Margaret Thatcher

The Leonard Lopate Show

The Life of Margaret Thatcher; Paul Theroux in Africa; "Fill the Void," a Film

Thursday, May 23, 2013

On today’s show: we’ll look at Margaret Thatcher’s early life, her early political career, and her first years as Britain’s only female prime minister. Celebrated travel writer Paul Theroux describes returning to Africa after 50 years of traveling around the world. The star and director discuss Israeli film “Fill the Void,” which follows a young Orthodox Hasidic woman who is preparing to marry when tragedy strikes. And we’ll take a look at how Apple is just one of many corporations trying to avoid paying corporate taxes by moving its money out of the United States.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Margaret Thatcher's Early Years

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Charles Moore discusses Margaret Thatcher’s early life, rise to power, and first years as prime minister, and the ways she transformed Britain and the world in the late 20th century. Margaret Thatcher: From Grantham to the Falklands is the first volume of Charles Moore’s authorized biography, and sheds new light on the spectrum of British political life from Thatcher’s entry into Parliament in 1959 to what was arguably the zenith of her power—victory in the Falklands in 1982.

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The Takeaway

As Brits Mourn Thatcher, Americans Reflect on Boston Bombings

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Stephen Sackur has spent most of his professional career reporting on the biggest news events, based both in the United States working as a Washington correspondent for the BBC and abroad, reporting for many years in the Middle East. He joins us to reflect both on the bombings in Boston and the funeral scheduled today for the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.


Studio 360

Billy Bragg on Margaret Thatcher’s Legacy

Friday, April 12, 2013

During her time as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher provoked diverse reactions — some thought she saved the country, others believed she ruined it. The changing social and political conditions under Thatcher drove Billy Bragg to activist songwriting ...

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The Takeaway

Thatcher Hate, Expressed in Song

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Margaret Thatcher attracted such titles as Tramp the Dirt Down, in which Elvis Constello imagined Thatcher's end in 1983. Morrisey imaginging her on the Guillotine in 1988, and any number of unplayable insults and angry rants came from bands like the Clash, Pink Floyd and Crass. What else did the former British prime minister inspire?

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The Takeaway

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Dead at 87

Monday, April 08, 2013

According to her spokesman, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died of a stroke this morning at 87. She served at the head of the Conservative party from 1979 to 1990. She was the first female prime minster. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Thatcher Today

Monday, April 08, 2013

Former British PM Margaret Thatcher died this morning. British journalist Alan Cowell of The New York Times, currently reporting from Paris, discusses how Thatcher is viewed in the UK today. Plus: your calls. How do you view Margaret Thatcher today? Post your thoughts below or call 212-433-9692

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Margaret Thatcher, Iron Lady, Dead at 87

Monday, April 08, 2013

Ex-spokesman Tim Bell says that former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died. She was 87.

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The Takeaway

'The Iron Lady' Author John Campbell on Margaret Thatcher

Friday, January 13, 2012

Margaret Thatcher became British Prime Minister in 1979. Baroness Thatcher, as she is now, continues to cast a long shadow over modern politics in general and conservative politics in particular. A dear friend of President Ronald Reagan, her firebrand style of conservatism prioritized privatization and reduced state intervention. The new movie about her — "The Iron Lady" — steers clear of commenting on these policies, but deals with personal price she has paid for spending much of her life in the public spotlight.


The Takeaway

'The Iron Lady' and 2011's Best and Worst Movies

Friday, December 30, 2011

The last week of the year brings with it Hollywood's last chance to release movies eligible for 2012's Academy Awards. "The Iron Lady" (trailer after the jump), the Margaret Thatcher biopic starring Meryl Streep is among them. The movie is getting mixed reviews, but Streep's performance is said to make her a shoo-in for this year's Oscars. The Takeaway's Movie Date podcast team gives their assessment of "The Iron Lady," and look back at their picks for the best and worst movies of 2011.