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Arwa Gunja

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Lawmakers Begin New Round on Negotiations on Debt

Thursday, May 05, 2011

The president travels to Ground Zero in lower Manhattan today; but back in Washington the debate over the budget and debt ceilign continues. A bipartisan group of lawmakers will meet for the first time with Vice President Joe Biden to try to find an agreement on raising the debt limit. And as can be expected, there's a lot of jockeying and lowering of expectations. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich shares the latest.

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Codename Geronimo: Offensive to Native Americans?

Thursday, May 05, 2011

"Geronimo" — that was the codename given to America’s most hated man, the world’s most hunted terrorist, and the object of one of our most high profile military missions ever. But now, many are taking issue with the United States government associating Osama bin Laden with an iconic Native American leader. And the Fort Still Apache Tribe in Oklahoma is asking President Obama for an apology. We talk with Jeff Houser, Tribal Chairman of the Fort Sill Apache Tribe.

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Former Navy SEAL Team Six Sniper on Bin Laden Mission

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

In his new memoir, former Navy SEAL sniper Howard Wasdin writes, “When the U.S. Navy sends their elite, they send the SEALs. When the SEALs send their elite, they send SEAL Team Six.” And that was certainly the case on Sunday, when a team of highly trained men overtook a a secure compound in Pakistan to eliminate the world’s most wanted terrorist figure. They accomplished this mission, in the midst of crossfire, in under 40 minutes. We talk with Howard Wasdin, a former member of this clandestine unit, about what Team Six must have gone through to get face-to-face with Osama bin Laden.

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How Will Bin Laden's Death Affect Mid East Uprisings?

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Since the start of the political uprisings in the Middle East, regimes have fallen in Egypt and Tunisia. Meanwhile, Yemen, Syria, Bahrain and Libya continue their struggles to unseat dictators and bring about democratic change. And throughout it all, the voice of al-Qaida — and more importantly, its leader, Osama bin Laden — has been relatively silent. The question now remains, will the death of bin Laden at the hands of American forces continue to spur democratic movements or could it fuel terrorist organizations to stand in the way of change in the Middle East?

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The Future of Al Qaeda Without Bin Laden

Monday, May 02, 2011

Osama bin Laden has long been the most hunted man in the world. As the leader of Al Qaeda and the mastermind of the worst terrorist attack on American soil, he's served as the main target for the US war on terror. With his death, how will the terrorist organization change? We talk with Gideon Rose, author of How Wars End and editor of Foreign Affairs

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Bin Laden Death a Significant US Milestone

Monday, May 02, 2011

The day after Sept. 11, 2001, journalists from around the world flocked to the Middle East to cover what would be become the defining story of the decade. Osama bin Laden instantly became a household name and Al Qaeda was America's new enemy. Now, nearly ten years later, the U.S. has achieved its original mission in Afghanistan — to find and kill bin Laden. To mark this historic moment, we talk with two veteran reporters who've been covering the story from day one: David Sanger and Rod Nordland, reporters with our partner The New York Times.

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Veterans and 9/11 Families React to Bin Laden's Death

Monday, May 02, 2011

Veterans and families of victims of the 9/11 attacks are gathering at Ground Zero and elsewhere this morning, to celebrate and reflect on the news that Osama Bin Laden is dead. We speak with Dennis McKeon, a parishioner of St. Clare's Roman Catholic Church in Staten Island, which lost 29 members of its congregation in the 9/11 attacks. McKeon started the organization Where to Turn, which helps those affected by the attack. We also talk with Russell Galeti, first lieutenant in the Ohio National Guard.

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Bin Laden Death: Terrorism Killer or Creator?

Monday, May 02, 2011

How will the world react to the death of Bin Laden? Or perhaps more significantly, how will the world of terrorism react? We speak with Lydia Khalil, former counterterrorism analyst with the NYPD, as well as Christine Fair, assistant professor at the Center for Peace and Security, to learn more. 

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The Nuts and Bolts of Bin Laden's Death

Monday, May 02, 2011

How did U.S. forces coordinate Osama Bin Laden's death? Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explains the nuts and bolts of how this happened, and reports on the reactions in Washington, D.C.

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PJ Crowley on Osama Bin Laden's Death

Monday, May 02, 2011

Former spokesperson for the State Department PJ Crowley has an intimate knowledge of the U.S. government's mission to find Osama Bin Laden and bring him to justice over the last decade. Crowley joins us now, and reacts to the breaking news announced last night that the U.S. military did indeed kill and capture the 9/11 mastermind's body. George McAvoy, a New York resident whose brother died on 9/11 also speaks with us.

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NFL Draft Begins in New York

Friday, April 29, 2011

The NFL draft began last night in New York amid a busy few days for the league in court. On Wednesday, Judge Susan Nelson in Minnesota denied the league's appeal of an injunction against them, ending the lockout. Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin speaks with us about draft, and the strange current NFL landscape.

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Obama Campaigns Again for Youth Vote

Thursday, April 28, 2011

It was hard to tell who was more lucky last night: President Barack Obama being at a show with The Roots or The Roots being at a show with the president. But it wasn't luck that made it happen; President Obama's attendance at their concert follows a recent talk before Facebook nation at their headquarters in Palo Alto, and a speech on the economy at George Washington University. These appearances, plus the launch of Gen44, is an attempt by the President to reach out to America's youth — a key demographic that helped him secure his victory in 2008. We talk with Anna Sale, reporter for WNYC's politics website, It's a Free Country.

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AIG Plans Suit Against Hedge Funds Over Mortgage Securities

Thursday, April 28, 2011

In 2008, the government offered an $85 billion bailout to American International Group Inc., one of the world's largest insurance companies, in order to prevent its collapse. When AIG accepted the bailout, it waived its right to sue banks over most of the mortgage securities that it had acquired. But, it did not give up its right to pursue legal action regarding $40 billion of mortgage bonds it purchased directly from banks. In an exclusive story for The New York Times, finance reporter Louise Story explains how AIG is now going after hedge funds and banks to try to recover billions in losses related to mortgage securities that caused the financial collapse in 2008. 

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President Obama Shuffles National Security Team

Thursday, April 28, 2011

President Obama is expected to announce this week new appointments for top posts in his national security team. Leon Panetta, the current director of central intelligence, will be named as defense secretary. General David Petraeus, who is currently the top commander in Afghanistan, is expected to be named as director of the CIA. These announcements come as Defense Secretary Robert Gates plans on stepping down from his post this summer. We talk with Mark Landler, reporter for our partner The New York Times, to help preview Obama's new national security team.

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In Huge Data Breach, Hackers Raid PlayStation Network

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

In what could amount to one of the biggest data breaches ever, a hacker stole the names, date of births and possibly credit card numbers of 77 million people who play online video games through Sony’s PlayStation console. Tens of thousands of people around the world pay monthly fees to play online games like “God of War 3” or the much-anticipated “La Noire” coming out next month. We talk with E.J. Hilbert, a former FBI agent and the current senior vice president at Arixmar, a security consulting firm.

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Wake-Up Song For NASA'S Last Launch

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Since the start of the Apollo program in the 1960s, NASA has woken up its astronauts on the day of their space launch to the time’s most popular songs. Traditionally, the crew members, their family and friends choose the song. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona congresswoman shot earlier this year, chose U2’s “Beautiful Day” when her then-boyfriend (now husband) Mark Kelly went into space in 2006. Now Mark Kelly is the commander of the space shuttle Endeavor, making its twenty-fifth and final launch this Friday and NASA have invited the public to vote on what song the crew should wake up to. We review the musical eclecticism of past NASA wake-up songs and ask our listeners for their final launch song suggestions.

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Your Take: Unsung Heroes

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Every year, New York City holds a celebration of its street vendors, and this year's Vendy Awards will include a new honor — a hero category. We asked you, our listeners, to tell us some of the professions that don’t get due credit, but where you might find your heroes.

Kiki from Savannah, Georgia had this to say: 

Waste management and janitorial workers are my heroes because we never seem to think about them until they're on strike and those services are no longer available.

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Christina Romer on Ben Bernanke

Monday, April 25, 2011

This week Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will go in front of reporters for his first-ever press conference. He will take questions about policy inflation and the Fed's bond-buying program in an effort to promote transparency between the Fed and the American public. What should Bernanke say to develop Americans' trust? Christina Romer, professor of Economics at University of California, Berkeley, and former chairwoman of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers says she'd like the truth.

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Pediatrics Group Wants Stronger Chemical Restrictions

Monday, April 25, 2011

The American Academy of Pediatrics says that chemical-management policies have to be revised to better protect children, pregnant women, and the elderly. Dr. Jerome Paulson is the incoming chair of the Council on Environmental Health for the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the lead author of new guidelines issued today.

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Move Over Blood Type, Gut Bacteria Is Here

Thursday, April 21, 2011

For two decades, scientists and doctors have relied on blood types to categorize patients. Depending on whether one is blood type A, B, AB, or O, doctors could alter their treatment to increase their chances of a successful procedure. But there's a new way for people to be categorized medically — gut bacteria. New research shows that there are three distinct ecosystems in people's guts that could have direct effects of people's heath. We talk with Carl Zimmer, science reporter for our partner The New York Times, who reported on this story in yesterday's paper.

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