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The 17 Republican candidates for president are almost unanimous when it comes to foreign affairs. Almost all are getting their ideas from one group of advisors, called the John Hay Initiative.

Also, President Carter reveals that cancer has spread to his brain. On today's Talking Point, the digital age has led to predictions of a "creative apocalypse" and the demise of recorded music, movies and books. Turns out, musicians, filmmakers and writers may have bright futures after all.  

Photo: Former Governor Jeb Bush of Florida speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skirmore)

Producers:
Christine Detz
Katie Cooper
Evan George

President Carter's Cancer Has Spread to His Brain 6 MIN, 30 SEC

At the age of 90, former President Jimmy Carter announced today that cancer has been found on his brain.  He addressed reporters at a news conference in Atlanta where he planned to begin radiation treatment. "I was surprisingly at ease. I've had a wonderful life, thousands of friends, and I've had an exciting, adventurous, gratifying existence."

Richard Reeves is a presidential historian.  He's a senior lecturer at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in Los Angeles.

Guests:
Richard Reeves, USC Annenberg School for Communication

Republican Rhetoric on Foreign Policy: What's the Plan? 33 MIN, 58 SEC

If former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is next year's Democratic nominee, foreign policy will be front and center in the presidential campaign. Most of the 17 Republican hopefuls are foreign-policy amateurs, but they're almost unanimously hawkish, blaming the Democrats for "weakness." It turns out that almost all are consulting the same group of advisors, who were part of Mitt Romney's losing campaign in 2012. We hear what the John Hay Initiative is telling the candidates about war, diplomacy and America's role in the world.

Guests:
Josh Rogin, Bloomberg View (@joshrogin)
Brian Hook, John Hay Initiative (@HayInitiative)
Brian Katulis, Center for America Progress (@Katulis)
Kori Schake, Hoover Institution (@KoriSchake)

More:
Rogin on Republican presidential candidates, John Hay Initiative
Katulis on why Obama's foreign policy is likely to outlive his presidency
Schake on the GOP overstating strength of foreign policy as a winning electoral issue

How Digital Innovation Has Helped, Not Hurt, Artists 9 MIN, 20 SEC

The digital age has spawned predictions of a "creative apocalypse," caused because it would be impossible to make money by making art. So what's happened to the musicians, the filmmakers and the writers? It's not as bad as has been widely predicted, according to an article in the upcoming New York Times Magazine. Steven Johnson is author of nine books, including How We Got to Now: Six Innovations that Made the Modern World.

Guests:
Steven Johnson, popular science author (@stevenbjohnson)

How We Got to Now

Steven Johnson

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