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Noel King

Freelance Journalist based in Egypt

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Playlist for an (Absent) Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Thursday, December 09, 2010

American violinist Lynn Chang will play at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony on Friday. Chinese dissident Liu Xioabo won't be able to attend the ceremony; he's being held in a Chinese prison. Chang tells us why he's chosen the songs in his set-list and whether or not he views the concert as a political affair, a musical event — or both. 

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Black Friday: Super Shoppers and Shopping Cynics

Friday, November 26, 2010

On Thanksgiving, many of us give thanks. On Black Friday, retailers give thanks. Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year; and many stores open before dawn and remain open late into the night to capitalize on the holiday. For the past two years, the economic downturn has hurt Black Friday sales. We're checking in with a few of our listeners to see whether they're super shoppers or shopping cynics.

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Oklahoma's Ban on Sharia Law in Courts Raises Questions, Fires up Supporters

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Earlier this month, seventy percent of voters in Oklahoma said yes to a controversial amendment to the state's constitution, which bans the use of Sharia law in Oklahoma's courts. On Monday, a U.S. District Judge extended a ban on the Sharia amendment. In a state that has only very few Muslims – between 15,000 and 30,000 – why did so many Oklahomans feel that Sharia law was a threat? 

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Eighteen Minute Online Traffic Diversion Puzzles Security Experts

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Cyber security experts are at a loss to explain why, last April, 15 percent of all web traffic was diverted through servers in China for 18 minutes. As the number of private citizen and government records, as well as important commerce explodes online, the question of who is watching is one of great import. Was China conducting massive cyber espionage? And if so, what do we have to worry about? 

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Making Bread, Making Allies: Efforts to Reintegrate the Taliban

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

In Afghanistan, our partners the BBC have gained rare access to an American prison for Taliban fighters. The BBC's Paul Wood spent time at the Parwan facility and explains how efforts are being made to ready Taliban members to re-enter society by teaching them useful skills, including bread making. 

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The Detroit Opera House: Thriving in an Ailing Economy

Monday, November 15, 2010

The national media frequently paints Detroit as a near constant subject of sad stories during this ailing economy. But there are outliers in every struggling economy, and in this city there is a bright and beautiful outlier: The Detroit Opera House is not struggling at all.  It is thriving, thanks in part to the leadership of its director, David Dichiera.

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Feeling 'Tied to the Ocean?' Just 'Ask Pops.'

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Speaking at a dinner in Newport, RI, in 1962, President John F. Kennedy said, "We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it, we are going back from whence we came."

Dave Masch considers himself strongly tied to the sea. He's lived by the Atlantic Ocean for 56 years, and writes a sporadic column on sea life called "Ask Pops." He joins us to discuss the ocean and those creatures who inhabit it.

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This Week's Agenda: Republicans' Next Steps, Obama in Asia

Monday, November 08, 2010

After the beating Democrats took in last week's mid-term elections, all eyes, including those of our managing producer, Noel King, will be looking at what the GOP's initial moves will be this week. She'll also look at President Obama's continued trip through Asia, along with Charlie Herman, business and economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC Radio.

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A Takeaway Listener and Tea Party Member Says GOP is Hijacking the Movement

Friday, November 05, 2010

David Sloan, an early Tea Party member, wrote to The Takeaway on Thursday that he fears the Tea Party is being co-opted by the Republican Party. We wanted to speak more with him about what his particular fears were, and where he draws the lines of difference between the Republican agenda and his own. 

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Is The Tea Party to Obama What the Copperheads Were to Lincoln?

Friday, October 29, 2010

With a few days left until mid-term elections, we're looking at the fierce opposition that has emerged during this campaign season to President Barack Obama and the Democratic agenda. Historian Jennifer Weber, author of "Copperheads: The Rise and Fall of Lincoln’s Opponents in the North," explains how today's Tea Partiers are similar to the "Copperheads" of the 1800s that protested Lincoln and his policies during the Civil War.

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Rhode Island's Unique Political Landscape this Midterm Season

Monday, October 25, 2010

Today, we take a deeper look at Rhode Island's political landscape in the run-up to the midterm elections. Rhode Island's unemployment rate, at 11 percent, is one of the highest in the country. Democrats are fighting to hang on to Patrick Kennedy's vacated house seat and President Obama has yet to endorse the Democratic candidate for governor, who is locked in a fierce four-way race. 

We talk to Buddy Cianci, former mayor of Providence and current host of WPRO's talk radio program The Buddy Cianci Show.  

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Liu Xiaobo Wins Nobel Peace Prize While Serving 11 Year Sentence in China

Friday, October 08, 2010

Described as a chain-smoking, impassioned literary critic and political essayist, he has spent his adult life advocating for democratic reform in China. Today, he becomes the first Chinese citizen to win the Nobel Peace Prize. And as of now, it is unclear how he will receive that news in his prison cell.

Liu Xiaobo is the winner of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his nonviolent political reform movement. The 54-year-old is months into an 11 year prison sentence for "inciting the subversion of state power."

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9 Years in Afghanistan

Thursday, October 07, 2010

On October 7th, 2001, less than a month after the attacks of September 11, American and British forces entered Afghanistan seeking to disrupt terrorist activities and capture members of al-Qaida. Nine years later we look back and reflect on one of the longest armed conflicts the U.S. has ever seen. Gideon Rose, editor of Foreign Affairs joins us for the hour.

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Curating Your 'Class' Photos with Photographer Karen Marshall

Friday, October 01, 2010

All this week, we've talked about class on The Takeaway. And we gave you an assignment: take a photo of something in or around your house that indicates what class you're in. 

You sent us some great photos, which you can see after the jump — and we've asked photographer Karen Marshall to help curate them. Marshall is a documentary photographer. She's on the faculty at the International Center of Photography, where she is a seminar leader in the photojournalism documentary program.

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First Take: Newark's Troubled Public School System, Chile's Trapped Miners - and Their Playlists,

Thursday, September 23, 2010

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WNYC

Noel King on the day shift – with some stories we’re following for tomorrow.

Tomorrow, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg will reportedly announce on the Oprah Winfrey show that he’s donating $100 million dollars to the troubled Newark public school system. Zuckerberg isn’t the first multi-billionaire to donate vast sums to education, but the result of such generosity isn’t always immediate success. Zuckerberg’s $100 million seems like a drop in the bucket when you consider that the district’s yearly budget is $940 million dollars. That averages out to about $22,000 a year spent on each of the district’s 40,000 students. Nevertheless, only half of those students graduate. Why? WNYC’s Bob Hennelly has been covering the city of Newark since the 1980s. He'll put Newark’s education failures into context for us tomorrow. Bob says you can’t look at the schools without considering the entire city.

Plus, we’ll hear the songs that Chile’s trapped miners have asked to be added to iPods sent down to them from the surface. And New York Times finance reporter Louise Story joins us with a review of Oliver Stone’s "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps."

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First Take: Nine Dead in Afghanistan Helicopter Crash; Actress Julianne Moore; What Would Get You Spending Again?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

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WNYC

Noel King with some stories we’re following for tomorrow.

2010 has become the deadliest year for NATO forces in Afghanistan following a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan in which nine people — most of them believed to be American — were killed. Zabul province, where the helicopter went down, is controlled by insurgents but NATO did not report hostile fire. Tomorrow, we'll take a look at both the necessity and the perils of helicopter transit in Afghanistan — and explore the helicopter’s place in modern warfare from Vietnam to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan to the present day.

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First Take: Answering Questions about the Gulf Oil Spill

Monday, September 20, 2010

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WNYC

Noel King on The Takeaway’s day shift with some stories we’re following for tomorrow.

We’ll spend a full hour tomorrow morning drilling down into the aftermath of the Gulf oil gusher. The Macondo well is plugged, but unanswered questions remain. Chief among them: what actually happened to the five million barrels of oil that spilled into the ocean? And what will be the long-term affects of the oil on the environment? 

We’ll check in with friends of The Takeaway who've joined us from along the Gulf Cost: shrimpers, boat captains, local mayors and restaurant owners.

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Afghan Elections Marred by Violence, Fraud

Monday, September 20, 2010

Afghan voters went to the polls this weekend to cast their ballot in parliamentary elections. More than 2,500 candidates ran for 249 seats. According to reports from Afghanistan, many candidates tried to buy the election by paying voters for their ballots and busing crowds of people into polling stations. Meanwhile, election day quickly turned violent in some locations, with dozens of rocket attacks and violence at polling stations. The New York Times reported that more than 12 people were killed in election-related violence. Due to security concerns, some polling stations remained closed or had very little voter turnout.

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First Take: Wealth and Poverty in America; Afghanistan Parliamentary Elections; Philip Seymour Hoffman

Thursday, September 16, 2010

PRI
WNYC

Tomorrow, we take a close look at wealth and poverty in America. Census figures released Thursday show that 44 million Americans lived in poverty in 2009. That’s one in seven people. Perhaps even more disturbing, that number is up four million from 2008. The recession is clearly what’s impacting people’s fortunes and the number of impoverished people living in America today is approaching the stark percentage that led to the War on Poverty in the 1960s.

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Brother of American Hiker Detained in Iran Speaks Out

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Earlier this week, one of three American hikers who had been detained in Iran since last summer was released from prison. Iranian police arrested Sarah Shourd and her two companions, Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal, in July 2009 on Iran's border with Iraq and accused the trio of espionage. 

Alex Fattal, Joshua Fattal's older brother says all three hikers are innocent and were wrongly imprisoned.

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