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Henry Kissinger would not have supported the Iraq War if he'd known what he knows now

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Henry Kissinger grapples with the underpinnings of global conflict in his new book "World Order." He spoke with PRI's The World host Marco Werman today about a range of issues, including the war on ISIS. But when we asked about his role in the 1973 coup in Chile, he refused to answer.

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PRI's The World

NATO sets up a 'rapid reaction force' to counter Russian aggression

Friday, September 05, 2014

With a tentative ceasefire in effect in Ukraine, NATO leaders are taking action to deter further Russian aggression. Their steps includes setting up a multinational, rapid reaction force that could be sent to places like Ukraine within hours — though some wonder if it will be strong enough to hold back Russia.

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PRI's The World

The US is struggling to define its place in a 'world on fire'

Thursday, September 04, 2014

In a year of never-ending crises from Ukraine to Syria to Gaza to West Africa, the United States isn't always the country getting results. What does that mean for America's place in the world?

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PRI's The World

If Putin picks a fight with NATO, what's the West willing to do about it?

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

With Russian troops invading eastern Ukraine, NATO is preparing its own military response — of a kind. The alliance is expected to announce the creation of a rapid reaction force that could send 4,000 soldiers to Eastern Europe within hours. But is that enough to deter Vladimir Putin?

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PRI's The World

Canada opens up a new front against Russia — Twitter snark

Friday, August 29, 2014

Canada and Russia tangled on Twitter this week, each posting maps designed to tweak the other country's stance over Russian actions in Ukraine. But while the exchange was funny and popular online, it also showed how governments communicate in the social media era.

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PRI's The World

A Trinidadian immigrant reflects on her hometown of Ferguson, Missouri

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ruffina Farrokh Anklesaria immigrated to the US from Trinidad 15 years ago. She settled in Ferguson, Missouri, and says she's seen the town's diversity transform. Right now, Anklesaria is teaming up with other members of the community to highlight the positive side of the small Missouri town, but she says as an immigrant, she still sees racial divisions in the US.

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PRI's The World

From Russia-US relations to global terrorism, nuclear insecurity is as big a threat as ever

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Just under a year ago US and Russian signed an accord that would facilitate continued collaboration of US and Russian scientists on nuclear energy and safety. That accord has been put on ice in light of recent events in the Ukraine.

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PRI's The World

A summit of African leaders in Washington tries to move beyond 'speed dating'

Monday, August 04, 2014

The US is hosting its first-ever summit of leaders from across Africa, but the short timeframe and large number of attendees means that meaningful dialogue might be hard to achieve.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Fast, Deep, and Out of Control: A BL Show Experiment

Friday, June 28, 2013

It's a Brian Lehrer Show experiment called "Fast, Deep, and Out of Control." One hour of quick-hit segments; one hour deep dive; and one "out of control" call-in. Wendy Davis’ filibuster shone a spotlight on a legislative battle over abortion access in Texas. We’ll look at the wider landscape of abortion rights in the U.S. Then, the root of extradition agreements and how they work; and why the National Institutes of Health have announced they’re moving away from research on our close relatives, chimpanzees. Plus: a special deep dive on affirmative action – including the history of the policy, goals, and how to know when it’s working.

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Secretary of State James Byrnes: "The Temple of Peace Must Be Built Solidly"

Monday, August 13, 2012

WNYC

In two excerpts from speeches given in 1946 and 1947 by Secretary of State James F. Byrnes, one can see the tightrope he walked in the years immediately following World War II as the Cold War loomed.

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The Takeaway

Pope Visits Cuba

Monday, March 26, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Cuba today after a three-day visit to Mexico. It’s his first time visiting both countries. During his visit to the island nation, the Pope says he hopes to build on the dialogue and cooperation ushered in by his predecessor, John Paul II — whose visit in 1998 was considered groundbreaking. How do locals feel about the current Pope’s visit? And what, exactly, is the Pope’s desired outcome of the visit? Sarah Rainsford, Havana correspondent for our partner the BBC, joins us from Cuba.

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The Takeaway

Japan Releases Chinese Fishing Boat Captain

Friday, September 24, 2010

One of the worst diplomatic disputes in years between the two most influential Asian nations is coming to an end. Japan is releasing the captain of a Chinese fishing boat captain who was detained after his ship collided with Japanese coastguards earlier this month. The Japanese said the collision was "deliberate, but not pre-meditated." Roland Burke, of our partner, the BBC, reports from Tokyo.

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The Takeaway

Countries Focus on Arctic Region for Energy Future

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Russia is attempting to stake out both literal and diplomatic territory over the division of natural resources in the Arctic region.  

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The Takeaway

US Accuses China of Currency Manipulation

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The United States claims that China is deliberately keeping its currency between 25 and 40 percent undervalue, giving its manufactures an unfair advantage against imports and making Chinese exports even cheaper. As Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner testifies before Congress at hearings designed to force China to revalue its currency, the BBC's Mark Gregory gives us the latest from London.

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The Takeaway

Breaking News: Detained American Released by Iran

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Sarah Shourd, one of three American hikers arrested last year when they crossed the Iraqi border into Iran, has been released from prison this morning. The hikers were accused of spying by Iran. For the latest on this story, we're joined by BBC Persian correspondent Bahman Kalbasi. We also speak to Thomas Erdbrink of the Washington Post. He just spoke with Shourd's Iranian attorney.

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The Takeaway

Chinese-Americans Watch President's Visit to China

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

President Obama met with his Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao, today for talks that ran the gamut from climate change to Taiwan to global security. Residents of China watched Obama's visit carefully, as did many Chinese-Americans. Shirong Chen is the BBC's China editor; he joins us from London. We're also joined by members of different generations of Chinese-Americans for their take on how Obama did. David Zhang is an associate professor of pathology and oncological sciences at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and Jenny Jiang is a junior, studying marketing at the University of Pennsylvania.

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