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The Obama White House has created an energy "czar," an urban affairs "czar," an economic "czar" and a health "czar."  There's been talk of a car "czar." Today, the President said he's appointing a "czar" to deal with cyber-security. We look at the problem and ask if a new "czar" is the best way to find a solution. Also, GM's possible deal with Canadian auto parts maker Magna, and opponents of Iranian President Ahmadinejad are shouting "death to potatoes." We find out why.


Banner image: FBI agent Janis Gold (Janeane Garofalo) works to catch cyber-terrorists who broke through the firewall protecting US national infrastructure in this season's Fox Television drama 24.

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Frances Anderton
Rebecca Mooney

Reporter's Notebook Ahmadinejad Woos Voters with Potatoes 7 MIN, 32 SEC

Iran's President is up for re-election two weeks from today, and the world is waiting for possible changes in nuclear policy. Iranian voters have other concerns and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is addressing them. While President Herbert Hoover famously offered “a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage,” the Ahmadinejad regime is handing out 400,000 tons of potatoes. His opponents accuse him of bribing the poor. Borzou Daragahi, Middle East correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, is in Tehran to cover the elections.

Guests:
Borzou Daragahi, Financial Times (@borzou )

Main Topic Another 'Czar' at the Obama White House 35 MIN, 40 SEC

Cyber crime is a real threat to the economy. Railroads, air traffic control and electric utilities are already the targets of “Weapons of Mass Disruption.” That was the President's message today as he created a new job to make up for a dismal lack of national preparation. The Cyber-security Coordinator will be on both the economic and national security councils with access to the President, but critics insist that won't work. We hear how serious the problem is and ask if creating the new “Czar” will be more than a symbolic gesture.

Guests:
James Lewis, Center for Strategic and International Studies (@james_a_lewis)
Paul Light, Professor of Public Service, New York University
John Arquilla, Professor of Defense Analysis, Naval Postgraduate School
Tom Kellermann, former Senior Risk Management Specialist, World Bank Security Team

Making News Will GM and Magna Reach a Deal? 7 MIN, 47 SEC

As General Motors heads toward bankruptcy, Canadian company Magna and the German government are trying to resolve differences over GM's European subsidiaries, Opel and Vauxhall. Marcus Walker is in Berlin for the Wall Street Journal.

Guests:
Marcus Walker, Wall Street Journal (@MMQWalker)

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