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Today's Highlights | January 13, 2014

Monday, January 13, 2014

On Today's Program: A nuclear-free Iran looks to be on the horizon, after Iran and six world powers agreed Sunday to put in place an interim accord that will curtail Iran's nuclear program...About 300,000 people in and around Charleston, West Virginia woke up for the fourth morning in a row without access to water...A look at the push and pull between the need for regulation and the need for industry to provide jobs and grow.

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The Takeaway

Family Fights for US Marine's Release in Iran

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Just before his visit to the U.S. back in September, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made a bold statement to the West by freeing 11 political prisoners. But one American of Iranian descent — with no political ties — is still being held at Tehran’s notorious Evin prison, which has held political prisoners since the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Former US Marine Amir Hekmati has been detained at Evin for more than two years. His Congressman, along with the United Nations and his family, including his sister Sarah Hekmati, are desperately seeking his release.

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The Takeaway

Iranian Musician King Raam Makes Connections, Musically and Politically

Thursday, December 26, 2013

In our series of profiles of Iranians, both in and outside of Iran, we speak with musician Raam, of the post-punk band Hypernova. The band left Tehran six years ago after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad cracked down on working musicians. Raam reflects back on the year in Iran and the future of musicians in that country.

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The Takeaway

Ex-FBI Agent That Disappeared in Iran Actually on Rogue CIA Mission

Friday, December 13, 2013

More than 6 years ago, Robert Levinson, a former FBI agent, disappeared in Iran. He has been presumed to be a hostage of some kind, a designation that the U.S. government has not taken issue with. But now it turns out that Levinson may actually be a casualty of a CIA operation gone wrong. Tim Weiner is a former reporter for our partner The New York Times and author of "Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA" and "Enemies: The History of the FBI." He joins The Takeaway to discuss Levinson's case.

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The Takeaway

The Nostalgic Road from Detroit to Tehran

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

While the world may be waiting to see how the nuclear deal between the U.S. and Iran shakes out, people in Iran's auto industry are far more anxious to see U.S. sanctions lifted and the revival of the car market. The Paykan, a homely little car, may just be a bridge between two divided nations. Shahin Armin, a seasoned expert in all things Paykan, joins The Takeaway to discuss what sanctions have done to Iran's auto industry.

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The Takeaway

A Nostalgic Look at Iran's Classic Car | Bipartisan Deal Reached on Budget | Ouster in North Korea Leaves World Watching

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Economic Impact of the Volcker Rule | Mary T. Barra Named CEO of General Motors | Paykan: A Nostalgic Look at Iran's Classic Car | Bipartisan Deal Reached on Budget | Ouster in North Korea Leaves World Watching | Securing the World's Nuclear Aresnal

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Sound - The Encounter

Friday, December 06, 2013

Hear new music from Iran and Syria at Sound: The Encounter Saturday at the Asia Society. Download "Mina."

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New Sounds

Cultural Collisions

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

For this New Sounds, listen to some cross-cultural things, including piano music based on traditional Indian raga scales, music from a Persian bagpiper and Syrian sax player, Ethiopian music from the Netherlands, and more.  Saeid Shanbehzadeh from Iran plays the neyanban (Persian bagpipe) and saxophone player Basel Rajoub from Syria come together in a collaboration recorded in Lisbon, Portugal.  Also, hear music from Rajoub and his trio, which includes percussion and the traditional Persian zither, the qanun, along with a track from the duo of French guitarist Kevin Seddiki and Persian percussionist Bijan Chemirani. 

See Saeid Shanbehzadeh & Basel Rajoub, at 8PM Saturday night, Dec. 7th, 2013, at the Asia Society as part of "New Sounds from Iran - Sound: The Encounter, New Music from Iran and Syria." Read more. 

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Slate Political Gabfest

The Political Gabfest: The Hobby Lobby Liberal Sobby Edition

Friday, November 29, 2013

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon. This week: The Iran nuclear deal, the Obamacare contraception court case, and the filibuster nuclear option.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

A Democrat Against the Iran Deal

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Eliot Engel, Democratic congressman representing parts of the Bronx and Westchester, discusses what he has called the "disappointing" deal with Iran and his concerns that it does not go far enough in removing that country's nuclear capability.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

International reaction to the Iran nuclear deal

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

International reaction to the Iran nuclear deal

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Christiane Amanpour: Iran Negotiations Could be This Century's "Defining Issue"

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Christiane Amanpour, chief international correspondent for CNN and contributing global affairs anchor for ABC, talks about the reaction to the nuclear deal with Iran from Middle Eastern leaders, and what it tells us about their interests and the deal's shot at success.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Amanpour on the Iran Deal; FDA stops 23andMe; Billy Collins

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Christiane Amanpour of CNN and ABC explains how Middle Eastern leaders are reacting to the news of a nuclear deal with Iran, and what their responses say about the deal’s chance of success. Then, the FDA has warned the genetic testing company 23andMe to stop marketing their product. We’ll take your calls if you’ve used the service to guide your medical decisions. Plus: Billy Collins, former US and New York State poet laureate, on his new collection of work.

The Takeaway

Deal Reached With Iran on Nuclear Program

Monday, November 25, 2013

The interim nuclear agreement with Iran is a potential game changer. The deal has been met with a mixed reception, but many see this development as significant. Mark Fitzpatrick, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Non-Proliferation at the U.S. State Department who is now with the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and Gary Sick, a senior research scholar at Columbia University’s Middle East Institute and author of “All Fall Down: America’s Tragic Encounter with Iran,” discuss how the deal came about and what's next for Iran and the U.S.

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The Takeaway

World Powers Reach Deal With Iran on Nuclear Program | Revisiting the Dark and Toxic Tale of Love Canal | 'One Red Rose' Sets JFK's Assassination to Music

Monday, November 25, 2013

World Powers Reach Deal With Iran on Nuclear Program | In Harm's Way: The Faces of Gun Violence | Labor Dispute Causes Boeing to Take Flight from Seattle | FCC May Lift Cell Phone Airplane Ban | Revisiting the Dark and Toxic Tale of Love Canal | 'One Red Rose' ...

The Takeaway

World Powers Reach Deal With Iran on Nuclear Program

Sunday, November 24, 2013

In a landmark deal, the group of nations known as the P5+1—the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China—reached an agreement with Iran on Sunday to temporarily freeze Iran’s nuclear program. In exchange for Iranian compliance, the P5+1 will provide limited, temporary, targeted, and reversible sanction relief. "Diplomacy opened up a new path toward a world that is more secure—a future in which we can verify that Iran’s nuclear program is peaceful and that it cannot build a nuclear weapon," President Barack Obama said in a statement. What do you think about the deal? Leave us a comment or call 1-877-869-8253.

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The Takeaway

U.S. Deal With Iran Worries Some Allies, Congress

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

For the first time in three decades, the U.S. and Iran are engaged in dialogue that could fundamentally change the nature of the relationship between the two countries. But Israel and Saudi Arabia don't like the deal, and several Congress members from both parties are skeptical. Congressman Eliot Engel, ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, joins The Takeaway to discuss the deal the Obama administration is considering.

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

Dexter Filkins and Hooman Majd on negotiations with Iran.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Dexter Filkins and Hooman Majd on negotiations with Iran.

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The Washington Report

President Obama's Health Care Issues; Typhoon Haiyan and the Iranian Nuclear Deal Hits a Snag

Monday, November 11, 2013

Kerry Nolantalks with New York Times Chief Washington Correspondent David Sanger about this weekend's failed nuclear negotiations with Iran, about the latest problems with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act and why Typhoon Haiyan was so devastating.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Path Toward Iran Nuclear Deal

Monday, November 11, 2013

David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times and author of Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power (Broadway, 2013) discusses the effort to reach a deal on Iran's nuclear program.

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