Wednesday, January 22, 2014
In this archival interview, the famed author defends his fiction against critics who to pan his writing, comparing his detractors to “circus geeks” who “bite the heads off chickens for the amusement of the rubes who walk by.”
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Once a month, the military makes the people who are responsible for operating this nation's nuclear missile arsenal take a test, and they must score perfectly to keep their jobs. Now the Air Force has disclosed that 34 officers at Malstrom Air Force Base in Montana have been suspended for cheating on their proficiency test or not reporting cheating by others. Retired Air Force Colonel Randall Larsen joins The Takeaway to explain the details behind the controversy.
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.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Investigative journalist Eric Schlosser looks into the management and near-misses of our nuclear arsenal—and how we ensure that our nuclear missiles aren’t stolen, sabotaged, or detonated by accident. Linda Ronstadt talks about her life and her career—and her recent announcement that she has Parkinson’s disease and will never perform again. Plus, our word maven Patricia T. O’Conner takes your calls and questions about the intricacies and idiosyncrasies of the English language!
Thursday, March 07, 2013
Reacting to the prospect of more UN sanctions, North Korea is, for the first time, threatening a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States and South Korea -- an attack that would turn Washington and Seoul into "a sea in flames." Charles Armstrong, director of the Center for Korean Research at Columbia University explains what's behind these threats and how the international community should respond.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
North Korea conducted their third, and largest, nuclear test today, in a move that has provoked neighboring China and the rest of the world. An English translation of the announcement North Korean's heard today begins: "The scientific field for National Defense has succeeded in the third underground nuclear test at a site in the north part of our country on February 12th, 2013."
Monday, February 11, 2013
Arms reduction has not been a defining feature of the Obama administration. In this week's Washington Report, David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, talks to Kerry Nolan about his move toward reducing the country's nuclear force. He also follows up on an executive order, expected this week, that would affect how companies prepare for cyberattacks, and the approaching "sequester," or automatic cut in funds, that the federal government is facing.
Monday, October 08, 2012
David Coleman’s recent book, "The Fourteenth Day: JFK and the Aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis" uses secretly recorded White House tapes to show that the threat of war loomed for far longer than the public may have known.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Islamist militants are believed to be behind an attack this morning on a major Pakistani Air Force base where some of the country’s nuclear weapons are thought to be stored. A gun battle that lasted several hours killed eight attackers and one security official.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
India test-fired a nuclear-capable missile last night, capable of reaching 3,100 miles and within range of China's key cities. India joins the U.S., China, Britain, France and Russia as the only nations with these kinds of weapons. David Sanger is the chief Washington correspondent for our partner the New York Times.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
World leaders have called for closer cooperation to tackle the threat of nuclear terrorism at a summit on nuclear security in Seoul, South Korea. President Obama is among the world leaders in attendance. At the end of the summit there was a joint call to secure "vulnerable nuclear material". Lucy Williamson, a correspondent for our partner the BBC, joins us to discuss the Seoul summit and Obama's private meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani.
Monday, March 05, 2012
At this weekend's conference of the influential American Israel Public Affairs Committee, President Barack Obama reaffirmed the United States' commitment to Israel's security. During his remarks to the pro-Israel lobbying group, the President restated that, with regards to ensuring Iran does not obtain a nuclear weapon, all options are on the table. The President also said sanctions and diplomacy should be given a chance before further action is taken. Later today, the President will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The meeting will be the latest installment in what has been an uneasy relationship between the two leaders.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Over the course of his 42 years of power in Libya, Moammar Gadhafi spent a great deal of money acquiring both chemical and nuclear weapons. The deposed dictator halted his weapons of mass destruction program after the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003, but large amounts of uranium, as well as mustard gas and other chemical agents remain in the country. With the possibility that Gadhafi's reign may soon end, many are concerned about what will come of his stockpile of deadly weapons. Who will have control over the weapons?
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Less than a week after Wikileaks revealed the level of nervousness amongst regional leaders about Iran's apparent aspirations for nuclear power, the country announced it had produced yellowcake uranium domestically. Just in the past hour, key talks between Iran and world powers on Teheran's disputed nuclear program ended in Geneva, where Iran's negotiator continued to tell world leaders that the country's nuclear ambitions were about power, not weapons. Hugh Sykes, reporter for our partner the BBC, joins us for reactions from the region to the recent news concerning Iran's nuclear developments.
Monday, December 06, 2010
Revelations about Iran's nuclear capabilities thanks to Wikileaks has experts and laymen worried alike. What's next for the country, now that it has become self-sufficient in the fuel cycle?
Monday, November 22, 2010
The goals the U.S. has around the world, whether they're in climate, or dealing with the global economy, or dealing with Iran and its nuclear pretensions, require a cooperative arrangement with the other key members of the UN Security Council or we will make no progress. So if you want anarchy, or if you want global proliferation, then do nothing.
—Steve Clemons, director of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation on The Brian Lehrer Show.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Writer/director Lucy Walker, producer Lawrence Bender, and former CIA Covert Operations officer Valerie Plame Wilson discuss the documentary, “Countdown to Zero,” which explores the dangers of nuclear weapons, exposing a variety of present-day threats, and features a host of international experts and world leaders who advocate total global disarmament. “Countdown to Zero” opens July 23 at AMC Empire and the Angelika Film Center.