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In Iran, recent weeks have seen a surprisingly hard fought election campaign. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad faces a strong challenge from reformist Mir-Hossein Mousavi, who's broken with convention by campaigning with his outspoken wife at his side. Will urban women and youth tip the scales towards Mousavi, or will hardliners and the rural poor help re-elect Ahmadinejad? How will the outcome affect politics in the region and relationships with the West? Also, President Obama calls Green Bay a model for healthcare reform. On Reporter's Notebook, were airspeed indicators part of the problem that led to the crash of Air France Flight 447 over the Atlantic more than a week ago? Sara Terry guest hosts.


Banner image: Iranian women attend an electoral campaign rally in Tehran, Iran. Photo: Majid/Getty Images

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Christian Bordal
Gary Scott

Making News Obama Calls Green Bay a Model for Healthcare Reform 7 MIN, 38 SEC

President Obama continues his drive to rein in rising healthcare costs. Today he hosted a townhall meeting in Green Bay, Wisconsin, a city that may be a model for effective – and efficient – healthcare. Chris Frates is a reporter for Politico and author of The Pulse, its daily newsletter.

Guests:
Chris Frates, National Journal (@influencealley)

Main Topic Taking It to the Streets: Election Rallies in Iran 34 MIN, 25 SEC

For the past three weeks Iranians have been out on the streets in the tens of thousands, with a fervor many say hasn't been seen since the toppling of the Shah thirty years ago. Tomorrow, voters in Iran head to the polls in what has become an almost free-for-all presidential election between incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and reformist candidates Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi. Text messages, Facebook and television debates are all part of the fray. What are the issues driving voters? What role will women play in the vote's outcome? Will this new spirit of debate and openness continue? Would a new president take a different tack in dealing with the West?

Guests:
Borzou Daragahi, Financial Times (@borzou )
Warren Strobel, Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent, McClatchy Newspapers
Mariam Memarsadeghi, Tavaana E-learning Institute for Iranian Civil Society
Mohsen Milani, Professor of Government and International Affairs, University of South Florida

Reporter's Notebook More Details on the Air France Crash; Airline Safety in the Senate 8 MIN, 17 SEC

It's been more than a week since Air France Flight 447 crashed into the Atlantic, leaving a mystery as to what happened to the flight and why. As the search for debris and bodies continues, some clues are beginning to emerge, which may help investigators understand what went wrong and how such tragedies can be avoided. Patrick Smith writes the “Ask the Pilot” column for Salon. He's also the author of Ask the Pilot: Everything You Need to Know about Air Travel.

Guests:
Patrick Smith, AskThePilot.com (@AskThePilot)

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