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Photo: A North Korean navy truck carries the 'Pukkuksong' submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) during a military parade marking the 105th birth anniversary of country's founding father, Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang, April 15, 2017. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

Turkey's president claims vast new powers 6 MIN, 31 SEC

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan barely eked out a victory, but yesterday's election has given him vast new powers -- despite challenges from the opposition and international election observers. Borzou Daragahi, Middle East correspondent for Buzzfeed News in Istanbul, expands on election results as well as irregularities on Election Day.

Guests:
Borzou Daragahi, BuzzFeed News (@borzou)

More:
Daragahi on OSCE's claims of media restrictions that led to unfair voting environment

North Korea's nuclear weekend 34 MIN, 48 SEC

There were wins and losses this weekend for Kim Jong-un. The missiles displayed in a massive parade in Pyongyang were reportedly "jaw-dropping" -- if they were real, but the failed missile launch was an embarrassment, and the nuclear test some people predicted never happened. In South Korea, Vice President Pence repeated the implicit threat that the US has lost its "strategic patience."  But, what's to be done? The Trump Administration is faced with familiar alternatives: war, diplomacy, cyber-action… or doing nothing at all. 

Guests:
Ralph Cossa, Pacific Forum CSIS (@PacificForum)
Mike Chinoy, USC US-China Institute (@mikechinoy)
Alexandra Bell, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation (@atomicbell)
Kim Zetter, cyber-security writer and author (@KimZetter)

More:
Cossa on dealing with Pyongyang
Bell on North Korea appearing to jab at Trump with missile test
Zetter's 'Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon'

Meltdown

Mike Chinoy

Denying climate science won't stop rising seas at Mar-a-Lago 9 MIN, 23 SEC

This week, To the Point is focusing on "The Emotional States of America," including refusal to accept the conclusions of evidence-based science. Today, we reflect on the risks of climate change denial by the President and the head of the EPA.


Tidal flooding during the "king tides" in Brickell, Miami, October 17, 2016
Photo by B137

The rising level of the coastal inland waterway fronting the President's Mar-a-Lago is evidence of climate change. But Donald Trump — and Scott Pruitt, new head of the EPA — are still leading deniers that human activity causes global warming. John Englander is an oceanographer and author of High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis.

Guests:
John Englander, oceanographer and author (@johnenglander)

More:
Englander on EPA head Scott Pruitt
Englander on adapting to sea level rise

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