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President Obama ends his Alaska visit today with more calls for urgent action on climate change. But is the US taking urgent enough action to get a foothold in the northern polar region where Russia, China and other nations have already staked claims? Guest host Barbara Bogaev explores the new Cold War in the Arctic.

Also, the President secures a crucial Congressional vote on the Iran nuclear deal. On today's Talking Point, jail time instead of psychiatric help. How an arrest for stealing snacks ended in death for one mentally ill young man.

Photo: President Obama at Resurrection Bay in Alaska (Official White House photo)

Producers:
Andrea Brody
Benjamin Gottlieb
Sarah Sweeney

Iran Nuke Deal Secures Crucial Vote in Congress 6 MIN, 30 SEC

The Obama Administration now appears to have enough Congressional votes in favor of the President's nuclear deal with Iran. Today Democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland became the 34th Democrat to support the President's plan. Jonathan Weisman, deputy Washington editor for the New York Times and author of the new book, Number Four Imperial Lane, has the latest on this developing story.

Guests:
Jonathan Weisman, New York Times (@jonathanweisman)

More:
Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015

Climate Change Creates a New Cold War in the Arctic 35 MIN, 47 SEC

The Arctic's warming waters are full of ships, but few of them are flying a US flag. Forty-one Russian icebreakers patrol busy shipping channels, and that nation's laid claim to more than half a million square miles of the region's rich seabed. China, South Korea and Singapore are also vying to be polar expedition superpowers. So far on his Alaska trip the President has hiked a glacier, taken a boat ride and talked a lot about rising seas and the urgent need to cut back on greenhouse gas emissions. He's also called for more Coast Guard icebreakers and an expanded US presence in the region. Can America catch up with its rivals and protect its interests and national security in the Arctic?

Guests:
Alex DeMarban, Alaska Dispatch News (@adndotcom)
Fran Ulmer, US Arctic Research Commission (@US_ARC)
David Titley, Pennsylvania State University (@dwtitley)
Heather Conley, Center for Strategic and International Studies (@CSIS)

More:
National Arctic Strategy for the Arctic Region
Arctic Steering Committee
UN Convention on the Law of the Sea
Alaska Dispatch News photos of Kotzebue's preparations for Obama’s visit
CSIS paper on Russia's strategic reach into the Arctic
Penn State Center for Solutions to Weather & Climate Risk on a strategy for US leadership in the high north

When the Mentally Ill Land in Jail Instead of in Psych Treatment 7 MIN, 47 SEC

There are approximately ten times more mentally ill people behind bars than in psychiatric hospitals. Last month, a 24-year-old African American man died in a Virginia jail four months after being arrested for stealing about $5 worth of junk food. Jamycheal Mitchell was accused of stealing a Snickers bar, a Mountain Dew and a Zebra Cake from a 7­Eleven. His family says he suffered from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The courts were aware of his mental illness and found him unfit to stand trial. A judge recommended he be transferred to a mental health facility, but the transfer never happened. Slate's Dahlia Lithwick says this is just one example of an ongoing failure of the criminal justice system and its treatment of the mentally ill.


Photo: Keith Allison

Guests:
Dahlia Lithwick, Slate

More:
Urban Institute study on the processing, treatment of the mentally ill in the criminal justice system
TtP on Sandra Bland's arrest
TtP on Sandra Bland's Texas jail hanging

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