August 20 - Todd Akin's Taliban-like Mentality Concerning Rape and Women's Bodies; Motives Behind the President of Ecuador's Asylum for Assange; A Look Inside "The Party" That Rules China.

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Part 1

We begin with the extraordinary remarks from a Republican congressman running as a Tea Party candidate for the U.S. Senate in Missouri. Leila Abolfazli, the Senior Counsel in the Health and Reproductive Rights Program at the National Women’s Law Center joins us to discuss Representative Todd Akin’s Taliban-like mentality when it comes to rape and women’s bodies, and his attempts, together with Paul Ryan, to change the definition of rape in a bill they co-sponsored.


Part 2

Then we look into why the President of Ecuador, who is trampling on press freedom at home, has come out as the champion of a free press in offering asylum to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Anita Isaacs, a Professor of Political Science at Haverford College and author of “Politics of Military Rule and Transition in Ecuador”, joins us. She has an article in Monday’s New York Times, “It’s Not About Assange”.

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Part 3

Then finally, with the wife of a senior Chinese Communist Party official avoiding a death sentence, we speak with Richard McGregor, who has been the Bureau Chief for the Financial Times in China for the past ten years. He is the author of a new book, “The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers” and we examine the secretive and powerful elite behind the new economic superpower that is already the world’s second biggest economy.

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