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Headlines around the world are predicting that a young political protester is about to be publically beheaded and "crucified" in Saudi Arabia. Rare public criticism in Britain has outraged the Saudi Royal Family, and threatened business relations with the UK. Should recent incidents cause the US to be heard from, or would complaints fall on deaf ears?

Later on the program, a modified form of the herpes virus has been approved to treat skin cancer. Researchers say it’s just the beginning.

Photo: Free Sheikh Nimr Baqir Al-Nimr

Paul Ryan Gives First News Conference as House Speaker 6 MIN, 9 SEC

During his first news conference as House Speaker today, Republican Paul Ryan said he's "not concerned about the presidential election," but is focused instead on how Congress conducts business and gave this example. "The highway bill is a good place to start. We're opening up the process, we're allowing members to participate in a way that the founders intended and we're advancing an issue that is a big priority to the hard working taxpayers of this country – fixing our roads and our bridges, improving our transportation infrastructure."

Ian Swanson is managing editor of The Hill, a news outlet that covers Congress.

Ian Swanson, The Hill (@iswanTheHill)

Saudi Arabia: Human Rights and Public Persuasion 34 MIN, 22 SEC

Saudi Arabia's justice system features public beheadings, hangings and floggings, which — to Western eyes -- are violations of human rights. But the Kingdom is so important to defense contractors, intelligence agents and stability in the Middle East that Western governments usually don't say a word. Now rare public criticism has outraged the Saudi royal family, and British leaders are struggling for damage control. Should recent incidents cause the US to be heard from, or would complaints fall on deaf ears?

Adam Coogle, Human Rights Watch (@cooglea)
Ian Black, Guardian newspaper (@ian_black)
Thomas Lippman, Middle East Institute (@middleeastInst)
Ali Al-Ahmed, Institute for Gulf Affairs (@alialahmed_en)

Guardian on Saudi Arabia advertising for new executioners
Coogle on Saudi Arabia's death sentence on Ali al-Nimr
Kristof on West silencing its tongue as Saudi Arabia legitimizes fundamentalism, intolerance

Can the Herpes Virus Kill Cancer? 9 MIN, 1 SEC

Chemotherapy, radiation and other treatments for cancer often have side effects. Now the FDA has approved a promising new therapy — using modified viruses to kill cancer cells. Already approved by the FDA is a modified form of the herpes virus to combat skin cancer. Arlene Weintraub is a freelance contributor to Forbes and author of Heal: The Vital Role of Dogs in the Search for Cancer Cures, which includes a chapter on oncolytic viruses.

Arlene Weintraub, Forbes (@arleneweintraub)


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