Tuesday marks the deadline for the Syrian government to begin drawing back troops as part of a cease-fire agreement with Syrian rebels brokered by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan. But on Sunday night, President Bashar al-Assad’s government announced new conditions for the troop pullback. Amr Al Azm is a member of the Syrian opposition and professor of history and anthropology at Shawnee State University, and Jim Muir is the Baghdad correspondent for the BBC.
Wallace was one of the original co-hosts of CBS’ “60 Minutes” when it debuted in 1968. In his nearly four decades with the program, he became one of the country’s best-known broadcast journalists. Former CBS Moscow Bureau Chief Beth Knobel co-authored the book "Heat and Light: Advice for the Next Generation of Journalists" with Wallace. She remembers Wallace not just as pioneering broadcast journalist — but as a warm, inspired colleague.
Last year more than a hundred thousand active-duty Army troops had been prescribed antidepressants, narcotics, sedatives, anti-psychotics or anti-anxiety drugs. Bart Billings, a former military psychologist who hosts an annual conference on combat stress, says an over-reliance on medication can have dangerous consequences. However David Rudd, Director of National Center for Veterans Studies believes that it is important for soldiers to have access to these kinds of drugs.
Today’s political candidates are increasingly savvy in their attempts to targeting Spanish-speaking voters. But as attempts to court Latino voters have become increasingly commonplace, so have cultural blunders. Jude Joffe-Block is senior field correspondent for Fronteras, a multimedia collaboration focusing on the southwestern border between Mexico and the United States. Ruben Navarette is a nationally-syndicated columnist with the Washington Post Writers Group.
Among Florida cities, Sanford has a remarkable amount of green space. As WMFE reporter Matthew Peddie noted for WNYC’s Transportation Nation blog, Sanford has spent more than $20 million in the last two decades creating more than 30 parks and green spaces. However, Sanford is also notable for being home to numerous gated communities — like The Retreat at Twin Lakes, the neighborhood where 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed as he walked back from 7-Eleven.
The commonalities and tensions between the black and Latino communities in the United States — and in particular, in the American south — have been a source of much discussion in the Trayvon Martin case. On yesterday's program, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson mentioned some dramatic statistics on how blacks and Latinos in the American south perceive one another. Duke researchers found that an overwhelming majority of Latinos in Durham, North Carolina, 78 percent, felt they had the most in common with whites. What’s more, nearly 60 percent of Latinos surveyed reported they believed that few or almost no blacks were hard-working or could be trusted.
Instead of just measuring economic health, should we be measuring our levels of happiness? That’s a question the United Nations is taking up this week in a session called "Wellbeing and Happiness: Defining a New Economic Paradigm." But how worthwhile is the "pursuit of happiness" in the first place? Wake Forest English professor Eric G. Wilson is the author of "Against Happiness: In Defense of Melancholy." He argues that Americans' fixation on happiness comes at a cost.
On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that authorities may strip-search people arrested for any offense — no matter how minor — before they are admitted to jail. In Florence v. County of Burlington, Albert Florence argued that he was subjected to humiliating strip searches after he was mistakenly arrested in 2005. However, according to the court's majority opinion written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the need to protect the safety of prison inmates justifies the use of "thorough searches at intake for disease, gang affiliation, and contraband" by correctional officials. Anita Allen, professor of law and philosophy at University of Pennsylvania explains how the court reached its decision.
Tonight, Kansas and Kentucky face off in New Orleans for the NCAA Championship. Over the weekend, Kentucky beat Louisville in an intra-state match while Kansas rallied against Ohio State to win 64-62. Today two super-fans argue their case for each team. Kim Parks roots for Kentucky, and she's ready to defend the Wildcats against Mark Domitrovich, a Kansas Jayhawks fan. Also with us for NCAA analysis and more on the latest in sports news is Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, Takeaway sports contributor.
Over the weekend, pro-democracy activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi was elected to Myanmar’s parliament in a landmark vote. It’s a historic moment for the country; after years of house arrest, Suu Kyi appears poised to finally step into a role of real power. What's the best way to build a real democracy? Do events in Myanmar offer a model for democratic transitions elsewhere? Suzanne DiMaggio is Vice President for global policy programs at the Asia Society. Robert Lieber is professor of government and international affairs at Georgetown University.
In the biggest Supreme Court cases, Justice Anthony Kennedy, more often that not, is the key swing vote. As the Supreme Court deliberates over the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, once again all eyes are on Justice Kennedy. Adam Liptak is the Supreme Court Correspondent for The New York Times.
New numbers released by Centers for Disease Control reveal that the number of children who have been diagnosed with autism has nearly doubled since 2002. Susan Hyman, chairperson of the Autism Subcommittee of the American Academy of Pediatrics; Dr. Perri Klass, pediatrician and professor of Journalism and Pediatrics at New York University; and Benedict Carey, science writer for our partner The New York Times, take a closer look at what's behind the numbers.
Over the last few days, we've been asking our listeners, "If you could go back and say something to someone in your past — an ex, an old boss, a deceased loved one — what do you wish you could tell them?" We've discovered that it's a question that strikes quite a nerve. Yesterday we spoke to life coach and author Jackie Hooper, who explained why. Three years ago, she started asking people what they wish they'd said to the old friends, former teaches, bosses, or beloved relatives they never quite spoke their mind to. Today we're sharing some of the most poignant stories from our listeners.
Today the Supreme Court will hear the final round of arguments on President Obama's Affordable Care Act. While 26 states joined the lawsuit against health care reform, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi filed the original suit, and Florida is the lead plaintiff in the case. And in the midst of what Attorney General Bondi has called "one of the biggest cases of our lifetime," she is also leading an investigation into the Trayvon Martin case in Sanford, Florida.
Although Massachusetts’s health coverage program has been largely seen as a success, there are still considerable disparities in coverage among different demographics, according to Renee Landers, professor of law at Suffolk University. Massachusetts resident Silvia Romero also joins the show to share her story about how the state's health care law came to her aid when she lost health care coverage through her employer.
If you could go back and say something to someone in your past — an ex, an old boss, a deceased loved one — what do you wish you could tell them? That question is the basis of a new book. It's called "The Things You Would Have Said" and it compiles moving reflections from people of all walks of life on the times when the didn't speak their mind — but wish they had. Jackie Hooper is a life-coach and author of "The Things You Would Have Said."
The case against the Affordable Care Act currently being heard by the Supreme Court was brought by 26 states. Ohio is one of those states, and in Ohio, disapproval of the health care law runs deep. Last fall, Ohio voters amended the state constitution to say that no federal or state law will require any person, company or health care provider to participate in a health care system. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine explains why he joined the suit against the Affordable Care Act.
At a White House press conference on Friday, President Obama was asked to comment on the Trayvon Martin case. Ron Christie, Takeaway contributor and Republican political strategist says President Obama overstepped in his remarks. Xilla, an editor at Global Grinder, says the president's remarks were appropriate — and deeply moving.
Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington correspondent and Charlie Herman, business and economics editor for The Takeaway look at the stories coming up in the week ahead, including the Supreme Court hearings about health care legislation, President Obama's meetings in South Korea and the Conference Board Confidence Index and the Michigan Consumer Sentiment reports slated to come out this week.
In Sanford, Florida, thousands of people rallied on Thursday night in support of the family of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was killed in late February by a self-appointed neighborhood watch captain who thought the black teen looked "suspicious." Valerie Houston, Pastor at Allen Chapel AME Church in Sanford, Florida, joins us to discuss yesterday's developments.