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The biggest audience ever for a Democratic presidential debate tuned in last night to see Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and three other candidates try to define themselves and establish the agenda for the upcoming campaign. We hear excerpts and look at some of the moments that are setting the stage for the party primaries — and the general election beyond.

Later on the program, a star is not behaving the way it's supposed to. Will Science Fiction be made real?

Photo: (L-R) Jim Webb, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley and Lincoln Chafee attend the first debate in Las Vegas, Nevada October 13, 2015. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Paul von Zielbauer
Andrea Brody

New Palestinian Attacks Shake Jerusalem 6 MIN, 14 SEC

Hundreds of Israeli troops are on the streets of Jerusalem and in the West Bank as stabbing assaults continued today, including one on security forces. William Booth, who reports from Jerusalem for the Washington Post, has more on the latest violence.

Guests:
William Booth, Washington Post (@BoothWilliam)

Round One for the Democrats 33 MIN, 53 SEC

For months, reports about the Democrats' chances of retaining the White House have centered on Hillary Clinton's personal emails while she was Secretary of State. During the party's first debate last night, Bernie Sanders had a surprise for political commentators, the audience at a Las Vegas casino — and Hillary Clinton. The Vermont Senator said he was sick of hearing about Clinton's emails, so the candidates found other points of difference.

But the biggest contrast was between their polite, sometimes pointed, discussion of issues and the relentless political combat displayed recently by Republicans. Nobody had expected that kind of conflict, but last night's event drew a massive audience — giving three also-rans the chance to make themselves known. We look at some of the moments that are setting the stage for the party primaries and the general election beyond.

Guests:
Michael Scherer, Time Magazine (@michaelscherer)

More:
Time magazine on the 2016 election
Politifact's fact checking on the first Democratic presidential debate

Dollarocracy

John Nichols

A Mysterious Cluster in the Galaxy Could Be Extraterrestrial 9 MIN, 15 SEC

For some years, astronomers have been studying a source of light in the Milky Way that seems to have no natural explanation. Is there intelligent life elsewhere in the universe? It's an ancient question that's always worth asking.


Photo: Carter Roberts

Guests:
Jason Wright, Pennsylvania State University (@Astro_Wright)
Andrew Siemion, Berkeley SETI Research Center (@setiathome)

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