Tuesday, January 27
Guests: Bernard Haykel and Toby Jones
Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah died last Friday. He has been succeeded by his 79 year-old half-brother, Salman, who, by many accounts, is ailing. President Obama is meeting with King Salman today to offer his condolences, discuss the turmoil in Yemen, and the fight against ISIS and other Islamic militants in the region. Saudi Arabia has been an important ally for the United States but what does this change in leadership mean for the country’s future, regional stability and the relationship with the U.S. And, as the public flogging of blogger Raif Badawi demonstrated, what about Saudi Arabia’s poor human rights record? Marty talks with BERNARD HAYKEL, professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University and TOBY JONES, associate professor of history at Rutgers University.
Guests: John Bolaris, Jeremy Roebuck and Kathie Obradovich
We get an update on three stories in the news. We’ll start off measuring the snow totals and talking about the challenges of weather predicting with JOHN BOLARIS of WeatherSavior.com. Then, we hear about the recent conviction of former-Ironworkers Union head, Joseph Dougherty, who used violence and intimidation to strengthen the union’s hold on local construction projects. JEREMY ROEBUCK, courts reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer joins Marty to talk about the case. And finally, all GOP eyes were in Des Moines this weekend where Republican presidential hopefuls took the stage at the Iowa Freedom Summit. Joining us to recap the events is Des Moines Register political columnist KATHIE OBRADOVICH.