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Cheating on tests for diesel engine emissions will cost Volkswagen billions of dollars. It's also helping to boost the development for alternatives to the internal combustion engine… and electric cars look like the wave of the future.

Later on the program, three months later, are both the US and Iran complying with the nuclear deal? 

Photo: Tesla 3

Syrian Hospital Destroyed in Airstrike as Cease-Fire Unravels 6 MIN, 30 SEC

In a part of Aleppo held by insurgents, airstrikes by the Syrian government hit a hospital today killing 27 people, including three children, six staff members and other health workers. Anne Barnard, who's covering the story for the New York Times, joins us from Beirut.

Guests:
Anne Barnard, New York Times (@ABarnardNYT)

There's Likely to Be an Electric Car in Your Future 32 MIN, 7 SEC

It's been 100 years since electric cars ruled the roads of industrial countries, until they were replaced by the internal combustion engine. But now, in Europe, China — and especially the US — electric cars are seen as the wave of the future. It won't be long before they're talking to one another. We hear how they're getting a boost from the scandalous cheating by Volkswagen and others to deceive the public about so-called "clean diesel." Car makers, government regulators and savvy investors predict the demand for electric cars is about to go through the roof. 

Guests:
Jason Karaian, Quartz (@jkaraian)
Dan Neil, Wall Street Journal (@Danneilwsj)
Daniel Fagnant, University of Utah
Roland Hwang, Natural Resources Defense Council (@RolandHwang)

More:
Germany to invest, promote development of electric cars
Karaian on the creative ways carmakers manipulate emissions tests
Hwang on the bright future of electric vehicles

Iran's Foreign Minister Criticizes US on Nuclear Deal 11 MIN, 17 SEC

President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran is a major issue in the presidential campaign, and relations between the two countries are still contentious. 


Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif chat in Lausanne, Switzerland
before a discussion about the future of Iran's nuclear program, on March 16, 2015.
(US State Department)

In Saudi Arabia this week, the President talked about the prospect of "peaceful coexistence" between Iran and its Middle East neighbors. Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif then complained that the US is not fully complying with the nuclear deal arrived at just three months ago. He spoke to Robin Wright, staff writer for the New Yorker

Guests:
Robin Wright, US Institute of Peace / Woodrow Wilson Center (@wrightr)
Eli Lake, Bloomberg View (@EliLake)

More:
Lake on Foreign Minister Zarif

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