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The Brian Lehrer Show

Hagel to Resign, and Iran Talks Deadline Day

Monday, November 24, 2014

The Times is reporting that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is resigning under pressure. We'll discuss the reports, and hear the latest on the nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna.

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The Takeaway

Valerie Plame on the New Age of National Security

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Valerie Plame and her husband were whistleblowers in the lead up to the Iraq War. She reflects on Iraq today, Edward Snowden's revelations, and her new novel.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Kurt Vonnegut: "Fates Worse Than Death"

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

His edgy 1982 “sermon” took on the question of whether hydrogen bombs would deliver us from more terrifying circumstances. The full audio recording is now available for the first time.
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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Vonnegut on Deadeye Dick, a Story of "Gun Nuts and Nukes"

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.”

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The Takeaway

Air Force Nuke Officers Caught In Cheating Scandal

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.

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The Takeaway

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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The Leonard Lopate Show

Nuclear Arms and Safety; Linda Ronstadt; Back-to-School with Patricia T. O'Conner

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!

The Takeaway

North Korea Threatens Pre-Emptive Nuclear Strike

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.

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The Takeaway

North Korea Conducts Most Powerful Nuclear Test Yet

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."

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The Washington Report

Arms Reductions, Preparing for Cyberattacks and the Next Budget Showdown

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.

The Takeaway

The Real End of the Cuban Missile Crisis

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.

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The Takeaway

Pakistani Air Force Base — and Rumored Home of Nuclear Weapons — Attacked

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.

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The Takeaway

India Test-Fires Nuclear-Capable Missile

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.

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The Takeaway

Call to Secure Nuclear Material at Seoul Summit

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.

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The Takeaway

President Obama to Meet With Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu

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.

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The Takeaway

Who Controls Gadhafi's Weapons?

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?

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The Takeaway

Regional Reactions to Iran's Nuclear Ambitions

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. 

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The Takeaway

Top of the Hour: Iran's Home-grown Nuclear Industry, Morning Headlines

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?  

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It's A Free Country ®

Obama Wants New START, Republicans Say No START

Monday, November 22, 2010

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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.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Countdown to Zero

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.

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