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California has enacted the toughest equal pay law in the nation. It's designed to eliminate the gap of 23 cents an hour between men and women who perform the same tasks in the workplace. Is it a model for other states, or a recipe for trouble because it addresses a problem that doesn't really exist?

Later on the program, this year's Nobel Peace Prize brings public support to an underdog that works away from the headlines. We hear about the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet. 

Photo: Governor Jerry Brown announces the passage of the California Fair Pay Act.

Producers:
Paul von Zielbauer
Katie Cooper
Sarah Sweeney

Pentagon Drops Effort to Build Syrian Rebel Army 6 MIN, 30 SEC

The Pentagon has abandoned plans to build an army from the ground up in Syria to fight against the Islamic State, which the administration calls ISIL. Dissatisfied with early efforts to do so, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told reporters today in London that he's looking "at different ways to achieve basically the same kind of strategic objective… to enable capable, motivated forces on the ground to retake territory from ISIL." Adam Entous, national security correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, has more.

Guests:
Adam Entous, Wall Street Journal (@adamentous)

Enforcing Gender Equality in America's Workplace 32 MIN, 52 SEC

Equal pay for equal work has been the law in the United States since 1963, but the gap between men and women just won't go away. This week, California enacted the toughest law in the nation, putting companies on notice that they have to erase the difference.  But even some feminists argue that women bring the problem on themselves by not being aggressive enough and subscribing — unconsciously -- to gender bias. They insist California's new law will do more harm than good — while supporters hope for momentum toward equal pay nationwide.

Guests:
Claire Cain Miller, New York Times (@clairecm)
Joanne Lipman, journalist and author (@joannelipman)
Christina Hoff Sommers, American Enterprise Institute (@CHSommers)
Jake Rosenfeld, Washington University (@JakeRosenfeld1)

More:
Yale University study on the battle of the sexes
Boston Globe editorial on the Paycheck Fairness Act
Lipman on tackling gender inequality in the workplace
Sommers on the reasons women make less than men

Who Are the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet? 10 MIN, 17 SEC

The betting favorites for this year's Nobel Peace Prize included German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Pope Francis, but the winner is even unfamiliar to many news junkies.

The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet is a coalition of civil society groups that came together two years ago in the country that had given birth to the so-called Arab Spring. In neighboring Egypt, the military had deposed the first elected government, and Tunisians feared violent upheaval. But organized labor, employers, human rights advocates and lawyers had other ideas. Sarah Chayes, senior associate for the democracy and rule of law program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, has more on the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet and what they've accomplished.

Guests:
Sarah Chayes, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (@CarnegieEndow)

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