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The Takeaway

As Syrian Conflict Deepens, Violence Bleeds into Iraq and Lebanon

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

As the Syrian conflict deepens, increasingly, the violence appears to be spilling beyond the country’s borders. Some of the worst fighting in recent days has been centered around the city of Qusayr, where the death toll for Hezbollah fighters supporting President Bashar al-Assad has been steadily rising. 

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New Sounds

Alone at My Wedding

Monday, April 29, 2013

This New Sounds is all about party music from the Balkans, Near East, and Central Asia.  From the frantic and sweaty pop that provides the soundtrack for celebrations in Egypt, to Punjabi wedding music, it’s all here.  Listen to music from the Albanian horn band Fanfara Tirana, along with a Bjork tune arranged by Syrian pop legend Omar Souleyman.  Then there’s music from Egyptian DJs of the Cairo Liberation Front, and music from Brooklyn-based Punjabi sweaty-making party band, Red Baraat.  Plus, listen to the highly danceable Syrian electronic dabke music, also heard at weddings and parties.  And more.

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Money Talking

Weekend Reading: Iraq, Abdullah & Touch Screens

Friday, March 22, 2013

Money Talking host Charlie Herman and regular contributors Joe Nocera of the New York Times and Rana Foroohar of Time magazine tell us what they're reading this weekend.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Healing Iraq's Environment

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Over the last two decades, the Mesopotamia Marshlands in Southern Iraq—an area twice the size of the Florida Everglades—have suffered massive environmental degradation. But some parts of the region are starting to return to health. Dr. Azzam Alwash, founder of the non-profit environmental organization Nature Iraq talks about his efforts to restore the marshlands and the push to name the area Iraq’s first national park.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Iraq War Veterans

Thursday, March 21, 2013

We’ll look at the challenges facing veterans of the Iraq. We’ll speak with Iraq veterans Roy Scranton, co-editor of Fire and Forget, and Tegan Griffith, a participant in Iraq and Afghanistan’s Veterans of America “Storm the Hill” campaign.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Iraq Today, Sustainable Architecture, Kids and Screens

Thursday, March 21, 2013

We wrap up our three-day series to mark the tenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq with a look at the impact the war has had both on the soldiers who have fought in it and Iraq’s environment. Architect Bjarke Ingels explains “hedonistic sustainability.” American Book Award-winner Mackenzie Bezos on her new novel, Traps. We’ll find out about the microbial life that scientists have discovered over 6 miles beneath the ocean’s surface. And, Hanna Rosin looks at whether apps geared toward kids are educational or are just teaching kids how to zone out.

The Leonard Lopate Show

George Packer Reflects on the Iraq War, 10 Years Later

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

On the 10-year-anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, New Yorker staff writer George Packer tells Leonard Lopate about lessons he's learned in covering the conflict for a decade. He's the author of The Assassin's Gate: America in Iraq.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Iraq and Oil

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

International energy expert Daniel Yergin looks at the oil industry in Iraq ten years after the U.S.-led invasion. He is the author of The Quest: Energy, Security & the Remaking of the Modern World.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Look Back at Iraq, The Lost Weekend's Author, Piero della Francesca at the Frick, and Our Word Maven

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

We continue our three-day series to mark the tenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Then, we talk about writer Charles Jackson, whose life and work captured what it meant to be an addict and a closeted gay man in mid-century America. Curator Nathaniel Silver discusses the exhibit of Piero della Francesca paintings at the Frick Collection. And our word maven Patricia T. O’Conner takes your calls and questions on the intricacies and idiosyncrasies of the English language.

The Takeaway

Iraq’s Clouded Future

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Ali Allawi is Iraq's former Minister of Trade, Minister of Defense, Minister of Finance, and author of: "The Occupation of Iraq: Winning the War, Losing the Peace." He lives and works in Baghdad -- a city he barely recognizes from his youth. He describes how the war will remembered 10 from now, and what the road forward looks like for his country.

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The Takeaway

Ten Years After Iraq Invasion, A Refugee Reflects

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

More than 50 people were killed and roughly 200 wounded from a suicide bombing in Baghdad Tuesday.  The attack falls on the tenth anniversary of the start of the Iraq War. Iraqi refugee Alaa Majeed remembers the day the war came to Baghdad ten years ago but much more vividly she remembers the day she decided to leave Iraq for good in early 2007.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Looking Back at Iraq, Soprano Diana Damrau, Piecing Together WWII Stories, Celebrating MAD Magazine

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

We’re launching a three-day series to mark the tenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Today we’ll start by looking at how the Bush Administration made the case to invade. German soprano Diana Damrau talks about singing opposite Placido Domingo in “La Traviata” at the Metropolitan Opera. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dale Maharidge describes trying to find the surviving members of his father’s WWII Marine Company. And illustrators Drew Friedman, Al Jaffe, and Arnold Roth on the life and work of MAD Magazine founding editor Harvey Kurtzman.

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Frank Rich Looks Back at the Invasion of Iraq

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

New York Magazine columnist Frank Rich discusses the lead up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and how consensus for the war was built in Congress and the public square.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Brooke Gladstone on the Media and the War in Iraq

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Brooke Gladstone of WNYC’s On The Media discusses how the American press corps handled the lead up to the Iraq War and the subsequent turns and scandals in the conflict.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaway | March 19, 2013

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Ten Years After Iraq Invasion Refugees Reflect | Iraq’s Clouded Future | Older Americans Are Working Longer and Retiring Later | Pope Francis Pledges to Serve Poor | The FBI's New Leads on the Greatest Art Theft in History |  America's Changing Foreign Policy in the Middle East and Beyond | What We Carried

The Takeaway

What Bob Woodruff Carries With Him 10 Years After Invasion of Iraq

Monday, March 18, 2013

In 2006, ABC News reporter Bob Woodruff suffered a traumatic brain injury while reporting on the Iraq War. Ten years after the invasion, he talks about what he carries with him from that conflict and about The Bob Woodruff Foundation.

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On The Media

Catching Up With Iraq's New Journalists

Friday, March 15, 2013

What happened to the Iraqi fixers who spoke to On the Media almost seven years ago? Brooke speaks to Ayub Nuri, Zeyad Kasim and Ali Fadhil about where their lives have taken them since we spoke to them in 2006.

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The Takeaway

Obama Balks at Drone Transparency, New Stories for New Wars

Friday, March 15, 2013

Why Drones Are Our Modern Nuclear Bomb | Fire and Forget: New Stories for New Wars | President Obama's Goodwill Tour…of Congress | New Movie Releases: 'Burt Wonderstone,' 'The Call,' 'Spring Breakers,' 'Ginger and Rosa'

On The Media

Covering the Manning Trial

Friday, March 15, 2013

Coverage of the Manning trial has been inconsistent at best - in part due to a lack of press interest, and in part because the government is making this story difficult to report. Brooke talks to Arun Rath, a reporter for PBS's Frontline and PRI’s The World, who says that few members are actually there following the pre-trial minutiae at Fort Meade. When they are, he says, they’re not in the courtroom, but in the press room.

 

Rahim Alhaj - Dance of the Palms

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On The Media

Iraq's New Journalism

Friday, March 15, 2013

In a story that originally ran in 2006, Brooke talks with three Iraqis who worked as fixers for American journalists during the war. 

 

Rahim Alhaj - Taqsim Maqam Ajam

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