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Implementation of the nuclear deal and prisoner swaps highlighted a weekend of diplomacy between the US and Iran after 35 years of outspoken hostility. How much longer can the "good feelings" last? 

Later on the program, as the World Economic Forum begins in the posh resort of Davos in Switzerland, worldwide income inequality has reached a new level. Just 62 individuals at the very top own as much wealth as 3.5 billion other people.  

Photo: US Secretary of State John Kerry talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif after the International Atomic Energy Agency verified that Iran has met all conditions under the nuclear deal, in Vienna January 16, 2016. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney
Katie Cooper

SCOTUS Will Review Obama Immigration Plan 6 MIN, 30 SEC

The US Supreme Court is set to make a blockbuster ruling in the midst of this year's presidential campaign. It's agreed to rule on a challenge to President Obama's use of executive power to defer deportation of more than four million undocumented workers. Jess Bravin covers the court for the Wall Street Journal.

Guests:
Jess Bravin, Wall Street Journal (@JessBravin)

The US and Iran: Does Diplomacy Have a Future? 35 MIN, 34 SEC

Iran has reduced its nuclear program and is back in the global economy, thanks to the lifting of sanctions imposed under the leadership of the United States. The Presidents of both countries have made those and other concessions, but they also face stern opposition from domestic hardliners. High-profile prisoner swaps can't disguise 35 years of hostilities over Middle East politics and international terrorism. With elections pending in both countries, what are the prospects for a troubled relationship?

Guests:
David Sanger, New York Times (@SangerNYT)
Daryl Kimball, Arms Control Association (@armscontrolnow)
Josh Rogin, Bloomberg View (@joshrogin)
Trita Parsi, National Iranian American Council (@tparsi)

More:
Sanger on the testy months behind the US prisoner swap with Iran
Arms Control Association on the nonproliferation impact of the Iran Nuclear Deal Implementation Day
Rogin on how prisoner swap could help Iran arm Syria's Assad
National Iranian American Council on whether the US will take a backseat to Europe in commercial engagement with Iran

Wealth Gap Widens Faster than Anticipated 7 MIN, 48 SEC

The global economy has doubled in just the past 30 years -- but workers are getting a smaller piece of the action than ever.


Photo: Oxfam America

World leaders, international business tycoons and celebrities are gathering in Davos, Switzerland for the annual World Economic Forum -- called the "ultimate ego boost" by Vanity Fair. Coinciding with Davos, the charity Oxfam has released a sobering study. One finding: 62 people at the very top own as much wealth as 3.6 billion people in the rest of the world's economy. Ray Offenheiser is president of Oxfam America.

Guests:
Ray Offenheiser, Oxfam America (@OxfamAmerica)

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