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Once again, Hillary Clinton is facing an unexpected challenge in the Iowa caucuses… with less than two weeks to go. We hear how last night's debate with Bernie Sanders might effect the outcome -- in Iowa and other states as a long primary process finally gets under way.

Later on the show, as the Australian Open gets under way, the BBC and BuzzFeed claim gambling syndicates have been fixing matches with some top tennis players involved. 

Photo: Screen grab from Democratic debate on NBC News, January 17, 2016.

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Paul von Zielbauer
Evan George

Obama Hails Diplomacy after Freed American Prisoners Leave Iran 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Iran has reduced its nuclear capacity and economic sanctions are being lifted, but that’s no guarantee that international diplomacy is going smoothly. Washington Post reporter, Jason Rezaian, was one of three American prisoners set free, but Iranian officials almost refused to let his wife leave the country with him. Laura Rozen, correspondent with Al-Monitor, has an update.

Guests:
Laura Rozen, Al-Monitor (@lrozen)

More:
New York Times on detention of Rezaian's family

In Iowa, the Democrats Are Down to the Wire 33 MIN, 30 SEC

Hillary Clinton may lead Bernie Sanders in national polls, but the race to the White House is a state-by-state process. In Iowa and New Hampshire, Sanders is coming on strong -- raising the stakes for last night’s final, televised confrontation before Democrats caucus in Iowa. There were lively exchanges on gun control, healthcare, taxes and Wall-Street domination……with appeals not only to the mostly white voters in the two early states — but to more diverse electorates in primary contests just around the corner. 

Guests:
Harry Jaffe, The Washingtonian (@harryjaffe)
Matea Gold, Washington Post (@mateagold)
Mark Weisbrot, Center for Economic and Policy Research (@markweisbrot)
Ed Kilgore, New York magazine / Democratic Strategist (@ed_kilgore)

More:
Sanders' 'Medicare for All' plan

Gambling in Tennis: Game, Set, Match...Fixing? 9 MIN, 50 SEC

As the Australian Open gets under way, there are new reports that gambling syndicates are fixing high-level professional tennis matches.


Rod Laver Arena, Australian Open
Photo: Steve Collis

The BBC and BuzzFeed are reporting that match-fixing is prevalent in professional tennis. Jon Wertheim is executive editor and senior writer at Sports Illustrated. He’s author of This is Your Brain on Sports: The Science of Underdogs, the Value of Rivalry, and What We Can Learn from the T-Shirt Cannon.

Guests:
Jon Wertheim, Sports Illustrated (@jon_wertheim)

More:
Tennis Integrity Unit rejects suggestion evidence of match fixing suppressed

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