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We check in on the Scottish independence vote happening today. Results come in tomorrow. Then, we move on to the countries most closely watching the referendum; could it spur separatist movements in Spain, Canada, Turkey… or even Texas? Next up, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lawrence Wright joins us to talk about his latest book, Thirteen Days in September, a behind-the-scenes account of the negotiations leading to the historic 1978 Camp David Middle East peace agreement. Finally, lithium -- a naturally occurring element also used to treat mental illness -- is in our drinking water supply. Could it be a good thing?

Banner Image: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin acknowledge applause during a Joint Session of Congress in which President Jimmy Carter announced the results of the Camp David Accords; Credit: Warren K. Leffler

Producers:
Andrew Walsh
Christian Bordal
Matt Holzman
Jolie Myers
Anna Scott

Checking In with Scotland 9 MIN, 23 SEC

We’ll know tomorrow if, after more than three centuries together, Scots have decided to stay part of the United Kingdom or go it alone in their own, independent, country. We get the latest news from the ground.

Guests:
David Maddox, The Scotsman (@DavidPBMaddox)

The Newest Countries in the World 6 MIN, 56 SEC

Countries all around the world are watching Scotland’s independence vote closely -- some more closely than others. If the Scots decide to break away from the U.K., it could spur separatist movements from Spain to Canada to Turkey to... Texas?

Guests:
Greg Myre, NPR (@gregmyre1)

More:
The 9 newest countries in the world

Thirteen Days in September 12 MIN, 23 SEC

Peace in the Middle East seems pretty hopeless most of the time. There was a moment, though, when it didn’t. In 1978, Egypt and Israel negotiated an historic peace agreement -- one that survives to this day. We hear from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lawrence Wright, who has written a behind-the-scenes look at the Camp David accords.

Guests:
Lawrence Wright, New Yorker magazine (@lawrence_wright)

Lithium Water 7 MIN, 14 SEC

When you think of lithium, you probably think of bipolar disorder, depression or other mental illness -- not great associations. But lithium is actually a naturally occurring element that’s found, in small doses, in many water supplies. And a number of studies show health benefits for people who happen to live in areas with lithium in the water.

Guests:
Nassir Ghaemi, Tufts University School of Medicine

More:
Should We All Take a Bit of Lithium?

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