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Discovery Channel Crashes a 727 (For Science!)

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Have you ever wondered what would happen if the plane you were on crashed? For the first time on television, The Discovery Channel will remotely crash a 727 passenger jet in the Mexican Desert — all in the name of science. Dr. Cindy Bir is the bio mechanist who was responsible for the crash test dummies that were seated on the 727 during the crash.

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The Country's First Voter?

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Wayne Gilbert listened to The Takeaway in his hometown of Rapid City yesterday morning and heard Jerry Bloomer from Hot Springs say that he voted at 9:30 a.m. MST on September 21st. Wayne voted an hour earlier that day. Could he be the country's first voter?

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Addicted to the Internet? That May Soon Be a Psychological Disorder

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Internet Use Disorder may soon be included in the revised Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders. According to the American Psychiatric Association, which is working on the fifth edition of the Manual, Internet Use Disorder will be included as a condition "recommended for further study."

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The United Nations and the Syrian Conflict

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

After 18 months, and over 20,000 dead, there's still no end in sight for Syria. Martin Nesirky, spokesperson for U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, explains the U.N.'s strategy going forward.

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From Native Americans to the ADA: A History of Disabilities in the United States

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Americans living with disabilities have a long and varied history in this country, as demonstrated in "A Disability History of the United States," a new book by Kim E. Nielsen, professor of history and disability studies at the University of Toledo. Professor Nielson examines this history from a cultural standpoint, as perceptions of disabilities changed dramatically when Europeans colonized the Americas, and as the country moved toward urbanization and industrialization in the 19th century. 

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How Important Is Early Voting?

Monday, October 01, 2012

Election day is still more than a month away, but early voting has already begun. Voters in South Dakota and Idaho began casting their ballots on September 21, while voters in Iowa lined up outside polling stations late last week. In the upcoming weeks, dozens more states will open their voting booths.

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How The Jetsons' Future Inspired Our Present

Friday, September 28, 2012

We may not have flying cars yet, but much of the future world envisioned in the television show "The Jetsons" has in fact come true. For the show's fiftieth anniversary, Janet Waldo, who played Judy Jetson, discusses how the show shaped our ideas of the future.

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Thinking Like a Scientist: Solution to Politics?

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Is there a science to the way American politics is conducted? Rep. Rush Holt argues that more scientific thought is needed when it comes to the political system. Rep. Holt argues that thinking analytically — whether it's when drafting bills, negotiating in Congress, or creating new programs — would lead to higher value political policies.

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Free College: The Kalamazoo Promise

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

With soaring tuition costs, students and parents across the country are wondering how they will pay for college — except for those in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The district's superintendent and one of its students explain how free college tuition has changed test scores, dropout rates, and more.

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Report: Civilians Bear the Brunt of Drone Attacks

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The CIA drone program in Pakistan has targeted and killed more low-level militants than senior commanders, according to a new report by Stanford University and New York University. The drone program, according to the report, traumatizes communities in Northwest Pakistan and results in civilian deaths and injuries.

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One Message for Voters, Another for Donors

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has come under sharp attacks from his opponents on the left, after a video leaked this week in which Romney referred to 47 percent of Americans as "victims," who are dependent of the government.

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Bob Woodward on 'The Price of Politics'

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The presidential election is a test of candidacy and message: two candidates promise a future or sell the present and mobilize voters to give them four years, or four more years, in the White House. The presidency itself is a test of leadership, something Bob Woodward has spent four decades covering.

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White House Says Attack in Libya May Have Been Planned

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The United States has vowed to track down those behind the attacks in Benghazi that killed American Ambassador Chris Stevens and left three other diplomatic personnel dead. Speaking from the Rose Garden on Wednesday, President Obama told the American people that these acts of violence will not pass without an appropriate response.

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Major Charities Dupe Donors

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

In a major investigation conducted by Bloomberg Markets, senior reporter David Evans found that the American Cancer Society, among other major charities in the United States, have signed suspicious contracts with telemarketers to raise money.

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Allegations of Harassment, Profiling Along America's Northern Border

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

According to a report released earlier this year, Latino and Arab communities who live along the border between Canada and the United States are experiencing an increase in instances of racial profiling by border patrol and other federal agents. In response, the Council on American-Islamic Relations is suing the FBI and U.S. Customs and Border Protection for what it claims has been religious profiling and mistreatment of Muslims at the border.

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Gay Marriage Debate Heats Up in Maryland

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

As Americans around the country prepare to cast their vote for the next president in a few weeks, voters in Maryland will be faced with another monumental decision: whether to become the first state to affirm same-sex marriage through a popular vote.

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What Did the Democrats Leave Out?

Friday, September 07, 2012

Political conventions are all about the speeches and the strategic messaging being sent out to the American people. After three long nights of speeches at the Democratic National Convention, thousands of words were uttered on stage. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich patrolled the convention floor in Charlotte and asked attendees what words and messages they had not heard.

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What's Next for Hillary Clinton?

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Whether or not President Obama is reelected in November, Clinton plans to leave her post in December 2012. How will Americans reflect on her tenure as Secretary of State? Will she run for President in 2016?

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The Future of America According to Delegates

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Although delegates are entrusted with the task of choosing their party’s next presidential nominee, modern-day convention voting is little more than a well-rehearsed ritual. Mitt Romney has been the Republican Party’s nominee for months, while Barack Obama has been the Democratic Party’s 2012 candidate for years.

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The Race For Maine

Monday, September 03, 2012

In February, Maine Senator Olympia Snowe announced that she would not pursue a fourth term in November. She cited the Senate's "atmosphere of polarization" as one of the reasons she decided not to run. Now there’s a closely contested race to fill the seat.

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