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The Brian Lehrer Show

The State of US-Russia Relations

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

This morning, President Obama canceled his Moscow one-on-one with Russian President Vladimir Putin amid U.S. anger over Russia's asylum of NSA leaker Edward Snowden. David J. Kramer, president of the human-rights organization Freedom House, talks about the state of U.S.-Russia relations in light, post-Snowden, and the ongoing tension over the treatment of gays in that country.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The World in 2013

Friday, December 07, 2012

Daniel Franklin, editor of The World in 2013, The Economist’s annual publication focused on the trends, issues and ideas that will shape the year ahead, discusses the most pressing issues of 2013, the major predictions for the year ahead, which well-known individuals are making them, how this year’s global election results affect the rest of the world.

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The Takeaway

Growing Pressure with Chinese Government Begins to Boil

Monday, July 16, 2012

Two months ago, Chinese civil rights activist and law student Chen Guangcheng escaped house arrest and found refuge at the American embassy in Beijing. Shortly thereafter, he and his family were granted visas to travel to New York. The focus on Chen and the Chinese government continues, leaving the country in a vulnerable position to many unanswered questions.

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The Takeaway

Diplomats Respond to Violence in Syria

Thursday, March 01, 2012

As Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad continue to bomb opposition strongholds, the international community considers its options. On Tuesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified before Congress against President Assad making an argument that Assad would "fit into that category" of "war criminals." A meeting at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday also signaled renewed diplomatic efforts in Syria, but exactly how the international community might intervene remains to be seen.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Alan Wolfe on Political Evil

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Political scientist Alan Wolfe examines political evil and why, in an age of genocide, terrorism, ethnic cleansing, and torture, it threatens us in ways radically different from tsunamis and financial panics. In Political Evil he looks at where and why evil is used for political gain, and sheds light on the creation of policy and on a concrete path to a more just future.

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The Takeaway

An American Imprisoned in Gadhafi's Tripoli

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

It sounds like the script of a movie, but the story of how American Matthew VanDyke ended up in the hands of the Gadhafi regime is very real. VanDyke traveled to Libya to help friends living there just as the war broke out between the rebels and the loyalists. He was captured in Brega, hit over the head and awoke in a prison cell. He was placed in solitary confinement twice, for 85 and then 76 days, before essentially escaping on August 24.

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