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Yesterday, President Obama surprised 120 fellow world leaders with a tough defense of free speech and a challenge to Egypt’s new President Mohammed Morsi. We’ll hear how the world body is coping—and not coping—with various crises around the globe. California gets ready for driverless cars. And protests in Athens may shake a fragile coalition.

Reporter's Notebook Driverless Cars Coming Soon 7 MIN, 38 SEC

They can zip around blind curves, stop on a dime and observe the speed limit at all times—without ever taking a phone call. They are driverless cars—now legal in California. Google has been putting their robotic cars on the roads of California, with safety records that might put human drivers to shame. What are the consequences for America’s romance with the automobile?

Guests:
Dan Neil, Wall Street Journal (@Danneilwsj)

Making News Protests in Athens May Shake Fragile Coalition 7 MIN, 14 SEC

In Athens today, tens of thousands of people filled the streets for a general strike against the latest plan for more austerity measures amounting to 6% of Greece’s GDP. 

Guests:
Nick Malkoutzis, Kathimerini (@NickMalkoutzis)

Main Topic Iran, Egypt and the UN General Assembly 35 MIN, 34 SEC

On Day Two of the UN General Assembly’s annual session, an unwelcome reminder of the major issue on the minds of 120 world leaders:  Syrian rebels staged another deadly attack on President Assad’s military headquarters in Damascus today.  In New York, the focus was on other developments in the Middle East: the new government of Egypt, Iran’s nuclear progress and relations between Israel and the Palestinians. 

Guests:
Stewart Patrick, Council on Foreign Relations (@StewartMPatrick)
David Kirkpatrick, New York Times (@kirkpatricknyt)
Barbara Slavin, Atlantic Council (@barbaraslavin1)
Patrick Clawson, Washington Institute for Near East Policy

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