August 26 - A Spokesperson for the Syrian Opposition on the Attacks; Forest Policy and More Intense Fires; Statewide Attacks on Abortion Providers

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We begin with strong words from Secretary of State John Kerry characterizing the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime as “undeniable” while calling its indiscriminate use against women and children and bystanders “a moral obscenity”. Rafif Jouejati, the English-language spokesperson for the Syrian Local Coordination Committees, the umbrella group for the Syrian opposition, joins us to discuss the consequences for the Assads as the certainty that they used chemical weapons grows. rafif jouejati

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Then, with groves of ancient sequoias in Yosemite National Park threatened by a raging wild fire, we speak with a leading expert on forest fire prevention and management. Stephen Pyne, the Regents’ Professor in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University joins us to discuss how policies preventing natural forest fires that make trees and forests healthier, have led to a buildup of underbrush fuel that makes it all but inevitable that forests and trees will be killed by much more intense and catastrophic fires.

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Then finally we look into the wave of legislative attacks on abortion providers at the state level that have shut down 54 abortion providers in 27 states since 2010. Jodi Jacobson, Editor-in-Chief of RH Reality Check, joins us to discuss the dramatic decline of abortion access from Republican anti-abortion legislation under the guise of protecting the civil rights of the unborn and their mothers.

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