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Broadcast and cable news networks promise fair political coverage as a public service, with critical time and attention to all candidates. In this year's presidential campaign, the rules are being broken as never before. We hear how "free media" has given Donald Trump an unprecedented advantage over rivals in both parties.

Later on the program, an exotic murder in London turned into a real life whodunit. 

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Andrea Brody
Jenny Hamel

ISIS "Second in Command" Killed by US Forces in Syria 6 MIN, 30 SEC

US Special Forces believe they've killed a senior leader of the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq, said to be second in charge. Defense Secretary Ash Carter told a news conference that it's a sign of progress. "We're certainly gathering momentum and seeing that momentum having an effect… who's who in ISIL so we can kill them."

Kimberly Dozier is a contributing writer at the Daily Beast and a global affairs analyst for CNN. She's also the author of Breathing the Fire: Fighting to Survive and Get Back to the Fight, a memoir of her long road to recovery after she and her CBS team were hit by a car bombing in Iraq in 2006.

Guests:
Kimberly Dozier, Daily Beast / CNN (@KimberlyDozier)

Breathing the Fire

Kimberly Dozier

All Trump All the Time 32 MIN, 55 SEC

Broadcast and cable networks are breaking the rules for news coverage of a presidential campaign. No other candidate could just call on the phone and get on the air to hold forth before details of the terror attacks in Belgium had been reported. Donald Trump has received almost $2 billion worth of free media coverage, building audience share and driving ad revenue through the roof. No presidential candidate has received so much free time as the former reality star – and he is almost never called to account. Broadcast executives are unapologetic about the advantage it gives him over his competition.  Is real journalism being sacrificed for the bottom line?

Guests:
Michael Calderone, Huffington Post (@mlcalderone)
Frank Sesno, George Washington University (@franksesno)
Kyle Blaine, BuzzFeed News (@kyletblaine)
Jay Newton-Small, Time magazine (@JNSmall)
Aram Sinnreich, American University (@aram)

More:
Calderone on how Trump seized on Belgium attacks, injecting himself into the story
Blaine on how Trump bent television to his will
Newton-Small on Trump, Cruz making wives political props

The Real Life Spy Thriller behind a Putin Poisoning 10 MIN, 31 SEC

An exotic murder in London took years to solve, but the details are out, and we hear how radioactive poison killed one of Vladimir Putin's most outspoken critics.  


Former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in his bed at the
University College Hospital, in central London, November 20, 2006

In November, 2006, a former Russian spy was murdered in London. Alexander Litvinenko had defected to the West, and continued public criticism of Vladimir Putin made him more than persona non grata in Moscow. Such a killing was big news, but what stunned British law enforcement was the way it was done. In the Pine Room in Mayfair, Litvinenko was given a dose of polonium – a rare, highly radioactive isotope in a cup of tea. Luke Harding is a foreign correspondent for the Guardian. His latest book reads like a spy thriller. It's A Very Expensive Poison: The Definitive Story of the Murder of Litvinenko and Russia's War with the West.

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