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When nuclear talks resume tomorrow, the Obama Administration is optimistic about a deal with Iran. But long-time allies and members of Congress are warning that a bad deal would be worse than no deal at all. We hear about the most likely terms for an agreement and why they're causing so much diplomatic and political friction. Also, al Qaeda-related suicide bombers attack the Iranian Embassy in Beirut. On today's Talking Point, in the Charlton Heston film Soylent Green, food was made out of people. Now a California start-up is marketing Soylent — artificial food for people.

Banner image: French President Francois Hollande (R) listens to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his welcome ceremony at Ben Gurion airport November 17, 2013. Netanyahu pressed France on Friday not to weaken in its stance toward Iran in upcoming talks on the Islamic state's nuclear program. Photo: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

Producers:
Andrea Brody
Christian Bordal
Evan George

Main Topic A Possible Nuclear Deal with Iran Divides Traditional Allies 35 MIN, 34 SEC

Nuclear talks will resume tomorrow between Iran, the US and five other countries, and the rhetoric is heating up on all sides of the issue. While the US says an agreement is "close," France says Iran's path to a bomb would still be too easy. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the deal is a threat to its very existence, and Arab nations — including Saudi Arabia — are taking Israel's side. In Congress, Republicans, and some Democrats, say it's time to increase economic sanctions, not to relax them, as the proposed agreement would do. Why are the US and traditional partners so divided?  Is a deal or the lack of a deal most likely to lead to war?

Guests:
Geoff Dyer, Financial Times (@DyerGeoff)
Eric Edelman, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment
Stephen Kinzer, journalist and author (@stephenkinzer)
Gary Samore, Harvard University

Today's Talking Point California Start-up Wants to Free Our Bodies from Food 7 MIN, 46 SEC

The 1973 science fiction film Soylent Green portrays a dystopian future were people survive on revolutionary foodstuff, but there's a kicker. In the final scenes, we discover that soylent green is people! Now comes a new diet consisting of substances different from what we think of as food. It's all the brainchild of Silicon Valley entrepreneur Rob Rhinehart, whose Kickstarter campaign to raise $100,000 ended up with more than a million. Science writer Brian Merchant lived on Soylent for 30 days. He's the senior editor of Motherboard, the science and tech website published by Vice.

 

Guests:
Brian Merchant, Motherboard (@bcmerchant)

Soylent Green

Richard H. Kline

Making News Al Qaeda-Related Suicide Bombers Attack Iranian Embassy in Beirut 7 MIN, 50 SEC

Iran's embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, was attacked by two suicide bombers today, one captured on video rushing the outer wall and the other reportedly in a nearby parked car. At least 23 people are dead, including an Iranian cultural attaché. Erika Solomon, who is in Beirut for Reuters, has an update.

 

Guests:
Erika Solomon, Financial Times (@ErikaSolomon)

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