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Judges across the country are grappling with same-sex marriage after the Supreme Court kicked the can down the road last year. Guest host Barbara Bogaev hears stories from behind the scenes of high profile gay marriage cases with author Jo Becker and others. Also, President Obama blames both sides for stalled Mideast peace talks, and scientists pry into the feline mind -- and fail. 

Banner image: Attorneys David Boies and Ted Olson after their victory at the Supreme Court on June 26, 2013. Photo: Neon Tommy

Producers:
Mike Kessler
Katie Cooper
Evan George

Obama Blames Both Sides for Stalled Mideast Peace Talks 7 MIN, 15 SEC

Israel suspended Middle East peace talks yesterday in response to the unity agreement reached between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement and Hamas. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned Palestinians for allying with Hamas. Today President Obama called out both Israel and Palestinians for the breakdown in these latest US brokered talks. Ron Kampeas is Washington Bureau Chief for JTA, an international wire service covering issues of relevance to the Jewish community.

Guests:
Ron Kampeas, JTA (@kampeas)

Nearing an End-Game on Same-Sex Marriage? 33 MIN, 52 SEC

It's been almost a year since the Supreme Court tossed the issue of same-sex marriage back to state legislatures and lower courts. Now lawsuits are pending in all but five states. This month, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals heard cases regarding same-sex marriage in Utah and Oklahoma, both of which struck down bans. Next month a circuit court in Virginia will consider the constitutionality of that state's ban. Michigan and Texas also have appeals in the works. Polls show that support for gay marriage is at an all time-high. The fight over Prop 8, California's ballot initiative to ban same-sex marriage, has played a large role in accelerating this shift in attitudes. Why are people changing their minds? How will appellate judges rule on the welter of challenges to gay marriage bans? Might the Supreme Court make a final call next year?

Guests:
Jo Becker, New York Times (@jo_becker)
Robert Barnes, Washington Post (@scotusreporter )
Peggy Tomsic, Magleby & Greenwood
Frank Newport, Gallup Poll (@gallup)

More:
Barnes on the 10th Circuit Court's struggle to decode Supreme Court message on gay marriage right
Becker's 'Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality'
Gallup Polls on same-sex marriage
Loving v. Virginia
US v. Windsor, SCOTUS on

Forcing the Spring

Jo Becker

Can Cats Be Trained? 9 MIN, 16 SEC

book.JPGHere's one of the world's great mysteries: why do cats scratch on the back door to get you to open it, and then when you do, they just stand in the doorway and do nothing? What are they thinking? What is going on there? Scientists say, we might never know, because cats are the most uncooperative research subjects ever. David Grimm, Deputy News Editor at Science, is the author of the new book Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship with Cats and Dogs.

Guests:
David Grimm, Science (@David_Grimm)

More:
Grimm on 'the mind of the world's most uncooperative research subject'

Citizen Canine

David Grimm

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