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Monday, July 21, 2014

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a press conference in Tehran on June 14, 2014. Iran may consider cooperating with the United States in fighting Sunni extremist fighters in Iraq. (ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty)

The U.S. and Iran have had a tumultuous relationship for decades. Seyed Hossein Mousavian, scholar at the WIlson School at Princeton and former Iranian diplomat, gives an insider's look at America's failed relationship with Iran — and how to move forward. Plus: Governor Christie's trip to Iowa; an international edition of Monday Morning Politics; the fatal arrest on Staten Island; and we meet the new TLC commissioner.

International Politics: Russia, Gaza, and Iran

David Sanger, national security correspondent for The New York Times and author of Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power (Broadway, 2013), talks about developments in Russia and Ukraine, violence in Gaza, and nuclear talks on Iran. Plus Max Seddon, Buzzfeed foreign affairs reporter based in Russia, joins from Ukraine with the latest on the downed airliner and the geopolitical implications.

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Chris Christie Goes to Iowa

Governor Chris Christie recently visited Iowa - ostensibly to raise money for the National Governor's Association - stirring speculation that he's setting up a presidential run and trying to put "Bridgegate" behind him. Karen Tumulty, national political correspondent for The Washington Post, discusses the trip's political implications. 

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Meet the New Taxi Commish

The NYC taxi landscape is changing drastically, with green cabs, Uber, and (possibly) Lyft all arriving in the last year or so. We discuss the future of NYC livery with new commissioner Meera Joshi.

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A Fatal Arrest Prompts Anger, Grief and Lots of Questions

WNYC criminal justice reporter Kathleen Horan talks with listeners about the death of Eric Garner during an arrest on Staten Island, during which the NYPD apparently used the banned "chokehold."

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An Insider's View to the Failed Iran-U.S. Relationship

Seyed Hossein Mousavian, scholar at the Wilson School at Princeton, former Iranian diplomat, and author of the new book Iran and The United States: An Insider's View on the Failed Past and the Road to Peace (Bloomsbury Academic 2014), offers a first-hand account of the U.S. and Iran's rocky past, continual failures to negotiate peace, and what comes next.

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