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President Obama and his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, announced today that they've made important steps in restoring relations between the two countries. They've already agreed to a cut in nuclear warheads, but can the two new presidents find common ground on more controversial issues such as human rights and the missile defense field? What influence does former Russian President Vladimir Putin have on the negotiations? Also, an update on the continuing crisis in Honduras. On Reporter's Notebook, he reformed Ford Motor Company, served as president of the World Bank, and was the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary. Robert McNamara, the architect of America's failed policy in the Vietnam War, has died at the age of 93. Sara Terry guest hosts.


Banner image: US President Barack Obama (5th R) and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (4th L) speak as members of their respective delegations attend their expanded meeting at the Kremlin. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Sonya Geis
Katie Cooper

Reporter's Notebook Robert McNamara, Architect of Vietnam War, Dies at 93 7 MIN, 11 SEC

He turned around Ford Motor Company and tried to help the world's poor as head of the World Bank. Yet, for many critics of the Vietnam War, Robert McNamara's legacy will be as the symbol of a failed policy that left more than 50,000 US soldiers dead and tore apart American society in the 1960's. Robert Scheer, editor of TruthDig.com and co-host of KCRW's Left Right and Center, covered the former Secretary of Defense as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, and offers this remembrance of McNamara, who died today at the age of 93.

Guests:
Robert Scheer, Co-host, 'Left, Right & Center' (@Robert_Scheer)

Main Topic Can Obama 'Reset' Relations with Russia? 35 MIN, 54 SEC

Barack Obama is in Moscow for a two-day trip, and appears to be on track with his goal of ending the long chill between the US and its former cold war enemy. At a press conference today in Moscow, he and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev both said important steps forward had been made. They’ve agreed to cut nuclear warheads, a major goal for the first meeting between the two new presidents. But what progress can be made on issues such as NATO expansion and a planned missile defense shield? What role is former President, now Prime Minister Vladmir Putin playing behind the scenes?

Guests:
Owen Matthews, Moscow Bureau Chief, Newsweek
Alexei Levinson, Head of the Socio-cultural Department, Levada Center
Evgeny Bazhanov, Vice President of the Diplomatic Academy, Foreign Ministry of Russia
Andrew Kuchins, Center for Strategic and International Studies (@CSISRussia)
Stephen F. Cohen, New York University

The Russia Balance Sheet

Andrew Kuchins and Anders Aslund

Making News Crisis Continues in Honduras 7 MIN, 47 SEC

One day after ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya tried – and failed – to land on his home soil, international efforts to resolve the crisis are continuing and regional tensions are high. Sara Miller Llana is Latin America Bureau Chief for the Christian Science Monitor.

Guests:
Sara Miller Llana, Latin America Bureau Chief, Christian Science Monitor

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Owen Matthews

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