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Walter White of NAACP Asserts America's 'Race Problem' Undermines Overseas Efforts

Monday, January 21, 2013


Walter White, head of the NAACP, ponders race and foreign relations at the Great Hall of Cooper Union, in New York City, in this 1949 recording.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

David Sanger on Iran, North Korea

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times and a contributor to WNYC, discusses the latest in US nuclear diplomacy, from Iran to North Korea.

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The U.S. and China

Friday, November 18, 2011

Chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, David Sanger, discusses the U.S. stance toward China and what the announcement that there will be a permanent U.S. Marine base in Australia has to do with it. 

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The Takeaway

'Conflict Kitchen' Promotes Diplomacy at the Dining Table

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

With the United States engaged in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and facing diplomatic standoffs with nations like Cuba and Venezuela, Americans can tend to feel culturally isolated from some countries. A new business in Pittsburgh is trying to change that - through food. The Conflict Kitchen serves meals from countries that America finds diplomatically tricky, and by doing so, hopes to bring further awareness about cultures that might otherwise seem foreign. The BBC shares the story.


The Takeaway

The US and China: Neither Friends Nor Rivals

Monday, January 17, 2011

As Washington prepares for a visit from Chinese President Hu Jintao this week, we take a look at what lies ahead in the shifting relationship between superpowers. Should we fear the "waking dragon"? We're joined by Gideon Rachman, chief foreign-affairs commentator for the Financial Times and author of "Zero-Sum Future: American Power in an Age of Anxiety," and Simon Tay, was an Asia Society 2009 Bernard Schwartz Fellow and is Chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs. He is also the author of "Asia Alone: The Dangerous Post-Crisis Divide from America."


It's A Free Country ®

Slideshow: What To Make Of Wikileaks

Monday, December 13, 2010

Images and notable quotes from a recent symposium on Wikileaks and Internet Freedom, sponsored by the Personal Democracy Forum in New York City.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Obama and South Korea

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

New York Times reporter Sewell Chan and Roben Farzad, senior writer for Bloomberg Businessweekjoin us to discuss the trade deal the U.S. is trying to strike with South Korea.

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Russian Spies?

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Alleged Russian spies were arrested in the NYC area. 

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The Takeaway

Hillary Clinton: One Foot in India, One in Pakistan

Monday, July 20, 2009

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in India today. Joining The Takeaway to talk about Clinton's trip and Washington's challenges in the subcontinent are Linda Blake, Wall Street Journal contributor in Delhi, India, Professor Brahma Chellaney, Professor of Strategic Studies at the Center for Policy Research in Delhi and Richard Wolffe, Daily Beast Columnist and political analyst for MSNBC.

Read Linda Blake's blog Global Reporter

"Many people are saying she's just doing the Hillary hokey pokey, left foot in India, right foot in Pakistan, and they feel really left out of the equation."
—Wall Street Journal contriburter Linda Blake on Hillary Clinton's trip to India

Watch a clip of Secretary of State Clinton's speech to India on July 15, 2009 below.


The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda with Marcus Mabry and Jonathan Marcus

Monday, June 22, 2009

Iran again tops this week's agenda and our guides Marcus Mabry, international business editor for the New York Times and Jonathan Marcus, diplomatic correspondent for the BBC, will take a look at the protests surrounding the disputed presidential election. Also on the agenda this week: the latest news from Capitol Hill; the Supreme Court is expected to rule on the Voting Rights Act, and the trial of singer Chris Brown for the alleged assault against pop star Rhianna starts this week. We've got all the news you'll need to keep your eyes on in the week ahead.

"In the absence of permanent's going to be much much harder to get a barometer, get a gauge, on the significance of events on the ground there."
— BBC's Jonathan Marcus on getting news from Iran

If you haven't seen the video of Neda, the young woman killed in Iran, here it is. CAUTION: It has very graphic content:

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The Takeaway

This week's Agenda with Marcus Mabry and Jonathan Marcus

Monday, June 15, 2009

It's a week full of foreign news: disarray continuing in Iran following the country's hotly contested presidential election; the world reacts to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Mideast peace plan; and U.S. Middle East Envoy George Mitchell is in Syria. On the domestic front, President Obama and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner are expected to lay out regulation reforms. The Takeaway is joined by Marcus Mabry, International Business Editor for The New York Times, and Jonathan Marcus, Diplomatic Correspondent for the BBC.

"The ball, to some extent, will be in President Obama's court, but he cannot serve that ball until, obviously, the situation in Tehran becomes clearer."
— BBC's Jonathan Marcus on U.S. relations with Iran


The Takeaway

The Agenda: What's In Store for the Week Ahead

Monday, June 01, 2009

The Takeaway talks to Marcus Mabry, International Business Editor for The New York Times, and BBC Arab Affairs Analyst Magdi Abdel Hadi about what's in the headlines for the week ahead. Topics include President Obama and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner hitting the road, GM contining the long, slow walk to bankruptcy, and predictions that unemployment numbers may hit nine percent for the first time in a quarter of a century.
"I expect both sides to really be diplomatic and conciliatory this week and to really talk a lot about being partners."
—New York Times international business editor Marcus Mabry on U.S. relations with China


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: