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Biden’s Window of Opportunity With Iran

A nuclear scientist’s assassination started a ticking clock.


Episode Notes

The assassination of top Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh has made a difficult situation even harder for the incoming Biden administration. Reentering the Iran nuclear agreement was already going to be an uphill battle. Now, as tensions mount, only a big swing might save the day.

Guest: Trita Parsi, co-founder and executive vice president of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft and author of Losing an Enemy and Treacherous Alliance.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Danielle Hewitt, Elena Schwartz, and Davis Land, with help from Frannie Kelley.


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The problem with the news right now? It’s everywhere. And each day, it can feel like we’re all just mindlessly scrolling. It’s why we created What Next. This short daily show is here to help you make sense of things. When the news feels overwhelming, we’re here to help you answer: What next? Look for new episodes every weekday morning.

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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.