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With women now half of the workforce, the battle of the sexes has been replaced by negotiations. That's according to a new report co-authored by California First Lady Maria Shriver. But, are government, business and men catching up to workplace reality? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, incompetence and corruption forced a run-off in Afghanistan's presidential election.  Will it produce what the White House calls a "credible partner" deserving of more US troops to fight the Taliban and maintain stability?

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Gary Scott
Andrea Brody

Main Topic Afghanistan's Run-off Election 28 MIN, 48 SEC

When Afghanistan's presidential election was under way, Peter Galbraith complained that the UN mission refused to release evidence of fraud. That cost him his job as special representative of the Secretary General. But the evidence turned out to be so strong that President Hamid Karzai agreed to a runoff. Today, that same UN mission announced that more than half of the country's senior election officials will be fired. Will that guarantee free and fair voting? Will there be protection against the Taliban for those brave enough to go back to the polls? Will the outcome earn the public support that's needed for General Stanley McChrystal's strategy of counter-insurgency? With Barack Obama on the verge of decisions that could define his presidency, what lessons can be learned from America's history in Vietnam? 

Guests:
Peter Galbraith, former Deputy Special Representative in Afghanistan for the UN Secretary General
Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Washington Post (@rajivwashpost)
Gordon Goldstein, author, 'Lessons in Disaster'

Lessons in Disaster

Gordon Goldstein

Main Topic The Changing Lives of Women (and Everybody Else) 26 MIN, 4 SEC

California's First Lady, Maria Shriver, has put her name on a year's worth of research titled A Woman's Nation Changes Everything. Half of American workers are now women, and that means change. We look at the good news and the bad news for men, women and their children.

Guests:
Ann O'Leary, co-author, 'The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Changes Everything'
Stephanie Coontz, Council on Contemporary Families (@StephanieCoontz)
Katie Buckland, Executive Director, California Women's Law Center

Marriage, A History

Stephanie Coontz

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