January 11th Show : Blog Of The Nation In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the China challenge, and what should Obama do? In the second hour, Verizon iphone vs AT&T, and ROTC on campus.
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January 11th Show

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The iPhone 4 is displayed at the flagship Apple Store on Fifth Avenue on June 24, 2010 in New York City.

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The China Challenge
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates visits China this week, on a three-day trip to improve ties between the Chinese and U.S. militaries. Gates' arrival coincided with a unexpected test flight of a new Chinese stealth fighter that seems to demonstrate significant advances in weapons technology. Beijing continues to add to the country's reputation as a rising economic and military power. In advance of Chinese President Hu Jintao's trip to Washington next week, guest host Mary Louise Kelly takes a closer look at China's military, economic, and domestic agenda with Roger Cliff, a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation, Damian Ma, an analyst and contributor to The Atlantic, and author Susan Shirk.

What Should Obama Do?
After a contentious election, two ongoing wars, and numerous domestic political battles, there's no shortage of advice for President Obama. Pundits on all sides offer suggestions on how to approach congress, the economy, foreign policy and other issues. Mary Louise Kelly talks with a range of people who want to help President Obama make decisions for next two years of his term -- including a Democrat who wants him to compromise better, and a foreign policy expert who wants him to get tougher on Iran.

Verizon vs AT&T iPhone
After months of rumors, Verizon Wireless today announced that it will offer the Apple iPhone early next month. Even before the news, Verizon and AT&T -- currently the exclusive carrier for the iPhone -- fought publicly over who has the best network and phone technology. And the advertising battles between the two have raised memories of previous ad wars like Mac vs. PC and Coke vs. Pepsi. In this case, with commercials debating the reliability and speed of networks, prices of handheld devices and service coverage. Guest host Mary Louise Kelly talks about the challenges both companies face in convincing potential buyers that their iPhone is better than the other guy's.

ROTC On Campus
Many elite universities have been resistant to campus military recruitment dating back to the height of the Vietnam War. For four decades, many elite and Ivy League schools have maintained outright bans on ROTC chapters on their campuses.  But with the repeal of "don't ask don't tell," some Ivy League universities have indicated they may be open to the return of ROTC. In an op-ed in US News and World Report, presidential historian Alvin Felzenberg argues that bringing ROTC back to the Ivies will strengthen both the military and the schools -- but it can only happen if President Obama makes it a personal priority. Felzenberg joins host Mary Louise Kelly to explain why he thinks the President who ended DADT now must help bring ROTC back to campus.