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Point of Inquiry is the Center for Inquiry's flagship podcast, where the brightest minds of our time sound off on all the things you're not supposed to talk about at the dinner table: science, religion, and politics. Guests have included Brian Greene, Susan Jacoby, Richard Dawkins, Ann Druyan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Eugenie Scott, Adam Savage, Bill Nye, and Francis Collins. Point of Inquiry is produced at the Center for Inquiry in Amherst, N.Y.


Realpolitik and America's Conflict with Iran, with Joint Chiefs of Staff Advisor David Crist

March 30th, 2015

Episode 460 of 537 episodes

Negotiations between Iran and the U.S. in concert with Germany and the United Nations Security Council are set to result in an agreement onMarch 31, 2015regarding Iran’s nuclear program, potentially restricting Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Senior Historian for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and adviser to senior government officials on Iranian issues, David Crist, joins host Josh Zepps to discuss how the past several decades have lead up to this decision, and what it will mean for the future. Though no one can say for certain what will be decided onMarch 31, Crist is uniquely qualified to offer his insight as author of the bookThe Twilight War: The Secret History of America's Thirty-Year Conflict with Iran. While he does not hesitate to explain the ruthlessness of the Islamic regime, he also does not fail to criticize America’s shortcomings and missed opportunities. This is a fascinating and rare look into therealpolitikof one of the most consequential international challenges of our time.