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From McCarthy to Iran-Contra, GM to Planned Parenthood, Congress has used high-profile hearings to shed light on injustice and score political points. Sometimes it is hard to tell which they’re trying to accomplish. You could say that about the Benghazi hearings.

And since the American-led military operation that ended with the death of Muammar Ghadaffi, Libya has devolved into chaos. Two feuding governments are fighting for power which has encouraged ISIS and other militant groups to move in.

Then, Volkswagen announced an investigation today to see whether more car models than previously thought are affected by the emissions software cheat.

And Vladimir Putin is the rare leader who’s also an international household name. His politics are completely entwined with his personality and worldview, and he’s a major player on the world stage. So what is driving Putin, and what will it mean for his country?

Finally, there are right ways to do things and wrong ways to do things. Especially when it comes to food. Dan Pashman has put on his white lab coat in search of great culinary truths.

Banner Image: Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation holding his opening adress during the 'Opening Plenary of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2009' at the Annual Meeting 2009 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 28, 2009; Credit: World Economic Forum

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Ryan Kailath

Congressional Hearings 8 MIN, 52 SEC

From McCarthy to Iran-Contra, GM to Planned Parenthood, Congress has used high-profile hearings as a way to shed light on injustice and score political points. Sometimes it is hard to tell which they’re trying to accomplish. You could say that about the Benghazi hearings now taking place on Capitol Hill.

Guests:
Thomas Mann, Brookings Institution (@BrookingsInst‎)

Libya Today 6 MIN, 45 SEC

Since the American-led military operation that ended with the death of Muammar Ghadaffi, Libya has devolved into chaos. Two feuding governments are fighting for power which has encouraged ISIS and other militant groups to move in. It’s so dangerous now, there is no U.S. ambassador there.

Guests:
Missy Ryan, Washington Post (@missy_ryan)

Volkswagen Announces New Software Investigation 9 MIN, 34 SEC

Volkswagen’s emissions scandal is the automotive story that keeps on giving. The company announced an investigation today to see whether more car models than previously thought are affected by this software cheat.

Guests:
Aaron Robinson, Car and Driver magazine

The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin 13 MIN, 49 SEC

What comes to mind when you think of Vladimir Putin: The stoic face? The publicity photos of shirtless horseback riding or race car driving? Putin’s the rare leader who’s also an international household name. His politics are entwined with his personality and worldview, and he’s a major player on the world stage. So what is driving Putin, and what will it mean for his country?

Guests:
Steven Lee Myers, New York Times (@stevenleemyers)

The New Tsar

Steven Lee Myers

'You're Eating It Wrong' 7 MIN, 22 SEC

There are right ways to do things and wrong ways to do things. Especially when it comes to food. White is for fish, red goes with meat. The fork goes on the outside. When eating sushi, dip the fish in the soy sauce, not the rice. But none of these rules is based on pseudo-scientific research. Thankfully, Dan Pashman has now put on his white lab coat in search of great culinary truths.


Dan Pahsman, The Sporkful

Guests:
Dan Pashman, Sporkful Podcast (@TheSporkful)

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