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The Takeaway

Mourning the Manual Typewriter

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Although electronic typewriters are still being manufactured, the last of the manual machines are up for sale as the last Indian company to make them is shutting down production. However, typewriters will likely continue to be sold amongst collectors like Richard Polt, who owns 250 of them. He says that one of the best reasons to use a typewriter today is that they come without the distractions of being on a computer (like the Internet).

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The Takeaway

Millions Mourn Indian Guru Sathya Sai Baba

Monday, April 25, 2011

Followers are mourning the loss of an iconic Indian religious figure today: Shri Sathya Sai Baba died on Sunday in his home town of Puttaparthi in South India. At least a million devotees are expected to pilgrimage to the ashram to pay their respects to the guru and mystic who preached religious unity and ecumenicalism. But Shri Sathya Sai Baba was more than just a preacher – for his millions of followers worldwide he was a divinity incarnate, a “god-man” for more than 50 years.

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Features

Tribeca Film Festival: 'Patang' ('The Kite')

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The WNYC Culture team asked five New York filmmakers showing their work at this year's Tribeca Film Festival five questions about their life and work. Click here to see our interview with Brooklyn's own Prashant Bhargava, director of "Patang," ("The Kite).

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The Takeaway

Boys Make Up the Bulk of India's Population Surge

Friday, April 01, 2011

India’s population has tripled in size in the last 50 years, hitting a record 1.2 billion in 2010. India is set to outpace China by 2030, even though the population growth is slowing. But the data has a disturbing side, the ratio of boys to girls has dropped again. For every 1,000 boys only 914 girls are born. The gender imbalance is a result of sex selection, and may have far-reaching adverse effects for the country.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Mahatma Gandhi's Life and Legacy

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Pulitzer Prize–winner Joseph Lelyveld discusses the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi—his legacy in India’s imagination and in shaping its struggle for independence as a mass movement. Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India shows how Gandhi’s sense of mission, social values, and philosophy of nonviolent resistance were shaped in South Africa. Gandhi emerges as one of history’s most remarkable self-creations: a prosperous lawyer who became an ascetic in a loincloth, and was wholly dedicated to political and social action.

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The Takeaway

Cricket World Cup: India vs. Pakistan

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The prime ministers of India and Pakistan are sitting side by side today at the Cricket World Cup semi-final match between the two countries. It's an occasion which is being seen as an opportunity for the two nations to repair relations. India broke off relations with Pakistan in 2008, after it blamed Pakistani militants for attacks on Mumbai, which killed 160 people. Pakistan denied any involvement. This is probably the most watched cricket game ever with a billion people watching the game around the world. Aleem Maqbool, BBC Islamabad correspondent, reports on whether this match will help India-Pakistan relations.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

India Calling

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Anand Giridharadas discusses what it was like to return to the land of his ancestors amid an unlikely economic boom. In India Calling: An intimate Portrait of a Nation's Remaking, Giridharadas profiles the entrepreneurs, radicals, industrialists, and Indian families who are responding to this economic upheaval.

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Transportation Nation

TN Moving Stories: Chicago To Build 'Cycle Tracks,' Florida Polls Mulling HSR Lawsuit, and India's Infrastructure Budget

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

A bipartisan group of Florida lawmakers is mulling suing Governor Rick Scott over his rejection of high-speed rail. (WESH TV, Orlando)

Chicago is testing a new kind of bike lane called a cycle track. (Chicago Tribune)

The Indian government says the country needs $1 trillion worth of infrastructure work. It won't get that number in its 2011 budget, but there's an increase. (Wall Street Journal)

The Indian budget also sets up a National Mission for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles to encourage the manufacturing and selling of eco-friendly vehicles. (AltTransport)

Transit advocates are seeking an overhaul to Maryland's commuter train service. (Washington Post)

The NY Daily News wants to Christie-ify the World Trade Center transit hub.

Gothamist talks with New York State Assemblyman Michael DenDekker, a Queens Democrat who has introduced legislation that would require every bicycle in New York State to have a license plate.

Top Transportation Nation stories we're following: In his first remarks on infrastructure since the Florida High Speed rail near-death experience, the President acknowledges "controversy." NY state suburban legislators and the head of the MTA square off over the payroll tax for transit. Ten US senators from the Northeast are hungrily eyeing Florida's high-speed rail money. The Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal by New York City officials who want to force cabs to purchase more fuel-efficient cars. And experience a day in the life of a Volt owner.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Anand Giridharadas on India Calling

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Anand Giridharadas discusses what it was like to return to the land of his ancestors amid an unlikely economic boom. In India Calling: An intimate Portrait of a Nation's Remaking, Giridharadas profiles the entrepreneurs, radicals, industrialists, and Indian families who are responding to this economic upheaval.

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The Takeaway

India's AG Wants to Double Payout from US Chemical Company

Friday, December 03, 2010

India's Attorney General has filed a case to double the payout for a 1984 tragedy caused by U.S. chemical company Dow Chemicals. The company owned a Union Carbide chemical plant in Bhopal, India, which leaked gas 26 years ago and caused the death of thousands of people in the area. Dow Chemical paid a $470 million settlement in 1989, but now India is petitioning for over $1 billion.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Underreported: Agribusiness and India

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Mira Kamdar, senior fellow at the World Policy Institute and associate fellow at the Asia Society, examines why U.S. agribusinesses are extremely interested in India, especially when it comes to the development of new GMO crops.

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The Takeaway

President Obama's Quiet Agenda in Asia

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

President Obama arrived in Indonesia this morning, for the second stop on his 10-day trip in Asia. As he meets with world leaders in India, Indonesia, South Korea and Japan, the President will talk about global security, international trade and economics, improving cultural ties, diplomatic efforts and preventing terrorism. But some issues will be conspicuously missing from his public agenda.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

U.S. and Indian Economies

Monday, November 08, 2010

Roben Farzad, senior writer for Bloomberg Businessweek, explains "quantitative easing" and is joined by Mira Kamdar, author of Planet India: The Turbulent Rise of the Largest Democracy and the Future of Our World  (Scribner, 2008), to discuss the economic significance of President Obama's trip to India.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: Republicans' Next Steps, Obama in Asia

Monday, November 08, 2010

After the beating Democrats took in last week's mid-term elections, all eyes, including those of our managing producer, Noel King, will be looking at what the GOP's initial moves will be this week. She'll also look at President Obama's continued trip through Asia, along with Charlie Herman, business and economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC Radio.

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The Washington Report

WQXR's The Washington Report

Monday, November 08, 2010

The NYT's David Sanger joins Kerry Nolan to discuss President Obama's 10-day Asian tour, including what to expect at the G-20 Summit in South Korea.

The Takeaway

Obama to Play Salesman-In-Chief on Visit to India

Friday, November 05, 2010

President Obama begins a lengthy trip to Asia this weekend, starting with a visit to India to talk about job creation and increasing exports. Days after Republicans had significant victories in the midterm elections, he'll arrive in Mumbai with a delegation of more than 200 businessmen and women to attend a business conference. The president may also try to make a deal with the Indian government as they revamp their military aircrafts. What kind of reception will the President and his American delegation of businessmen have there? What should their goals be

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Features

East Village Gallery Shows Off Indian Art

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

For years, New York City has been the center of the modern art world. But in recent decades, the business of art has gotten more and more global.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Race between China and India

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Raghav Bahl, founder and managing director of India's largest television news and business network, discusses the differences in how China and India work on the ground. While China is building infrastructure and reinvesting almost half its GDP, India is still a "promising" economy, and more than half its GDP is consumed by its billion-plus people. In Super Power? The Amazing Race Between China’s Hare and India’s Tortoise he looks into who is more likely to win the race to superpower status.  

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Features

South Asian Films Get the NYC Spotlight

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Usually you'd have to make a trip to South Asia to see independent films made in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. But in the next few weeks, you can check out films from the region at not one but two film festivals in New York City.

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The Takeaway

The Growing Middle Class in India and China

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

As President Obama continues his conversations with Americans, with stops in Iowa and Virginia today, we wanted to take a moment and go global.  What do the growing middle classes in other countries look like, and what do they strive for? Today, we're focusing on India and China, two of the world's burgeoning societies. 

To help us look at both countries, we're joined by Vishakha Desai, president of Asia Society. We also talk with someone who's lived in the middle class in both China and India. Aadil Ebrahim recently moved from Hong Kong to Mumbai, where he works for an investment asset management firm.

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