January 17th: What's On Today's Show : Blog Of The Nation In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the threat of war between Iran and the United States, and cookbook author Dorie Greenspan talks about Tuesdays with Dorie. In the second hour, Henry Alford on modern day good behavior, and the responsibilities of ship captains.
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January 17th: What's On Today's Show

In our second hour, Henry Alford talks about good manners in the modern age, and his new book, Would It Kill You To Stop Doing That? iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Who's Behind The Covert Attacks On Iran?
In December, President Obama approved strict economic sanctions on Iran that go into effect later this year. The sanctions escalated what some analysts call a clandestine war between Iran and the United States. Recent events, including the assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist, which some Iranians blamed on the U.S and Israel, and Iran's threats to close the Straits of Hormuz have further strained the relationship between the United States and Iran. Still, there are concerns that Iran is developing nuclear capabilities and the price of oil is likely to continue to rise as these tensions build. Host Neal Conan speaks with Patrick Clawson, director of the Washington Institute's Iran Security Initiative, and Gary Sick of Columbia University's Middle East Institute about the threat of war between Iran and the United States and how the Obama Administration should deal with Iran.

Tuesdays With Dorie
A community of bakers, connected through a blog, vowed to bake a recipe every Tuesday from their Bible, Dorie Greenspan's Baking: From My Home to Yours, which won the coveted James Beard Award. The 100 devotees baked and baked until all the galettes and cobblers had been tested and tasted. They finished the book in December 2011. Host Neal Conan talks to the muse of Tuesdays with Dorie, cookbook author Dorie Greenspan.

'Would It Kill You To Stop Doing That?'
We all think we know bad manners when we see them, but what do good manners look like in this day and age? What's the problem with saying "No problem" as a substitute for "You're welcome"? Is it acceptable to answer a phone call with an email? In a new book, author Henry Alford chronicles his travel to Japan, interviews with etiquette experts, and time spent volunteering as an online etiquette coach, in search of how things might look if people were on their best behavior a bit more often. Neal Conan talks with Alford about his new book, Would It Kill You To Stop Doing That?: A Modern Guide to Manners.

The Legends And Laws Of Ship Captains
Five more bodies were recovered today from the Italian cruise ship that ran aground off the shore off Tuscany, bringing the death toll to 11. The Costa Concordia was carrying more than 4,200 people when it hit a reef and shipwrecked, and many people are still missing. Prosecutors have accused Capt. Francesco Schettino of manslaughter for abandoning the ship before evacuation was complete. Schettino insists he remained on board, but audio from a recording with the coast guard has emerged, where Schettino is heard resisting commands to stay onboard. Host Neal Conan talks with maritime law professor Bob Jarvis about the responsibilities and expectations of captains, and how their role has changed in the 100 years since the Titanic sank.