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The Takeaway

Mapping the Brain to Better Understand Ourselves

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

President Obama has proposed a brain mapping project to help us understand a bit better what's going on inside our noggins. Dr. Rafael Yuste is a neuroscientist at Columbia University and one of the coordinators of the Obama administration's new Brain Mapping Project. But how can it be done? And are there any real-world benefits to doing it? Gary Marcus is someone who understands the challenges and possibilities that spring from these kinds of projects. He's a cognitive psychologist at NYU and blogger for the New Yorker. 

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

Hendrik Hertzberg, John Cassidy, and Ryan Lizza on Obama's permanent campaign.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Hendrik Hertzberg, John Cassidy, and Ryan Lizza on Obama's permanent campaign.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

State of the Union Reaction

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Brian Lehrer breaks down the Obama State of the Union speech with Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation; CNN's Ruben Navarette; GOP Congressman Trey Radel of Florida; Ron Kirk, US Trade Representative and Obama Cabinet official; plus your calls.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

SOTU Reaction; Sen. Menendez's Trouble; "The Gatekeepers"

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The phones will be open for your reactions to President Obama's State of the Union address. And hear reaction from The Nation's Katrina vanden Heuvel, columnist Ruben Navarette, and U.S. trade representative Ron Kirk. Plus: WNYC's Bob Hennelly on allegations against Senator Bob Menendez; and the director of "The Gatekeepers."

The Brian Lehrer Show

Full Text and Briefing Book: Barack Obama's 2013 State of the Union

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

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Slate Political Gabfest

Slate: The Huddled Masses and David Plotz's Birthday Gabfest

Friday, February 01, 2013

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon and special guest William Dobson. This week: Immigration reform and the recent unrest in Egypt. Plus, Emily's NYT Magazine piece on compensating the victims of child pornograp

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Himes on FEMA, Guns, and Obama's 2nd Term

Monday, January 28, 2013

Rep. Jim Himes talks with Brian Lehrer about the Obama second term agenda, the (extended) deadline for FEMA Sandy relief in Connecticut, and gun control after Newtown.

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

Ryan Lizza and Hendrik Herzberg on Obama's second Inaugural.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Ryan Lizza and Hendrik Herzberg on Obama's second Inaugural.

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The Takeaway

The Issues at Hand: A Path to Immigration Reform

Friday, January 25, 2013

Despite progress in curbing deportation and prioritizing education for immigrants during Obama’s first term, the Latino constituency among others will look to see that immigration reform is delivered more fully over the next four years. Peter O’Dowd is the news director at KJZZ in Arizona and contributor to the Fronteras Desk and Congressman Luis Gutierrez is the Democratic representative to Illinois's fourth district.

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The Takeaway

A New Sign that President Obama Is Getting Serious About Prosecuting Financial Crime

Friday, January 25, 2013

President Obama announced yesterday that Mary Jo White, a former federal prosecutor, is his pick to serve as the next chairwoman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. If confirmed by the Senate, White will be the first prosecutor to head the S.E.C., suggesting that the Obama administration may be making a point of elevating financial crimes to the criminal level. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman discusses President Obama's pick.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Big Plan

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has unveiled his 2013-2014 budget. We discuss the $136.5 billion spending plan. Then, Reihan Salam of the National Review reflects on the President’s inaugural address. Plus: the parallel motivations of suicide bombers and rampage shooters; why recent rulings might protect what you post on social media – even if you’re dissing your boss; and your calls on the person who opened your eyes to a new way of thinking.

World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Foreign policy priorities for Obama's second term

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Foreign policy priorities for Obama's second term

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The Takeaway

The Issues at Hand: Education Reform Over the Next Four Years

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Shortly following the November elections, a Gallup poll revealed that 68 percent of Americans believe that President Obama will improve education in his second term. Education reporters Beth Fertig and Rob Manning explain whether the optimism is warranted.

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The Takeaway

President Obama's Civil Rights Report Card

Monday, January 21, 2013

In the midst of all of today's pageantry, it's worth taking a step back and looking at what President Obama has done with his first term, especially when it comes to civil rights. Jared Ball is associate professor of communication studies at Morgan State University. Ron Christie is a Republican political strategist.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

New Beginnings

Monday, January 21, 2013

Follow live coverage of the inauguration ceremony in Washington DC and hear the President’s address. Columnist Clarence Page offers his view from the national mall; Jodi Kantor of The New York Times talks about the President’s agenda; and historian Kenneth C. Davis talks about second term inaugurations throughout history. Plus: hear excerpts from Sunday’s Martin Luther King Jr. event at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

Slate Political Gabfest

Slate: The Elitist and Hypocrite Gabfest

Friday, January 18, 2013

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon. This week: The likelihood of gun control, the suicide of Aaron Swartz and an inauguration preview.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

President Obama's Gun Proposals

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Michael Scherer, White House correspondent for Time, discusses his cover story, "The Gunfighters", and President Obama's announcement of proposals to curb gun violence.

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On Being

Elizabeth Alexander — Words That Shimmer [remix]

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Poetry is something many of us seem to be hungry for these days. We're hungry for fresh ways to tell hard truths and redemptive stories, for language that would elevate and embolden rather than demean and alienate. Elizabeth Alexander shares her sense of

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On Being

[Unedited] Elizabeth Alexander with Krista Tippett

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Poetry is something many of us seem to be hungry for these days. We're hungry for fresh ways to tell hard truths and redemptive stories, for language that would elevate and embolden rather than demean and alienate. Elizabeth Alexander shares her sense of

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Transportation Nation

Your Guide to Biking to the Inauguration

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

(photo by Martin DiCaro)

No matter your mode of transportation to the second inauguration of President Barack Obama you will have to do a lot of walking, as D.C.'s police force will establish a large “hard perimeter” around the parade route closed to vehicular travel and bicycles. (A map of the restricted area is here.)

Before you begin to hoof it, however, the easiest way to get close to the National Mall may be on a bicycle.  Bicycling advocates expect thousands of people to pedal into downtown D.C. on Monday morning, and DDOT is taking steps to accommodate them.

For starters, there will be a large bicycle parking area established at 16th Street and I Street NW starting at 7 a.m.

“That’s going to hold about 700 bikes but you are going to want to bring your own lock.  It’s not valet parking but it will be supervised all day,” said DDOT planner Jim Sebastian.

As for Capital Bikeshare, there will be two special docking areas – corrals – that will accept an unlimited number of bikes: at Farragut Square in Northwest and at the USDA building at 12th Street and Independence Avenue Southwest.

“It’s essentially a bottomless station where you can come down and not have to worry about there being an empty space,” Sebastian said.

Starting today six bike share stations along the inaugural parade route will be temporarily dismantled. To make up for the closed stations, CaBi will open a temporary corral to accept bikes. You can see the list here.

For bicycling advocates, Monday presents an opportunity to show how much progress D.C. has made in becoming a bike-friendly city.

"This is going to be the first year that we have bike lanes on Pennsylvania Avenue during an inauguration, so President Obama is going to be riding down Pennsylvania Ave. and those bike lanes are going to be in all those photos,” said Greg Billing at the Washington Area Bicyclist Association. “This is a great time for us to show off to the nation that D.C. is a bike city and that we are setting an example that other cities around the country can follow.”

Remember the kerfuffle over bike share stations on the National Mall? Take a trip to March 2012 here.

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