The Takeaway

Italy on the Brink as Berlusconi Faces Crucial Vote

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

The twin political and fiscal disasters of Greece's sovereign debt crisis have spread to Italy, Europe's third largest economy. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's governing coalition has crumbled ahead of a crucial budget vote scheduled for Tuesday, and a key ally has demanded his resignation. Interest rates on Italy's debt rose to 6.47 percent, the highest since the country joined the euro. As Greece negotiates a transitional government, the fate of the euro remains in question.



Planet Opera: Why Bordeaux is More Than The Grand Cru

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Say “Bordeaux” to most people and it is synonymous with the gold standard of wine. But as blogger Fred Plotkin discovered on a visit to the French city, there's also a generous mix of opera, recitals, concerts, dance and plays.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: 9/11, Economy, Libya

Monday, September 05, 2011

It's Monday, so we're discussing news ahead for the week. Next Sunday will be ten years since the 9/11 attacks. This will be a week of reflection — not just for Americans but for everyone around the world. As we remember 9/11, many Americans are still without jobs and struggling to make ends meet. Charlie Herman, business and economics editor for WNYC and The Takeaway, says not to expect anything game-changing from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's speech this Thursday in Minnesota on the economic outlook. His speech will be followed by President Barack Obama's jobs speech. And across the Atlantic, Dominique Strauss-Kahn returned to France over the weekend, and the hunt for Col. Muammar Gadhafi continues in Libya.


The Takeaway

Paris to Host Ninth Annual Homeless World Cup

Friday, August 19, 2011

On Sunday homeless men and women from across the globe will meet in Paris, France to compete in the ninth Homeless World Cup. The decade-old event is an international four-on-four soccer tournament that brings together homeless athletes, and also draws attention to the plight of the 100 million homeless people around the world. Games are spectator-friendly, and will take place in the city's center.


The Takeaway

European Leaders Address Economic Turmoil

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

With the Eurozone crisis still roiling the markets German Chancellor Angela Merkel is meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris today. The two leaders will be discussing ways of pulling Europe out of danger — but Germany has already ruled out any discussion on the creation of common Eurobonds — a solution that has been put forward by some. 


The Leonard Lopate Show

The House in France

Monday, August 01, 2011

Gully Wells discusses her memoir of her mother and stepfather—Dee Wells, the glamorous and rebellious American journalist, and A. J. Ayer, the celebrated and worldly Oxford philosopher. In The House in France, she tells of their lively lives, at the center of the intellectual circle of the 1960s, and the family’s old farmhouse in France, where her parents and their friends came together every year, and where Gully herself learned some of the enduring lessons of a life well lived.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Paris to the Past

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Ina Caro describes 25 one-day train trips from Paris to historical sites—from Orléans, where Joan of Arc had her miraculous visions, to Versailles, to the Place de la Concorde, where Marie Antoinette was beheaded. Paris to the Past: Trawling through French History by Train is for the casual tourist aboard the Metro or the TGV, as well as for the armchair traveler.

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The Takeaway

Strauss-Kahn Case On Verge of Collapse with Doubts about Accuser

Friday, July 01, 2011

In an exclusive story in The New York Times, investigators have serious doubts about the credibility of the housekeeper who accused the former head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, of rape and sexual assault in a Manhattan hotel in May. Strauss-Kahn has stepped down from his position while the IMF investigates the charges, which he has consistently denied. According to law enforcement officials who spoke with Times, there are questions surrounding the asylum application of the housekeeper, as well possible links to criminal activities, including money laundering and drug dealing. It's likely that Strauss-Kahn's bail conditions will be eased and he could be released on his own recognizance as early as this morning.


The Leonard Lopate Show

Elaine Sciolino on La Seduction

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

France is seductive in its elegance, its beauty, its sensual pleasures, and its joie de vivre. Elaine Sciolino, the longtime Paris bureau chief of the New York Times, explains that seduction is not just a game to the French: it is the key to understanding that country. In La Seduction, Sciolino demystifies the French way of life through a personal narrative that carries us from the neighborhood shops of Paris to the halls of government to the agricultural heartland.

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The Takeaway

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the IMF and Financial Crises

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The embattled managing director for the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, was denied bail yesterday, after being arrested and charged over the weekend with raping a Manhattan hotel maid. His arrest has shocked and angered many in France, where he was considered by many a strong candidate for the presidency. Some of those reacting from Strauss-Kahn's country believe he has been unfairly treated, and find it impossible to believe that he committed such a crime.

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Vital Organs: The Premier Performance of the Manton Memorial Pipe Organ

Friday, April 29, 2011

On Sunday, you can experience the sound of a pipe organ in Greenwich Village at the Church of the Ascension on Fifth Avenue and 10th Street.

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Talk to Me

Talk To Me: Art, Pornography and Censorship

Monday, April 18, 2011


WNYC was there to hear the conversation photographer Nan Goldin, critic Lynn Tillman and French thinkers Ruwen Ogien and Carole Talon-Hugon had on the intersection of these subjects.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Sarkozy Leads France Into Battle

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

New York Times Paris bureau chief Steve Erlanger, and Nicole Bacharan, political analyst and associate researcher at Sciences Po., Paris, discuss the full-face veil ban's reception in France and reaction to President Sarkozy's push toward intervention in the Middle East.

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French Intellectual Thought, Meet American Intellectual Thought

Monday, April 11, 2011

Walls and Bridges kicks off on Monday. During the lecture series, prominent American photographers, writers and performers will talk about everything from clouds to life's turning points to the intersection of art and gender.


The Takeaway

A Closer Look at France's Burqa Ban

Thursday, April 07, 2011

In just a few days, a new law goes into effect in France, banning any veils that cover the face. Effectively a "burqa ban," the law was passed last fall by the French senate with a vote of 246 to 1. But it’s not just the French senate that’s in favor of the ban. The Pew Global Attitudes Project found in a survey last year that only one in four French people are opposed to the ban.

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The Takeaway

Gauging US Military Strategy in Libya

Monday, March 21, 2011

U.S. and European allies attacked Col. Moammar Gadhafi's forces by air and sea throughout the weekend. The allies also instituted a no-fly zone over Libya, allowing rebel forces to strengthen their hold on the eastern city of Benghazi. But the long-term implications of American military intervention are unclear. Although the Obama administration has called for Gadhafi’s ouster, the U.N. Resolution that authorized intervention did not. And the U.S. is already fighting two wars. How long will the conflict in Libya last?

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Studio 360

Catherine Deneuve: The Queen of French Cinema

Friday, March 18, 2011

Catherine Deneuve became an international star in films like Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Belle de Jour, and Roman Polanski’s Repulsion. She still epitomizes a kind of continental classiness. Deneuve's now 67 and stars alongside Gérard Depardieu in the new comedy Potiche, a French ...

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: French Fictions

Sunday, March 13, 2011

We might call this program, “Contes Choisis,” the French for “Selected Shorts,” since it presents selections from a PASSPORT TO PARIS evening at Symphony Space, our series’ theatrical home, and one surreal classic from an earlier show hosted by former Metropolitan Museum director Philippe de Montebello.

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It's A Free Country ®

Europe's Multicultural Challenge

Friday, March 11, 2011

The U.S. is a nation of immigrants; it has a social pact that is based on everybody coming and building a future together, so a high level of tolerance is required...In Europe, people have a much more static culture. Identities are tied to long, long histories in certain places, among certain races, with certain religions, and it's much more sensitive to anything that disrupts the norms.

Christopher Dickey, Paris bureau chief and Middle East regional editor for Newsweek Magazine, on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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Transportation Nation

French City Considers 18 mph Speed Limit

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Strasbourg Downtown Square (Flickr user ChristinaT)

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) The city of Strasbourg in northeastern France has announced a plan to reduce vehicle speed limits throughout the city to 30 km per hour, or just 18 m.p.h.

Treehugger reports the city, the capital of Alsace, is already one of the most bike-friendly cities in France, and much of the city already operates on an 18 mp.h. limit. One goal of the measure is to reduce crashes, particularly those involving pedestrians and bikes, but the stated reasoning according to the mayor is a city of shared streets.

Mayor Roland Ries said in a statement translated on Treehugger, "The public roads no longer belong to automobiles alone. They must be re-imagined to be redistributed in a fairer manner between all forms of transportation. The protection of the most vulnerable is thus reinforced in zones in which all users have access but in which the pedestrian is king."

The historic city center is a "pedestrian priority" zone using the "filtered permeability" planning philosophy, which promotes travel by foot or pedal power by reducing the number of through streets for cars while increasing them for pedestrians and bikes. There's also a pretty futuristic looking tram criss-crossing the downtown. For a sense of just how transit-oriented the town is, here's a diagram of the public transport in the city center.

The general public will vote on the speed limit reduction in May.

Full story at Treehugger.

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