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The Takeaway

Wave of Change: Nicholas Kristof in Cairo; Pro-Mubarak Groups Clash with Protesters, Egypt's Future

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

This is the second edition of Wave of Change, a new special podcast from The Takeaway, covering the mass protests in Egypt and its consequences for the wider Arab world, hosted by John Hockenberry with Celeste Headlee.

In today's episode, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof recaps the latest developments from Cairo; a "face in the crowd" interview with 28-year-old protester Adham Bakry, who fled Tahrir Square when violent clashes broke out between anti-government protesters and pro-Mubarak groups; a historical lesson from the Iranian revolution; and a Takeaway from this morning's show.

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The Takeaway

A Face in the Crowd: Adham Bakry

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

The sense of jubilation felt by millions of Egyptian protesters yesterday has quickly soured as clashes between pro-Mubarak and anti-government protesters erupted in Cairo and Alexandria. What's being described as a choreographed backlash against the opposition broke out Wednesday in Cairo's Tahrir Square, after protesters refused to leave Tuesday night following President Hosni Mubarak's pledge not to seek a new term.

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The Takeaway

Wave of Change: Nicholas Kristof from the Cairo Protests, How the Egyptian Military Differs From the Police

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Welcome to the premier edition of a brand new special podcast from The Takeaway, covering the mass protests in Egypt and its consequences for the wider Arab World.

This episode features a recap of the day's events with New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof; a "face in the crowd" interview with Egyptian actor and protester Amr Waked; a deep look at the difference between the police and the Army in Egypt and a Takeaway from this morning's show.

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What We Are Seeing: Army vs. Police

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Thousands of people have been demonstrating in the streets of Egypt for more than a week, and the army has backed them all the way. That's in stark contrast to the protesters' relationship with the police which has been strained for the past few decades of President Mubarak's regime.

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It's A Free Country ®

TV Still Leads the Media Revolution in the Middle East

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

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Arab TV and Arab journalism in general is very much Arab. It looks at the world, and this is the great revolution in Arab journalism, the fact that Arabs suddenly, once Al Jazeera was launched, were seeing a relatively independent view of the world, of what was going on around them but through the prism of an Arab camera.

Lawrence Pintak, dean of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University, on the Brian Lehrer Show

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The Takeaway

A Face in the Crowd: 'Syriana' Actor Amr Waked

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Actor Amr Waked is best known to Western audiences for his role in the George Clooney oil movie Syriana, but this week, he has been protesting along with millions of his countrymen in Tahrir (Liberation) Square in Cairo, as the Egyptian people rise up in an attempt to overthrow President Hosni Mubarak, who has ruled the country for 30 years.

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It's A Free Country ®

Word Choice: Declaring a Revolution

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

In media coverage of recent events in Egypt, one word is used more cautiously than any other: revolution. That's with good reason—after all, we're not sure if what's happening in Egypt is really a revolution. At least, not yet.

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It's A Free Country ®

Egypt 101: Questions, Answers, Guides

Monday, January 31, 2011

Confused about the situation in Egypt? You're not alone. On this morning's Brian Lehrer Show, Shadi Hamid, director of research at the Brookings Doha Center and fellow at the Saban Center for middle East Policy, answered questions from callers and It's a Free Country commentators about the uprising: how it started, where it's headed, and what Egyptians really want from the United States.

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It's A Free Country ®

Egypt Protests One Week In

Monday, January 31, 2011

This is Egypt focusing on Egypt. Yes, Mubarak has been one of the major allies of US administrations for decades now, and they knew very well that he was a dictator and ran a police state, but this revolution is about getting rid of his tyranny and his dictatorship of 30 years. It has nothing to do with the US and Israel. It has everything to do with Egypt saying this it the time for our freedom and dignity..

Mona Eltahawycolumnist and public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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It's A Free Country ®

How Much Does Tech Drive Revolutions?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

We've tended to overestimate the political value of access to information, the idea that someone, if given free access to Wikipedia and The New York Times will then agitate for democracy, and we've underestimated the value of conversation. What really leads citizens to participate in the kind of public sphere that ends up demanding political change is the ability to coordinate with one another.

Clay Shirky,author of Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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