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President Obama—who has been focused on ending conflicts—had a very different message today at the United Nations. He promised American leadership against the so-called Islamic State and against Syria’s al-Assad regime. He said he’ll increase the cost of Russia’s illegal incursion into Ukraine. Does a new vision mean he’s stopped pulling his punches?

Also: the campaign against sexual assault at colleges and universities. The new “It’s On Us” campaign is designed to engage men as well as women. But heated disputes continue over standards of proof, penalties—and even terminology.

Banner Image: President Barack Obama talks with former President Bill Clinton prior to being introduced at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, N.Y., Sept. 23, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Producers:
Claire Martin
Sonya Geis
Jenny Hamel

Obama’s UN Speech on a New Global Unease 23 MIN

In his first address to the United Nations, President Obama called for “a new era” of multilateral engagement. Today, he said there is “a pervasive unease in our world” and that no country can “insulate itself from global forces."

Colum Lynch covers the United Nations for the Washington Post.

Guests:
Colum Lynch, Foreign Policy Magazine (@columlynch)

Campus Sexual Assault Gets Attention of White House, Activists 17 MIN, 21 SEC

The start of the fall semester is the time when sexual assaults are most common on the campuses of colleges and universities. The Obama Administration has launched a campaign called “It’s On Us,” designed to engage both women and men—on campus and off.

President Obama announces the "It's On Us" campaign

"It's On Us" campaign video

Guests:
Dana Bolger, Know Your IX (@danabolger)
John Lauerman, Bloomberg News (@LauermanJohn)
Pat McGann, Men Can Stop Rape (@mencanstoprape)
Sherry Warner-Seefeld, Families Advocating for Campus Equality (@FaceCampusEqual)

More:
Obama Enlists Stars in Push Against Campus Sexual Assault
Meet the College Women Who Are Starting a Revolution Against Campus Sexual Assault
College Men Accused of Sexual Assault Say Their Rights Violated
Colleges Are Breaking the Law on Sex Crimes, Report Says
Mothers for Due Process
Student Activists Keep Pressure On Campus Sexual Assault

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