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China's Ethnic Uighurs Stir Up Tension

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Takeaway considers some of the reasons for the recent violence in China's Xinjiang Province. 

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The Takeaway

News Quiz | Week of Aug. 22, 2014

Friday, August 22, 2014

Are you a newsie? Be smarter than your pals. Prep your dinner party factoids. Gauge your knowledge about what happened this week, as heard on The Takeaway.

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The Takeaway

War Against Ebola Rages On in Liberia

Friday, August 22, 2014

When it comes to the war being waged against Ebola, women are on the front lines. According to the Liberian Ministry of Health, 75 percent of Ebola victims in Liberia are women.

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On The Media

Congress Keeps Getting Banned From Wikipedia

Friday, August 22, 2014

For the third time this summer, Congressional IPs have been blocked from editing Wikipedia.
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The Takeaway

Alaska Sees Possibility of First Native Governor

Friday, August 22, 2014

Alaskan gubernatorial candidate Byron Mallott could become the state's first Native American governor, and only the second in the country's history.

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The Takeaway

When Does the U.S. Negotiate with Terrorists?

Friday, August 22, 2014

The public often hears the refrain, "The United States of America does not negotiate with terrorists.”  But is it really true that the U.S. makes no concessions to hostage-takers? 

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Morning Edition

Outside Group Mirrors Successful Strategies Of Political Parties

Friday, August 22, 2014

A U.S. Senate seat is up for grabs in Iowa, and the GOP has opened 11 field offices statewide. But there's also a new team working the state, the Virginia-based group Americans for Prosperity.

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Slate Political Gabfest

The "Why Isn't Everyone Rioting?" Edition

Friday, August 22, 2014

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and Mike Pesca. This week: The aftermath of Ferguson, a grisly provocation by ISIS, and a proposed lottery to spur voter turnout.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Hostage Negotiations, Battling Ebola, and Mad Men's Matthew Weiner

Friday, August 22, 2014

Does the U.S. really never negotiate with terrorists? Why are women dying more than men from Ebola? The Takeaway explores those questions, plus we have an inside look at "Mad Men."

Perry Says Ground Troops Must Be An Option Against Iraq Militants

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Texas governor exploring a 2016 presidential bid says the Islamic State is too big of a threat to take direct intervention off the table.

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The World

The extremists who killed James Foley are as brutal as they are Internet savvy

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Among the many disturbing aspects of the execution of journalist James Foley is the fact that it was part of a deliberate PR campaign. Groups like ISIS rely on hundreds of tech-savvy foreign fighters from the West to disseminate their radical vision — often with success.

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All Things Considered

McDonnell Takes The Stand, Founding Defense On Marital Dysfunction

Thursday, August 21, 2014

In the corruption trial of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, McDonnell took the stand as a witness. Jeff E. Schapiro, politics columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, discusses the testimony with Robert Siegel.

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All Things Considered

Senate Control May Swing On North Carolina's Unpopularity Contest

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan wants voters to punish her GOP challenger Thom Tillis, the speaker of the state House, for unpopular laws. Tillis wants to aim anger toward the president at Hagan.

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All Things Considered

Lawyers, Ready Your Pens: November Elections Could Mean Recounts

Thursday, August 21, 2014

With the electorate as polarized as ever and the promise of plenty of close House and Senate elections this November, lawyers are already preparing for the recounts that are almost certain to follow.

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The World

'In a dark place like Syria, just saying the truth is something more valuable than you can imagine'

Thursday, August 21, 2014

After surviving a siege and chemical weapons, Qusai Zakarya became an activist in his native Syria. Now in the US, he reflects on the death of "true martyr" James Foley, the American journalist who died at the hands of ISIS this week — and blasts the Obama administration for not acting in Syria.

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The World

They'll never admit it, but many countries pay ransoms to get their hostages back

Thursday, August 21, 2014

If you're being held hostage by terrorists overseas and you're French or Spanish, there's a good chance your government will find a way to free you — by paying a ransom through indirect means. If you're American or British, your best bet is to try and escape — or hope for a daring military raid.

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The Takeaway

Anna Deavere Smith on the Narrative of Ferguson

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Playwright and actress Anna Deavere Smith is known for her documentary-style plays about race in America. Here, she reflects on the narrative out of Ferguson.

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The Takeaway

The Frightening Power of ISIS Propaganda

Thursday, August 21, 2014

This week, ISIS sent a pointed message to the West with a brutal video showing the beheading of an American journalist. It's the latest tactic of a terror group with a robust PR wing.

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The World

A Trinidadian immigrant reflects on her hometown of Ferguson, Missouri

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ruffina Farrokh Anklesaria immigrated to the US from Trinidad 15 years ago. She settled in Ferguson, Missouri, and says she's seen the town's diversity transform. Right now, Anklesaria is teaming up with other members of the community to highlight the positive side of the small Missouri town, but she says as an immigrant, she still sees racial divisions in the US.

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The Takeaway

'Til Death Do Us Part': Inside South Carolina's Domestic Violence Epidemic

Thursday, August 21, 2014

In South Carolina, one woman dies every 12 days from domestic violence. Yet the problem is a silent epidemic, with more animal shelters than domestic violence centers in the state.

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