January 24 - Sisters in Arms; DOJ's Failure to go After the "Untouchables" on Wall Street; North Korea's Big Bang Theory of Extortion

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Part 1

We begin with today’s announcement by the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs allowing women in the military to soon serve in combat. A former sergeant and Arabic-speaking intelligence specialist who served with the 101st Airborne Division in Iraq, Kayla Williams joins us. The author of “Love My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army”, she tells us how she feels about what President Obama calls an historic step.


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Part 2

Then, with today’s news of the impending resignation of Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer and the nomination of Mary Jo White to head up the Securities and Exchange Commission, we speak with Martin Smith, the producer of the just-broadcast PBS FRONTLINE special “The Untouchables” which is about the failure of the Justice Department to prosecute those responsible for the 2008 financial meltdown that caused the recession and the impoverishment of millions of Americans.

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Part 3

Then finally we examine the latest explicit threat from North Korea against the U.S. with the announcement that they will soon conduct a bigger nuclear test in defiance of the U.N. Security Council sanctions imposed in response to a recent North Korean missile test. Sung Yoon Lee, a Professor of International Affairs at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tuft’s University joins us to discuss the meaning and motives behind Pyongyang’s heated rhetoric.  
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