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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Obama and Romney debate foreign policy

Monday, October 22, 2012

Obama and Romney debate foreign policy

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WNYC News

Foreign Policy Experts Weigh in: What to Expect in the Final Presidential Debate

Monday, October 22, 2012

WNYC

President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney will tackle foreign policy issues in Monday’s third and final presidential debate – meaning a nuclear Iran, the future of Syria, negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians and China's relationship to the United States are all fair game.

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The Takeaway

The Real Life Story of the Fake Movie Designed to Rescue American Hostages in Iran

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

In 1979, as the Iranian Revolution was in high gear, militants took over the U.S. embassy in Tehran, holding 52 Americans hostage. While the United States negotiated the release of the 52 hostages, an entirely different rescue mission was being planned for 6 other Americans who’d managed to escape and were hiding out in the Canadian ambassador's home in Tehran.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Fallout From Iran Currency Devaluation

Friday, October 05, 2012

Borzou Daragahi, Middle East and North Africa correspondent for the Financial Times, and Thomas Erdbrink, New York Times Tehran Bureau chief, discuss the fallout from the devaluation of Iran's currency.

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The Takeaway

Plunging Currency and Protests in Iran

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Yesterday, hundreds of demonstrators flooded the streets of Tehran, chanting anti-government slogans and setting garbage cans on fire. The cause of the protests: money.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Middle East at the U.N.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Rami Khouri, director, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, talks about the Netanyahu and Abbas speeches at the U.N. and other news from the Middle East.

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The Takeaway

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Final U.N. Address

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad makes his final appearance at the United Nations today. European and U.S.-led sanctions and high inflation have taken a toll on Iran’s economy and Ahmadinejad remains an isolated figure abroad. Hooman Majd, author of “The Ayatollah Begs to Differ”, has been speaking to the Iranian delegation at the United Nations General Assembly.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Middle East turmoil and the US response

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Middle East turmoil and the US response

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Argo

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Antonio Mendez gives an account of leading the 1979 rescue of six American hostages from Iran. He's joined by his wife, Jonna Mendez, also a former CIA agent. Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled off the Most Audacious Rescue in History, written with Matt Baglio, tells the full story of how Mendez, a top-level CIA officer, devised an incredibly risky plan to rescue the six escaped hostages. He disguised himself as a Hollywood producer and traveled to Tehran under the guise of scouting locations for a fake science fiction film called “Argo.”

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Oil and Extremism: The Prescient Caution of Justice William O. Douglas

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

WNYC

"We are heading up to one of the greatest crises, I think, in modern history." This prediction about oil and the Middle East was made in 1951 by none other than Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas at a Books and Authors Luncheon.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

David Sanger on American Foreign Policy

Friday, September 07, 2012

David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times, WNYC contributor and author of Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power, discusses his reporting on Middle East, how regional tensions are playing out, and American foreign policy towards the region. He also fact-checks one of the claims President Obama made in his convention speech last night. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Marjane Satrapi on "Chicken with Plums"

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Marjane Satrapi discusses writing and co-directing the new film “Chicken with Plums,” based on her graphic novel of the same name. The story begins in Teheran in 1958, when renowned musician Nasser Ali Khan has lost the will to live since his violin has been destroyed. Finding no instrument worthy of replacing it, he decides to confine himself to bed and wait for death. Through the film a poignant secret of his life comes to light, a story of love that inspired his genius and his music. “Chicken with Plums” opens August 17 at Lincoln Plaza and Angelika Film Center.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

David Sanger on Syria, Iran and Regional Conflict

Thursday, August 09, 2012

David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times, WNYC contributor and author of Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power, discusses the latest diplomatic efforts around the Syria crisis and where Iran and the rest of the region fit in.

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The Takeaway

Laundering Iranian Money, British Bank Violates U.S. Law

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

It’s largely against American law to do business with Iranian banks, but Standard Chartered broke those laws when they allowed some transactions with Iran to pass through New York.

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The Takeaway

Romney Voices Support For Israel

Monday, July 30, 2012

Mitt Romney has said he'd support an Israeli strike against Iran's nuclear program, but will it win him any votes in America? Meir Javedanfar, an Iranian Studies lecturer in Israel, thinks Obama will be tough to beat on Iran.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The History of the U.S. Conflict with Iran

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

David Crist, senior historian for the Department of Defense and author of The Twilight War: The Secret History of America's Thirty-Year Conflict With Iran, discusses the United States' relationship with Iran and the latest developments in the Middle East.

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The Takeaway

Netanyahu Blames Iran for Bulgaria Bus Bombing

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Bulgaria says it is likely that it was a suicide bomber who carried out an attack on a bus carrying Israeli tourists. At least six Israelis and a Bulgarian were killed, and more than 30 people injured. Israel's Prime Minister has blamed Iran and promised a firm response.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

David Sanger on Iran, Syria, More

Monday, July 09, 2012

Chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times and WNYC contributor David Sanger talks about the latest on the diplomatic relationship with Iran, the effects of economic sanctions and their impact on the oil markets. Plus the latest from Syria, Libya, and more.

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The Takeaway

Nicholas Kristof on the People of Iran

Thursday, July 05, 2012

For journalist, author, and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristof, one of the biggest mysteries about Iran was how the regime not only stayed in power, but remained relatively popular among the Iranian people during the Arab Spring. To find out, he took a road trip across Iran with two of his children, looking for an answer to that question.

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The Takeaway

Obama and Allies Impose Severe Sanctions on Iran

Monday, July 02, 2012

The American government has been trying to shut down Iran’s nuclear program for three and a half years. They’ve used diplomacy, sanctions, cyber warfare, and, yesterday, the Obama administration and its allies put in place the strictest and furthest reaching sanctions yet.

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