republican tax bill, the latest developments
in the Russia investigation and his new book on Bobby Kennedy.
We’ll also explore how politics and the media have changed since
the Kennedy era.
Tensions in the Middle East continue to mount as Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri remains in Saudi Arabia, sparking suspicion that he’s being held against his will. Hariri disappeared into Saudi Arabia just as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman orchestrated a purge of dozens of Saudi ministers and businessmen. At the same time, Saudi Arabia continues to blockade Yemen, after Yemeni rebels launched a missile attack on Riyadh. Meanwhile, the death toll continues to rise from an earthquake along the Iran-Iraq border Sunday night. In this hour, we discuss the latest developments in the Middle East.
Hanin Ghaddar, Friedmann visiting fellow, Washington Institute
Aaron David Miller, vice president for new initiatives and distinguished fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; author, “The End of Greatness: Why America Can’t Have (and Doesn’t Want) Another Great President” Donna Farvard, national field manager, National Iranian American Council Janine Zacharia, visiting lecturer, Stanford University; former Jerusalem Bureau Chief and Middle East correspondent, Washington Post.
“Jumping at Shadows” is Sacramento-based journalist Sasha Abramsky’s polemic against what he calls America’s most dangerous epidemic: irrational fear. Abramsky portrays a political and cultural landscape that is, increasingly, defined by its worst fears and anxieties. And he examines how miscalculating risk impacts life, everything from the medicines we take to how we parent. Abramsky joins us to discuss his book and the political implications of fear.
Sasha Abramsky, author, “Jumping at Shadows:The Triumph of Fear and the End of the American Dream”
In his 36 years as a Marin County coroner, Ken Holmes saw everyone from murder victims to people who committed suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. Over the years, he learned how to interview witnesses, search crime scenes for clues and how to be the first person to notify families of their loved one’s death. He also learned to identify a wide array of guns and drugs, and other lesser known ways people die. Holmes left the coroner’s office in 2010, but his story is the subject of author John Bateson’s book “The Education of a Coroner: Lessons in Investigating Death.” Both men join Forum to talk about the dead, and what can be learned from the clues they leave behind.
Ken Holmes, former coroner, Marin County Coroner’s Office
John Bateson, author, “The Education of a Coroner: Lessons in Investigating Death”
President Trump talks trade in China; possible action on the Senate and House tax bills; and the scandal surrounding Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. Forum discusses the latest political news with a panel of experts.