PLEDGE NOW
Week In The News: Greece On The Edge, Cain In Trouble, OWS In Oakland

Europe on the edge. Herman Cain and harassment. Occupy heats up in Oakland. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Occupy Oakland protesters stand atop a railroad scaffold at the Port of Oakland on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, in Oakland, Calif. Thousands of Wall Street protesters took to Oakland's streets as part of a day-long series of events, called a citywide strike, aimed at asserting the movement's strength and shutting down commerce. (AP)

Occupy Oakland protesters stand atop a railroad scaffold at the Port of Oakland on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, in Oakland, Calif. Thousands of Wall Street protesters took to Oakland's streets as part of a day-long series of events, called a citywide strike, aimed at asserting the movement's strength and shutting down commerce. (AP)

Europe up in arms this week over Greece. Occupy Oakland on the march. And Herman Cain in the hot seat over allegations of sexual harassment. Rightwing radio says liberals fanned the story. Cain says Texas Republican Rick Perry brought it on.

It’s a circus, and a problem for Cain. In the US Senate, a Democratic push for infrastructure spending to boost the US economy is dead. Poverty numbers are up. Former Goldman Sachs man and governor Jon Corzine’s high-risk finance play blows up. He’s out.

This hour On Point: our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Louise Story, business reporter for the New York Times.

William McKenzie, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial columnist for the Dallas Morning News.

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

The New York Times “A little before 2 a.m. on Monday, Jon S. Corzine was in MF Global’s offices in Midtown Manhattan, scrambling to cut a deal to save his firm. Haggard from too little sleep, at times pacing the hallways, he at least had a handshake agreement with one suitor for the firm.”

Fox News “Herman Cain’s top aide accused Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s campaign of being behind the recent stories about sexual harassment allegations against Cain from the 1990s that have rocked the former pizza company executive’s presidential campaign.”

Oakland Tribune “After a night of confrontations with police and 80 arrests in downtown Oakland, Occupy protesters temporarily blocked an entrance at the Port of Oakland Thursday morning, attempting to prevent trucks from entering.”

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
May 5, 2015
raqi security forces and allied Shiite militiamen prepare to attack Islamic State extremists in Tikrit, 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, March 31, 2015.  (AP)

Fresh upheaval in Iraq. Millions now displaced. Warnings of crisis and worse to come.

May 5, 2015

Anthony Doerr just won the Pulitzer Prize for his bestselling book “All the Light We Cannot See.” He joins us.

RECENT
SHOWS
May 4, 2015
In this March 26, 2015 photo, Yvonne DeCory, a suicide-prevention outreach worker, stands in her small office in the basement of the Post Office in Pine Ridge, S.D. Nearly 1,000 suicide attempts were recorded on the reservation between 2004 and 2013. DeCory said few weeks go by with a suicide. (AP)

After clusters of high school suicides in California, Virginia, and Massachusetts, we look at the pressure parents put on teenagers to succeed.

 
May 4, 2015
Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore state's attorney, speaks during a media availability, Friday, May 1, 2015 in Baltimore. Mosby announced criminal charges against all six officers suspended after Freddie Gray suffered a fatal spinal injury while in police custody. (AP)

Second degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, assault and more. We’ll look at the charges announced for six Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Our Week In The Web: May 01, 2015
Friday, May 1, 2015

What happens when we change show topics last minute, and also what happens when a New York Times headline seems to accuse Kristie Alley of being responsible for the infamous George Washington Bridge lane closures.

More »
3 Comments
 
How To Help The Survivors Of Nepal’s Devastating Earthquake
Friday, May 1, 2015

Where and how to contribute aid to the relief effort in Nepal.

More »
4 Comments
 
Your Favorite Musical Memories Of Rain
Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015

When we say ‘rain,’ you say ‘…?’ (Here’s what you really said when we said ‘rain.’)

More »
6 Comments