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Radiolab

Sex, Ducks & The Founding Feud

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Jilted lovers and disrupted duck hunts provide a very odd look into the soul of the US Constitution.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Abortion in America, Civil Rights Reckoning, and The Untold Story of the Iraq War

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Takeaway explores abortion laws in the United States, a movement to revisit civil rights-era crimes, and a startling new report about the war in Iraq.

The Takeaway

U.S. 'Deeply Concerned' as Syria Drags Its Heels on Chemical Weapons Removal

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Last year, Syria agreed to eliminate its stockpile of chemical weapons, and now the regime's deadline to give up its entire arsenal is looming. To date, Syria has released less than 5 percent of its chemical weapons—and there's evidence that the Syrian regime is deliberately stalling on its agreement for political purposes. Reuter's correspondent Anthony Deutsch has been reporting on the delays in Syria's compliance. He joins The Takeaway to discuss the delays and whether they are politically motivated.

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Radiolab

Sex, Ducks, and The Founding Feud

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Jilted lovers and disrupted duck hunts provide a very odd look into the soul of the US Constitution.
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The Takeaway

The Road Ahead for Syria & the OPCW

Monday, December 09, 2013

On Tuesday, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons will accept their Nobel Peace Prize in Stockholm. Last month, they triumphantly met their deadline for the removal of Syria’s weapons cache. Though much progress has been made, there is still a great deal of work left to be done. Sigrid Kaag, special coordinator of the joint mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations, provides a look ahead at the OPCW's timeline for destroying all of the weapons.

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The Takeaway

Destroying Syria's Weapons A Delicate Dance

Thursday, December 05, 2013

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons may have met their November 1 deadline for the removal of Syria’s weapons cache, but there is still a big question that remains: What’s next? The complicated task at hand includes getting 500 tons of lethal chemicals out of Syria. Joining The Takeaway to explain what this endeavor may look like is Thomas Moore, deputy director of the Proliferation Prevention Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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The Takeaway

Syria Moves Closer to Destroying Chemical Weapons Stockpile

Monday, October 28, 2013

Three days ahead of its deadline, the Syrian regime submitted a formal declaration of its chemical weapons arsenal and its plans for destroying that stockpile. Is this a sign that change is possible in Syria? Robin Wright, a joint fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center, weighs in. She's the author of "Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World."

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The Takeaway

Post Peace Prize, OPCW Sees Positive Way Forward in Syria

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Days after the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the organization continues in its efforts to dismantle Syria’s cache of chemical weapons. Joining The Takeaway to explain is spokesman for the OPCW, Michael Luhan.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Nobel Peace Prize

Friday, October 11, 2013

The Nobel Peace Prize goes to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Christiane Amanpour, chief international correspondent for CNN and contributing global affairs anchor for ABC, talks about their role in resolving the chemical weapons crisis in Syria.

 

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The Takeaway

Syrian War Journalist Shares the Last Moments of Marie Colvin's Life

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Marie Colvin, acclaimed reporter for the British Sunday Times, was killed in Homs in February 2012. Paul Conroy was at the center, and was badly hurt in the attack that killed his colleague Colvin. He discusses his new book "Under the Wire," the remarkable journey he shared with Colvin, the attack that killed her, and the prospects for peace in Syria.

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The Takeaway

Chemical Weapons Inspectors on the Ground in Syria Amidst Civil War

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

A team of chemical weapons inspectors arrived in Syria yesterday to begin their mission of securing, removing, and destroying all 1,000 tons of the country’s chemical weapons. Michael Luhan is the spokesperson for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. He explains the logistical and political challenges the organization faces as it begins dismantling the Assad regime's chemical weapons stockpiles this week.

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The Takeaway

U.N. is Tested as Syria's Fate Hangs in the Balance

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Is it possible to make the U.N. work as Secretary Kerry and his Russian counterpart meet in Geneva? Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nancy Soderberg, says we should not lose sight of how to bring the civil war to an end in Syria, and that trying to get a resolution on chemical weapons through the United Nations Security Council is an exercise in futility.

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The Takeaway

Nuclear Arms Control Expert on the Future of Assad's Stockpile

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Securing dangerous chemical weapons agents is no small task. Joining the program to discuss this is Ambassador Richard Butler, an expert on nuclear arms control and disarmament. Ambassador Butler ran the United Nations weapons inspection organization in Iraq in the late 1990's. He is currently a distinguished scholar of International Peace and Security at Penn State's School of International Affairs

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The Washington Report

The eyes of the world are on Syria and Washington

Monday, September 09, 2013

Kerry Nolan talks with New York Times Chief Washington correspondent David Sanger about President Obama's push for military intervention in Syria.

The Takeaway

Why Do Chemical Weapons Still Exist?

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Syria is estimated to have stockpiled approximately 1,000 tons of chemical weapons, raising questions about the future of chemical war in the region. Joseph Cirincione, president of Ploughshares Fund and a member of Secretary of State John Kerry's International Security Advisory Board, explains.

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The Takeaway

Syria: "Hit These People & Hit Them Very Hard"

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Pressure is mounting on how the U.S. and its western allies will respond in Syria and whether force will be used without a U.N. mandate. Ambassador Christopher Hill, Dean of the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, former U.S. ambassador to Iraq, and former U.S. special envoy to negotiations over Kosovo and North Korea, discusses the evolving role of the United Nations, and what is required for lasting political change in Syria.

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The Takeaway

Pressure Mounts for the United States and Allies to Respond in Syria

Monday, August 26, 2013

Last week, it's believed a chemical attack was carried out in Syria. Lara Setrakian is a journalist and the founder of Syria Deeply. She joins The Takeaway to discuss the latest attacks and the possible response to come from the United States and its allies. P.J. Crowley, a former Department of State spokesperson and currently a professor at George Washington University, provides a sense of the military and non-military options being considered in Washington, D.C. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Alleged Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

Friday, August 23, 2013

Karen DeYoung, senior National Security correspondent and associate editor of The Washington Post, discusses the latest claims of a deadly chemical attack on activists in Syria, and whether or not it constitutes a "red line" that could force action on the part of the U.S.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Why Are We Intervening in Syria?

Friday, June 14, 2013

The Obama administration reports that the chemical weapons "red line" in Syria has been crossed. Christiane Amanpour, chief international correspondent for CNN and global affairs anchor for ABC, discusses what comes next. Plus: elections in Iran and continued unrest in Turkey.

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The Takeaway

With 70,000 Syrians Dead, Why are Chemical Weapons the Game Changer?

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

President Obama says the United States will not intervene in Syria unless there is clear evidence that chemical weapons have been used by the Assad regime. But with already 70,000 people dead in this conflict, are we splitting hairs over the techniques used to kill people? Does it really matter how people are being killed?

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