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During his final year in office, President Obama will spend much of his time traveling—to Europe, Asia and South America. Tomorrow night, he'll emphasize foreign policy in his final State of the Union address and we get a preview.

Later on the program, just days after releasing his latest album, David Bowie has died of cancer. We look back his career and the "changes" that he inspired in music, fashion, theater and gender bending.

Official White HOuse photo by Pete Souza

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Sarah Sweeney
Evan George

SCOTUS Hears Challenge to Public-Sector Unions 6 MIN, 30 SEC

The power of organized labor in the public sector may be at stake in a case argued today before the US Supreme Court. It's a First Amendment case called, Friedrichs v. the California Teachers Association. Adam Liptak covers the court for the New York Times.

Guests:
Adam Liptak, New York Times (@adamliptak)

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Center for Independent Rights

The State of America's Foreign Relations 32 MIN, 20 SEC

President Obama's final State of the Union address tomorrow night is expected to be heavy on foreign affairs. Likely highlights: the Iran nuclear deal, the climate change summit, the free trade pact in Asia and renewed relations with Cuba. But all those are still works in progress — and critics call Mr. Obama an uncertain leader, who's let America's allies get weaker while enemies have grown stronger. We review seven years of victories, compromises and setbacks in a complex world that's often beyond even a US president's control.

Guests:
Michael Crowley, Politico (@MichaelCrowley)
Aaron David Miller, Woodrow Wilson Intrenational Center for Scholars (@aarondmiller2)
Marvin Kalb, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting / Brookings Institution (@marvinkalb)

More:
Crowley on collision between Obama's idealistic rhetoric and Cold War realities
Miller on Obama's failure to learn in the Middle East
Kalb's 'Imperial Gamble: Putin, Ukraine and the New Cold War'

The End of Greatness

Aaron David Miller

How David Bowie Changed the World 11 MIN, 5 SEC

Last Friday, on his 69th birthday, David Bowie released Blackstar, his final album. Over the weekend, he died of cancer after 18 months of treatments. We hear an appreciation of Bowie and look at how he changed the world.


Photo by Rring Huang

Guests:
Paul Burston, journalist, author, founder of the LGBT literary salon in London (@PaulBurston)
Reeves Gabrels, musician (@reevesgabrels)

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