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The Brian Lehrer Show

Israeli and Palestinian Textbooks; Facing Fear; "Searching for Sugar Man"

Friday, February 08, 2013

Hear a discussion about the results of a study looking at whether Israeli or Palestinian textbooks are biased or teach hatred. Plus: journalist Jaimal Yogis on the science of fear; and the annual Brian Lehrer Show Oscar nominated documentaries series begins with the director of "Searching for Sugar Man." 

The Brian Lehrer Show

On the Brink

Monday, December 10, 2012

The Middle East is in turmoil. Hear analysis about the situations in Gaza, Egypt, Syria and throughout the region from Leila Hilal of the New America Foundation. Plus: diplomacy in China; your topical college essays; additional food assistance for Sandy victims; and the phones will be open for you to tell us what you’re buying online that you never thought you would.

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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

One Hundred Years of Middle East History

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Bernard Lewis, historian professor emeritus at Princeton University, talks about the historical roots of the Middle Eastern conflicts and his memoir, entitled Notes on a Century: Reflections of a Middle East Historian. He's joined by Fouad Ajami, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and author of The Syrian Rebellion, to discuss recent political developments in the Middle East.

→ EVENT: Tel Aviv University will host a dinner honoring Bernard Lewis, including a tribute from Fouad Ajami, at The Pierre on Wednesday, September 12th

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Ralph Bunche Announces Landmark 1949 Arab-Israeli General Armistice Agreement

Friday, August 10, 2012

WNYC

In the early hours of February 24, 1949, on the Greek island of Rhodes, Dr. Ralph J. Bunche emerged from the Egyptian-Israeli talks to announce the signing of a General Armistice Agreement.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Anthony Shadid’s House of Stone

Thursday, March 08, 2012

New York Times reporter Nada Bakri talks about her late husband, New York Times Beirut Bureau Chief Anthony Shadid, who died last month in Syria. She discusses his life and career as a foreign journalist and the challenge of reporting on a rapidly changing Middle East. Shadid’s new memoir,House of Stone , tells the story of his year away from reporting, when he started rebuilding his great-grandfather’s house in Lebanese countryside. We’ll also be joined by Rajiv Chandrasekaran, National Editor at the Washington Post, who worked with Shadid, covering Iraq.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

David Sanger on Iran, North Korea

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times and a contributor to WNYC, discusses the latest in US nuclear diplomacy, from Iran to North Korea.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Unfinished Arab Revolutions

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Kelly McEvers, Baghdad correspondent for NPR, talks about her time in Bahrain, Yemen and Syria and how the Arab Spring continues throughout the region.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Seeing History Through Oil

Monday, September 19, 2011

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On The Media

Libya's Civil War

Friday, June 17, 2011

When popular anger bubbled over in Libya in February, the media described it as a series of protests not unlike those seen in Egypt and Tunisia. But as the conflict escalated, the terminology shifted to "uprising" or "rebellion." This week, the Associated Press told its reporters to now refer to the fighting in Libya as a "civil war." AP Deputy Managing Editor and Standards Editor Tom Kent says the AP is constantly discussing the best terminology to use when reporting the news.

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The Takeaway

Syria's Latest Crack Down Results in International Blowback

Monday, June 13, 2011

Thousands of Syrian refugees spilled into Turkey as a violent government crackdown unfolded over the weekend.  The crackdown was carried out by elite Syrian troops in reaction to reports of dozens of military defections in the northwestern town of Jisr al-Shughour.

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The Takeaway

Syrian-Israel Border Protests Shift Attention From Government Conflict

Monday, June 06, 2011

At least twenty people lay dead at the Israeli border at Golan Heights after Israeli troops opened fire on more than one thousand Syrian protesters who stormed the border. Officially the demonstrations were being held to mark the anniversary of the 1967 Arab defeat in the Mideast war. It was the second outbreak of deadly violence in the border region in the past month. But both Israeli officials and anti-regime activists in Syria are calling the border protests a sham and media stunt, instigated to draw attention away from the hard-handed government shutdown of protests within Syria.

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The Takeaway

Middle East News Roundup: Bahrain, Morocco, Syria

Friday, April 29, 2011

It's been another tumultuous week in the Middle East. Another Day of Rage is planned today in Syria, and European governments are meeting to discuss possible sanctions. Meanwhile, human rights activists claim that the four anti-government protesters in Bahrain—who were sentenced to death on Thursday over the killing of two policemen—did not receive a fair trial. And in Morocco, at least fifteen people were killed and more were injured after a suicide bomber attack in a popular restaurant. Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, speaks with us about the news coming out of the Middle East.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: Middle East, Oil, Federal Reserve, Royal Wedding

Monday, April 25, 2011

Despite promises of reform from both the Syrian and Yemeni governments, demonstrations — and serious bloodshed — rage in both countries. NATO continues to support the rebels in Libya while some U.S. Senators call for Gadhafi's ouster. Marcus Mabry, editor-at-large of the International Herald Tribune, looks at protests throughout the Middle East and NATO's role in Libya. Middle East turmoil has also led to rising oil and gas prices in the U.S. Oil companies are set to release their earnings this week and Charlie Herman, economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC, looks at rising oil profits and potential price gouging investigations.

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The Takeaway

Rise of the Syriabots: Syrian Loyalists Flood Twitter with Propaganda

Friday, April 22, 2011

During the unrest sweeping across the Middle East and North Africa, social networking sites have become forums for pro-revolutionary forces to gather information and support for their causes. But while the rebels and their supporters have gained ground, they’ve had to contend with pro-government forces staking their claim in the virtual sphere as well.

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The Takeaway

How Middle East Revolutionaries Would View a Shutdown

Friday, April 08, 2011

Nicholas Kristof, columnist for The New York Times and Mina al Oraibi, Washington D.C. Bureau Chief for the Arab-language newspaper Asharq al Awsat talk about the view of the U.S. government shutdown from the Arab world. As revolutions have spread throughout the Middle East this year, American politicians have had a lot to say about the importance of democracy in the region. But today, as the U.S. government teeters on the brink of a shutdown, do these words ring hollow to Arab revolutionaries? What would a shutdown look like to the countries fighting for democracy in the Middle East?

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The Takeaway

Japan, Middle East Crises Push Up Oil, Gas Prices

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Oil prices are solidly back over the $100 dollar per barrel. Political unrest in the Middle East has kept oil rising for the past months followed by concerns that Japan, the world's third largest economy and a nation that imports 60 percent of its fuel, would be reducing its oil usage, knocked oil futures back down briefly last week. But Monday, oil futures for April rose by more than $1 hitting $102.96 a barrel in trading on Wall Street.

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The Takeaway

Qatar's New Role in the Libyan Conflict

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Qatar has sent fighter jets by way of Greece in order to back allied forces in the military action to enforce a U.N. mandated no-fly zone over Libyan air space. It is the first Arab nation to provide military support to the coalition effort and a reminder that Qatar is an economic and political force in the region. The small peninsular country has garnered considerable influence throughout the world by creating key and conflicting allies while managing to attract investment from the West. It's site of the 2022 World Cup, and home to the Al Jazeera news network, which has been instrumental in reporting the wave of change happening in the Middle East.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Unrest in Yemen Leading Toward Civil War?

Monday, March 21, 2011

"I think, I really fear, that the countdown to civil war in Yemen has just begun. It’s not just about protests in Yemen. You have some major defections by army generals in the last 24 hours. You have internal divisions within the ruling party of Pres. Ali Abdullah Saleh. Some elements from his own tribe are calling for him to step down. You have now a military standoff between special forces led by his son and the first division of the army of which the generals, some of his closest generals, have defected. You have turmoil engulfing most of the Yemen. You have a separatist movement in the South; you have a tribal insurgency in the North. But most important of all, I would argue, the new democratic revolt that has been sweeping the Arab world has reached Yemen with a vengeance."

Fawaz Gerges, professor of Middle Eastern Politics and International Relations at the London School of Economics. For more of the interview, click here

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The Takeaway

On 100th Women's Day, a Look at the Changing Middle East

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Today is the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. Recently, women in the Middle East and North Africa, have been standing up and pushing for democratic change and equal rights. What lies ahead for women in these countries as they grapple with forming new, more democratic, governments?

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