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Iran: A Look at a Century

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

U.S.- Iran relations might be on the brink of something big when it comes to matters of diplomacy, but a recent easing of tensions between Iran and the West doesn't undo a century of upheaval in the region. Historian James Buchan is the author of a new book entitled "Days of God: The Revolution of Iran and its Consequences," and he spoke with The Takeaway about the transformation of Iran in the past hundred years.

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The Takeaway

Health Care Policy: Past, Present and Future | Caribbean Nations Sue Europe for Slavery Reparations | St. Louis Vs. Boston: A Tale of Two Cities

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Federal Health Care Policy: Past, Present and Future | Diplomatic Rift Grows Between Saudi Arabia and U.S. | Iran: A Look at a Century | St. Louis Vs. Boston: A Tale of Two Cities | Caribbean Nations Sue Europe for Slavery Reparations | 1967: The Year that Changed College Football

World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Prospects of a deal over the Iranian nuclear programme

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Prospects of a deal over the Iranian nuclear programme

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The Takeaway

Iran Nuclear Enrichment Talks Enter Day Two

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Talks over Iran’s nuclear program enter their second day today in Geneva. Can the discussions produce a negotiated solution to an enduring standoff? George Perkovich, a former foreign policy adviser to then-Sen. Joe Biden from 1989 to 1990. He is currently director of the nuclear policy program for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations’ task force on U.S. nuclear policy 

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WNYC News

The Politics of Bill de Blasio’s Iran Watchlist

Friday, October 11, 2013

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As New York City’s Public Advocate, Bill de Blasio led organizing campaigns around a multitude of city issues – from stop and frisk to tenants’ rights. But in March 2012, de Blasio also made an unusual foray into foreign policy when he launched an online campaign targeting car companies that did business with Iran.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Iran and the U.S.; Elizabeth Gilbert's New Novel; Mao and the Chinese Transformation; the Life of Jane Franklin

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

On today’s show: former CIA analyst Kenneth Pollack talks about the significance of the more moderate rhetoric that we’ve been hearing from Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani—and whether the US can ever resolve the Iran nuclear question. Elizabeth Gilbert discusses The Signature of Things, her first novel in 13 years. We’ll look at the rise of Mao Zedong and the price that was paid in his attempts to transform the Chinese into “The New People” at whatever cost. Historian Jill Lepore introduces us to Benjamin Franklin’s sister Jane, who was a gifted writer and a shrewd political commentator.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Iran, the Bomb, and American Strategy

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Kenneth Pollack, former CIA analyst with 25 years of experience working on the Middle East, discusses America’s intractable problem with Iran, Tehran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability, and the decades-long tensions that led us to this point. In Unthinkable: Iran, the Bomb, and American Strategy, he lays out key solutions to the Iran nuclear ques­tion, and suggests ways to renew our efforts and to combine negotiations and sanctions.

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

George Packer and Dexter Filkins on diplomacy with Iran.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

George Packer and Dexter Filkins on diplomacy with Iran.

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The Takeaway

After 35 Year Diplomatic Hiatus, United States and Iran Begin Talks

Friday, September 27, 2013

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appeared at the Asia Society in Manhattan last night, and Takeaway Host John Hockenberry was on-site to witness Rouhani's speech and even a surprise appearance. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif arrived fresh from his meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry—the first substantive high level meeting between the two countries since 1979. Geneive Abdo, fellow with the Middle East program at The Stimson Center and non-resident fellow at The Brookings Institution, explains the diplomatic path being forged by Iran.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Iran and the United Nations

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Both President Obama and Iranian President Rouhani spoke of seeking peace in their addresses to the U.N. General Assembly yesterday. Farnaz Fassihi, senior staff writer for The Wall Street Journal covering the Middle East, and Robin Wright, joint fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center, former diplomatic correspondent for The Washington Post and the author of Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World (Simon & Schuster, 2011), update the diplomatic situation with Iran

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The Takeaway

United Nations General Assembly Suggests Future Diplomacy with Iran

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Three decades of icy relations between the U.S. and Iran may finally be starting to thaw. In his address yesterday on the first day of the U.N. General Assembly, President Barack Obama tasked Secretary of State John Kerry with diplomatic efforts moving forward. Joining The Takeaway to explain is journalist Laura Secor, who has covered Iran for The New Yorker since 2005, and is the author of a forthcoming book about Iran.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Education in NJ; Iran Diplomacy; Internet Reigns

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The 30 Issues in 30 Days series continues with Education Week. We’ll look at the education issues at play in the gubernatorial and US senate races in New Jersey. Plus: New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman talks about his investigation into fraudulent positive reviews on services like Yelp; and Santa Clara Law Professor Eric Goldman explains a new California law about “erasing” content posted by minors online. Then, an update on the diplomatic situation with Iran from Robin Wright, of the Woodrow Wilson International Center and the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal’s Farnaz Fassihi. And Columbia University’s Sudhir Venkatesh on his new book about New York’s underground economies and illicit markets.

The Takeaway

As U.S. Moves Forward With Iran, Questions of Political Prisoners Remain

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

As world leaders gather this week in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly, Iran is making gestures of conciliation. The nation released 11 prominent political prisoners—the move was unexpected and to some incomplete. Dozens of people remain incarcerated on anti-government charges, including a constituent of Congressman Dan Kildee, a Democrat from Michigan's Flint Township.

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The Takeaway

Reading Iran: A Literary Look into the Country's Culture

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

What is cultural life really like for Iranians? How is the government reflected in their literature, their films, and their theater? Author and journalist Kamin Mohammadi was born in Iran and lived there until the age of nine, when her family fled after the 1979 Revolution. She explores Iranian culture through a literary lens. 

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The Takeaway

Can There Be Real and Lasting Change With Iran?

Monday, September 23, 2013

This fall may be the U.S.'s first opportunity for real and lasting change with Iran. Joining The Takeaway to discuss the way forward between the U.S. and Iran is Haleh Esfandiari, director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Colonel Dave Roeder is a retired Air Force Colonel and one of the 52 American hostages held during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. He joins us today to discuss his experience and how he views the new stance of Iran.

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The Takeaway

Will Iran Come to the Bargaining Table on Syria?

Friday, September 20, 2013

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is set to arrive in New York early next week for the United Nations General Assembly and it’s anticipated that Rouhani will present to the U.N. an Iran ready to engage with the West. Gary Sick, senior research scholar at Columbia University's Middle East Institute and adjunct professor at the University's School of International and Public Affairs, joins The Takeaway to discuss the distrustful relationship between the U.S. and Iran. Bill Keller, former executive editor of our partner The New York Times, says Iran needs to be engaged in Syria talks with the West.

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The Takeaway

Iran's New Leaders May Be Ready for Nuclear Compromise

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Next week could open a new chapter in the history of the United States and Iran—there are tentative signs of a possible sea change in Iran with newly elected Iranian President Hasan Rouhani. Iran's repositioning has caused some skepticism from the West, but joining us to explain the significance of the country's charm offensive is Thomas Erdbrink, Tehran bureau chief for our partner The New York Times.

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The Takeaway

New Art Exhibit "Iran Modern" Uncovers Forgotten Chapter of History

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

“Iran Modern," a new exhibition currently on display at the Asia Society in New York City, paints a vibrant portrait of a country—and time period—that many Americans are entirely unfamiliar with. Melissa Chiu, director of the Asia Society Museum, hopes the exhibit will help an American audience better understand the chapter of Iranian history that immediately preceded that country's 1979 Revolution.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Iran and Syria

Friday, September 06, 2013

What's the ripple effect of US action in Syria? Kenneth Pollack is Director of Research at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, and the author of the new book Unthinkable: Iran, the Bomb and American Strategy. After arguing in favor of the Iraq invasion, he now urges caution in the case of military action in Syria to avoid disrupting negotiations with Iran.

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The Takeaway

Iran Warns of Israel Attack Should U.S. Strike Syrian Targets

Thursday, August 29, 2013

In response to reports that the Obama administration was considering military strikes on Syria, Iranian officials issued a stark warning against U.S. involvement in the region, saying any military strike on Syria would lead to Iran launching a retaliatory attack on Israel fanned by “the flames of outrage.” Afshon Ostovar, Iran analyst with CNA, a not-for-profit research and analysis organization, explains what's behind this rhetoric.

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