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Two decades after the Cold War, tensions are on the increase between the NATO Alliance and Russia. NATO's planning a military buildup in Eastern Europe mostly at US expense. We hear why and get Russia's reaction.

Later on the program, gravitational waves are real just as Einstein predicted 100 years ago.

Photo: SHAPE NATO

Producers:
Christine Detz
Gideon Brower
Katie Cooper

Resolution to Standoff at Oregon Wildlife Refuge? 6 MIN, 20 SEC

The armed standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Southern Oregon is almost over.  Three of the last four occupiers surrendered to the FBI today.  As we go to air, the fourth, David Fry, is reportedly refusing to leave. John Sepulvado, Weekend Edition Host for Oregon Public Broadcasting, has the latest.   

Guests:
John Sepulvado, Oregon Public Broadcasting (@JohnLGC)

In Eastern Europe, Shades of the Cold War 33 MIN, 26 SEC

At the end of the Cold War, NATO and Russia agreed not to station forces along their shared borders. But times have changed. Vladimir Putin's actions in Crimea and Ukraine have the Pentagon calling Russia the primary threat to American interests. Now, US funding for NATO will be quadrupled to provide what's called "a rotational force" to patrol Eastern Europe, including the Baltic States and Poland. NATO calls it "deterrence." Russia calls it "aggression." 

Guests:
Julian Barnes, Wall Street Journal (@julianbarnes)
Kurt Volker, McCain Institute for International Leadership (@kvolker)
Edward Lozansky, American University in Moscow (@EdwardLozansky)
Michal Baranowski, German Marshall Fund (@M_Baranowski)

More:
Barnes' on Russia's Syria ceasefire proposal
Barnes on NATO deploying ships to Aegean to help in migrant crisis
Lozansky on the possibility of war with Russia

In Scientific Milestone, Einstein's Gravitational Waves 9 MIN, 47 SEC

The world of astronomy is celebrating a discovery most of the rest of us will have trouble understanding. But it's said to provide a whole new way of looking at the universe -- and even listening to it.


Image: Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO

One astronomer says, "the skies will never be the same" after today's announcement that science has finally detected the gravitational waves predicted by Albert Einstein 100 years ago. We hear more from astrophysicist Ian O'Neill, a Space Science Producer for Discovery News, and Nickie Twilley, a contributing writer for the New Yorker and co-host of Gastropod, a podcast about food.

Guests:
Ian O'Neill, Discovery News (@astroengine)
Nicola Twilley, New Yorker / Gastropod (@nicolatwilley)

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