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Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM
This photo made from the footage taken from Russian Defense Ministry official web site Monday, Nov. 23, 2015 shows local Islamic State group  headquarters hit by two cruise missiles during the attack of Russian warplanes in Syria. Russia's President Vladimir Putin was in Tehran on Monday for talks with Iranian leaders expected to focus on the Syrian crisis and an international peace plan intended to end the conflict. (AP Photo/Russian Defense Ministry Press Service)

A brief, but illustrative exchange between Barry Posen and Roger Cohen during our conversation on ISIS today.

 
Monday, November 23, 2015 | 10:00 AM
In this file photo released May 14, 2015 by a militant website, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, a member of the Islamic State group's vice police known as "Hisba," right, reads a verdict handed down by an Islamic court sentencing many they accused of adultery to lashing, in Raqqa City, Syria. (AP)

New York Times columnist Roger Cohen says the US needs to step up in the fight against ISIS. But there’s a caution flag, too. We’ll dive in.

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Friday, November 20, 2015 | 10:00 AM
French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech at the Versailles castle, west of Paris, Monday, Nov.16, 2015. (Eric Feferberg, Pool via AP)

Terror strikes France. Debate over Syrian refugees in the U.S. The 2016 candidates on ISIS. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015 | 10:00 AM
CIA Director John Brennan speaks at the Global Security Forum 2015, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

ISIS is using PlayStations, encryption apps and more to increasingly avoid detection online. CIA director John Brennan is bucking limits on surveillance. The debate is on, again.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015 | 10:00 AM
Migrants wait to register with the police at the refugee center in the southern Serbian town of Presevo, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

After the Paris Attacks, how to handle the refugees out of Syria in Europe and the U.S. It’s a hot, divisive question. And winter is coming.

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Monday, November 16, 2015 | 10:00 AM
A victim under a blanket lays dead outside the Bataclan theater in Paris, Friday Nov. 13, 2015. Well over 100 people were killed  in a series of shooting and explosions. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Mass murder claimed by ISIS in the heart of Paris. What now? Is it war? Is there a better way?

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Friday, November 13, 2015 | 10:00 AM
In this Nov. 9, 2015, file photo, students cheer while listening to members of the black student protest group Concerned Student 1950 speak following the announcement that University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe would resign at the university in Columbia, Mo. (AP)

Campus unrest and death threats. Debate round four for the GOP. Court blocks Obama on immigration. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, November 12, 2015 | 10:00 AM
Rusty Olympic rings decorate a fence outside the Russian Olympic committee building in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. Russian track and field athletes could be banned from next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro after a devastatingly critical report accused the country's government of complicity in widespread doping and cover-ups. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Russia gets called out on the global stage for doping its athletes. Widespread, big-time. It could get Russia banned from the Rio Olympics.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015 | 11:00 AM
The cover of the new book, "Cosmopolites" by Atossa Araxia Abrahamian. (Columbia Global Reports)

Global statelessness and a new look at the booming market for passports. Nationality for sale.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015 | 11:00 AM
Inspectors at an illegal logging camp in the Machadinho d'Oeste section of the Amazon rain forest in the western Brazilian state of Rondonia clear the camp for inspections. (NPR / Kainaz Amaria)

NPR’s Lourdes Garcia-Navarro takes us into the epic struggle right now over the fate of the Amazon rain forest.

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Feb 5, 2016
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas mingles at a campaign event at Robie's Country Store, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Hooksett, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Ted Cruz, Clinton and Sanders out of Iowa. Zika panic. Syrian peace talks fall apart. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Feb 5, 2016
A portion of the cover of Ben Ratliff's new book, "Every Song Ever." (Courtesy Farar, Straus and Giroux / The Publisher)

How to choose music in an age when everything is online and always there. New York Times music critic Ben Ratliff shows the way.

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Richard Dreyfuss as financier and Ponzi-schemer Bernie Madoff in a scene from the ABC mini-series “Madoff,."Eva Kaminsky/ABC)

Actor Richard Dreyfuss joins us on his new role as Ponzi scheme villain Bernie Madoff and a career of being Dreyfuss.

 
Feb 4, 2016
Although technological development appears to have rapidly increased in the last fifty years, the gap between the invention of the incandescent light bulb and the Apple iPhone was not as dramatically innovative as it might have been. (WikiCommons / Associated Press)

Is the golden age of American growth and innovation over? Gone for good? Big economist Robert Gordon says so. We’ll listen, and challenge.

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