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President Trump said last week that he doesn't understand why American sons and daughters would be asked to put their lives on the line for some NATO partners like Montenegro. That sparked a public debate over how treaties work, and whether the NATO commitments are worth keeping.

Our guest has extensive experience teaching and analyzing issues pertinent to NATO partners. We discuss President Trump's recent visit with Vladimir Putin, too. In studio:

  • Randy Stone, director of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies at the University of Rochester

The Doomsday Clock has just moved forward; we are now two minutes to midnight. Scientists created the clock in the 1940s as a way or demonstrating how close they think we are to the possible extinction of the mankind. Their predictions are based on threats of nuclear war, climate change, and more.

So why are we the closest to midnight since 1953? Our experts share their insight. Our guests:

  • Tom Weber, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences at the University of Rochester
  • Wes Renfro, chair of the Department of Political Science and Legal Studies at St. John Fisher College

Investigative journalist David Cay Johnston has written a new book on the Trump administration. In It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America, Johnston writes that Trump is unlike any president before him; he says the evidence is that Trump’s entire focus is on enriching and helping himself. The book seeks to explain all of the ways that the administration is serving insular interests and not the common good.

Johnston joins us in studio for the hour.

The Trump administration's proposed budget cuts have left many people concerned about the future of a number of programs, including after school programs and Meals on Wheels. A local group says political leaders need to better understand the value of these programs. We talk to them about the myths and realities, and about how the proposed cuts could affect people in our area. Our guests:

  • Kelly Bauman, director of expanded learning at the Rochester City School District
  • Stephanie Fitzgerald, school age youth program officer for United Way
  • Chris Neitzey, policy director for the New York State Network for Youth Success
  • Christina Christman, parent of a middle school student who attends an after school program in the Rochester City School District
  • Margaret Schweizer, director of Meals on Wheels at UR Medicine Home Care

What should we make of President Trump's recent foreign trip? One way to assess its success is to understand how allies are viewing it.

Our guest, professor Randy Stone, is well positioned to address that question. He's the director of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies. He helps us see the impact of this trip and what it means for diplomatic relations going forward.

Jon Haliniak / WXXI

President Trump tweets a lot. With tens of millions of followers on Twitter, Trump proposes policy, shares his latest actions and reacts to the news. But 140 characters rarely gives the full context. Here, we attempt to do just that for key tweets.


President Donald Trump makes his first address to congress on Tuesday at 9 p.m. WXXI News brings you coverage of the address on-air, online, and on your device. Here's where you can watch, listen, or stream the address:

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