00:00:00 | 3:02:50




Planned Parenthood is playing defense after two undercover videos appear to show executives discussing the price of fetal tissue leftover from abortions for medical research. The controversy is all about the ethics of medical research, but is the real goal to make "a woman's right to choose" harder than ever -- just in time for the next election cycle. Guest host Barbara Bogaev explores the latest battle in the abortion wars.

Also, Secretary of State John Kerry testifies before Senate on the Iran nuclear deal. On today's Talking Point, the search for extra terrestrial intelligence got a $100 million boost this week from a Russian Tycoon. But do we even know where to look -- and what we'll say when we find something?

Kerry Testifies before Senate on Iran Deal 6 MIN, 30 SEC

The Obama Administration's sales pitch to Congress on the Iran nuclear deal began today. Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Congress has less than sixty days to accept or reject the deal. Critics, including Republican Senator Jim Risch of Idaho, railed against the agreement as too soft on Iran. "With all due respect, you guys have been bamboozled and the American people are going to pay for that." John Hudson, senior reporter for Foreign Policy, has more.

John Hudson, BuzzFeed News (@John_Hudson)

Planned Parenthood Video Sting Reignites the Abortion Debate 33 MIN, 37 SEC

In the past two weeks the Center for Medical Progress, a group headed by longtime anti-abortion activist David Daleiden, has released two videos of Planned Parenthood officials discussing the price and methods for providing fetal tissue from abortions for medical research. It reportedly has thousands of hours of footage from covert recordings gathered over the past two and a half years. Planned Parenthood calls it a deceptive campaign by abortion foes to misrepresent their work and discredit them. But the undercover sting has already prompted congressional and state investigations into Planned Parenthood's practices and has re-positioned abortion as a key issue Republican presidential hopefuls use to capture the party's conservative base.

Emily Bazelon, New York Times Magazine / Yale Law School (@EmilyBazelon)
Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist (@MZHemingway)
Bonnie Steinbock, University at Albany, State University of New York
Charles Camosy, Fordham University

TtP on the video sting
Steinbock's 'Life before Birth: The Moral and Legal Status of Embryos and Fetuses'

Beyond the Abortion Wars

Charles C. Camosy

Big Money and New Discoveries in the Search for Aliens 9 MIN, 25 SEC

Today, NASA officials announced the discovery of a new Earth-like planet that may be habitable. It’s been named Kepler - 452b.And it comes the same week that a Russian tycoon gave the search for extraterrestrial life a $100 million boost.

Artist's concept compares Earth (L) to the new planet, called Kepler-452b
which is about 60 percent larger in diameter.
Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle

Andrew Siemion, Berkeley SETI Research Center (@setiathome)
Douglas Vakoch, SETI Institute (@setiinstitute)

Douglas Vakoch's TED talk, 'What Would You Say to an Extraterrestrial?'
The SETI team on current SETI searches using the Allen Telescope Array

Subscribe to the 5 Things To Do newsletter

Never miss the best of what to do with your free time.


More From To the Point



View All Events


Player Embed Code