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Studio 360

Drone Art

Friday, September 27, 2013

Movies and TV are absorbing drones (or unmanned aerial vehicles as they are properly called) as plot devices in The Bourne Legacy and Homeland, for example. But some fine artists are also trying to sway this national conversation. Adam Harvey designs burqas and hijabs that make the wearer invisible ...

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Studio 360

Making Friends with Drones

Friday, September 27, 2013

Missy Cummings saw the dawn of the age of drones — sorry, “unmanned aerial vehicles” — firsthand from the deck of an aircraft carrier. As one of the Navy's first female fighter pilots, flying an F-18, Cummings realized that improvements in GPS were going to obviate her job. So she switched gears ...

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Studio 360

Linda Ronstadt & Leaves of Grass

Friday, September 27, 2013

Walt Whitman loved America — so much so that it got a little creepy sometimes. But he accomplished his goal, writing a new Bible for American poetry to reflect the democracy and diversity at the heart of this country, and we explore Leaves of Grass in an episode of American ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Drone Strike Compensation Payments?

Thursday, August 15, 2013

There have been nine reported drone strikes reported in Yemen in the past two weeks, and there have been as many as six civilian deaths reported. Cora Currier, ProPublica Reporting Fellow, talks about drone strikes and whether the United States is paying families when drone strikes kill innocent Yemenis. She’s investigated in her article “Does the U.S. Pay Families When Drones Kill Innocent Yemenis?

 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Moving Oil; the Cloisters Anniversary; a New Novel; Drone Attacks; Ten Years After the Blackout

Thursday, August 15, 2013

On today’s show, find out about the Enbridge pipeline. Like the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, it will transport oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, but hasn’t received much attention. The mayors of two Illinois towns share their concerns about the safety hazard posed by the oil that travels by train. We’ll mark the 75th anniversary of the Cloisters, the Metropolitan Museum’s Medieval art collection. Peter Mattei talks about his novel The Deep Whatsis. We’ll  look at United States policy on compensating the families of civilians killed in drone strikes. And 10 years after the major Northeast blackout, we’ll find out what’s been done to improve our power grid.

The Takeaway

Drones in Yemen: A Scene from Ground Level

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

On Tuesday, the State Department advised all Americans in Yemen to leave the country because of "the continued potential for terrorist attacks." Yalda Hakim, a BBC World News correspondent, has done extensive reporting in Yemen for BBC World News. Gregory Johnsen is author of “The Last Refuge: Yemen, Al Qaeda, and America's War in Arabia.” Johnsen and Hakim join The Takeaway to provide an update on combating the war on terror in Yemen.

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The Takeaway

U.S. May End Drone Strikes in Pakistan

Monday, August 05, 2013

Secretary of State John Kerry explained in an interview with Pakistani television that the U.S. could end drone strikes in the country in the near future. But there are those who claim that the U.S. and Pakistan have both benefited from the use of drones. C. Christine Fair, Professor at the Center for Peace and Security Studies at Georgetown University, explains why.

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New Sounds

As the World Drones

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Hear drones from across the world and recent recorded history on this New Sounds. Listen to instrumental melodies over drones, vocal melodies and vocal drones, and sometimes the drone of the Earth.  To that end, there's music from guitarist John Abercrombie, something from the band Ergo, and a piece from Norwegian saxophone player Jan Garbarek accompanied by a wind harp.  All that and more.

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Strangers

Henry and Jane

Monday, July 15, 2013

A 40-year-old stroke victim demonstrates that a sense of humor can be the last thing to go. - Get the full story here.

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Gabfest Radio

Gabfest Radio: The Through the Looking (Google) Glass Edition

Saturday, May 25, 2013

On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss how Apple and other corporations avoid paying U.S. corporate taxes. They also discuss Obama’s new drone and Guantanamo policies.

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Slate Political Gabfest

Slate: The An Apple a Day Keeps the Taxes Away Gabfest

Friday, May 24, 2013

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon. This week: Apple has a big Irish bank account, Obama has a new drone policy and education reform has a new critic.

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The Takeaway

Drone Strikes and Diplomacy, from Yemen to Pakistan

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Today, in an address at National Defense University, President Obama will describe his administration's legal justification and framework for drone strikes and targeted killings. This follows official confirmation by Attorney General Eric Holder that four United States citizens have been killed in strikes. Micah Zenko, fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of a recent comprehensive report on drone strike policies, describes the diplomatic problems that arise from targeted killing. 

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The Takeaway

Diplomatic Damage Caused by Drone Strikes, In Defense of the DSM-5, Bob Woodruff's Advice for New Grads

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Drone Strikes and Diplomacy, from Yemen to Pakistan | National Security and the Muslim World | FBI Investigation of Man with Ties to Boston Bombing Suspect Ends in Shooting | In Defense of the DSM-5 | Wise Words for New Grads, from Bob Woodruff

The Leonard Lopate Show

Jeremy Scahill on Dirty Wars

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Jeremy Scahill, National Security Correspondent for The Nation magazine, gives an inside view of America’s new covert wars. He looks at the CIA’s Special Activities Division and the Joint Special Operations Command, which conduct missions in denied areas, engage in targeted killings, and direct drone, AC-130, and cruise missile strikes. Scahill’s new book Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield follows the consequences of the declaration that “the world is a battlefield,” as Scahill uncovers the most important foreign policy story of our time.

There's also a film of "Dirty Wars," which opens June 7 at IFC Center and Lincoln Plaza.

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The Takeaway

Remembering Roger Ebert, The U.S. Government's Next American Target, Entrepreneurship Abroad

Friday, April 05, 2013

Roger Ebert: Legacy of a Film Legend | Syrian Opposition Leader on Fight to Overthrow Assad | The Next American to be Killed by a U.S. Drone Attack | New Movie Releases: 'Evil Dead,' 'Jurassic Park 3D' and 'No Place on Earth' | Entrepreneurship in the Developing World | An Afghan Media Moghul Reflects on His Country's Future

The Brian Lehrer Show

Following Up: Killer Robots

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Steve Goose, director of Human Rights Watch's arms division, discusses the organization's campaign to prevent the development of fully automated weapons -- robots that can select targets and deliver force without human control.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

A New Amendment: The Right to Bear Drones

Monday, April 01, 2013

A new proposal before Congress would create a constitutional amendment - modeled on the 2nd amendment - securing the right of citizens to own Personalized Weaponized Drones (PWD's). Do you think this is a good proposal? Is "the only solution to a bad guy with a drone a good guy with a drone"? Call in with your reaction 212-433-9692, or post your comments below!

(Update: Yes, it's April 1st.)

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Cyborg Insects and Remote Controlled Rats

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Researchers are beginning to understand how to “hack” the central nervous systems of certain animals in ways that would allow us to control their movements—including a flying beetle which can be remotely steered.

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The Takeaway

Senator Dianne Feinstein on Drones, Assault Weapons Ban

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

After this month's Senate-floor filibuster by Senator Rand Paul, the debate over the Obama administration's drone program have been reignited. And a debate that never left — gun control — took a hit this week when Senate majority leader Harry Reid struck struck an amendment banning assault weapons.

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The Takeaway

Why Drones Are Our Modern Nuclear Bomb

Friday, March 15, 2013

Today, drones have, arguably, become the modern version of the nuclear bomb, deployed simply from a computer, with the potential for no loss of American life, no boots on the ground, and a relatively small price tag.

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