In the late 70's, Iran popularized the slogan -death to America.- Today, it has a moderate government struggling to make changes in a regime still run by Islamic clerics, but one that also has the international community worried about a possible nuclear weapons program well underway. As the International Atomic Energy Agency determines what to do about such reports, protesting students clash with vigilantes in the streets of Tehran over regime change, and expatriate Iranians beam satellite television programs urging revolution into Iran. Guest host Sara Terry considers what it all means for a country President Bush labeled as part of an axis of evil, with a journalist in Tehran, the expatriate head of Persian satellite TV, a former White House aide who served during the Iranian hostage crisis, and a national security expert from the Council on Foreign Relations. (This segment is an abbreviated version of one broadcast earlier today on To the Point
- Making News: Liberty Media Wants Vivendi
There-s more consolidation afoot in the entertainment industry, this time at Vivendi Universal, owner of Universal Studios, associated theme parks and cable TV assets. The deadline is next Monday, and the Financial Times reports that an American group called Liberty Media may be close to a $12 to $14 billion purchase deal. Managing editor Kyle McKinnon speaks with the Times' Peter Thal Larsen about Vivendi and its suitor.
Guest host Sara Terry
is an award-winning writer and photographer who has written for the Christian Science Monitor, the New York Times, Fast Company, Rolling Stone and the Boston Globe. Her current photo-documentary project is Aftermath: Bosnia's Long Road to Peace.
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Government of Iran
Hughes' article, "Iran Pressed to Allow Tougher Nuclear Checks"