April 1 - Assad Suffers Military Setbacks in Syria; A Second Deadline Blown in the P5+1 talks with Iran; Corporate America Weighs in Against "Religious Freedom" Laws

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Part 1

We begin with the military advances by the anti-Assad opposition in Syria where, following the recent capture of Syria’s fourth largest city Idlib by the Al Qaeda-affiliated Al Nusra front, the self-proclaimed Islamic State is now inside a Palestinian refugee camp in the suburbs of Damascus. Nicholas Heras, an expert on the military aspects of the Syrian battlefield at the Center for a New American Security, joins us to discuss the key role of Iran in staving off Assad’s defeat so far.


Part 2

Then with the deadline for the P5+1 - Iran nuclear talks extended for a second time, we examine the possibility of failure as well as the more likely possibility that the Iranian delegation has to keep checking on every compromise with the uncompromising Supreme Leader in Tehran. Nader Hashemi, the Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver and the author of “The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran’s Future” joins us.    


Part 3

Then finally we speak with Joe Wenke, a writer, social critic and LGBT rights activist and author of the new book “The Human Agenda: Conversations About Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity”. We discuss the powerful role of corporate America in pressuring the governors of Indiana and Arkansas to rethink their state’s so-called “religious freedom” laws that are targeted against the LGBT community.