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1.  Intro to Iran…sort of

So as everyone knows its election time here in the U.S. and what’s
another U.S. election without a bunch of politicians threatening to go
to war Iran? This week on LTAI we dive into this new
round of saber rattling and chest thumping toward Iran and were joined by Abdy Javadzadeh,
Iranian American professor at Florida International University, to talk
about what this all means. Of course one of the questions that we always
ask whenever attention turns to Iran was posed to Abdy: Does the
president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad actually have any power? If not then why
are we paying attention to him? Hear what Abdy had to say.

2.  The “Irvine 11” and the limits to American free speech.
the film, “Innocence of Muslims” sparked outrage and more in the Middle
East, a bunch of people doubled down on the importance of protecting
free speech in America.  Did the opposite of doubling down take place
when ten members of the “Irvine 11,” students who heckled, disrupted and
protested an event at the University of California-Irvine campus
featuring the Israeli ambassador where convicted of a crime?  Find out as we speak with Taher Herzullah, a student activist of American Muslims for Palestine and the
attorney for the Irvine 11, Reem Salahi.

3.  Miami’s Political “Gangster?!”
Anti-corruption group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington once describe him as “the most corrupt politician in Washington.”  That was before Miami Republican Congressman David Rivera’s name reemerged in the news for allegedly funding a Democratic candidate to run against his biggest opponent in the primaries.  That democratic candidate’s campaign manager allegedly had a special name for Rivera, “the Gangster.” We spoke with Miami
based Democratic consultant Giancarlo Sopo about these recent
allegations and about Rivera’s long history of corruption and federal
investigations. We were also joined by the Democratic candidate for the
26th Congressional District, Joe Garcia, to talk about these recent
events and about how the people of Miami can overcome our collective
resignation to seemingly insurmountable political corruption.