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On Monday, the EPA is expected order power plants across America to reduce carbon pollution by 20%.  Republicans and other opponents are already denouncing what they call a "war on coal" that could cost the country $50 billion in the next 15 years. Also, in the wake of the VA scandal, a bipartisan call for Eric Shinseki to resign, and MRI scans that show that the brains of homicidal psychopaths are biologically different from those of other people. Could they be treated before they kill? 

Banner image: Greg Goebel

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Benjamin Gottlieb
Evan George

In VA Scandal, Bipartisan Call for Shinseki to Resign 7 MIN, 18 SEC

Yesterday an Inspector General reported that Veterans' Affairs officials falsified records. Both Republicans and Democrats have called for Secretary Eric Shinseki to step down or be fired. House Speaker John Boehner says he's reserving judgment. "Is him resigning going to get us to the bottom of the problem? Is it going to help us find out what's really going on? And the answer I keep getting is ‘No'. But the real issue here is the President is the one who should be held accountable. Ed O'Keefe reports on Congress for the Washington Post.

 

 

 

Guests:
Ed O'Keefe, Washington Post (@edatpost)

Changing the Game on Climate Change 35 MIN, 42 SEC

To get around Congress, President Obama will use executive power granted by the US Supreme Court to limit carbon emissions from power plants nationwide. The electricity industry and some business leaders are already counting casualties from what they call a "war on coal." Many environmentalists say it's about time. Others warn that the EPA's new regulations may be too little too late. Is the US finally taking world leadership against global warming? Is China watching what happens before the next climate summit in 2015?

Guests:
Coral Davenport, New York Times (@CoralMDavenport)
David Doniger, Natural Resources Defense Council (@NRDC)
Jeffrey Holmstead, Bracewell and Giuliani
Ethan Zindler, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (@Ethanall)

More:
Davenport on President Obama using executive authority on carbon emissions
NRDC on new carbon pollution standards saving billions, creating jobs

Can MRI Brain Scans Predict Killings? 7 MIN, 9 SEC

In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school massacre in 2012, the parents of one 6-year old victim started a foundation to study the causes of homicidal behavior. One result is the discovery that the brains of young, male killers are biologically different from those of other young men. Kent Kiehl, Professor of Psychology at the University of New Mexico, created a mobile MRI scanner to measure the brain density of 500 psychopaths imprisoned for murder and compared the results to those for 3000 other offenders. In his latest study, he looked at young, male offenders.

Guests:
Kent Kiehl, University of New Mexico

More:
Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center
Kiehl's 'The Psychopath Whisperer'

The Psychopath Whisperer

Kent A. Kiehl PhD

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