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The Ever Changing Syria Story

Friday, September 13, 2013

The conversation about American strikes in Syria shifted this week, after Bashar Al-Assad suggested he would surrender his chemical weapons, and President Obama called on Congress to delay a decision on missile strikes. Bob takes a look at this week's Syria developments in the media, including the supposed gaffe by Secretary of State John Kerry that may have allowed the US to avoid going to war.

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Syria, Congress and the Federal Reserve

Monday, September 02, 2013

Kerry Nolan speaks with New York Times Chief Washington Correspondent David Sanger about President Obama's decision to seek Congressional approval before taking military action in Syria. Sanger also looks at the candidates for the Chair at the Federal Reserve.


President Obama to Be Greeted by Anti-Fracking Protesters

Monday, August 19, 2013

President Obama is planning on visiting upstate New York this week to promote an education plan. But whenever a major politician visits the region, the issue of fracking is often on the agenda, whether they like it or not. 

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Shuttered Embassies, Snowden's Asylum and Congress' Summer Break

Monday, August 05, 2013

Kerry Nolan speaks with New York Times' chief Washington correspondent David Sanger about the story behind the closure of 19 Embassies and missions in the Middle East and elsewhere in Africa; also, what happens to US/Russia relations now that Edward Snowden has been given temporary asylum in Russia; and Congress starts its' summer break without resolving key budget issues. What happens when they get back?

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Open Phones: An Interracial, Intergenerational Conversation About Race in America

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

In the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting, President Obama spoke about how young people have a different view of race than his generation. "[A]s difficult and challenging as this whole episode has been for a lot of people, I don’t want us to lose sight that things are getting better," he said. "Each successive generation seems to be making progress in changing attitudes when it comes to race." We take calls from young people, parents, and others – how do young people view race differently from previous generations? Does it have to do with just being young, or with societal progress? Share your thoughts in the comments section below, or call in to 212-433-9692.

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Obamacare Rollout; Sequester Cuts; Amsterdam Bikes

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Sarah Kliff of the Washington Post checks in on the progress of the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act, and what the policy will mean for women. Plus: a look at what the sequester cuts means for research labs in the area. Then, details from the Save the Children report about conditions for mothers and newborns around the world; what New York City can learn from Amsterdam’s bike culture; and the growing culture of domesticity.

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The Winners and Losers of President's Budget

Thursday, April 11, 2013

President Obama laid out the details of his budget proposal yesterday, which includes spending cuts, tax increases, and new spending. Heidi Moore, finance and economics editor for the Guardian, offers her take on the winners and losers if this budget passes. 

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On Day One

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor discusses her life on the high court and the story of how she got there. Plus: President Obama's second inaugural address; the terrifying prospect of waking up during anesthesia; and the NPR quiz show Ask Me Another.

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Means and Measures

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Time Magazine’s Michael Scherer examines the political context of the President’s proposals to curb gun violence, and what kind of obstacles there might be in Washington. Plus: Paul Barrett, author of Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun, reports on his visit to a gun trade show and the economics of the gun industry. Then, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey discusses what the supermarket chain means to food and business; and Ina May Gaskin on her role in the midwifery movement.

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President Obama Press Conference

Monday, January 14, 2013

Ben Smith, editor in chief of Buzzfeed, gives his analysis of the President's press conference, originally scheduled for 11:15 this morning. It will be the final press conference in his first term. 

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Two Congressmen on the National Defense Authorization Bill

Friday, December 16, 2011

The National Defense Authorization Act for next year has been met with criticism by civil liberties organizations for provisions that they say would allow American citizens suspected of terrorist activities to be detained indefinitely. As the House and Senate work on versions of the bill, President Obama has quietly withdrawn a veto threat for the legislation — something he campaigned on as a presidential candidate in 2008. A Gallup from August shows that 71 percent of Americans believe basic civil liberties should not be violated, even if doing so would prevent terrorist attacks. 

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Mayor Suggests 'Misunderstanding' Be Worked Out Over a Beer

Wednesday, September 07, 2011


Mayor Michael Bloomberg took a page from President Barack Obama, and suggested a "beer summit" to work out the tensions caused after police officers shoved and handcuffed two black city officials who said they had permission to walk on a blocked off sidewalk during the West Indian American Day Parade.

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If U.S. Troops Leave Afghanistan, Who Are Our Enemies?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

President Obama says he’s withdrawing troops from Afghanistan because they have satisfied their mission. So does that also mean we no longer have enemies there- we find out soon, on The Takeaway.

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There's No One as Irish as... Barack Obama?

Monday, May 23, 2011

We’ve heard a lot about President Obama’s ethnic background since the 2008 election: his father from Kenya, his childhood in Hawaii and Indonesia. Few of us remember that the President's mother’s family came to the U.S. from Ireland. But the tiny village of Moneygall, Ireland hasn’t forgotten. Today they’re getting ready to celebrate the president as he visits his ancestral hometown for the first time. Barry Williams is a Moneygall resident - he says that many presidents have come through Ireland looking for ancestral roots.


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Steve Coll on the Middle East

Friday, May 20, 2011

Steve Coll, president of the New America Foundation and contributor to the New Yorker, reacts to President Obama's speech and discusses the Arab Spring and the U.S. reaction.

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President Obama to Visit Memphis

Monday, May 16, 2011

President Barack Obama is headed to Memphis to meet with families and local officials who have struggled through flooding caused byt he Mississippi River. The president will also give a commencement address at Booker T. Washington High School, which has seen its graduation rates rise remarkably in just three years. Bill Dries, reporter for the Memphis Daily News reports.


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President Obama and "Gang of Six" Take on Federal Deficit

Monday, April 11, 2011

NYT's David Sanger weighs in on two plans to reduce the federal deficit, which now stands at more than $14 trillion.


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How Middle East Revolutionaries Would View a Shutdown

Friday, April 08, 2011

Nicholas Kristof, columnist for The New York Times and Mina al Oraibi, Washington D.C. Bureau Chief for the Arab-language newspaper Asharq al Awsat talk about the view of the U.S. government shutdown from the Arab world. As revolutions have spread throughout the Middle East this year, American politicians have had a lot to say about the importance of democracy in the region. But today, as the U.S. government teeters on the brink of a shutdown, do these words ring hollow to Arab revolutionaries? What would a shutdown look like to the countries fighting for democracy in the Middle East?

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How to Prosecute a Terrorist

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

The Obama administration made a bold decision in November 2009 that divided the country, which was still scarred by the events of September 11, 2001. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the self-proclaimed mastermind of 9/11, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and four other detainees allegedly tied to the attacks, would be tried in a civilian court in New York City, just blocks away from where the Twin Towers stood. After battling Congress for over a year, Holder reversed his decision and announced yesterday those same men will now be tried before a military commission at the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

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Japan's Radioactive Water and Obama on Libya

Monday, March 28, 2011

NYT's David Sanger weighs in on President Obama's upcoming speech on U.S. military involvement in Libya and radioactive water at Japan's damaged nuclear plant.

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