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The Takeaway

Obama Balks at Drone Transparency, New Stories for New Wars

Friday, March 15, 2013

Why Drones Are Our Modern Nuclear Bomb | Fire and Forget: New Stories for New Wars | President Obama's Goodwill Tour…of Congress | New Movie Releases: 'Burt Wonderstone,' 'The Call,' 'Spring Breakers,' 'Ginger and Rosa'

The Brian Lehrer Show

How Obama Justified Killing Anwar al-Awlaki

Monday, March 11, 2013

The 2011 killing in Yemen of US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki opened up a host of questions about the legal framework surrounding targeted killings. Charlie Savage, New York Times Washington correspondent covering presidential power and national security, discusses his recent reporting on the killing and the ongoing conversation around drone strikes.

Below: Rand Paul Addresses the al-Awlaki Killing in his 13-Hour Filibuster

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The Takeaway

Rand Paul's 13-Hour Filibuster

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky launched a filibuster to attempt to block the nomination of John Brennan to head up the CIA -- talking for 13 hours straight.  He took to the Senate floor to call attention to a letter from Attorney General Eric Holder which stated that drone strikes on American could be a possibility in the future. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent puts Paul's filibuster in context.

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Transportation Nation

Florida Space Advocates Talk Up Drones to State Lawmakers

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

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(Amy Green -- Orlando,  WMFE) Drones will be the biggest issue for Florida space industry advocates when they meet this week with state lawmakers in Tallahassee.

The Florida space industry wants the state to be one of six test sites for integrating drones in the national airspace. Since 1990 the Federal Aviation Administration has authorized the limited use of drones in national airspace for missions in the public interest such as disaster relief, law enforcement and military training. Last year Congress directed the FAA to research how to broaden the use of drones in the national airspace.

“We’re really not so much interested in the vehicles as much as the technology. How do universities end up using this? How do farmers end up using this?” says Dale Ketcham, director of spaceport research and technology at the University of Central Florida.

“We don’t know yet how it’s going to manifest itself, but we’re confident it’s going to be a huge economic capability,” he says. “It’s going to be developed somewhere. The Chinese already are doing it, and so we feel it’s important that we be leading that effort.”

Leaders of Florida’s $8 billion space industry will meet with state lawmakers Wednesday as part of their annual Space Day at the Capitol. They’ll talk with lawmakers about strategies for the industry in Florida. Ketcham says they’ll also discuss civil liberties concerns and other policy issues associated with drones.

“I’m not sure the FAA thinks of themselves as the people who ought to be setting policy on privacy and civil liberties,” he says. “FAA is just a regulatory function for safety. But the policy makers in Tallahassee and Congress are the ones who have to address that.”

 

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Radiolab

What's That Thing Hanging Outside My Bathroom Window? My Neighbor's Drone

Monday, February 25, 2013

Here's something new, exciting and just a little bit troubling: it's a little robot that you can fly with your phone. It's easy. It's versatile. It's got cameras so you can see and record what's going on in the apartments above you, the houses on your block, in backyards, sports fields. Nice, yes. But what happens to privacy if these things become very popular?

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The Takeaway

Communities Compete to Be Silicon Valley of Domestic Drone Production

Monday, February 25, 2013

Across the country, states are vying to attract the engineers who will build our new domestic drone force, and they're finding that being a hub for drone production and testing could be a major economic boom for their area. Ryan Delaney, a reporter from WRVO in upstate New York, has been spending time with some of the advocates competing to attract drone-makers to their own airspace.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Chris Anderson's Vision

Friday, February 15, 2013

Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics and former editor of Wired, discusses his drone company and cross-border labor issues. Plus: a follow-up on 3D printing, which got a mention during President Obama's State of the Union speech this week.

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On The Media

The Week in Drones

Friday, February 08, 2013

This week saw a fount of new information come to light about the US government's controversial and secretive drone program. Brooke talks to Stanford Law professor James Cavallaro, author of the Living Under Drones project, in which law students conducted interviews in northwest Pakistan to better understand the full impact of our lethal drone strikes.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Living Under Drones

Thursday, February 07, 2013

The Obama administration's use of unmanned drones is under intense scrutiny this week, culminating in the hearings to confirm new CIA director John Brennan, which begin this afternoon. Two drone skeptics, Omar Shakir, of the International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic at Stanford Law School, and co-author of the report Living Under Drones, and Zeke Johnson, director of Amnesty International's Security with Human Rights campaign, discuss the practice, and the leaked memo detailing the legal parameters by which drones could be used to target American citizens.

→Tune In: WNYC will stream live coverage of the Brennan hearings on our website beginning at 2:30pm today. Listen here.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Targeted Killings

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Karen Greenberg, director of Fordham Law School’s Center on National Security, discusses the controversial legal theories behind the Obama Administration’s targeted killing program.

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The Takeaway

John Kerry Begins Work as Secretary of State, Facing Iran, Drone War

Monday, February 04, 2013

Experienced as John Kerry is with diplomacy, negotiating foreign policy in regions volatile to the U.S. will not be an easy task. Journalist Stephen Kinzer offers a few theories for how Kerry will confront the crises of the moment, including Iran and the ever-expanding drone war.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

2013: Year of the Drone

Monday, February 04, 2013

Lev Grossman, senior writer for TIME, discusses his recent cover story on the rise of drone usage - both in military operations and domestically.

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The Takeaway

Colleges Begin Offering Degrees in Drone Flying

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

As the Department of Defense gradually shifts to drone strikes in lieu of manned missions, many contractors are also hoping to revolutionize the drone for domestic uses, such as police surveillance. The United States will need a number of pilots, certified to operate these unmanned vehicles and Nickolas Macchiarella, professor of Aeronautical Science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, has developed a Bachelor's of Science program to train the next generation of drone pilots.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Close Watch

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

On today’s show: Frontline producer Martin Smith describes his investigation into why the U.S. Department of Justice has failed to act on what many argue is credible evidence of crimes on Wall Street. Peter Yost talks about his NOVA documentary “Rise of the Drones,” about how robots are revolutionizing warfare. New Yorker writer Margaret Talbot tells us about the life and career of her father Lyle Talbot, a star during the early days of Hollywood. Plus, Aaron Neville on the release of his latest recording “My True Story.”

The Leonard Lopate Show

Rise of the Drones

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Peter Yost talks about his NOVA documentary “Rise of the Drones.” Drones are the next chapter in aviation history and are revolutionizing warfare.  NOVA gains unprecedented access to engineers and labs, military experts, pilot training facilities to show how engineers are taking the pilot out of the cockpit with stunning new advances in this game-changing technology to explore if these could become part of our everyday lives here at home.  “Rise of the Drones” airs on PBS at 9 pm January 23.

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The Takeaway

Student Tweets U.S. Drone Strikes, Highlights "Double Tap" Tactic

Monday, December 24, 2012

Earlier this month, NYU graduate student Josh Begley began tweeting every reported American drone strike — starting in 2002. His feed highlights the growing prevalence of a lethal tactic known as the "double tap." The tactic involves bombing a target repeatedly in relatively quick succession. It often results in the death of rescuers responding to the initial attack.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Obama Administration Codifying Drone Policy

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Scott Shane, reporter for The New York Times, discusses his report that the Obama Administration has been working on writing a rule book for U.S. drone use.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Backstory: US Drones Strikes and the "Disposition Matrix"

Thursday, October 25, 2012

During Monday's Presidential debate, moderator Bob Schieffer asked just one question about U.S. drone-strikes, despite the fact that the controversial drone program is now one of the cornerstones of the country's counter-terrorism policy. Washington Post intelligence reporter Greg Miller tells us about his investigation of a next-generation targeting list called the “disposition matrix.” He's written about it in the Washington Post's special report, the Permanent War.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: Big Military

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: Emerging issues of modern warfare and the near future of the U.S. military. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.

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