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Monday, February 06, 2012

Egyptians gather in their thousands in Tahrir Square to mark the one year anniversary of the revolution on January 25, 2012 in Cairo Egypt Tahrir Square on the one year anniversary of the revolution. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty)

The U.S. is weighing options for dealing with a potential threat from Iran, while the international community decides what to do with Syria. Former UN Ambassador  Thomas Pickering, discusses the diplomatic options for dealing with the region. Plus: Egyptian pro-democracy activist Wael Ghonim discusses his new book, Revolution 2.0, and the recent violence in Egypt; and the winter arts series continues with a conversation about the season’s new books.

Ambassador Pickering on Iran, Syria, and Diplomacy

Ambassador Thomas Pickering, former ambassador and trustee of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, discusses the U.S. relationship with Iran, the crisis in Syria and the UN's inaction and what diplomatic options the U.S. should consider when dealing with the the Mideast.

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GOP Race Latest

Reihan Salam, columnist at The Daily and blogger for National Review Online's The Agenda, discusses the results of the Nevada primary and the latest news from the GOP presidential candidates.

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Justen Fox: Super Bowl Prediction Winner

On Friday we asked you to predict the winner, score, MVP and more for this year's Super Bowl. Justen Fox, a web developer at Major League Baseball, did that the best -- he talks about his prognostication skills and the big Giants win.


Wael Ghonim on Revolution (2.0)

Wael Ghonim, Egyptian pro-democracy activist, administrator of the Facebook page "We are all Khaled Saeed," former Google executive, and author of Revolution 2.0: The Power of the People Is Greater Than the People in Power: A Memoir, reflects on the Egyptian revolution and what his role and the role of social media was in the uprising, as well as news from Egypt now.

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Open Phones: Your Jobs Report

The national unemployment rate is down to 8.3%, the lowest since early 2009.

Listeners: Tell us the stories behind the numbers. What's your jobs report? Are you recently employed? Tell us about your search and how you're feeling about the new job. Are you an employer? Are you getting back to hiring? Why? Call us at 212-433-WNYC or comment here!

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Winter Arts: Books

Sarah McNally, owner of McNally Jackson bookstore on Prince Street, offers listeners her picks for new books this winter. What new books are you reading now?

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