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Photo: Two destroyed Syrian Army tanks in Azaz, Syria. (Photo by Christiaan Triebert)

ACLU calls for an end to the war on drugs 6 MIN, 30 SEC

In Texas, 16 people are serving life sentences for illegal drug possession. Seven of them had fewer than 4 grams — less than a packet of sugar. That’s from a study by the ACLU and Human Rights Watch who advocate decriminalization of simple possession. Christopher Ingraham reports for the Washington Post.

Guests:
Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post (@_cingraham)

Syria pushes US-Russia relations to new low 33 MIN, 39 SEC

Another airstrike today killed at least 15 people on the rebel-held side of Aleppo, a besieged city that hasn’t seen humanitarian assistance since last July. Talks between the US and Russia have failed to produce a ceasefire, despite pleas from Pope Francis, as accusations of war crimes are circulating at the United Nations. 

Guests:
Michael R. Gordon, New York Times (@gordonnyt)
Nicholas Burns, Harvard Kennedy School of Government (@RNicholasBurns)
Marc Lynch, George Washington University (@abuaardvark)
Alexander Kliment, Eurasia Group (@SaoSasha)

Obama points Americans to Mars 9 MIN, 21 SEC

Forty or 50 years ago, John Noble Wilford covered the Apollo moon landings for the New York Times. He was quoted this week by President Obama in an essay on CNN’s website: Mars tugs at the imagination “with a force mightier than gravity.” Mr. Obama says it’s possible for humans to visit Mars and return to Earth by the 2030’s…and he says America’s getting started.

Guests:
Jason Rhian, Editor (@SpaceflightIns)

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