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Obama Hits the Campaign Trail

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

President Obama hits the campaign trail this week, stumping for some vulnerable Democrats. He starts his trip fundraising among Wall Street bankers, a group the White House is simultaneously chastising. Also, with his overall approval rating down to 51 percent, how much will the president's appearances help other candidates? We speak to New York Times Washington correspondent David Kirkpatrick; Bob Hennelly, who covers New Jersey for WNYC; and Ted Mann, political reporter for New London Day in Connecticut.

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This Week's Agenda With Marcus Mabry and Jonathan Marcus

Monday, October 19, 2009

Marcus Mabry, international business editor for our partner, The New York Times, and Jonathan Marcus, diplomatic correspondent for our partner, the BBC, look at the week ahead, primarily at the violence in central Asia. They will also peek ahead at what's going to happen with Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Eastern Europe, and examine the latest on Afghanistan's election controversy and how that will affect the White House's decision on troop levels there. All that and how the latest bombings in Iran affect ongoing meetings about their nuclear program.

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Why ‘chillaxing’ isn’t cool

Monday, October 19, 2009

Why ‘chillaxing’ isn’t cool

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Takeouts: Republicans, Stimulus, Listener Reactions

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

  • Washington Takeout: Julie Mason of The Washington Examiner talks about bickering in the Republican party. 
  • Business Takeout: New York Times reporter Louise Story on where the money from the second stimulus package will go. (Yes, we're likely to see a second one soon).
  • Listener Takeout: Listeners react to our coverage of President Obama's being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Frontline: Afghanistan and 'Obama's War'

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The photo of the flag raisers on Iwo Jima has long been an emblem of U.S. efforts in World War II; photos from My Lai still represent the Vietnam war for many. After eight years, however, there is still no single image that has defined the Afghan war. A new PBS/Frontline documentary, "Obama's War," contains footage and images of the war that hasn't been seen on American television screens until now.

The film begins with the death of a U.S. marine, Lance Corporal Seth Sharp, who is cut down by Taliban fire during a battle in Helmand province last summer. We speak with Seth's father, Ric Sharp, and Danfung Dennis, the photojournalist who captured the footage, about the power of images in the Afghan war. Martin Smith, co-director of "Obama's War," also joins us.

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Listener Takeout: Responses to President's Nobel Award

Monday, October 12, 2009

Your calls and emails came in all weekend about the news of President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize. We listen to what you had to say and compare responses from pundits and talk show hosts.

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Washington Takeout: President's Nobel Award Stokes GOP Outrage

Monday, October 12, 2009

President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize win caused an outcry among some Republicans, who say he does not deserve the honor. Will loud objections hurt the president — or the GOP? Julie Mason, White House correspondent for The Washington Examiner, looks for an answer.

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Comedy Responses to Obama's Nobel Win

Monday, October 12, 2009

Delaina Dixon, TV blogger from DelainaDixon.com, joins us to talk about the reaction over the weekend – particularly on the late-night talk shows – about President Obama's being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

"Our president is being recognized for trying to bring international humanitarian efforts to the world; isn't that something that we should actually be excited about?"
—Delaina Dixon, TV blogger, on President Obama's win

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[Web Special] Excuse me, Oslo, but didn’t the U.S. bomb the moon today?

Friday, October 09, 2009

Conventional thinking has me on the side of President Obama in that I, too, “do not feel that [he] deserve[s] to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who’ve been honored by [the Nobel Peace Prize].” (... continue reading)

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Reactions to President's Nobel Peace Prize Win

Friday, October 09, 2009

President Barack Obama has won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples,” according to the Nobel Committee in Oslo. We talk with the BBC's Lars Bevanger in Oslo, presidential historian Douglas Brinkley and New York Times correspondent Sheryl Gay Stolberg for their reactions.

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Former IAEA Director Reacts to Obama's Win

Friday, October 09, 2009

Hans Blix, former head of the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), reacts to President Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize win.

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Nobel Peace Prize History and Rationale

Friday, October 09, 2009

Taking a closer look at how the decision was made for President Obama to win the Nobel Peace Prize, we talk again with Paul Martin, professor and director for Human Rights Studies at Barnard Colleage at Columbia University. We also talk with John Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., who served under President George W. Bush.

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President Obama's Surprising Nobel Win

Friday, October 09, 2009

We continue our discussion about President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize win. With us this morning is Paul Martin, professor and director of Human Rights studies at Barnard College at Columbia University. We also talk with 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai for an international take on this surprise win.

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Washington Takeout: President's Nobel Win

Friday, October 09, 2009

Our Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, gives us an initial read on President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize win from D.C.

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President Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Friday, October 09, 2009

President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize early this morning for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples,” according to the Nobel Committee in Oslo. We take a look at the significance of this and a look back at the history of the prestigious award with Professor Paul Martin, director of Human Rights Studies at Barnard College, the BBC's Lars Bevanger reporting from Oslo, and New York Times reporter Alan Cowell.

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Michelle Obama's Genealogy Revealed

Thursday, October 08, 2009

How far back in your family tree can you go? Most people draw blanks if asked to go farther back than their great-grandparents. Our two guests, Rachel Swarns, Washington correspondent for The New York Times, and Megan Smolenyak, a genealogist, were able to discover details about Michelle Obama's ancestry that even the first lady didn't know.

For more, read Rachel Swarns' and Jodi Kantor's article, "In First Lady’s Roots, a Complex Path From Slavery," in The New York Times.

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More Troops to Afghanistan?

Monday, September 28, 2009

President Obama will soon face one of the most consequential decisions of his presidency: how to manage the war in Afghanistan. The fight right now is over troop levels. General Stanley McChrystal submitted a troop request to the Pentagon on Friday and spent the Sunday talk shows making the public case for his recommendations. We talk with BBC political correspondent Nick Childs.

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President to Meet with Israeli, Palestinian Leaders

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

President Obama is due to bring both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to a meeting at the U.N. in New York today. He'll be looking for ways to restart Middle East peace negotiations. The president wants Israel to stop settlement building in the West Bank, the Palestinians say they won't negotiate until that happens, and the Israelis seem leery of ordering a hard stop. We talk with BBC's Jon Donnison from the West Bank town of Ramallah and hear some Palestinian voices.

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Hail to the TV: President Obama on Letterman

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

In his ongoing effort to regain public momentum for health care reform, President Obama continued his media blitz yesterday by appearing on Late Night with David Letterman, finishing off a long weekend of media appearances.

Joining us are two people who were in the live studio audience. Fernando Deguia is an Obama supporter from Staten Island and Joanne Morgan, an Obama critic, saw the show while visiting New York City from Doha, Qatar.

Watch a clip of Obama on Late Night with David Letterman:

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This Week's Agenda with Marcus Mabry and Andrew Walker

Monday, September 21, 2009

It's Monday and that means it's time to check what's on the agenda this week. Marcus Mabry, International Business Editor for our partner, The New York Times, and Andrew Walker from the BBC, both join us as we talk about what to look for in the news this week: health care reform, the G20 meeting's start in Pittsburgh and the UN General Assembly's kickoff.  All that and the future of ACORN and New York Governor David Paterson.

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