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The Road Ahead for Syria & the OPCW | How to Combat Poverty: Lessons from History | Holiday Etiquette in a Digital Age

Monday, December 09, 2013

The Road Ahead for Syria & the OPCW | How to Combat Poverty: Lessons from History | Retro Report: The Exxon Valdez Disaster | Vast Number of Silent Films Lost to History | Holiday Etiquette in a Digital Age

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Nelson Mandela Dead at 95

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Former South African President Nelson Mandela, the revered leader who emerged from prison after 27 years to lead the nation out of decades of apartheid, has died at the age of 95. Mandela, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who was elected South Africa's first black president in 1994, was known across the globe for his message of reconciliation, understanding and forgiveness. Help us remember Nelson Mandela by answering this: What one word best sums up Mandela? And why? Share your comment, tweet us or post on Facebook. You can also give us a call at 1-877-869-8253.

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Can Obama's Inequality Message Win Back Millennials?

Thursday, December 05, 2013

President Barack Obama has revived his populist message and made a case for the Affordable Care Act as a vehicle to reduce income inequality. Jonathan Alter, journalist and author of "The Center Holds: Obama and his Enemies," explores the president's rebranding efforts. He notes that as Obama dusts off his brand of populism, his core base—millennials—seems to be abandoning him. Heather McGhee, vice president of policy and outreach at Demos, examines how the President's message about income inequality resonate with the youngest voters.

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Eating Healthier on Food Stamps | Can Obama's Inequality Message Win Back Millennials? | Can the Sound of Music Remake Succeed?

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Fast Food Workers Strike in 100 Cities | Eating Healthier on Food Stamps | Can the Sound of Music Remake Succeed? | A Delicate Dance: Destroying Syria's Chemical Weapons | Can Obama's Inequality Message Win Back Millennials?

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Kim Jong Un Ousts Uncle From Leadership Role

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

According to South Korean intelligence, there is a major power shift occurring in North Korea. Dictator Kim Jong Un has reportedly ousted his uncle Jong Sung Taek—the most experienced person in North Korea and the one closest to the North Korean Military. How significant are these reports? We turn to Dr. Sung Yoon Lee, professor in Korean Studies at the Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy for the answer.

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A Call For Digital Christmas Lyrics

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

If you've got ideas about how your favorite holiday tunes can take a modern spin, send us your digital Christmas lyrics—upgrade "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," or choose any carol. Here you'll find the lyrics to one we received on Facebook from a listener named Karen Escalona. If you take a listen, you'll hear The Takeaway staff trying to do it justice.Please submit your own modern Christmas carol here, by visiting us on Facebook or by tweeting us @TheTakeaway.

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Study: Memories Can Be Passed Between Generations | As the U.S. 'Pivots' to Asia, China Reasserts Influence | The Science of Charitable Giving

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

As the U.S. 'Pivots' to Asia, China Reasserts Influence | Study: Memories Can Be Passed Between Generations |  Men and Women Have Different Brain Circuitry | Kim Jong Un Ousts Uncle From Leadership Role | Holiday Window Displays Get Touches of Technology | The Science of Charitable Giving

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As Hours Wane, Can Congress Get Productive?

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

So far, Congress has only passed 52 new laws this year—the fewest in the post-World War II era—and there are only a handful of days left before the close of this historically ineffective Congressional session. Is it possible to inject some productivity into this Congress as the hours wane? Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, checks in to discuss what needs to happen before 2013 comes to a close.

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Is the Constitution to Blame for D.C. Gridlock?

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

The American Constitution is the world's oldest still in use, but even Thomas Jefferson believed that all constitutions should expire. Jeffrey Toobin, attorney and staff writer for The New Yorker, writes persuasively in this week's magazine that the Constitution may be to blame for the gridlock in Congress. Toobin discusses liberal and conservative critiques of the Constitution, and explores why our founding document may still result in the world's best government.

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Terror Watch Lists Brand Hundreds of Thousands

Monday, December 02, 2013

There are at least 700,000 people on the U.S. terror watch list. For the many individuals it can be nearly impossible to challenge the designation. It's a watch list that very few people are actually watching. Joining The Takeaway to explain is Anya Bernstein, associated professor at the SUNY Buffalo Law School and author of “The Hidden Costs of Terrorist Watch Lists.”

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Retro Report: The Making of ‘Three Strikes’ Laws

Monday, December 02, 2013

This week our friends at the Retro Report documentary team take us back to 1992 when Kimber Reynolds, the 18-year-old daughter of Fresno wedding photographer Mike Reynolds, was brutally killed in a robbery. Kimber's death prompted the passage of "Three Strikes" legislation. Karen Sughrue, Retro Report producer, joins The Takeaway.

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HealthCare.Gov Site Picks Up Speed

Monday, December 02, 2013

HealthCare.gov can reportedly now handle 800,000 users a day. But with Americans rushing to meet the December 23rd enrollment deadline in order to get coverage by January 1st, administration officials admit the site might become overloaded. Congresswoman Diana DeGette, a Democrat representing Colorado’s 1st district, is among those who have been concerned.

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New Indictments Reopen Old Wounds in Steubenville

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

In August 2012, a 16-year-old girl from a town in West Virginia, just across the Ohio River, accused two sophomore starters on the Steubenville High School football team of rape. A judge declared the two underage boys delinquent of rape, the juvenile guilty charge, last March. The investigation didn't end there. This week, a special grand jury handed down four adult indictments related to the case,  for the school superintendent, a former volunteer assistant football coach and two teachers. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine discusses the charges, and examines the fallout in Steubenville, where he announced the indictments earlier this week.

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Archaeologists Uncover Buddha's Birthplace

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

For a few years, archaeologists have been excavating a site in Nepal that is said to be Buddha's birthplace. And they now say that they've found evidence of a Buddhist shrine there that dates back to sixth century B.C. Robin Coningham has published his research and findings in the journal Antiquity. Coningham is a professor of archaeology at Durham University in England and joins The Takeaway to explain this revelation.

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Activist: Families Need Immigration Reform

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

When it comes to immigration, the American public once again finds its government at a standstill, with Congress unable to confront the issue of a path to citizenship. Today The Takeaway speaks to one immigration activist—Maria Rodriguez, the executive director of the Florida Immigrant Coalition—who believes that such exclusion is fundamentally anti-American and that a path to citizenship is the only true path to reform.

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The 'Paradox' of U.S. Healthcare | Archaeologists Uncover Buddha's Birthplace | Examining Our Changing American Families

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Immigration Reform Loses Steam as Clock Ticks | Activist: Families Need Immigration Reform | FDA Challenge Raises Questions on Right to Genetic Information | Archaeologists Uncover Buddha's Birthplace | Why Has the Stock Market Been Climbing? | The 'Paradox' of American Healthcare: Spending More for Less | Examining Our Changing ...

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Deal Reached With Iran on Nuclear Program

Monday, November 25, 2013

The interim nuclear agreement with Iran is a potential game changer. The deal has been met with a mixed reception, but many see this development as significant. Mark Fitzpatrick, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Non-Proliferation at the U.S. State Department who is now with the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and Gary Sick, a senior research scholar at Columbia University’s Middle East Institute and author of “All Fall Down: America’s Tragic Encounter with Iran,” discuss how the deal came about and what's next for Iran and the U.S.

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World Powers Reach Deal With Iran on Nuclear Program | Revisiting the Dark and Toxic Tale of Love Canal | 'One Red Rose' Sets JFK's Assassination to Music

Monday, November 25, 2013

World Powers Reach Deal With Iran on Nuclear Program | In Harm's Way: The Faces of Gun Violence | Labor Dispute Causes Boeing to Take Flight from Seattle | FCC May Lift Cell Phone Airplane Ban | Revisiting the Dark and Toxic Tale of Love Canal | 'One Red Rose' ...

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World Powers Reach Deal With Iran on Nuclear Program

Sunday, November 24, 2013

In a landmark deal, the group of nations known as the P5+1—the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China—reached an agreement with Iran on Sunday to temporarily freeze Iran’s nuclear program. In exchange for Iranian compliance, the P5+1 will provide limited, temporary, targeted, and reversible sanction relief. "Diplomacy opened up a new path toward a world that is more secure—a future in which we can verify that Iran’s nuclear program is peaceful and that it cannot build a nuclear weapon," President Barack Obama said in a statement. What do you think about the deal? Leave us a comment or call 1-877-869-8253.

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With Memories Frozen, A Remembrance for JFK

Friday, November 22, 2013

Down a long 50 year corridor, November 22, 1963 produced a collective national moment like none before: A nation's breath stopped 50 years ago today when it was announced that President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated.  For many, that day produces memories frozen in time. Today The Takeaway remembers John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States who served just over 1,000 days in office before he was assassinated in November 1963.

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