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Democrat Bernie Sanders wants to raise taxes, even if they punish the rich. Donald Trump is rich — but he still has the support of Americans worried that the economy has left them behind. We hear how economic inequality is playing a role in the presidential campaign.

Later on the program, after 40 years, Iran is back in business but, how long are the good times likely to last? 

Photo: Richard

Producers:
Paul von Zielbauer
Jenny Hamel

Oregon Standoff Leaders Arrested, One Dead after Shootout 6 MIN, 30 SEC

It's been almost a month since armed militants occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Southern Oregon, but state and federal officials are cracking down. One man was killed last night during a traffic stop by state highway police. Security around the Refuge has been tightened. John Sepulvado is covering developments for Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Guests:
John Sepulvado, Oregon Public Broadcasting (@JohnLGC)

Economic Inequality Fuels an Angry Electorate 33 MIN, 39 SEC

Five days before the Iowa caucuses, the presidential campaigns of both political parties are more chaotic than ever. Donald Trump is dropping out of tomorrow's final debate in a battle with Fox News. Bernie Sanders spent part of today with the President in the Oval Office. Meantime, prospective voters face a troubling reality: wealth is concentrated in fewer hands since the 19th-Century and the days of the Robber Barons. Democrats and Republicans are appealing in different ways to Americans who fear they're being left behind by a booming economy and a changing culture. 

Guests:
Jeffrey Winters, Northwestern University
Tom Donlan, Barron's (@barronsonline)
Michael Shermer, Skeptic magazine (@michaelshermer)
Jim Tankersley, Washington Post (@jimtankersley)

More:
Oxfam report on wealth inequality
Winters' 'Oligarchy'
Winters on the wealth defense and the limits of liberal democracy
Tankersley on Sanders' biggest attack on the rich of this presidential campaign
Washington Post/ABC News poll on 2016 election, politics

A World of Wealth

Thomas G. Donlan

Iran Opens for Business 9 MIN, 54 SEC

Will the "world's last goldmine" produce "fool's gold?" Iran's new economic opening.


Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (L) shakes hands with Italian Prime Minister
Matteo Renzi at the Campidoglio palace in Rome, Italy, January 25, 2016
(Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters)

Iran has been ostracized and isolated for almost 40 years, but the lifting of economic sanctions is putting the country back in business. President Hassan Rouhani hasn't lost any time. In less than two weeks, he's welcomed the President of China to Teheran and taken a group of Iranian executives to Europe. Robin Wright's latest report is in this week's edition of the New Yorker magazine.

Guests:
Robin Wright, US Institute of Peace / Woodrow Wilson Center (@wrightr)

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