This week on CounterSpin: The Washington Post is again suggesting that Iran is expanding its nuclear program. This time, they say Iran is attempting to import magnets for use in uranium centrifuges. But is the story credible? And how does it play alongside the US’s latest National Intelligence Estimate? We'll talk with Yousaf Butt, physicist and scientist-in-residence at the Monterey Institute for International Studies.
Also on CounterSpin today: Remember Fix the Debt? Last year a group of CEOs, along with Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, were on a crusade to save the country from its crushing debt load—mostly by cutting Social Security and Medicare. That moment of crisis passed, but the group's still as active as ever. PR Watch and the Nation reported on the things we should know about Fix the Debt; we'll talk to PR Watch deputy director Mary Bottari.
--"Iran Centrifuge Magnet Story Technically Questionable," by Yousaf Butt (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 2/20/13)