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Forced ultrasounds, contraceptives and healthcare, working women and stay-at-home moms, married women and single women. Women's issues have dominated the political headlines over the past several weeks. Guest hosts Sara Terry asks why they've taken center stage, who benefits from the debate, and how important women voters are in this year's election. Also, James Murdoch is questioned on News Corp's political influence in Britain, and move over space tourism. Entrepreneurs have set their eyes on a new frontier, space mining.

Banner image: Demonstrators participate in a protest at the Hyatt Regency where Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was scheduled to attend a fundraiser on March 22, 2012 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Producers:
Andrea Brody
Anna Scott
Gideon Brower

Reporter's Notebook Mining Minerals in Space 50 MIN, 34 SEC

A group of space entrepreneurs announced today that they plan to explore a new frontier. Nearly 9,000 asteroids larger than 150 feet in diameter orbit near Earth, and a group called Planetary Resources thinks that billions of dollars could be made mining precious metals from those chunks of matter. Experts say they're pushing the boundaries of what's actually possible. Adam Mann reports on space and physics for Wired magazine.

Guests:
Adam Mann, Wired magazine (@adamspacemann)

Making News James Murdoch Queried on News Corp's Political Influence in UK 7 MIN, 30 SEC

In London today, James Murdoch appeared before a judicial inquiry into British press ethics and behavior. His father, media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, is expected to testify later this week in the latest chapter of a long-running scandal involving Murdoch-owned newspapers. Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson is media editor for the Financial Times.

Guests:
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson, Financial Times (@Edgecliffe)

Main Topic Is the 'War on Women' Just a War on Words? 34 MIN, 23 SEC

Every election year, women's issues grab headlines at some point. What's being know this year as "the war on women" is being fueled by many of the same issues that always come up when the conversation is about women. Is there anything new to the latest debate? Working women versus stay-at-home mothers, and reproductive rights have all been hot topics in the past. What's different this year? Is there really such a thing as "the women's vote"? If there is, what defines it? How are the two political parties courting women, and what influence will women voters have in the 2012 election?

Guests:
Dahlia Lithwick, Slate.com (@DahliaLithwick)
Janice Shaw Crouse, Concerned Women for America (@CWforA)
Ann Stone, Republicans for Choice (@aews)
Katha Pollitt, The Nation (@KathaPollitt)

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