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Midmorning: Iran and wolves

Posted at 7:36 AM on January 3, 2007 by Bill Wareham

Iran's president says UN sanctions will have no effect on its economy. The UN Security Council recently voted to ban countries from selling nuclear fuel and weapons technology to Iran. Some say despite Iran's tough talk, the country is in desperate need of economic and political reform, and may even run out of oil within ten years. At 9 a.m., Kerri Miller discusses the situation with Kenneth Pollack, director of research at Saban Center for Middle East Policy. He's the author of The Persian Puzzle The Conflict Between Iran and America. Also, Roger Stern, the author of a study published in by the National Academy of Sciences which says Iran will run out of oil by 2015.

At 10 a.m., Kerri discusses how 2007 may be the year wolves move off the endangered species list. Her guest, scientist Dave Mech, will talk about how humans and animals like elk have adjusted to the comeback of the wolf. Mech is senior scientist with the Biological Resources Division, U.S. Geological Survey and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, and Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the University of Minnesota. He has studied wolves since 1968.