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As the flow of refugees from Syria's civil war continues, peace talks have been delayed again. The Obama Administration is taking heat for not using military action against the Assad regime, which is supported by Russia. We look at the options.

Later on the program, the promise to "remake America" isn't just a political slogan. It's the real goal of families made powerful by inherited wealth. We talk with investigative reporter Jane Mayer about her book on billionaires and the radical right. 

Photo: Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks on Syria at a press conference on December 18, 2015, at the United Nations in New York City. (US State Department)

Producers:
Christine Detz
Katie Cooper
Sarah Sweeney

Zika Virus Likely to Spread to Most of Western Hemisphere 6 MIN, 30 SEC

The World Health Organization said today that the Zika virus has been linked to brain damage in thousands of Brazilian babies. And, it's spreading… throughout the Americas. Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Laurie Garrett is a senior fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations. Her books include I Heard the Sirens Scream: How Americans Responded to the 9/11 and Anthrax Attacks.

Guests:
Laurie Garrett, Council on Foreign Relations (@Laurie_Garrett)

The Struggle for Peace in a Polarized World 32 MIN, 6 SEC

Syria's civil war has dragged on for five years, killing hundreds of thousands and turning millions more into refugees. UN-sponsored peace talks were scheduled to start today, but they've been delayed until Friday. Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and other regional powers disagree about which rebels should be at the table. Russia still supports President al-Assad. The Obama administration says Assad must go, but is resisting calls for military action. Is it time for the US to assert its Superpower status or pursue continued restraint in a multi-polar world.  

Guests:
Mathew Burrows, Atlantic Council (@AtlanticCouncil)
Angela Stent, Georgetown University (@AngelaStent)
Robert S. Ford, Middle East Institute
Danielle Pletka, American Enterprise Institute (@dpletka)

More:
Ford's open letter to Secretary Kerry on Syrian talks and ceasfires
Burrows on the US and a multipolar world

'Dark Money' and the Koch Brothers' Political Machine 11 MIN, 27 SEC

The billionaire Koch Brothers aren't just advancing their own interests, they're trying to change the way Americans think. So says investigative journalist Jane Mayer. She's been writing about the Koch Brothers in the New Yorker magazine for five years. Now, she's published a book about them and other American families made powerful by inherited wealth. It's called Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires behind the Rise of the Radical Right.

Guests:
Jane Mayer, New Yorker (@JaneMayerNYer)

More:
Wall Street Journal review of 'Dark Money'

Dark Money

Jane Mayer

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