The ebola epidemic in West Africa is not just a health care crisis. It has affected every corner of society in the countries most affected. Schools have been closed for months, infrastructure projects have been put on hold and GDP growth has slowed to a crawl. A discussion of the social and economic cost of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Students in Iran have staged a series of protests for domestic reforms. Ruling clerics have blamed the demonstrations on outside influences, particularly the United States. Two analysts join Diane to talk about what’s going on in Iran and implications for U.S. policy.
- Geoffrey Kemp the Nixon Center
- Azar Nafisi director of Cultural Conversations and professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and author of "Reading Lolita in Tehran"
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