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The rebellion against Syria's al-Assad regime and its bloody response have aroused hostilities between Sunni and Shiite Muslims, a religious conflict that goes back hundreds of years. We hear how it's spreading from Syria to the rest the Middle East and what the consequences might be for a volatile region and for the United States. Also, the US makes its stealth raid over Korea well known, and the President wants Americans to tell Congress they want gun control but polls show the momentum is slowing down.

Banner image: A Free Syrian Army fighter mourns near the grave of his comrade who died in what the FSA said were clashes with forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, March 25, 2013. Photo by Trad al-Zouhouri//Shaam News Network/Handout

Producers:
Caitlin Shamberg
Evan George
Christian Bordal

Main Topic Violence and the Politics of Religion in the Middle East 34 MIN, 3 SEC

Two years of bloody violence against a brutal dictatorship in Syria have awakened the ancient rivalry between Sunni and Shiite Muslims. It's become a religious battle, pitting neighbors against each other in Syria and across the Middle East, and is accentuating hostilities between nations, including Saudi Arabia and Iran. Terrorist organizations, like Shiite Hezbollah and Sunni al Qaeda, are threatening chaos to advance their competing agendas. Is it partly an unintended consequence of America's occupation of Iraq?  Is there anything the US can do to contain it?

Guests:
Patrick McDonnell, Los Angeles Times (@mcdneville)
Caryle Murphy, journalist and author (@CaryleM)
Geneive Abdo, Stimson Center (@GeneiveAbdo)
Henri Barkey, Lehigh University (@hbarkey)

A Kingdom's Future

Caryle Murphy

Reporter's Notebook The President Speaks Out on Guns and Newtown, Again 8 MIN, 57 SEC

One hundred days after the Newtown massacre, polls show that public support for gun control is declining, but President Obama is putting pressure on Congress with an appeal to Americans to demand action. At the White House today, he stood before police officers and victims of shootings. "Less that 100 days ago that happened, and the entire country was shocked. The entire country pledged we would do something about it and that this time would be different. Shame on us if we've forgotten." Edward-Isaac Dovere, White House Editor for Politico, has more.

 

Guests:
Edward-Isaac Dovere, Politico (@IsaacDovere)

Making News US Makes Stealth Raid over Korea Well Known 7 MIN, 23 SEC

Two American B-2 stealth bombers were anything but stealthy today on a 13,000-mile round trip from their base in Missouri to South Korea and over the Yellow Sea, where they dropped dummy bombs on a target range. A military press release said, "It demonstrates the US ability to conduct long range, precision strikes quickly and at will." Mark Thompson is Deputy Washington Bureau Chief for Time magazine.

Guests:
Mark Thompson, Time magazine (@MarkThompson_DC)

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