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Arwa Gunja

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Juarez Professor on a Bloody Year for Mexico

Friday, December 31, 2010

On this last day of 2010 we revisit the story taking place in Ciudad Juarez, in Mexico. It's a story that we've been sad to return to repeatedly, not just this last year, but over the last four years. Yesterday we heard reports of four more dead in the longstanding Mexican drug war between drug cartels and border troops. Gunmen believed to be linked to the cartels killed four police officers and a doctor in coordinated attacks around the nearby city of Monterrey.

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Jazz Great Billy Taylor Dies at 89

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Pianist and composer Billy Taylor died of heart failure on Tuesday, at the age of 89. The award-winning jazz advocate and scholar is recognized for penning compelling commentary in his jazz compositions during the civil rights era. But he's also known for being a giant in the teaching world of jazz — literally putting some of his peers on a truck and taking them around New York City to perform and teach the world that jazz is America’s classical music.

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Kodachrome Film Era Comes to an End

Thursday, December 30, 2010

After 75 years, the era of processing Kodak's iconic color film will come to an end. Only one Kodachrome processing machine in the world remains in public use, and by the close of business today, it will be shut down for the final time. Though not without a mad rush in the last months from photographers around the world who wanted their last rolls developed. The machine sits in Dwayne’s Photo, a family-run business located in Parsons, Kansas. We talk with the store's general manager, Grant Steinly, about the end of the Kodachrome era.

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American Muslim Women Take on More Leadership Roles

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Female Muslims in America have achieved levels of success and prestige unmatched elsewhere in the world, according to a story by our partner, The New York Times, on the growing presence of Muslim women in America. Muslim women's roles have become more and more prominent since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Will America's political environment allow for Muslim women to be leaders for their faith?

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Confederate Message in a Bottle Deciphered 147 Years Later

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The siege at the Battle of Vicksburg, in Mississippi, was a crucial victory for Union forces, and catastrophic defeat for the Confederates. On the day of the battle, one Confederate general sent a coded message in a bottle to Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton, who was under siege in Vicksburg. The message was never received, and before this year, it had never been deciphered. Catherine Wright, collections manager at The Museum of the Confederacy, took on the challenge of deciphering the message. Confirmed by two cryptographers, the message reads, in part: “You can expect no help from this side of the river.”

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Snow Impacts Weekend in Football

Monday, December 27, 2010

Winter storms along the East Coast affected scheduled NFL games over the weekend. The Vikings-Eagles game was postponed because of the weather, perhaps having the largest impact on fantasy football championships, many of which were this weekend. But the New York Jets, New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys all went forward with their games. To recap the weekend in football, we talk with Nando DiFino, sports writer for The Wall Street Journal.

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A Look Ahead at News and Events for 2011

Monday, December 27, 2010

As 2010 winds down, we're getting predictions for what the world will look like in 2011. All week long, we'll be talking with writers, critics, and big thinkers about topics ranging from politics to population, conflict and culture. We speak with Daniel Franklin, executive editor of the Economist and editor of the feature, “The World in 2011,” along with Joanne Lipmann, founding editor-in-cheif of Portfolio Magazine.

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'The Man Who Invented The Computer'

Thursday, December 23, 2010

In her new book, "The Man Who Invented the Computer," Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jane Smiley introduces us to John Vincent Atanasoff, a physicist and mathematician who, in 1937, invented much of what we know as the modern-day computer. His creation became known as the Atanasoff-Berry Computer, also known as ABC: an invention largely overshadowed by other technological and engineering advancements. 

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Remixing the Holidays: American Idol's Crystal Bowersox On Her Favorite Christmas Songs

Monday, December 20, 2010

All this week we're talking with musical artists and experts about their favorite seasonal songs for our annual "Remixing the Holidays" series. First up: Crystal Bowersox. The American Idol runner-up had a whirlwind of a year, from earning national acclaim for her appearance and success on the Fox reality show to her recent release of her new album, "Farmer's Daughter." The 25-year-old singer says she'll be spending her first Christmas with her new family, which includes her husband and son. She talks with us about the music that reminds her of Christmas. 

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Remembering Richard Holbrooke

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Richard Holbrooke, the United States Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, passed away yesterday after undergoing a marathon surgery that failed to save his life. He was 69. Across a long career in foreign policy, Holbrooke dedicated his life to brokering peace and stability throughout the world on behalf of the United States.

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Carrie Fisher on Her One-Woman Show, 'Wishful Drinking'

Monday, December 13, 2010

Carrie Fisher, perhaps best known for her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars, is also something of a real-world Hollywood princess. As the daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and the late Eddie Fisher, Fisher's entire career and family life have been well documented by the media. In her one-woman show, "Wishful Drinking," Fisher re-tells the stories of her life. A cut-down version of the show premiered Sunday night on HBO. We talk with Carrie Fisher about growing up in a Hollywood family, and whether she's ever outlived the Princess Leia legend.

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Republicans Block Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Friday, December 10, 2010

Senate Republicans blocked what may have been one of the last real attempts to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy before Republicans take control of the House next year. But all is not lost for those supporting repeal. Yesterday outgoing speaker Nancy Pelosi tweeted: "An army of allies stands ready to pass standalone repeal in House." Currently, Democrats need only two GOP Senators to reach the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster. In January, they will need the support of at least seven Republicans. Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explains why this is such a crucial moment for Democrats to push through a repeal of the policy.

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Biggest Stories of This Basketball Season

Friday, December 10, 2010

There's a lot of story lines happening in basketball this season. Which should we be paying attention to? The Miami Heat finally getting into its stride this season? A leader for The New York Knicks? Takeaway Sports Contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin talks about the biggest stories so far in the NBA.

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Pakistanis Suing CIA For Deaths From Drone Attacks

Friday, December 10, 2010

In Pakistan, the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIViC) is calling on the U.S. to acknowledge the number of civilians killed by drone attacks. According to the group, about 1,000 civilians have died in drone-related attacks; the U.S. says few civilians have been killed. We talk with the BBC's Aleem Maqbool, in Islamabad, for more on this story.

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Dem Rep. Peter DeFazio: Against Tax Cut Deal, Undecided on Obama in 2012

Friday, December 10, 2010

House Democrats rebelled Thursday against President Barack Obama's tax cut deal with Republicans, threatening to keep it off the floor. This comes after the House Democratic Caucus met yesterday and approved a motion to reject the provisions of the compromises — most notably the provisions related to the estate tax. Currently the deal struck between the President and Republicans would extend Bush-era tax cuts for the super-rich, and drastically ease the estate tax burden. We speak with the man leading the charge in the House Democratic caucus, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.). He also weighs in on whether President Obama can count on his support in 2012. 

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Actor Ryan Gosling Explains Initial NC-17 Rating for 'Blue Valentine'

Thursday, December 09, 2010

A soon-to-be-released film about marital drama just won a rare victory. “Blue Valentine,” starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, was initially given an NC-17 rating by the Motion Picture Association of America. The stated reason? Because the film contains “a scene of explicit sexual content.” Many people familiar with the scene described it as a fairly tame sex scene in which William's character receives oral sex. The studio and film's cast and crew appealed the rating, which was changed yesterday by the MPAA. The film is now rated R.

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John Lennon Quotes and Memories from Reporter Tom Brook

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Thirty years ago today, music sensation John Lennon was shot and killed outside the Dakota building where he lived with his wife, Yoko Ono, in New York City. Radio reporter Tom Brook was the first British reporter on the scene. He explains his memory of that day and how Lennon's legacy continues to live on.

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Rep. Van Hollen, Lead Dems' Deficit Negotiator, Unhappy with Tax Deal

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

In a press conference yesterday, President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to the current deal on tax cuts that has been reached between the White House and Republicans in Congress. If passed, the compromise would extend Bush-era tax cuts for two years, including those for the wealthiest households. It would also extend unemployment benefits for 13 more months and give businesses a major tax break. Economists say the deal would add $900 billion to the deficit over the next two years.

President Obama has already received strong opposition from members of his own party who believe the President is compromising too easily with Republicans. We talk with Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the Democratic leadership who has come out in opposition to the deal.

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Exit Interview: Rep. Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.)

Friday, December 03, 2010

After 35 years representing Minnesota constituents in the U.S. House of Representatives, Democratic Rep. Jim Oberstar will empty his office on Capitol Hill at the end of this month. Oberstar currently serves as the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, a position he has held since 2007. He is one of dozens of incumbents voted out of office earlier this year during midterm elections. What are his thoughts on the eve of his departure?

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Wikileaks Documents Shed Light on US-Pakistani Relations

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Among the State Department cables leaked on WikiLeaks and analyzed in The New York Times were messages from the U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan about the country's nuclear fuel resources. In a cable dating May 27, 2009, Amb. Anne W. Pateron reported her concern over a stockpile of highly enriched uranium, which had been sitting for years near an aging research nuclear reactor in Pakistan. There was enough to build several “dirty bombs” or, in skilled hands, possibly enough for an actual nuclear bomb.

The cables show that underneath public assurances lie deep clashes over strategic goals on issues like Pakistan’s support for the Afghan Taliban and tolerance of Al Qaida.

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