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Stephen Yates, former deputy security advisor to Vice President Cheney, joins the podcast this episode to weigh in on the North Korean negotiations slated for next week. Stephen is already an expert on East Asian security issues – he learned Mandarin from his time as a missionary in Taiwan – and after 13 years removed from public service, he can offer a candid assessment on the risks – and promise – that these talks pose.

Buck and Porter talk about what Porter’s calling one of the most reprehensible government decisions he’s seen in his life, and Miss America’s tragicomic efforts to decree – or pretend – that looks don’t matter.

Buck asks Steven for his take on Kim Jong Un’s move a few days back to replace three of his top generals. It’s highly unusual for there to be a changing of the guard in the days leading up to a historic summit. “Any kind of change comes as a shock to most analysts.”

Derek N. from the mailbag asks how the Iranian sanctions taking effect in November against US companies still doing business with Iran will affect oil companies. Porter explains why it won’t make much difference thanks to the ongoing shale boom – which, despite epic production, won’t stop oil prices from booming.

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