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Thursday, September 05, 2013

A protest against U.S. military action in Syria. San Francisco, August 29, 2013. (Steve Rhodes/flickr)

G-20 Summit in Russia Tests Relations Between Obama and Putin | G-20 Summit in Russia Tests Relations Between Obama and Putin | Is U.S. Credibility Really on The Line With Syria? | British Lawmaker Calls for Second Vote on Syria | When Should We Take a Digital Break? | Building a Frozen Wall at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant | A Syrian-American's Argument Against Intervention

G-20 Summit in Russia Tests Relations Between Obama and Putin

Today marks day one of the G-20 summit in St. Petersburg, and the crisis in Syria will be hard to ignore due to the lingering tension between President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Joining us to explain is Edward Lucas, international editor of The Economist and author of “Deception: Spies, Lies and How Russia Dupes the West.”

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Is U.S. Credibility Really on The Line With Syria?

If there were a word of the week, it would likely be credibility. As Congress debates authorizing military intervention in Syria in response to a chemical weapons attack last month, politicians are insisting that credibility is on the line. Nicholas Kristof, a columnist for the New York Times, weighs in on where America's credibility in the Middle East stands today—and what we stand to lose by not intervening.

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Oregon Rep. Kurt Schrader Argues Against U.S. Action in Syria

Yesterday afternoon, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a resolution on military action in Syria. Before the Senate Committee vote, Democratic Congressman Kurt Schrader of Oregon’s 5th Congressional District came out in opposition of unilateral U.S. action against Syria. Congressman Schrader joins us from Canby, OR to discuss his views on the issue.

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British Lawmaker Calls for Second Vote on Syria

Last week, British parliament voted against military intervention in Syria. The vote was a blow to Prime Minister David Cameron and to some British lawmakers who support an international effort of force in the region. Andrew Mitchell, a member of Parliament and former cabinet minister, explores Britain's option to hold a second vote on Syria.

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When Should We Take a Digital Break?

On Tuesday, U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) was caught playing video poker on his smartphone during the three hour meeting of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Is the poker game a sign that McCain needs a break? And if so, is a device the best way to get that break? Sherry Turkle, MIT technology and society specialist, weighs in.

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Satire, Syria & Late-Night Stumbles

In entertainment the show must go on, but comedians are having some trouble with that old adage this week as the news out of Syria grows darker and more complex. Are comedians just baffled by how they should react, or have they taken sides on an issue that necessitates debate? With us to explain is P.J. Vogt, an On the Media producer and host of the new blog TLDR, which you can find at onthemedia.org.

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Building a Frozen Wall at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant

Earlier this week the Japanese government announced plans to spend $500 million on a new effort to build a frozen wall to stabilize the Fukishima Daiichi nuclear plant, the site of the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. Arjun Makhijani, an engineer specializing in nuclear fission and the president of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, explains how that frozen wall would work.

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A Syrian-American's Argument Against Intervention

Physician Hadi Yaziji was born and raised in Syria. He now lives in Miami, Florida where he’s been following the news in Syria through the press and through conversations with friends and family still living there. As heart-breaking as the humanitarian crisis is, he feels strongly that a U.S. intervention in Syria would be disastrous. He explains why.

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