June 23rd Show : Blog Of The Nation In our first hour, the U.S. and Iran, and L.A. Lakers coach Phil Jackson. In our second hour, long-term unemployment and vacation 'disasters'.
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June 23rd Show

Protesters in Los Angeles carry a photo of Neda, the Iranian woman purportedly killed in Tehran protests. MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Is Obama Too Weak On Iran?
Critics of President Obama argue he's been too cautious in response to the post-election protests in Iran, and the recent crackdown by police. They argue the president needs to do more to support the the opposition, and defend democratic principles. We'll talk about what the United States should to do about Iran.

L.A. Lakers Coach Phil Jackson Takes Your Calls
Earlier this month, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson led his team to the NBA championship. That win earned Jackson a record 10th NBA title as coach. The "Zen Master" talks about his career as a fomer player for the New York Knicks and how he repeatedly led the Chicago Bulls and the L.A. Lakers to NBA glory.

Still Out Of Work
There is talk these days of a more stable economy with fewer layoffs. But fewer companies are hiring, and prospects don't look good for the next six months to a year. We'll look at how the long-term unemployed face hard choices when the paychecks stop, but the bills keep coming. What do you do after many months with no job?

Your Summer Vacation 'Disasters'
Remember this line from National Lampoon's Vacation? "Sorry, folks! We're closed for two weeks to clean and repair America's favorite family fun park. Sorry, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh!" The Griswold's certainly didn't count on hearing that after traveling hundreds of miles to see Marty Moose. But you gotta admit, sometimes it's the unplanned moments of your vacation that you remember most. What's your most memorable vacation "disaster"?