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International News: G8 on Syria; Taliban Peace Talks

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The G8 summit was nominally about economic policy, but much of the talk centered on how the US and Russia will approach the Syrian conflict. Bloomberg Businessweek economics editor Peter Coy explains the G8 economic news, and  Justin Vogt senor editor for Foreign Affairs, discusses the latest international developments. Plus, the latest from Afghanistan, where the Taliban announced yesterday that they will engage in peace talks, but then launched an attack alter in the day.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Graduation Numbers; The G8 Summit; 20 Years After Dead Man Walking

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

New York City just released high school graduation numbers. The city’s Chief Academic Officer Shael Polakow-Suransky is here to discuss. Plus: Justin Vogt, senior editor at Foreign Affairs magazine, talks about the Syria news out of the G8 conference, and explains why it’s important the Taliban signaled it’s ready to talk peace; Sister Helen Prejean on the 20th anniversary of her book Dead Man Walking; Niall Ferguson talks about his new book – The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die; and journalist Graeme Wood explains how a former classmate scrubbed his online record clean. 

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This Week's Agenda: NATO Summit, G8 Conference, Rajat Gupta Trial, NAACP's Gay Marriage Endorsement

Monday, May 21, 2012

The NATO Summit spurs protests in Chicago all week, while European leaders continue talks that began at the G-8 conference over the weekend. The insider trading case against former Goldman Sachs director Rajat Gupta begins this week in New York, as the Senate Banking Committee starts a round of Dodd-Frank hearings. Also, just a few weeks after President Obama declared his support for gay marriage, the NAACP followed suit. The impact on African-American voters remains to be seen. Molly Ball, staff writer covering politics for The Atlantic, and Charlie Herman, business and economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC, explain the stories of the week. 

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This Week's Agenda: Hollande, Merkel, and Gay Marriage

Monday, May 14, 2012

On the agenda this week: France's new president Francois Hollande travels to see German Chancellor Angela Merkel within hours of being sworn in. And both leaders travel to Camp David at the end of the week for a G8 meeting. Also, gas prices are down, and JP Morgan executives are leaving —will the campaigns continue to discuss gay marriage, or will the focus turn back to the economy?

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President Obama Brings News of Financial Overhaul to G20

Friday, June 25, 2010

It still has to pass the House and Senate and be signed into law by President Barack Obama, but sweeping legislation on financial regulation is looking like it will be law soon, as both houses have reached a compromise on the language of the bill. As the President heads to Toronto this week for the G8 and G20 Summits, it will be news he can bring with him to participating countries as an example of the U.S. commitment to financial reform. How will the legislation and the President be received?

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The Takeaway

As the G8 Ends, a Presidential Speech

Friday, July 10, 2009

This morning, President Obama addressed the nation and the world from L'Aquila, Italy, the site of the G8 summit. His wide-ranging speech covered topics from climate change to the economy, from Iran to American health care. Joining The Takeaway to parse the president's speech are April Ryan, White House Correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, and The Takeaway's Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich.

Click through to read a transcript of President Obama's speech.

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The G-8: World Leaders Try to Clear the Air

Thursday, July 09, 2009

President Barack Obama and other G-8 leaders are meeting in Italy today. Top of their agenda is climate change. The leaders of the world's top industrialized nations are aiming at new targets to battle global warming, including a goal of keeping the world's average temperature from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius. But the wealthy nations were unable to persuade leaders of developing countries to commit to reductions of their own. Their cooperation is considered critical to avoiding the worst effects of climate change. Joining us from L'Aquila, Italy, is Peter Baker, New York Times correspondent, and Richard Gowan, associate director of New York University's Center on International Cooperation, a thinktank that works on the G-8, the U.N. and the World Bank.

"If you're the Indians or you're the French or you're the Americans, you're not going to show all your cards now. You're not going to do all the deal making now, because you've got another six months of negotiations ahead of you."
—Richard Gowan on negotiations at the G-8 summit

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