President Bush and Tony Blair are discussing the future of Iraq at a summit in Belfast today. What will happen after Saddam Hussein's regime is gone? Dr. Ahmed Chalabi, head of the Iraqi National Congress, just touched down near Nasiriyah, along with a force of Iraqi soldiers. As events progress in Baghdad, an interim government for Iraq must get ready to stabilize the country. Organized at the London Conference in December, the interim government is composed of Iraqis from all ethnic groups--Kurds, Shiites, Sunnis, Chaldeans, and more. It includes Iraqis who live in Iraq, although it is composed mainly of exiles. The body will have to write a constitution within two years and hold democratic elections. Experts Basam Al-Husseini, spokesman for Iraqi-American Council, engineer, recruited by the Dept. of Defense to help re-build Iraq, and Dr. Lewis Snider, Associate Professor of Political Science at the School of Politics and Economics at Claremont Graduate University join host Larry Mantle to discuss an Iraqi interim government.
The limited liability joint stock company is a marvel of the world economy, a historical force to rival religion, monarchies and even states. Adrian Wooldridge, Washington correspondent for The Economist and author of The Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea, joins Larry to explore the colorful birth and maturation of the company and its social and cultural consequences.
Is Paul Ryan the right person to be Speaker of the House? Then, Two Greek organizations at UCLA have come under criticism after holding a Kanye West-themed party where some attendees wore blackface. Also, woe to the casual film-goer who might not be familiar with the work of Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman who died this week.
Kevin McCarthy has just dropped out of the House Speaker race. Then, women are “leaning in” to powerful positions in the workplace, but still struggle to devote time to their families. Also, The California Public Utilities Commission has started to hear proposals from several electric companies in California that critics say, if approved, will have a devastating impact on the solar industry and the environment.
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is defending his comments that he would try to overwhelm a shooter and "would not just stand there" in a mass shooting attack. Then, Gov. Brown yesterday signed what’s being called the nation’s toughest equal pay law based on gender. Also, we listen to Larry Mantle and guests speak about "microagressions" at UC Irvine, as part of the #AT30 tour.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that allows doctors to prescribe medication to end the lives of terminally ill patients. Then, California voters could get not one but two opportunities on the November 2016 ballot to change state and local public pensions. Also, newer companies who have risen to popularity largely through the Internet, are taking a different approach to customer service.
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