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As the NATO summit ended today in Wales, the host—Prime Minister David Cameron—was trying to keep his own country together. In less than two weeks, the UK will no longer be the “United Kingdom” if Scotland votes to become independent. More than 300 years of history will come to an end, and maybe even the Union Jack—the original red, white and blue. Despite jokes about Mel Gibson dressed in a kilt, there’s a lot at stake for America, the global economy, diplomacy and international defense.

Also, NATO responds to Ukraine and ISIS. Plus: is baseball being destroyed by a simple technology?

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NATO Response to Ukraine and ISIS 6 MIN, 29 SEC

The government of Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists announced a ceasefire today, just as the NATO summit was wrapping up in Wales. Mark Landler is White House Correspondent for the New York Times.

Guests:
Mark Landler, New York Times (@MarkLandler)

Scotland Poised to Vote on Independence 35 MIN, 32 SEC

It’s been 307 years since Scotland and England became the United Kingdom, but generations of Scots have never lost their yearning for independence. In 1997, they established their own Parliament but, for many, that isn’t enough. In less than two weeks, all residents 16 and over will have a chance to create a separate county. Just one vote could make the difference. We’ll hear what that means for Britain’s identity crisis, and for independence movements in Spain, Italy and other countries in the European Union.

Guests:
Kate Devlin, The Herald (@_katedevlin)
Susan Stewart, Women for Independence (@Scotto_Voce)
George Foulkes, Lord Foulkes of Cumnock (@GeorgeFoulkes)
Fiona Hill, Brookings Institution (@BrookingsInst)

Why ‘America’s Pastime’ Is Becoming a Thing of the Past 8 MIN, 1 SEC

There are lots of reasons why Major League Baseball has become too boring for fans to watch games that can take 3 hours of TV time. One disappointed observer says it’s all because of a camera. Ben Revere of the Philadelphia Phillies has the highest batting average in the National League at just over .313. That means he’s on track to win the batting title—with the lowest average in 138 years of League history. That’s according to Derek Thompson, senior editor of The Atlantic magazine, who asks in this month's issue, “Can’t anybody hit these days?” His story is titled, “The Simple Technology that Accidentally Ruined Baseball.“

Guests:
Derek Thompson, The Atlantic (@DKThomp)

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