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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Nicolas Sarkozy's legacy in French politics

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Nicolas Sarkozy's legacy in French politics

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The Takeaway

France's Burqa Ban, One Year Later

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

One year ago, France implemented the "burqa ban," a restriction on Muslim women covering their faces in the burqa or niqab. Advocates for the ban argued it would free women of gender enslavement and help Muslims better integrate into French society. The ban received widespread support in France and even some Muslim organizations supported the legislation. Takeaway producer Arwa Gunja traveled to Paris as a reporting fellow with the International Center for Journalists to examine the impact of the law.

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Soundcheck

Stephane Wrembel: In Studio

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

French-born gypsy jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel has come a long way from the Roma campsites where he honed his skills. Earlier this year, he performed his original theme to the hit Woody Allen film “Midnight in Paris” at the Academy Awards. The now New Jersey-based guitarist joins us with his band to play songs from his upcoming album, called “Origins.”

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The Takeaway

Toulouse Tragedy Aftermath: Muslim Communities Threatened, Political Rhetoric Altered

Friday, March 30, 2012

One week ago, Mohammed Merah, a 23-year-old Frenchman of Algerian descent, was shot dead by French security forces following a dramatic 32-hour police standoff. Questions remain about the attack itself: Did Merah act alone? And why didn’t French officials catch him before the rampage? Takeaway producer Arwa Gunja has been in France this week as a reporting fellow with the International Center for Journalists, and spoke with community members about their reaction to both the attacks and the tragedy’s fallout.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Terrorism’s impact on the French election

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Terrorism’s impact on the French election

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The Takeaway

French Attacks Spurred by Anti-Immigration Sentiment, Critics Warn

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Mohammed Merah, a French national of Algerian descent and former member of Al Qaeda, was allegedly behind two separate attacks in France this week. Benjamin Abtan, head of the European Grassroots Antiracist Movement, says there is concern that increasing anti-immigration sentiment may have fueled these attacks and that it could lead to others.

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The Takeaway

Will the Toulouse Shootings Affect the French Presidential Race?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

About 300 police officers have cornered a 24-year old man in the city of Toulouse, France. The man is believed to have murdered three French paratroopers last week and a rabbi and three children at a local school on Monday. How will the upcoming presidential election in France deal with this incident? Will it change the dialogue of the candidates?

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The Takeaway

French Police in Standoff with Suspected Gunman

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Police believe they have cornered the gunman in the shooting at a Jewish school earlier this week. Identified as 24-year-old Muhammed Merah, the suspect opened fire when the police tried to raid his home overnight, wounding two officers. The standoff ends one of the largest manhunts in recent French history.

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The Takeaway

Manhunt Commences in France After Shooter is Linked to Previous Attacks

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

One of the biggest manhunts in recent French history is under way after a shooting spree at a Jewish school in the town of Toulouse. This morning there is new information on the shooter, who has been linked to two shooting last week in which three soldiers of North African descent were killed.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Backstory Update: French Politics

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Elaine Sciolino, a Paris Correspondent for the New York Times, talks about the presidential campaign in France, where the debate over the economy has taken center stage. We’ll also look at how the Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal has sparked a national conversation, and the French reaction to how well “The Artist” did at last month’s Oscars. Her latest book is La Seduction: How the French Play the Game of Life.

 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

An American Mother on the Wisdom of French Parenting

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Journalist Pamela Druckerman compares the French and American ways of parenting. In Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting, Druckerman reveals the secrets behind French parenting—from their parenting philosophy to their different view of what children are.

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Transportation Nation

TN MOVING STORIES: House To Revamp Transpo Bill, Twin Cities Renames Transit System, Social Media Helps Airline Passengers Choose Seatmates

Friday, February 24, 2012

Top stories on TN:
In the tech sector, bikes are the new cars. (Link)
Reports: House GOP considers reversal on transit funding. (Link)
A Brooklyn, New York subway station house that was shuttered some four decades ago is open again. (Link)
About a quarter of employees who work in New York area airports make wages that are below the poverty line. (Link)
Seemingly enjoying the fact that neither Rick Santorum nor Mitt Romney supported the bailout of the auto industry, the Obama campaign is out with an ad rubbing it in. (Link)

KLM's "Meet and Seat" program (image courtesy of KLM)

The House will revamp its transportation bill -- and is killing its controversial transit funding provision. (Politico)

...and Democrats are crowing. (The Hill)

The Twin Cities transit system will now be known as "Metro," and the light rail system is being color-coded. Bonus: new logo! (Minnesota Public Radio)

President Obama on high gas prices: “Anybody who tells you we can drill our way out of this problem doesn’t know what they’re talking about, or just isn’t telling you the truth." (New York Times)

Meanwhile, in France, gas has hit $8 a gallon, and prices could go higher. (NPR)

The projected budget deficits for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency operations are shrinking. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Denver's rapid transit to the northwest suburbs might actually come in the form of a bus system rather than a rail line as initially promised to voters nearly eight years ago. (Denver Post)

Social seating: Dutch airline KLM is testing a program it calls Meet and Seat, allowing ticket-holders to upload details from their Facebook or LinkedIn profiles and use the data to choose seatmates. (New York Times)

Los Angeles's Metro is locking gates in an effort to curb fare evasion. (Los Angeles Times)

Driverless trains will come to Australia's mining industry by 2014. Next up: driverless trucks. (PSFK)

In Toronto, light rail plans are full speed ahead, regardless of politics. (The Star)

 

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On The Media

Internet Censorship From Around the Globe

Friday, January 27, 2012

Last week, public outrage forced congress to table some bills backed by Hollywood lobbyists that would have barred access to sites accused of piracy. But Hollywood’s influence extends well beyond the US Congress. Bob talks to Rainey Reitman of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which has created a website called Global Chokepoints that tracks pending or existing legislation worldwide (often pushed by the US and Hollywood) that would kick people or websites off the internet.

Dan Bull & Friends - SOPA Cabana

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Sarkozy trails in the polls and US Republicans' search for a candidate continues

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sarkozy trails in polls and US Republicans search for a candidate

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

The Eurozone, the Hildebrand affair and prospects for political reform in Myanmar

Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Eurozone, the Hildebrand affair and prospects for political reform in Myanmar

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Romney, Gingrich and the French Connection

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

After months - if not years - of anti-intellectual, willfully isolationist, science-skeptical positioning, they've found themselves with two front-runners who are just a little too worldly.

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The Takeaway

Pact Redefines Sovereignty for European Union

Friday, December 09, 2011

A new treaty agreed to in the early hours of Friday by 23 European Union countries, including all 17 euro zone states, may be the most direct discussion of what constitutes sovereignty since the creation of the United Nations. The intergovernmental pact is a major step toward closer integration for the 17 countries that use the euro as currency, as well as the six that hope to join in the future. British Prime Minister David Cameron vetoed a plan by France and Germany to make changes to the EU treaties that would affect all 27 EU nations, saying the deal was not in the U.K.'s interests.

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The Takeaway

UK Vetoes EU Treaty

Friday, December 09, 2011

Twenty-three European Union countries, including all 17 that use the euro, agreed to an intergovernmental treaty that dictates strict tax and budget rules early Friday. The measure fell short of Germany and France's goal to get all 27 EU nations to back changes to the union's treaties after objections from Britain. Prime Minister David Cameron had sought exemptions for the U.K.'s financial sector. The fiscal compact, which penalizes members for breaking deficit rules, was welcomed by Mario Draghi, the new head of the European Central Bank.

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The Takeaway

Euro Zone Leaders Meet

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti is to meet Thursday with his German and French counterparts to discuss euro zone issues. On Wednesday, Germany attempted to raise €6 billion in 10 year bonds, but only sold €3.6 billion. Louise Cooper, markets analyst for BGC Partners in London, has the latest.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

President Sarkozy and the European Debt Crisis

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Elaine Sciolino, Paris correspondent and former Paris bureau chief for The New York Times, discusses how President Sarkozy is faring politically, as he contends with the Eurozone crisis and is also trying not to get a downgraded credit rating. Sciolino is the author of La Seduction: How the French Play the Game of Life.

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