March 30 - If Abortion is Banned in the US Who Will Go to Prison?; A Portrait Inside of One of the World's Most Repressive Countries, Saudi Arabia; The Fourth Nuclear Summit Without Russia

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Part 1

We begin with the latest bombshell from the Republican front-runner Donald Trump who, after repeating the talking points of GOP candidates and Republican lawmakers echoing their determination to outlaw abortion, added that if abortion is outlawed in this country, women who end pregnancies should face punishment. Then after a firestorm of criticism from abortion supporters and opponents, Trump quickly amended his position saying that states should handle the issue and that doctors who performed abortions should be held legally responsible. Jo Freeman, a feminist political scientist, writer and attorney joins us to discuss the outrage on both the pro-life and pro-choice sides over Trump’s remarks which highlight the fact that in many countries women are imprisoned for having abortions and if abortion was to be outlawed in America, many men and women would go to jail.

Part 2

Then we discuss the PBS FRONTLINE documentary “Saudi Arabia Uncovered” and speak with one of the participants in the film Ali Al-Ahmed, the founder and director of the Institute for Gulf Affairs. He is an expert on Saudi political affairs, Saudi-American relation, the ruling al-Saud family and Wahhabi Islam and we discuss the portrait of a country which is an ally but is as repressive, if not more, than our enemy North Korea, and the recent kidnappings of dissident Saudi princes in Europe.


Part 3

Then finally we look into the fourth Nuclear Security Summit that President Obama is convening which Russian President Putin is boycotting and speak with Joseph Cirincione, the president of the Ploughshares Fund and author of “Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons”. He joins us to discuss where progress stands on securing nuclear material given the determination of terrorists to get hold of it, and what can be done to secure Pakistan’s growing nuclear arsenal in a country where the government cannot protect its own citizens from terrorism.