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The current standoff over Ukraine is being called the most dangerous crisis in Europe since the end of the Cold War. We update the diplomatic confrontation, hear what's happening on the ground and look at possible options for the US and Russia. Also, a new trove of data on Medicare doctors, and former President Jimmy Carter talks about women's equality.

Banner image: Pro-Russian protesters are seen through barbed wires at a barricade outside a regional government building in Donetsk April 7, 2014. Photo: Stringer/Reuters

Producers:
Andrea Brody
Katie Cooper
Mike Kessler

A New Trove of Data on Medicare Doctors 7 MIN, 44 SEC

Payments for Medicare totaled $77 billion in 2012. But 1% of all the doctors involved got 14% of the payments. Three hundred forty-four physicians got more than $3 million each. That's according to statistics released for the first time after Dow Jones intervened in a federal lawsuit. Louise Radnofsky reports for the Wall Street Journal, owned by Dow Jones.

Guests:
Louise Radnofsky, Wall Street Journal (@louiseradnofsky)

The Temperature Rises in Europe's Latest Hot Spot 32 MIN, 40 SEC

Russian troops are poised on the Eastern Ukrainian border as the US and Russia trade charges of manufacturing political crises in that troubled country. Pro-Russian demonstrators are holding government buildings in the Eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, and a crackdown by the interim government could be the pretext for an invasion. Vladimir Putin has been scornful of economic sanctions imposed by the US and Europe after Russia annexed Crimea. How has such tension developed over Ukraine's industrial heartland? If Russia resorts to military action, what could the US do then? How dangerous is the situation? 

Guests:
Nicholas Burns, Harvard Kennedy School of Government (@RNicholasBurns)
Alexander Nekrassov, Russian commentator (@StirringTrouble)
Mike Giglio, BuzzFeed (@mike_giglio)
Julia Ioffe, New Republic (@juliaioffe)
Anders Aslund, Peterson Institute of International Economics (@PIIE_com)

More:
David Ignatius on the US fighting the wrong battle in Eastern Ukraine
Giglio on pro-Russian occupation fueling invasion fears in Eastern Ukraine
Ioffe on Putin's strategy
McCain responds to Kerry, Obama foreign policy
Secretary of State Kerry's testimony to Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Jimmy Carter's Fight for Women's Rights 10 MIN, 32 SEC

book.JPGSince leaving the White House in 1981, former President Jimmy Carter has written 28 books and won the Nobel Peace Prize for working to solve international conflicts. Now he's focused on women's rights. At a conference on civil rights last night in Austin, Texas, Carter spoke about the mistreatment of women and girls as the next front in the civil rights movements. That's the subject of his latest book, A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power.

Guests:
Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States (@CarterCenter)

A Call to Action

Jimmy Carter

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