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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says he’ll break up the big banks, but how will he do that? Then, a look back at the early history of how banks got so big in the first place. Next, women in the military are being integrated into combat positions this month. What will it involve? After that, writer Ta-Nehisi Coates has authored the new version of the “Black Panther” comic book. What can readers expect? And finally, Madeleine speaks to the creator of a new video game set during the Iranian Revolution.

Photo: Bernie Sanders speaking at an event in Phoenix, Arizona. Credit: Gage Skidmore

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Laura Swisher
Sarah Sweeney

Can Bernie Sanders Break Up the Big Banks? 10 MIN, 14 SEC

Bernie Sanders has promised to break up the country’s biggest financial institutions during his first year in office. It’s one of the central tenets of his campaign, and last week he was asked about how he’d do that in an interview with the editorial board of the New York Daily News. He’s now being criticized for seeming vague and evasive. But is the criticism fair? As the California primary nears, we will periodically examine the promises candidates are making. Today: How would Sanders break up the big banks?

Guests:
Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research (@DeanBaker13)

A 14th Amendment History Lesson 7 MIN, 7 SEC

Part of the reason that banks got so big in the first place are the legal rights granted them by the federal government; rights that you might think were only granted to people, like free speech. There was a lot of attention paid to the idea of corporate personhood after the Citizen’s United case in the Supreme Court in 2010, but the idea that corporations are people goes further back than that. In fact it goes all the way back to the constitutional amendment that granted rights to former slaves, the 14th Amendment, ratified in 1868. We get a history lesson from Mike Schlitt, a regular commentator on “Press Play,” amateur historian and political junkie.

Guests:
Mike Schlitt, contributor, 'Press Play' (@schlitthappenz)

Women in Combat 13 MIN, 53 SEC

Back in December, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced that women are now allowed to serve in combat positions in the military. Before that announcement, about 10 percent, or 220,000 military positions were closed to women. This month, women are being integrated into combat positions. We learn what that involves.

Guests:
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Author

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Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Reintroducing Black Panther 8 MIN, 56 SEC

Black Panther was the first black superhero to appear in mainstream American comics in 1966. Fifty years later, Black Panther is having a good year. We’ll see him on the big screen for the first time in “Captain America: Civil War” next month. Today, a new version of Black Panther’s origin story hits comic shelves everywhere, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates. What should we expect?

Guests:
Abraham Riesman, New York magazine (@abrahamjoseph)

The Iranian Revolution in Video Game Form 7 MIN, 49 SEC

A video game out this week is set against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution. It’s called “1979 Revolution: Black Friday.” Photojournalist Reza Shirazi is the game’s protagonist, and through Shirazi, the player has to overcome obstacle after obstacle in Tehran during the revolution and its aftermath. These challenges range from being interrogated by a torturer in Evin Prison or deciding what to do after you’ve just been shot. The game went on sale this week.  

Guests:
Navid Khonsari, 1979: Revolution Black Friday

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