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French authorities are unraveling the details of two hostage situations, one of which led to the deaths of both suspects in the Charlie Hebdo massacre. In the other, an alleged confederate also was killed.  Some neighborhoods in Paris are locked down and all of France remains on high alert.

Also, the Presidents of the US and Iran may be creating the atmosphere for nuclear rapprochement.  Can they overcome opposition here and abroad?  

Photo: Armed French intervention police walk with a sniffer dog are seen at the scene of a shooting in the street of Montrouge near Paris January 8, 2015. (Christian Hartmann/Reuters)

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Benjamin Gottlieb
Gideon Brower
Andrea Brody

Three French Terrorists Killed in Police Raids 23 MIN, 2 SEC

The suspected killers in this week's massacre at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo have been killed in a shootout with French police. A third terrorist was also killed.  Those are the results of two hostage situations, one in Paris and the other in the northern part of the country. Some neighborhoods in Paris are locked down and all of France remains on high alert.

Guests:
Dominique Moisi, French Institute of International Relations (@IFRI_)
Eric Schmitt, New York Times (@ericschmittNYT)
Mark Juergensmeyer, University of California, Santa Barbara (@juergensmeyer)

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Schmitt on suspects having received terrorist training from al Qaeda affiliate

Terror in the Mind of God

Mark Juergensmeyer

A Moment of Opportunity in US-Iranian Relations? 27 MIN, 23 SEC

America's rapprochement with Cuba has changed international diplomacy and domestic politics.  Could Iran be next?  President Obama recently told NPR that Iran has "incredible talent and resources and sophistication" — if it could "break through its isolation." President Hassan Rouhani recently took on his country's hardliners in a speech of "jaw-dropping boldness." That has some diplomats and reporters talking about a nuclear deal that could be a game-changer.  Is that wishful thinking?  Would Congress and America's allies, including Israel, find it unacceptable?

Guests:
Fred Kaplan, Slate (@fmkaplan)
Karim Sadjadpour, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (@ksadjadpour)
Robert D. Kaplan, Center for a New American Security (@RobertDKaplan)
Michael Rubin, American Enterprise Institute (@mrubin1971)

More:
Fred Kaplan on Rouhani squaring off against his country's hard-liners
Robert Kaplan on an American-Iranian détente, our relationship with Israel
Rubin on Obama's diplomatic strategy subsidizing Iranian repression

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