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The Takeaway

America: Kicking an Addiction to Mid East Oil?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

On Wednesday, the price of a barrel of oil fell to a five year low. For the first time in years, gas prices across the country are below $3.00 a gallon.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Hagel to Resign, and Iran Talks Deadline Day

Monday, November 24, 2014

The Times is reporting that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is resigning under pressure. We'll discuss the reports, and hear the latest on the nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna.

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The Takeaway

Iran Deadline for Nuclear Talks Postponed

Monday, November 24, 2014

Negotiations with Iran, which are expected to resume in seven months, center on how much nuclear fuel Iran can produce and what kind of sanctions relief they'll receive.

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The Takeaway

Better Than Buffy: A Girl Vampire Takes Iran

Friday, November 21, 2014

Part spaghetti western and part horror film, "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night" is a new movie about an Iranian vampire that takes pride in defying expectations.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

BL Weekend: The 'Rosewater' Story; John McCain; Mind-Changing Books

Friday, November 14, 2014

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them: Maziar Bahari, the man behind 'Rosewater'; Senator John McCain; and books that changed your mind.
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Studio 360

Jon Stewart on Filmmaking, Chicken, and the Future of "The Daily Show"

Friday, November 14, 2014

"Rosewater," which opens today, stems from an actual "Daily Show" story, and Stewart says that directing a Middle East thriller isn’t that different from writing jokes about the news.

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The Takeaway

Putin Uses Ukraine, Iran to Antagonize the West

Thursday, November 13, 2014

From Ukraine to Iran, Russian President Vladimir Putin isn’t afraid of antagonizing the West—even if it does come with some economic pain.

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FT Big Read

Battle for Iraq: the Iranian connection

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Battle for Iraq: the Iranian connection

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PRI's The World

American artists practice a little shadow puppet diplomacy in Iran

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A group of Chicago-based artists put on a puppet show and got a standing ovation last week. In Iran. The 10 American puppeteers were invited to the Tehran Mobarak Puppet Festival. It was the first performance by American artists at the festival event in nearly 17 years.

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FT Big Read

Internet on a leash?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Internet on a leash?

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PRI's The World

A mixed-race German confronts white supremacists face-to-face, including the Klan

Monday, September 15, 2014

As one of the first black women to ever appear on German television, Mo Asumang has faced her share of hate — mainly from the neo-Nazis of Germany. And she decided to confront the haters, including American KKK members, in a documentary exploring how the Nazi's appropriated the Aryan identity from Iran.

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PRI's The World

The US is having problems building a coalition to fight ISIS

Friday, September 12, 2014

The US is having some issues mobilizing a coalition in its new war on the militants of ISIS. US Secretary of State John Kerry has been traveling in the Middle East and says he has support from 10 Arab nations, but what that support actually means is uncertain.

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PRI's The World

Crystal meth, skinny jeans and underground bloggers — it's the Iran you never see

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Iranian-British author Ramita Navai says Iran's capital Tehran is full of people who are leading double lives. On the outside, they conform. On the inside, they are true to themselves. She tells their stories in her novel, City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death and the search for Truth in Tehran.

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The Takeaway

When Does the U.S. Negotiate with Terrorists?

Friday, August 22, 2014

The public often hears the refrain, "The United States of America does not negotiate with terrorists.”  But is it really true that the U.S. makes no concessions to hostage-takers? 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Alawites to Yazidis: A Guide to Religious Communities in the Middle East

Friday, August 22, 2014

This week's Please Explain is about religious communities in the Middle East—Shia, Sunni, Alawite, Yazidi, and more—and their political conflicts and power struggles.

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FT Big Read

A river runs through it: Iran's water shortage

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A river runs through it: Iran's water shortage

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PRI's The World

Remembering a fearless poet known as 'Iran's Lioness'

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Simin Behbahani was a beloved Iranian poet who earned the nickname "Lioness" for her powerful verse. US President Barack Obama recited one of her poems in his 2011 message to the Iranian people.

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The Takeaway

Inside Iran's Legal Human Organ Trade

Monday, August 18, 2014

Iran is the only country worldwide where the practice of selling one's kidney for profit is legal and regulated. It is also one of the only places that has no waiting list for organs.

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PRI's The World

An Iranian woman makes history in winning a math prize

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Maryam Mirzakhani is the first woman and the first Iranian to win the Fields Medal, math's most prestigious prize.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

International Politics: Russia, Gaza, and Iran

Monday, July 21, 2014

David Sanger, national security correspondent for The New York Times and author of Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power (Broadway, 2013), talks about developments in Russia and Ukraine, violence in Gaza, and nuclear talks on Iran. Plus Max Seddon, Buzzfeed foreign affairs reporter based in Russia, joins from Ukraine with the latest on the downed airliner and the geopolitical implications.

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