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In a relentlessly positive speech last night, President Obama contradicted his Republican critics — but he also took note of widespread fear and uncertainty. We hear more about the State of the Union address and the campaign to elect the next president.

Later on the program, the National Football League has voted to return to the Los Angeles TV market after an absence of 20 years. But it's not too late for team owners to break their promises to the suburb of Inglewood. 

Photo: President Barack Obama shakes hands with members of Congress as he arrives to deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in Washington, January 12, 2016. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)

Producers:
Andrea Brody
Jenny Hamel
Paul von Zielbauer

Hold and Release: Iran and the "Trespassing" US Sailors 5 MIN, 56 SEC

Just hours before the President spoke to Congress last night ten US sailors were captured in Iranian waters. They've now been released. Today, Secretary of State John Kerry thanked the Iranian government and called the sailors' release a victory for diplomacy,. "All indications tell us our sailors were well taken care of provided with blankets and food and assisted with their return to their fleet earlier today. I think we can imagine how a similar situation might have played out three or four years ago." Geoff Dyer is US foreign policy correspondent for the Financial Times.

Guests:
Geoff Dyer, Financial Times (@DyerGeoff)

Is America on the Rise… or on the Decline? 33 MIN, 59 SEC

President Obama deployed his oratorical skills last night in his final State of the Union address to Congress. The speech was dramatically upbeat and scornful of Republican predictions of doom and gloom. He spoke to the unease among Democrats that's fueled the campaign of Bernie Sanders -- while the official response dramatized divisions within the GOP. The stage is set for the campaign to choose Obama's successor. 


President Barack Obama acknowledges applause from Cabinet members during a reception
after his State of the Union address on January 12, 2016.
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Guests:
Michael Grunwald, Politico magazine (@MikeGrunwald)
Norman Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute (@NormOrnstein)
Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Columbia University (@sandylocks)
Matt Welch, Reason magazine (@mattwelch)

More:
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley delivers the Republican response
Grunwald on Obama's rearview look ahead
Ornstein's 'It’s Even Worse Than It Looks : How The American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism'
Welch on the 'annual exercise in empty pageantry'
Politico on Obama's policy legacy

The New New Deal

Michael Grunwald

The Rams Are Moving Back to LA – or Are They? 9 MIN, 20 SEC

In the search for public money, National Football League owners are notorious for breaking promises — and yesterday's agreement to go back to the Los Angeles market is not yet a done deal.


LA Rams fans rally at the LA Memorial Coliseum on January 11, 2016
to support the team's return to Southern California.

It's been 20 years since the Rams moved from LA to St. Louis and the Raiders went back to Oakland. Yesterday, NFL owners agreed to re-locate the Rams — and possibly another team — in the LA suburb of Inglewood. Rick Eckstein warns that the celebration may be early. He's a professor at Villanova and co-author of Public Dollars, Private Stadiums: the Battle over Building Sports Stadiums.

Guests:
Rick Eckstein, Villanova University

Public Dollars, Private Stadiums

Kevin J. Delaney and Rick Eckstein

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