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People look at the sky fearing an airstrike in the rebel-held al-Myassar neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria, September 27, 2016. (Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters)

Former Israeli leader Shimon Peres dies at age 93 6 MIN, 32 SEC

Shimon Peres died today at age of 93, the last of Israel's founders. He was both a soldier and a peacemaker, as we hear from freelance journalist Joel Greenberg.

Special thanks to Tena Rubio for production assistance.

Guests:
Joel Greenberg, freelance reporter

Syria: Where civilians are facing war without end 34 MIN, 3 SEC

The subject didn't come up in this week's first encounter between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, but the nation of Syria is turning to rubble. Secretary of State John Kerry hoped that a week-long ceasefire deal with Russia might be extended toward ending almost six years of civil war in Syria. But the fighting hardly stopped after all, and now the siege of Aleppo is more intense than ever. The US, Britain, France and Secretary General Ban Ki-moon have accused the Assad regime and its Russian ally of committing war crimes. We hear the voices of boys in Aleppo playing in water-filed craters created by barrel bombs that have killed their friends and family, and talk with the doctor's wife who filmed that scene. We also hear from a peace activist who's met with Bashar al-Assad, along with other observers.

Guests:
Andrew Tabler, Washington Institute for Near East Policy (@andrewtabler)
Waad Alkateab, filmmaker and resident of Aleppo
Vanessa Beeley, independent writer and photographer
Patrick Cockburn, Independent

More:
Tabler on Kerry's 'secret' Syria agreement with Russia
Cockburn on ceasefire collapse, phantom allies in Syria
Cockburn's 'The Rise of Islamic State, ISIS and the new Sunni Revolution'
The Economist on the unraveling of the Syrian ceasefire

In the Lion's Den

Andrew Tabler

Elon Musk's plan to make people an interplanetary species 9 MIN, 16 SEC

Futurist entrepreneur Elon Musk says humanity has only one alternative to inevitable extinction here on Earth: the colonization of outer space and other planets. He says we can get to Mars in less than 10 years.


Elon Musk is a well-known entrepreneur whose projects include electric cars and reusable space rockets. Yesterday, at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, he told an audience that human species has only two alternatives. The first is inevitable extinction by one means or another here on Earth. Astrophysicist Ian O’Neill, senior producer for space at Discovery News, expounds on the other alternative.

Guests:
Ian O'Neill, astrophysicist and science writer (@astroengine)

CREDITS

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Andrea Brody
Jenny Hamel

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