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The latest Red List shows that mammals, amphibians, birds and plants are disappearing faster than ever—because of human activities. Should we care that other species are becoming extinct? What’s their economic value? What to they have to do with human survival? Also, thousands of GM workers walked off their jobs today and, on Reporter's Notebook, Iran's Ahmadinejad has arrived in New York and he's testing the limits of America's free speech tradition.


Juvenile Bengal tiger, courtesy of ARKive, © JamesWarwick.co.uk

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Vanessa Romo
Katie Cooper

Reporter's Notebook Ahmadinejad Defends Iran While Drawing Protests 7 MIN, 35 SEC

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is in New York for the United Nation's meeting of world leaders. Tomorrow, he'll address the General Assembly. Mayor Michael Bloomberg denied his request to visit Ground Zero, but Columbia University has permitted a forum with questions and answers. Should Iran's President be allowed to speak in America outside the confines of the UN? Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich calls that an "outrage." Nebraska's Republican Senator Chuck Hagel says censorship violates who we are. Barbara Slavin, senior diplomatic reporter for USA Today, is author of the forthcoming Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the US, and the Twisted Path to Confrontation.

Guests:
Barbara Slavin, Atlantic Council (@barbaraslavin1)

Making News 73,000 General Motors Workers Walk Off the Job 6 MIN, 10 SEC

General Motors workers walked off their jobs today, the first nationwide strike since 1979. Some 73,000 workers could be affected at 59 plants. Tim Higgins reports for the Detroit Free Press.

Guests:
Tim Higgins, Business writer for the Detroit Free Press

Main Topic Species Extinction and Biodiversity 35 MIN, 13 SEC

The human contribution to climate change is one of the major themes at this week's meeting of world leaders at the United Nations. People are also accelerating the extinction of other species. The World Conservation Union's 'Red List' reports that 25 to 30% of mammals and amphibians are endangered along with 70% of plants—all because of human activities. Why should we care? What's the economic value of biodiversity? What does it have to do with our own species' survival?

Guests:
Jean Christophe Vie, Deputy Coordinator for the Species Program at the World Conservation Union
Peter Kareiva, Lead scientist with the Nature Conservancy
Jerry Taylor, Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute
Paul Ferraro, Professor of Environmental Economics at Georgia State University

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