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The US and North Korea are talking today in New York amid new questions about US intelligence on North Korea's development of nuclear weapons. The US is updating its nuclear warheads. What's the message to other countries? Plus, Congress begins investigation into the sorry state of the Department of Veterans' Affairs and, on Reporter's Notebook, a gourmet dinner party featuring cloned beef. Would you accept an invitation?

Producers:
Dan Konecky
Karen Radziner
Vanessa Romo

Reporter's Notebook LA Diners Chew on Cloned Beef 8 MIN, 54 SEC

One survey shows 64% of Americans are uncomfortable about eating the meat of cloned animals, but the FDA says it's as safe as the original.  Though diners may never find cloned beef on the menu at Los Angeles' upscale Campanile restaurant, executive chef Mark Peel recently conducted a double-blind experiment with selected guests. Invited to compare porterhouse steaks and hamburgers from a conventional animal and from a clone, the diners included a food critic, an animal geneticist, a TV host and Karen Kaplan, who writes about technology for the Los Angeles Times.

Guests:
Karen Kaplan, Technology reporter for the Los Angeles Times

Making News Congressional Hearing Examines Failures at Walter Reed 5 MIN, 48 SEC

Heads have rolled since the Washington Post reported that veterans returning from combat in Iraq have received substandard treatment at Walter Reed Hospital, the Army’s flagship for medical care.  Today, a Congressional committee heard from former patients, including specialist Jeremy Duncan.  Jonathan Kaplan is staff reporter for The Hill.

Guests:
Jonathan Kaplan, Reporter for The Hill

Main Topic North Korea and Nuclear Weapons 33 MIN, 32 SEC

North Korea's top nuclear negotiator is in New York today, meeting US officials on steps toward establishing diplomatic relations.  In 2002, President Bush called North Korea part of his "Axis of Evil." He accused Pyongyang of breaking a 1994 deal made with the Clinton Administration that provided food and fuel oil in exchange for a freeze on North Korea's nuclear weapons program.  After the President's accusations, the deal was off, and last October, North Korea tested a nuclear bomb.  But last week, intelligence officials told the New York Times they not so sure what North Korea was really up to.  Did mistakes in Washington lead hawks on both sides to escalate a dangerous confrontation? In the meantime, why does the US need to re-design its nuclear warheads?

Guests:
Joel Wit, Research Scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Selig Harrison, Center for International Policy
Al Carnesale, Expert on US foreign policy and international security
David Sanger, New York Times (@SangerNYT)

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