Sitara Nieves

Senior Producer

Sitara Nieves appears in the following:

Gold Fever

Friday, September 05, 2008

The lust that once lured prospectors to California is today drawing countless thousands to remote tropical rainforests on a quest for gold. It’s a valuable source of income in developing nations. But Smithsonian scientist William Laurance says the thirst for gold and other metals is fueled by both illegal and legal trade that carries heavy social, environmental and public health costs.


Your comments on the decision to have or not have children

Friday, August 22, 2008

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The next stage in warfare: mind control

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Guest: Dr. Jonathan Moreno, a bioethicist and professor of medical ethics at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of “Mind Wars: Brain Research and National Defense.”


Drought in California: America’s breadbasket is going hungry

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Agriculture is a $31-billion industry in California — no state is bigger for farming. But with California in a drought, state-enforced water rationing is forcing farmers to abandon fields and lay off workers. The Takeaway talks to the mayor of Mendota, California, where hundreds have been left hungry, and with Sacramento Bee reporter Matt Weiser about the difficult choices the state is facing.


Spokesman says Pakistan's Pervez Musharraf won't quit in face of impeachment

Monday, August 11, 2008

Guest: M.J. Gohel, director of the Asia-Pacific Foundation, a London-based international affairs think tank


Terrorism consultant Evan Kohlmann criticized over "The al-Qaeda Plan" video

Monday, August 04, 2008

Guest: Evan Kohlmann, a self-made international terrorism consultant. Evan wrote, produced and narrated "The al-Qaeda Plan," which was used as evidence in the Hamdan Trial.

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The nuclear deals the United States makes

Friday, August 01, 2008

Sorting through the proliferation of nuclear confusion

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Fifty years later, the finish line is still the moon for NASA

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

It's the 50th anniversary of a great proxy battle fought in outer space. In 1958, President Eisenhower created NASA so the United States could compete with the USSR in space technology. Today, there’s a new space race on — between China and America. The finish line, 50 years later, is still the moon.


"Wall Street got drunk" and other pithy phrases for global crises

Friday, July 25, 2008

President Bush summed up America's recent economic woes this week with four cool words: "Wall Street got drunk." The Takeaway asked you for more catchy crisis slogans.

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Ben Bernanke reshapes the Fed’s place

Friday, July 18, 2008

Federal Reserve Board chair Ben Bernanke is bursting through longstanding boundaries between the Fed and the federal government, some which could fundamentally change the Fed’s place in the American economy. Is this a good thing for the independent Fed?

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Peace, love, lyrics and loot

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Today, Christie's auctions a memento from John Lennon: his scrawled lyrics for “Give Peace a Chance.” Lennon gave the page to then-16-year-old Gail Renard in 1969 after she and a friend climbed up a fire escape to see him and Yoko Ono during their Montreal “bed-in.”


DNA testing: The California spit wars

Monday, June 23, 2008

The California Public Health Department has halted the work of 13 genetic testing companies, barring them from selling tests without a doctor’s orders. Today the companies must detail how they’ll “prevent further violation of California state laboratory law” to the health department. The Takeaway talks with Wired's Alexis Madrigal about the intertwined issues of privacy and public health, and whether there’s a potential health benefit from barring individuals from their own genetic information.


The end of food

Thursday, June 12, 2008

The signs are all around us: salmonella outbreaks; riots over food shortages; fears over mad cow disease; water shortages; skyrocketing global food prices. These are portents for the end of easily accessible food. Paul Roberts, author of "The End of Food" and "The End of Oil" sees the potential cataclysm ahead.


The economy of energy

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Saudi Arabia wants to call a meeting between oil-producing and oil-consuming countries to discuss record high prices. President Bush has called for the United States to be less dependent on hydrocarbons. The Takeaway speaks with Lisa Margonelli to discuss the persistent high price of energy and its social and cultural effects.

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Hillary's last stand (except she won't admit it)

Thursday, May 29, 2008


November strategy: Obama and McCain head West

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

This week, presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama travel to Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico. Though the three states account for 19 of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House, they’re likely to be pivotal in the November presidential election.


High prices, low margins hurt gas station owners

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Chicago residents are now paying the highest gas prices in the country - an average of $4.07 per gallon. You might think that gas stations are thriving with high gas prices, but gas station owners are actually losing money.


Young West Virginian voters mobilize

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

For the first time in almost 50 years, West Virginia matters. The polls already foretell West Virginia primary’s likely outcome — a victory for Hillary Clinton — but the Democratic nomination race continues to energize young voters across the state.


China's earthquake, tectonics and the shape of things to come

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The earthquake that struck China’s central region yesterday is the deadliest the country has seen since 1976. We talk with Roger Bilham, professor of geological sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder, about how both natural and man-made factors created such devastation.


Missouri aims to place additional demands on voter ID

Monday, May 12, 2008

The fight over voter identification requirements has heated up after the Supreme Court upheld Indiana's voter ID law. Nineteen states are considering new voter ID measures, but we focus on Missouri, which The New York Times' Ian Urbina tells us is the only proposal that could become law in time for November’s presidential election.