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Sarah Posner (sarahposner.com, God's Profits) and Sarah Wildman (sarahwildman.com)

On the first episode of The Posner Show, Sarah Posner and Sarah Wildman discuss how framing Iran’s nuclear ambitions as an existential threat assists fundamentalists, both Jewish and Christian. They also worry that the Republican presidential hopefuls rely more on myth than fact when discussing Middle East policy. How has casino magnate Sheldon Adelson so effectively shaped public opinion both in the US and Israel? And Newt Gingrich trivia: he narrowly averted an intifada, and took evangelizing lessons from a Messianic Jew.

Recorded: Dec 31   Posted: Feb 13, 2012
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The Posner Show | Feb 13, 2012 | Sarah Posner & Sarah Wildman

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Kevin Glass and Patrick Brennan discuss the Nevada cattle ranch standoff that became a flashpoint for conservatives.   Play entire video

Foreign Entanglements

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Kelsey Atheron and Daveed Gartenstein-Ross critique a NYT op-ed on the shootings in Overland Park, KS. Plus: Are more drone strikes the answer?   Play entire video

Science Faction

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The DMZ

Has 2016 speculation gotten out of control?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis debate. Plus: Always act like you’re on TV.   Play entire video

Worldwise

Snowden’s Q&A with Putin

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David Klion and Olena Tregub discuss the surreal interaction between the NSA whistleblower and the Russian president. Plus: Is the Geneva agreement a breakthrough for Ukraine?   Play entire video

The dark art of oppo research

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Betsy Woodruff and Daniel Strauss discuss how journalists should treat leaks from rival campaigns. Plus: Scott Brown 2016?   Play entire video

The Score

The case for legal polygamy

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Worldwise

A new sultan in Turkey?

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Michael Brooks and Steven Cook analyze Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan’s towering self-conception. Plus: “It’s the economy, stupid!” in Turkish.   Play entire video

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The surprising source of money in politics

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Who’s spending the most money to influence local races? Hint: It’s not the Koch brothers. Greg Marx and Gordon Witkin discuss. Plus: New Jersey’s good government.   Play entire video

Worldwise

Franco-Rwandan tensions

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Why did France withdraw from the commemoration of the Rwandan genocide? Jina Moore discusses with Mark Goldberg. Plus: Is Rwanda getting more repressive?   Play entire video