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The Takeaway

You Can't See 'The Interview.' But We Did.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Now that Sony has pulled "The Interview" from theatres, you can't see it. But The Takeaway's own culture producer and Movie Date co-host Kristen Meinzer has.

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PRI's The World

No one really knows why a young American was sentenced to hard labor in North Korea

Monday, September 15, 2014

A North Korean court has sentenced Matthew Todd Miller, a US citizen in his mid-20s, to six years in a North Korean labor camp for conspiring to commit “hostile acts” against the state. But many details about Miller's situation, including his reasons for visiting North Korea, remain a mystery.

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PRI's The World

Want to tour a toxic beach? 'Anti-tourism' explores the darker, dirtier corners of the world

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The latest trend in tourism doesn't look like tourism at all. With the help of some adventurous tour guides, young urbanites are seeking out the world's most unusual, gross and often dangerous locales.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Boston Latest; New State Exams; John Liu; Immigration Reform

Friday, April 19, 2013

One suspect has been killed and another (as of 9am) is on the loose in the Boston marathon bombings. We bring you the latest in rolling coverage. Plus: WNYC's Beth Fertig takes calls from parents on what they're hearing from their children; NYC Comptroller John Liu; and more.

The Brian Lehrer Show

NY Corruption; N. Korea Threat; Digestion; Gun Rules

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Following corruption charges against New York State Senator Malcolm Smith and New York City Councilman Dan Halloran, two good government advocates discuss just how deep corruption runs in New York State politics. Plus: whether North Korea's threats are just bluster; author Mary Roach on everything you need to know about digestion; changing gun rules; rebuilding resources post-Sandy; and the New Museum's 1993 exhibit.

Soundcheck

3 Musical Obituaries

Monday, December 19, 2011

I wonder if you can tell something about a person by the music he/she listens to.  (And I wonder what that “something” might be.)  The reason I’m wondering this today is not just that we begin our annual Critics’ Week, our year-end roundup of the best music, etc.; but also because of the passing this weekend of two world leaders and one barefoot diva. 

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The Washington Report

North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il Dead at 69

Monday, December 19, 2011

In this week's David Sanger, David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times, speaks to Kerry Nolan about the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.

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The Washington Report

U.S. Said to Have Stopped North Korean Missile Shipment to Myanmar

Monday, June 13, 2011

NYT's David Sanger weighs in on arms shipments from North Korea to Myanmar, the Chinese and American economies, and President Obama on the campaign trail.

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The Takeaway

Christmas in Korea Amidst Military Tensions

Friday, December 24, 2010

It’s Christmas Eve morning in America, but on the other side of the world, in South Korea, the sun has already set on Christmas Eve, and "Santa Grandfather" — as he’s called in Korea — will be arriving soon with his deliveries.

A national holiday in South Korea, Christmas is traditionally a festive time for both children and grown-ups. But faced with the reality of growing North Korean aggression, we can’t help but wonder: is it Christmas as usual this year in South Korea? And how are Korean Americans coping?

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The Takeaway

North Korea Nuclear Progress Greater Than Expected

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

North Korea seems to have surpassed Iran, in its efforts to develop the advanced technology that produces nuclear material and weapons. According to David Sanger, chief White House correspondent for our partner The New York Times, senior American officials were recently stunned to see that North Korea is far more advanced in its nuclear ambitions than anticipated. The officials visited a new plant at Yongbyon, where North Korea's main nuclear complex sits.

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The Takeaway

China's Thoughts on North Korea, Via Diplomatic Cables

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

One of the eye-opening revelations coming out of the latest Wikileaks document release is what some countries think of one another. Do Chinese officials think of North Korea as a "spoiled child"? Well, that's the characterization in one of the leaked cables. What else does China think of it's neighbor? 

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The Takeaway

WikiLeaks Cables Reveal Iran's Nuclear Capacity

Monday, November 29, 2010

Secret diplomatic cables obtained by whistle-blower organization WikiLeaks shed new light on the global nuclear standoff with Iran. The documents reveal for the first time that the U.S. believes Iran has obtained nineteen powerful, Russian-designed missiles from North Korea. Their range is long enough to strike Western Europe. Will this change the way the country is seen and dealt with by its neighbors?  

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The Takeaway

The US and Korea: Where We Stand

Monday, November 29, 2010

Events over the weekend may turn out to be game-changers for America's relationship with North Korea. The U.S. and South Korea engaged in quickly-assembled military exercises to show their ability to respond to aggression from Pyonyang. Meanwhile, cables from the latest WikiLeaks release describe a disturbing chumminess between North Korea and Iran.  

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The Takeaway

What are the North Koreans Looking to Accomplish?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

North Korea's artillery attack on a South Korean island yesterday morning remains somewhat of a mystery, but many have guesses as to rationales for the attack. North Korea says the South started it by firing recklessly into North Korean territory, which the South denies. Some say North Korea did it to gain international attention because of their severe food shortages. And others, like Charles Armstrong, director of the Center for Korean Research at Columbia University, believe they want to send a simple message: that they should be taken very seriously.

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The Takeaway

Examining China's Role on an Unstable Korean Peninsula

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

After the death of two South Korean marines in a North Korean artillery attack on Tuesday, the United States has called on countries in the region to join with the U.S. in a unified diplomatic front. Since that call, China has condemned the attack and Hong Lei, the spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry called for "peace and stability on the Korean peninsula."

China has long been a strategic ally for North Korea, providing much needed food and humanitarian resources, but even the Chinese were taken by surprise by the attacks this week. And they seemed to be in the dark just a few days earlier when reports surfaced about North Korea's new uranium enrichment plant.

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The Takeaway

Top of the Hour: What Next in North Korea? Morning Headlines

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

As China calls for calm, tensions and questions continue about North Korea's attack on South Korea yesterday. 

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The Takeaway

Your Take: Getting Involved in Korean Conflict

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

We've been hearing from listeners about whether America should get more involved with the recent skirmish between North and South Korea. You had a lot to say, whether you were commenting from Australia, South Korea, or from within the States. 

 

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The Takeaway

Top of the Hour: Deciphering North Korea's Attack, Morning Headlines

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

North Korea's artillery attack on a South Korean military base and fishing island yesterday certainly got the world's attention; the U.S. is sending war ships to the Yellow Sea for exercises with the South Korean military, and China is calling for calm. But what was the real goal of the North Korean attack — or was there a national goal at all?    

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Conflict Between North Korea and South Korea

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Charles Armstrong, director of the Center for Korean Research at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs discusses the current flare in tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The countries exchanged artillery fire today, with two South Korean soldiers killed. This followed North Korea's unveiling of a new uranium enrichment facility on Saturday. 

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The Takeaway

North Korea Bombs South Korean Island

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Both countries claim that the other started it; but the lengthy exchange of artillery fire between the two countries has left two South Korean soldiers dead, 15 wounded. South Korea says the trouble started when the North fired shells at a small fishing island in the Yellow Sea. Some 1600 residents of the island — reportedly mostly fishermen — are fleeing or entering bomb shelters. South Korea has declared a state of emergency and the U.S. has declared its support. What really started the fight?  

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