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President Obama and his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, announced today that they've made important steps in restoring relations between the two countries. They've already agreed to a cut in nuclear warheads, but can the two new presidents find common ground on more controversial issues such as human rights and the missile defense field? What influence does former Russian President Vladimir Putin have on the negotiations? Also, an update on the continuing crisis in Honduras. On Reporter's Notebook, is Los Angeles prepared for hundreds of thousands of Michael Jackson fans flooding the streets downtown tomorrow? Sara Terry guest hosts.


Banner image: President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev sign documents on nuclear arms reduction before their news conference at the Kremlin. Official White House Photo: Chuck Kennedy)

Producers:
Karen Radziner
Frances Anderton

Making News Crisis Continues in Honduras 6 MIN, 37 SEC

One day after ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya tried – and failed – to land on his home soil, international efforts to resolve the crisis are continuing and regional tensions are high. Sara Miller Llana is Latin America Bureau Chief for the Christian Science Monitor.

Guests:
Sara Miller Llana, Latin America Bureau Chief, Christian Science Monitor

The Russia Balance Sheet

Andrew Kuchins and Anders Aslund

Reporter's Notebook Preparations for Jackson Memorial 7 MIN, 15 SEC

City officials are expecting huge crowds downtown for tomorrow’s memorial for Michael Jackson at Staples Center. Some 1.6 million people applied for only 17,500 available tickets.  The Los Angeles Police Department is coordinating last-minute security operations around the area. Councilwoman Jan Perry represents the 9th District.

Guests:
Jan Perry, Los Angeles City Council (@JanPerry)

Off the Wall

Michael Jackson

Main Topic Can Obama 'Reset' Relations with Russia? 34 MIN, 12 SEC

Barack Obama is in Moscow for a two-day trip, and appears to be on track with his goal of ending the long chill between the US and its former cold war enemy. At a press conference today in Moscow, he and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev both said important steps forward had been made. They’ve agreed to cut nuclear warheads, a major goal for the first meeting between the two new presidents. But what progress can be made on issues such as NATO expansion and a planned missile defense shield? What role is former President, now Prime Minister Vladmir Putin playing behind the scenes?

Guests:
Owen Matthews, Moscow Bureau Chief, Newsweek
Alexei Levinson, Head of the Socio-cultural Department, Levada Center
Evgeny Bazhanov, Vice President of the Diplomatic Academy, Foreign Ministry of Russia
Andrew Kuchins, Center for Strategic and International Studies (@CSISRussia)
Stephen F. Cohen, New York University

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