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After more than a year since cancelling negotiation about its nuclear program, Iran's back at the bargaining table -- or is it? Talks are scheduled to start on Saturday, but there's real doubt they'll last much longer than that. We get a preview. Also, an update on Syria, and George Zimmerman goes to court in the Trayvon Martin killing.

Banner image: The reactor building at the Russian-built Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran, 1200 kms south of Tehran, where Iran has began unloading fuel into the reactor core for the nuclear power plant on October 26, 2010. Photo by Majid Asgaripour/AFP/Getty Images

Producers:
Anna Scott
Lata Pandya
Caitlin Shamberg

Making News The Latest from Syria 7 MIN, 24 SEC

"Syria is experiencing a rare moment of calm on the ground." That's according to former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, as the cease-fire he brokered appears to have begun on schedule. Liz Sly is reporting from Beirut for the Washington Post.

Guests:
Liz Sly, Washington Post (@lizsly)

Rock the Casbah

Robin Wright

Main Topic Iran Comes Back to the Bargaining Table 37 MIN, 38 SEC

After more than a year since cancelling negotiations about its nuclear program, Iran will sit down on Saturday with the US and other powerful countries. But nobody is predicting what to expect. Iran insists it is not developing nuclear weapons, but it's facing crippling sanctions and a possible Israeli attack. With elections scheduled in both the US and Iran, domestic politics could prevent major concessions by either side. We hear a variety of opinions on what might go right and what might go wrong.

Guests:
Robin Wright, US Institute of Peace (@wrightr)
Hooman Majd, journalist and author (@hmajd)
Melody Moezzi, author, activist and attorney (@melodymoezzi)
Patrick Clawson, Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Reporter's Notebook George Zimmerman Appears in Court 5 MIN, 28 SEC

Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, said on NBC's Today Show this morning that she thinks George Zimmerman shot her son "by accident." (She has since retracted that statement.) In any case, Zimmerman — who wasn't arrested after the killing in Sanford, Florida — is now in custody, charged with second degree murder. Zimmerman appeared in court today. Barbara Liston is reporting for the Reuters News Service.

Guests:
Barbara Liston, Reuters News Service

Eternal Iran

Patrick Clawson

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