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President Obama is in Russia for the G20 summit, where America's threat to attack Syria has taken center stage over the global economy. We hear about arguments that separate the US and Russia over who used chemical weapons and what should be done. Also, why can some people recognize faces while others can't? New brain studies may influence law enforcement, border control and airport security.  

Banner image: President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin of Russia at a bilateral meeeting at the Esperanza Resort in San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico, June 18, 2012. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Producers:
Caitlin Shamberg
Sonya Geis
Gideon Brower

Today's Talking Point Face Blindness and 'Super Recognizers' 9 MIN, 32 SEC

Researchers at Dartmouth College were investigating the problems of some people who can't recognize their spouses' faces — or even their own. Then they discovered that some people are "super recognizers." Bradley Duchaine is Associate Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth College.

 

Guests:
Bradley Duchaine, Dartmouth College

Making News G20 Summit Tries to Keep Global Economy on Track 7 MIN, 41 SEC

The G20 brings together the heads of state and finance ministers of countries that make up two thirds of the world's population.  If Syria is stealing the headlines, what is the G20 meeting supposed to be about? Matthew Bishop is US Business Editor and New York Bureau Chief for the Economist magazine.

Guests:
Matthew Bishop, Economist magazine (@mattbish)

Main Topic At the Economic Summit, Syria Takes Center Stage 33 MIN, 42 SEC

Presidents Obama and Putin shook hands as Obama arrived in Russia for the G20 summit today, but that's apparently as close as they're going to get. Russia's grant of asylum to Edward Snowden, the leaker of American secrets, has dramatized the increasing gulf between the two countries. Obama says he's decided on military action in Syria, while Putin's opposed, while neither side has gone public with the evidence needed to make its case. Whatever happened to Obama's "reset" of relations with Russia?  Are the differences between the two countries irreconcilable? Will Obama gain the backing of other nations while he's in Russia? Should he have stayed home to persuade Congress and the American people?

Guests:
Lesley Clark, McClatchy Newspapers (@lesleyclark)
Dmitri Trenin, Carnegie Moscow Center (@DmitriTrenin)
Claudia Rosett, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (@CRosett)
Hillary Mann Leverett, American University

Going to Tehran

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