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The Washington Report

President Chooses Next Joint Chiefs Chairman

Monday, May 30, 2011

David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, joins Kerry Nolan to discuss President Obama's pick for chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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The Takeaway

Memorial Day with Veterans and their Families

Monday, May 30, 2011

For millions of Americans, Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of the Summer. It's a time for backyard barbecues, town parades and family getaways. However, for the men women and families of those who killed serving their country, Memorial Day weekend resonates more deeply. William Brown is a former Navy Seal and currently a law student at Rutgers.  Mary Galeti is the wife of First Lieutenant Russell Galeti of the National Guard.

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The Takeaway

Memorial Day, Remembered by Military Widows

Monday, May 30, 2011

It's become a tradition here at The Takeaway to speak with veterans about who they're remembering on Memorial Day. Taryn Davis's husband Michael was a soldier serving in Iraq. He was killed in Baghdad in May 2007, when Taryn was just 21 years old. Taryn is the founder of the American Widow Project. Also with us is LaNita Herlem. Her husband was also killed in Iraq, in April 2006.

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The Takeaway

No Ketchup and Lots of Chili, Finding the Country's Best Hot Dog

Monday, May 30, 2011

Hot dogs are a barbecue staple. But the way you make them — and the toppings you put on them — depends on where you live. In honor of Memorial Day, one of the biggest barbecue days of the year, we decided to take a look at how different cities across the country make their hot dogs. Joining us is Tom Raccioppi, owner of Jimmy Buff’s Italian Hot Dogs in New Jersey. Also with us is Mark Flynt, the owner of JS Pulliam Barbeque in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Stuart Rubin, manager of Mustard's Last Stand, the oldest hot dog stand in Denver. He's from Chicago and serves real Chicago dogs at is stand.

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Annotations: The NEH Preservation Project

"The Bid was Four Hearts," the story of the Four Chaplains

Monday, May 30, 2011

The story of the Four Chaplains seems largely unknown now, but throughout the 1940’s and 50’s their story served as a symbol of bravery and sacrifice to many. In 1948, February 3rd was declared Four Chaplains Day by a unanimous vote of Congress, and the chaplains were mentioned in President Eisenhower’s famous 1953 “Back to God” speech. The docudrama presented here originally aired on Memorial Day 1950.

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Features

Where to Hit the Beach in New York City

Friday, May 27, 2011

It's time to stash the sleds and snowgear and dust off the boogie board: There's a beach in your borough in which you can lounge, slather on some sunblock and enjoy a good read. Don't forget to leave the cigarettes at home — city beaches are now smoke-free.

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The Takeaway

Who Will You Remember on Memorial Day, and How?

Friday, May 27, 2011

Memorial Day is a holiday — we break out the grill, head to the beach, pack a picnic. But many people around the country are also focused on the holiday's genesis: honoring our men and women in uniform. This weekend some will throw parties for loved ones; others will visit graves of the deceased who served or gave the ultimate sacrifice. Still others will be visiting war memorials around the country. 

We've been asking you: Who are you honoring this weekend, and how are you going about it? You've given us some powerful responses. 

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Transportation Nation

Pricey Gas or No, Californians Get Out of Town

Friday, May 27, 2011

Yikes! Photo by Ben Trefny.

(San Francisco – Casey Miner, KALW News) Gas prices are up! Or no, wait, maybe they’re down. Either way, a highly unscientific round of calls by TN suggests that Californians are finding ways to get out of town this Memorial Day weekend.

A recent survey by AAA found that while travel numbers aren’t exactly flying off the charts this year, neither are they declining. The survey predicts that just over four million Californians will travel 50 miles or more, a very slight increase over last year. What's more, nearly all of them will drive. AAA spokeswoman Cynthia Harris said the numbers may reflect people’s desire to go on vacation no matter what: about a third of travelers are expected to stay with family and friends rather than in hotels.

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The Takeaway

Intrepid Deck Becomes Ballet Stage for Vets

Friday, May 27, 2011

Memorial Day is coming up on Monday. Over the last few years, we’ve spoken with veterans to see who they’re remembering. Last year we spoke to veteran Joe Sturm about three men from his battalion who were killed in Afghanistan. But Joe is finding this Memorial Day more difficult than most, as he reflects on the ten years since the war began. Also with us is Roman Baca, an Iraq War veteran and the artistic director of Exit 12 Dance Company which stages "The Homecoming," a ballet about the Iraq War, on the Intrepid military ship this weekend in honor of Memorial Day. 

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Features

For Serving Their Country, Service Members Can Check Out Art for Free

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, city museums pay homage to U.S. troops by letting active duty military personnel and their families visit their collections for free.

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The Takeaway

How Are High Gas Prices Changing Your Life?

Friday, May 20, 2011

Average gas prices around the nation have soared to around $4 a gallon. Last time prices were this high was three years ago in May 2008, right during the worst of the recession. Then Americans began to drive less, buy more fuel efficient cars, and take public transportation more often. But according to new projections from AAA, 34.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more next week for the Memorial Day weekend.

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WQXR News

New York GOP Readies for Annual Convention

Monday, May 31, 2010

New York State Republicans assemble in Manhattan this week to choose their nominees for the fall election season.

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Top 5 @ 105

Five Classical Memorials You Should Know

Thursday, May 27, 2010

As long as there is war, there will be music honoring the fallen and decrying the horrors of battle. Here are five works that respond to a range of eras and events. Tune in to WQXR this Memorial Day for music marking the holiday.

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