Wednesday, September 12, 2012
"We are heading up to one of the greatest crises, I think, in modern history." This prediction about oil and the Middle East was made in 1951 by none other than Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas at a Books and Authors Luncheon.
Friday, September 07, 2012
David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times, WNYC contributor and author of Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power, discusses his reporting on Middle East, how regional tensions are playing out, and American foreign policy towards the region. He also fact-checks one of the claims President Obama made in his convention speech last night.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Marjane Satrapi discusses writing and co-directing the new film “Chicken with Plums,” based on her graphic novel of the same name. The story begins in Teheran in 1958, when renowned musician Nasser Ali Khan has lost the will to live since his violin has been destroyed. Finding no instrument worthy of replacing it, he decides to confine himself to bed and wait for death. Through the film a poignant secret of his life comes to light, a story of love that inspired his genius and his music. “Chicken with Plums” opens August 17 at Lincoln Plaza and Angelika Film Center.
Thursday, August 09, 2012
David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times, WNYC contributor and author of Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power, discusses the latest diplomatic efforts around the Syria crisis and where Iran and the rest of the region fit in.
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
It’s largely against American law to do business with Iranian banks, but Standard Chartered broke those laws when they allowed some transactions with Iran to pass through New York.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
David Crist, senior historian for the Department of Defense and author of The Twilight War: The Secret History of America's Thirty-Year Conflict With Iran, discusses the United States' relationship with Iran and the latest developments in the Middle East.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Bulgaria says it is likely that it was a suicide bomber who carried out an attack on a bus carrying Israeli tourists. At least six Israelis and a Bulgarian were killed, and more than 30 people injured. Israel's Prime Minister has blamed Iran and promised a firm response.
Monday, July 09, 2012
Chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times and WNYC contributor David Sanger talks about the latest on the diplomatic relationship with Iran, the effects of economic sanctions and their impact on the oil markets. Plus the latest from Syria, Libya, and more.
Thursday, July 05, 2012
For journalist, author, and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristof, one of the biggest mysteries about Iran was how the regime not only stayed in power, but remained relatively popular among the Iranian people during the Arab Spring. To find out, he took a road trip across Iran with two of his children, looking for an answer to that question.
Monday, July 02, 2012
The American government has been trying to shut down Iran’s nuclear program for three and a half years. They’ve used diplomacy, sanctions, cyber warfare, and, yesterday, the Obama administration and its allies put in place the strictest and furthest reaching sanctions yet.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
A Moscow-based cyber security team has discovered the most advanced computer program for spying ever – they say a nation wrote it to spy on the Middle East, though they don't know which nation specifically. They’re calling it “Flame.” Roel Schouwenberg, a senior policy analyst for Kaspersky Labs, the company that discovered Flame, explains exactly what makes this worm so special. And Kim Zetter, a senior writer at Wired Magazine, discusses what this means for the future of espionage and security.
Friday, May 04, 2012
Much of the hardware and software used by oppressive regimes to monitor foreign dissidents is manufactured in the west. Margaret Coker, Middle East Correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, talks to Bob about President Obama's recent Executive Order banning the sale of this technology to Iran and Syria.
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
A long winter of heightened tensions between Israel, Iran and the United States seems to finally have thawed, on this first day of May. But while Iran’s international relations may be improving, the country's internal politics have become increasingly hard-line. Laura Secor is a contributor at The New Yorker. Her piece, "Election, Monitored," appears in the May 7 edition.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Monday, April 09, 2012
We talk to BBC correspondent Damian Grammaticas, who was among a group of foreign journalists taken by train to North Korea's north-west coast to see the final preparations for the rocket launch, and the New York Times' Steven Erlanger explains the demands that the U.S. and its allies are planning before a new round of negotiations with Iran.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
This story has all the trappings of a spy novel, or a James Bond film. Espionage. International intrigue. Underground nuclear development. It would make for quite a work of fiction...except that this story is true. In 2010, a little virus called Stuxnet caused severe damage to an Iranian uranium-enrichment facility, effectively delaying Iran’s nuclear capabilities for months or possibly years. It was long thought that Israel took the lead in developing Stuxnet, but our next guest thinks that the Untied States was the culprit. And while we Americans might be skilled in creating cyber-viruses, we might be completely unprepared when it comes to defending ourselves against them.