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How To Cross 5 International Borders In 1 Minute Without Sweating

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Nations need borders for security, for revenue, for defense, or identity. But for fun? Introducing borders that giggle. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Your Twitter #borderq's

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Upper West Side or Harlem? Flatbush or Midwood? Matthew Hyland, a volunteer for Google Maps, answered questions from our listeners during the show about New York City's disputed neighborhood borders. Now, we're hoping you can answer the ones we couldn't get to on Twitter.

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The Takeaway

Ambassador Martin Indyk on Egypt Opening Gaza's Border

Thursday, May 26, 2011

In a major departure from the policy of the Mubarak regime, Egypt's official news agency has announced that, as of Saturday, May 28, 2011, the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza will be permanently opened. The border's periodic openings and closings over the decades have reflected tensions between Israel and the Palestinian Territories — and an agreement between Israel and the Mubarak regime.

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The Takeaway

Henry Kissinger Interview Part 3: Middle East

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Over three decades have passed since Henry Kissinger served as Secretary of State for the Richard Nixon, and then Gerald Ford, and his advice is still sought and respected by politicians and world leaders. In the third installment of our interview with him, he shares his thoughts on the Arab spring, Israel and Palestine, and how President Obama is handling all of this.

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The Takeaway

Using Information to Beat Gadhafi

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

The United States is considering a range of options to deal with Libya, including military action and sanctions. However, there's another possibility for Libya: an information campaign and the Pentagon has reportedly explored at the option of jamming Libya's communications so that Gadhafi has a harder time talking to his forces. Matt Armstrong, lecturer on public diplomacy at the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism and publisher of  the blog MountainRunner.us, takes a closer look at how an information campaign might work in Libya.

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It's A Free Country ®

Pop + Politics: 'The Border Will Always Be Porous'

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Our WNYC partner Pop + Politics has been traveling the country this fall to explore the stories and characters behind the political debates this campaign season. Across the southwest, one of this year's biggest election issues is illegal immigration and border security. When Arizona governor Jan Brewer signed SB 1070 in the spring, a bill that required local police officers to enforce federal immigration law, the state became the flash point for a national debate about how best to deal with undocumented immigrants. 

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The Takeaway

Nortec Collective on Music and Borders

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Nortec Collective is a band from Northern Mexico that’s known for pushing boundaries and blurring our notions of what constitutes borders.

Whether performing instrumentals, like “Tijuana Bass,” or singing electronic songs filled with mixed English and Spanish, they demonstrate that fences can do little to prevent the exchange of ideas and cultures, and may, in fact, do a lot to inspire them.

(Check out their new single, "I Count the Ways," after the jump.)

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The Takeaway

Along Mexico Border, Do Good Fences Make Good Neighbors?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

"Before I built a wall I'd ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out"

Robert Frost's poem "Mending Wall" might serve as a good start to the conversation over whether the huge fence the U.S.government is building to prevent illegal immigrants, terrorists and drug traffickers from entering the U.S. from Mexico is worth the effort and money.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Your Highly Skilled Workforce

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Vivek Wadhwa, senior research associate with the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School, discusses Indian "body shops" and a rule in the new border security bill that increases fees for H1B visas for highly skilled foreign workers.

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The Takeaway

On Immigration, States Draft Their Own Laws

Monday, July 05, 2010

We've all heard a lot about Arizona's controversial and stringent immigration law, SB 1070, which allows Arizona police to question anyone they suspect may be in the country illegally. But 44 other states have introduced immigration legislation of their own since the beginning of 2010. Some worry that the U.S. may soon be facing a patchwork of different laws for different states.


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The Takeaway

Tensions High On US-Mexico Border After Fatal Shooting of Mexican Teen

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Tension is growing along the American border with Mexico after a U.S. border agent shot and killed a 15-year-old Mexican boy on Monday evening. The incident, which took place near the El Paso border crossing, is complicated by the fact that U.S. authorities, Mexican authorities and eyewitnesses all tell different accounts of the incident. The U.S. says the teen was with a group of youths who threw rocks at border agents while they were trying to arrest two illegal migrants. Mexican authorities have condemned the shooting, calling it excessive use of force.

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The Takeaway

FIrst Take: A Woman's World; Outrage on US-Mexico Border; Futbol Foreign Affairs

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

For the first time in U.S. history, women have become the majority in the workforce. And Tuesday’s primary elections showed us that women can dominate in politics too. In California, Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman both won their Republican nominations for Senate and governor, respectively. Sen. Blanche Lincoln secured the Democratic ticket in Arkansas. Plus Nikki Haley was victorious in South Carolina. The Washington Post’s website is leading with a headline that suggests this may be the “year of the women.”  Hanna Rosin wrote a piece for The Atlantic titled, "The End of Men." Politics aside, who has it easier in America today – men or women?

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WQXR News

National Guard Headed to U.S.-Mexico Border

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

President Barack Obama is expected to send 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S. border with Mexico.

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The Takeaway

US Marshal Explains Why More Fugitives Are Caught in Mexico

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Last year, U.S. authorities found nearly 100 fugitives hiding out in Mexico. In 1999, only 14 fugitives were found and returned. The increase is attributed to ongoing cooperation between United States and Mexican officials along the border.

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The Takeaway

Caught in Arizona, Some Drug Smugglers Tried in Mexico

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Under a new program being enforced by ICE, some Mexican immigrants caught in Nogales, Ariz., with relatively small amounts of marijuana will be turned over to the Mexican authorities for prosecution. Previously, these small-time smugglers were deemed too much trouble to prosecute, and were usually set free. We talk with Matt Allen, special agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in Arizona, and Isabel Garcia, a public defender in Pima County, who opposes the policy.

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The Takeaway

Stopping the flu at the border

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The outbreak of swine flu is spreading across the globe, with cases confirmed from Mexico to Israel to New Zealand. Fears of a pandemic have prompted many nations, including ours, to ramp up security at land and air border crossings. As with any crisis involving national security, officials are considering all sorts of new technology to solve the problem. In Malaysia and Thailand, they're using high-tech thermal scanners to scan for swine flu. You pass through one at an airport, and it can determine if you’ve got a fever. So what technology are we using here at home? And is this going to help curb the spread of the flu? To help us answer these questions, The Takeaway is joined by Guy Martin, Senior Correspondent for Security for Conde Nast Traveller.

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The Takeaway

Border controls tighten in wake of flu scare

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

As the confirmed numbers of confirmed cases of swine flu continue to rise around the world, countries are responding at their borders, tightening transport and immigration controls. Joining us now to look at how the world is responding at the border is BBC Correspondent Matt McGrath.

Here's the AP's report on how the swine flu is sparking border precautions:

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The Takeaway

Hold your fire: Working to stop the flow of guns to Mexico

Friday, April 17, 2009

President Obama arrived in Mexico yesterday just a day after 16 people were killed in a shoot out between suspected traffickers and soldiers near Acapulco. But President Obama didn’t shy away from America’s share of responsibility in violent scenes like that one instead saying, "More than 90% of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the United States, many from gun shops that line our shared border. So we have responsibilities as well. We have to do our part." But who exactly in America holds that responsibility? Gun dealers? ATF agents? Border police? Lawmakers? Two people who deal with those issues every day join The Takeaway to help answer those questions. Jim Pruett is the owner of Pruett’s Guns and Ammo in Houston, Texas and William McMahon, is the Deputy Assistant Director of Field Operations for the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Tobacco.

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The Takeaway

President Obama in Mexico

Friday, April 17, 2009

President Obama landed in Mexico City yesterday, pledging his support to help President Calderon and the Mexican government in its fight against the drug cartels that have ravaged the country. The outburst of crime, turf wars and shootouts killed over 6,000 people last year. Though drug violence tops the agenda, Presidents Obama and Calderon will also discuss energy, the economy and immigration. Later today President Obama will continue the conversation when he heads to Trinidad and Tobago for the Summit of the Americas. For a look at how President Obama’s visit to our northern neighbor is defining U.S. foreign policy we are joined by Andres Martinez. He is the Director of the Bernard L. Schwartz Fellows Program for the New America Foundation.

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The Takeaway

President Obama travels to Mexico City

Thursday, April 16, 2009

President Obama touches down in Mexico City this afternoon for talks with his Mexican counterpart Felipe Calderon. This is his first trip to Latin America since being inaugurated. Details of the trip are sketchy due to security concerns, but Obama is sure to address ongoing violence stemming from Mexico’s war against drug cartels. The Takeaway talks to Ioan Grillo Mexico Correspondent for Time Magazine.
"The whole nature of this type of conflict is being called here 'Calderon's Iraq.' And that's what it is in some ways: A conflict that is very hard to win, it's very hard to declare terms of victory and it's very hard to get out of."
—Time Magazine's Ioan Grillo on the ongoing conflict in Mexico

For more, here is the AP's report on the visit:

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