The Takeaway

The Armenian Genocide: Two Friends Break Decades of Silence

Friday, April 24, 2015

Takeaway Host John Hockenberry grew up next to an Armenian family. Though decades have passed, he discusses the genocide with his childhood friend for the first time.


The Takeaway

Challenging Turkey's Blind Eye

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

It's been 100 years since the Armenian Genocide, but the Turkish government won't acknowledge its role in the systematic killing of more than a million Armenians.


To the Best of Our Knowledge

Novelist Remembers Armenian Massacre, 100 Years Later

Sunday, April 19, 2015

 Judith Claire MItchell's first novel  “The Last Day of the War” is set just after World War I, when Europe's peace brokers decided to ignore the Armenian massacres.  She talks about the painful legacy of that decision, 100 years later.


The Brian Lehrer Show

When the Pope Calls It Genocide

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Pope Francis recently recognized the Armenian genocide of 1915, causing a diplomatic uproar from Turkish officials.

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On The Media

100 Days in Rwanda

Friday, April 11, 2014

Monday marked the 20th anniversary of the start of Rwandan Genocide. In the massacre, which took place over one hundred days, more than 800,000 minority Tutsis were slaughtered by members of the Hutu majority. In 2002, Brooke spoke with director and producer Nick Hughes about his film 100 Days in Rwanda, and about creating an historical fiction which used a love story to humanize the slaughter.

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The Takeaway

A Survivor's Quest to Support Other Refugees

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Eugenie Mukeshimana narrowly escaped death during the Rwandan genocide. Today she strives to give immigrant genocide survivors the legal and social help they need to rebuild their lives.

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FT Big Read

The legacy of Rwanda's genocide

Monday, April 07, 2014

The legacy of Rwanda's genocide



Sentenced to Death in Bangladesh, a War Criminal Remains Free in New York

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

This week, a war crimes tribunal in Bangladesh sentenced two men to death for the killings of 18 people during the country's war of independence from Pakistan, in 1971.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

"The Act of Killing"

Friday, July 19, 2013

Joshua Oppenheimer discusses his documentary “The Act of Killing.” When the Indonesian government was overthrown in 1965, small-time gangster Anwar Congo and his friends went from selling movie tickets on the black market to leading anti-communist death squads in the mass murder of over a million people.  The filmmakers examine a country where death squad leaders are celebrated as heroes, challenging them to reenact their real-life mass-killings in the style of the American movies they love. “The Act of Killing” opens in New York July 19 at Landmark Sunshine Cinemas.



A Mock Trial Over Genocide, Meant to Help Students Face History

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

On a recent Wednesday morning, at the Bronx Hall of Justice, Augustin Bizimungu, the former Rwandan army chief, was being grilled by a prosecutor over his role in the Rwandan genocide. Luckily for him, the stakes at this second trial were much lower than at his first. In fact, all that really hung in the balance was a grade, since the trial was being conducted by a class of sophomores from the Facing History School, a small high school in Manhattan that set up the mock trial to help students learn the importance of ethical decision-making.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Backstory: Prosecuting the Guatemalan Genocide

Thursday, September 15, 2011

In the early 1980s, an estimated 200,000 Guatemalans were killed in a genocide carried out by the country’s military. Documentary filmmaker Pamela Yates was there in 1982 shooting footage of the struggle for her documentary, “When the Mountains Tremble.” On today’s Backstory, Yates discusses the efforts to prosecute some of Guatemala’s highest ranking generals for the genocide, and how her film footage has been used to help build a case against them. She tells the story in her latest film, “Granito: How to Nail a Dictator.” We’ll also be joined by Fredy Pecerelli, a forensic anthropologist who’s leading a team of anthropologists in combing through some of the mass graves in Guatemala.

“Granito: How to Nail a Dictator” is playing at the IFC Center

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The Takeaway

25 Years of Genocide Prevention

Friday, February 18, 2011

Sunday marks 25 years since the US Senate ratified the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. That convention entered into force in 1951 but the US Senate refrained from ratification until 1986. Why? Adam Jones is a professor of political science at the University of British Columbia and author of "Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction."


The Takeaway

Satellite Program Aims to Deter Atrocities in Sudan

Thursday, December 30, 2010

A partnership between Google, the U.N., Harvard University and a group led by actor George Clooney has developed a high tech plan to try and prevent large-scale violence in Sudan. Many observers fear reprisals from North Sudan if Southern Sudan votes to form an independent state, as is expected in two weeks. The group will use geosynchronous mapping satellites and multimedia information gathered from the ground to deliver a constantly updated image of Sudan to the world. Their hope is that atrocities will be less likely to occur if the whole world is watching.

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The Takeaway

Top of the Hour: Stopping Genocide Before it Starts, Morning Headlines

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Is it possible to stop genocide before it starts? Can what we've learned by past violent disasters help us in the future? And is there any preventative medicine for the violent scourge of genocide? 

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The Takeaway

Kagame Expects Resounding Victory in Rwanda's Presidential Election

Monday, August 09, 2010

On Monday, Rwandans head to the polls to vote in presidential elections. Incumbent President Paul Kagame is expected to win by a landslide. Kagame is credited with bringing stability, development and economic prosperity to Rwanda following the 1994 genocide. While few expect violence on election day, Amnesty International says voters are casting their ballots in a climate of fear.


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The Takeaway

Turkey Reacts to US Congress Vote on 'Genocide'

Thursday, March 04, 2010

What’s in a word? Well if the word is “genocide,” then it has the potential to do a lot of diplomatic damage between the U.S. and Turkey. Today the House Foreign Affairs Committee votes on a resolution to formally recognize a World War One-era massacre of Armenians by Turkish forces as genocide. 


The Takeaway

Genocide Charges Expected for Sudan's President

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

This morning the International Criminal court in the Hague is deciding whether to charge the current Sudanese president, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, with genocide. The ICC had already issued an arrest warrant for al-Bashir in March 2009 for war crimes in Darfur, so what would these more serious charges mean?


The New Yorker: Out Loud

Philip Gourevitch on Rwanda

Monday, April 27, 2009

Philip Gourevitch on how a country of murderers and survivors manage to live together.