Death of an Authoritarian

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Crowds gather in Iran after President Ebrahim Raisi dies | Arash Khamooshi/Polaris/Newscom

In this week’s The Reason Roundtable, editors Matt Welch, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, and Peter Suderman consider U.S. foreign policy toward Iran in the wake of a helicopter crash that left Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian dead.

00:51—Iranian president dies in helicopter crash

16:46—Drug Enforcement Administration’s proposal to reschedule marijuana

34:59—Weekly Listener Question

45:54—Reason Weekend 2024

56:09—This week’s cultural recommendations

Mentioned in this podcast:

Iran’s President Dies,” by Liz Wolfe

World War War III May Already Have Started—in the Shadows,” by J.D. Tuccille

Sanctions Are for Losers,” by Steve H. Hanke

The Iranian Coup that Led to 67 Years of Reckless Intervention,” by Nick Gillespie

Iran’s Theocracy Will Collapse Because of People Like Kimia Alizadeh,” by Nick Gillespie

Elica Le Bon: Is War With Iran Coming?” by Zach Weissmueller and Liz Wolfe

They Said They Didn’t Want War With Iran. Now They’re Cheering on War With Iran.” by Matthew Petti

What We Saw at the Rally Against the Iran Nuclear Deal,” by Nick Gillespie

DEA Moves To Reclassify Marijuana as a Schedule III Drug,” by C.J. Ciaramella

Kat Murti: How To End the Drug War for Good,” by Nick Gillespie

12 Senators Urge the DEA To Legalize Marijuana, Which Only Congress Can Do,” by Jacob Sullum

What Rescheduling Marijuana Would and Wouldn’t Do,” by Jacob Sullum

Biden’s Spin on Marijuana’s Rescheduling Exaggerates Its Practical Impact,” by Jacob Sullum

Kamala Harris Implausibly Claims Biden’s Marijuana Pardons Number in the ‘Tens of Thousands,'” by Jacob Sullum

Rescheduling Marijuana Does Not Address Today’s Central Cannabis Issue,” by Jacob Sullum

Want To Stop School Book Battles? Give Parents Real Choice in Education,” by Nick Gillespie

Rick Doblin: ‘People Should Have the Fundamental Human Right To Change Their Consciousness,'”  by Nick Gillespie

Why We’ll Never Run Out of Energy: Q&A with Science Writer Charles Mann,” by Jim Epstein

Your Flight Is Delayed,” by Robert Poole

FAA safety review reveals air traffic control dysfunction,” by Robert Poole


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Audio production by Ian Keyser; assistant production by Hunt Beaty.

Music: “Angeline,” by The Brothers Steve

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