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WNYC News

Obama in State of the Union: The Shadow of Crisis Has Passed

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The President painted an agenda Tuesday night that is more likely to antagonize the new Republican majority than win its approval.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Come Chat With Us: State of the Union 2015

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Join Brian Lehrer and special guests for a live chat as we watch Obama’s sixth State of the Union. Plus: Bingo!
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WNYC News

Obama Live on Ebola

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The President on the White House's response.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

25 Years in 25 Days (2008): Yes We Can

Friday, October 24, 2014

Donna Brazile, Democratic political strategist, adjunct professor, author and columnist, reflects on President Obama's historic election in 2008.

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WNYC News

New York Veterans Weigh in on U.S. Military Action in Iraq

Friday, August 08, 2014

Recent New York veterans are weighing in on President Barack Obama’s decision to launch air strikes on Islamic extremists in Iraq, and provide humanitarian aid to tens of thousands of inhabitants of the country who fled to remote mountains in the north, where they are now trapped.

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The Takeaway

Hope Fades in Ukraine as Conflict Intensifies

Friday, May 02, 2014

According to the Kremlin, all hope may be lost for an internationally negotiated deal in Ukraine. With national elections in just a few weeks, will Ukraine really be prepared to hold a free and fair vote?

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The Takeaway

Are New Russian Sanctions a Lost Cause?

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

On Monday, President Obama announced new sanctions against Russian politicians and companies close to President Vladimir Putin. But if Putin has the Russian people in his pocket, he may not need the rich as badly as the West thinks.

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Studio 360

Brian Williams Raps, Game of Thrones Maps, and More

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Also, the ultimate Game of Thrones nerd makes an interactive map, and a light show in the sky.

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The Takeaway

U.S. Tackles Tensions Between Japan & China

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

President Barack Obama lands in Tokyo today, the first stop on his week-long trip through Southeast Asia. At the top of his agenda are the rising tensions between Japan and China.

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Gabfest Radio

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rosanne Cash and the Mississippi Delta

Friday, February 07, 2014

The Culture Gabfest panelists discuss the tragic and untimely death of Philip Seymour Hoffman. Next, the gabbers welcome Grammy-winner Rosanne Cash to discuss her latest album The River & the Thread, her unyielding fascination with the Mississippi Delta, and how she writes her songs.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The State of the Union and the "Year of Action"

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

In his State of the Union speech last night, President Obama chided Congress for their inactivity, and vowed to make 2014 a "year of action" on the minimum wage, climate policy, and immigration. James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, reviews the speech and what comes next.

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WNYC News

"Let’s Make This a Year of Action." Video and Transcript of Obama's 2014 State of the Union

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Promising a "year of action," President Obama lambasted Congress for conducting itself in a way that "prevents us from carrying out even the most basic functions of our democracy." He promised executive action on minimum wage legislation, climate change, and new pension programs. Read a full transcript of his State of the Union here.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

State of the Union Preview: Talking About Inequality

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

"I would imagine you'll hear more about opportunity than inequality," says Neera Tanden of the Center for American Progress about tonight's State of the Union. She breaks down what President Obama may call for, including executive action on the minimum wage and carbon emissions. Plus, a surprise call from Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

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Gabfest Radio

The Unretouched Edition

Friday, January 24, 2014

On the Culture Gabfest, panelists dissect the controversy over Woody Allen, whose receipt of the Golden Globes lifetime achievement award unearthed allegations of sexual abuse from his past, as well as pick the "5 best punctuation marks in literature" and talk about the retouched Vogue cover featuring Girls creator Lena Dunham. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Seven (New) Things We Learned from Robert Gates

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Robert Gates, former CIA chief and Secretary of Defense under Bush and Obama, discusses his new book Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary At Work. Here: seven things we learned from Gates, from Hillary Clinton's "surprising" hawkishness to whether the Obama administration is being too aggressive in going after leakers.

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The Takeaway

So You've Hit Your Peak. Now What?

Friday, December 27, 2013

Have I peaked? It might seem like a depressing question, but Todd May, a professor of philosophy at Clemson University, believes it’s a worthy one. What is there to do when we think we’ve reached our zenith? May  makes the case for reflecting on our peak.

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WNYC News

Video and Transcript: President Obama Address on Syria

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

President Obama addressed the nation Tuesday night about the United States' possible intervention in Syria. Obama asked that the Congressional vote to authorize intervention be postponed while Secretary of State John Kerry pursues diplomatic talks about Russia's proposal for Syria's chemical weapons to be put under international control. Read the transcript and watch the video here.

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Gabfest Radio

The Not Dead Yet but Working on It Edition

Saturday, September 07, 2013

On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the significance of President Obama’s surprise decision to seek congressional approval for a military mission in Syria. They also discuss the gun and pot laws provoking new fights about federalism.

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WNYC News

Video: White House Marks Anniversary of March on Washington, MLK "Dream" Speech

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

President Obama hosted the Let Freedom Ring ceremony today at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivering his historic "I Have a Dream" speech. Watch the video.

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WNYC News

Watch Live: President Obama Addresses Russia Summit, Mideast Terror Alerts

Friday, August 09, 2013

President Obama holds a formal press conference today where he is expected to address chilly tensions in Russia after a cancelled summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin over his decision to grant temporary asylum to Edward Snowden, who leaked sensitive NSA information.

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