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Wendell Pierce of 'The Wire' Reflects on Baltimore's Real-Life Struggle

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

As Bunk on "The Wire," Wendell Pierce lived and worked in Baltimore for years. He reflects on the fictionalized world of "The Wire," and the real-life problems of today.

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The Takeaway

Baltimore Burns as Anger Boils Over

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Chaos and violence broke out in the streets of Baltimore on Monday following the funeral service of Freddie Gray, an African-American man who was fatally injured while in police custody.

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The Takeaway

Mexico's Dia de la Revolución Turns Into Day of Violent Protest

Friday, November 21, 2014

Yesterday, the 104th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution became a moment of violent national protest—demonstrators threw Molotov cocktails and police responded with tear gas.

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Conducting Business

100 Years After Stravinsky's 'Rite,' Can Classical Music Still Shock?

Monday, April 29, 2013

The Rite of Spring is practically an audience favorite and rioting in concert halls is unthinkable. But is this a good thing? Does classical music need more scandal?

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The Takeaway

Anna Deavere Smith Reflects on Rodney King and LA Riots, 20 Years Later

Friday, April 27, 2012

On April 29, 1992, nearly 20 years ago, an all-white jury acquitted four white Los Angeles Police Officers in the case of Rodney King, a black motorist who suffered severe injuries after a brutal beating from the LAPD. South Los Angeles promptly exploded into riots that lasted six days, leaving more than 50 people dead, thousands injured, and $1 billion in damage. Anna Deavere Smith is an playwright, actress and author of "Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992," a one-woman show that Smith developed from interviews with 300 subjects involved in the Rodney King case and its aftermath. She reflects on the riots that tore the city apart, 20 years ago, and discusses whether and how police-community relations have changed since 1992.

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The Takeaway

Greek Austerity Cause Riots and Unrest

Monday, February 13, 2012

In Greece the government has passed the latest austerity measures needed to avoid a default. But they are not accepted by the people. There is a real, boiling anger, a sense that they have been betrayed by their own leaders and by their supposed partners in the European Union. The question this morning is whether Greece can be held together. Chris Morris with our partner the BBC was in Athens last night as the clashes unfolded.

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The Takeaway

Deadly Soccer Riots in Egypt Spark Conspiracy Theories

Thursday, February 02, 2012

The images of brutality are grim: 74 Egyptians dead but the scene is not Tahrir square in Cairo but a soccer field in the Egyptian city of Port Said. A riot at a soccer match between the team from Port Said and a team from Cairo is responsible for those fatalities and it has sent shock waves deep into Egyptian society already reeling from political chaos. 

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On The Media

Egypt's 'Girl In The Blue Bra'

Friday, December 23, 2011

A week ago footage of an anonymous woman, knocked to the ground in Cairo, dragged and beaten by Egyptian soldiers, ricocheted around the world.  During the attack the woman, unconscious, had her shirt pulled up over her head, exposing her blue bra.  Cairo journalist Issandr El Amrani tells Brooke how the 'blue bra girl' has become a potent symbol of Egypt's political turmoil.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

Slate: The Culture Gabfest, Yammering Yobs Edition

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner welcome Boston Globe film critic Wesley Morris to discuss the new film The Help. Later, the Gabfest team suggests their favorite method for summer reading. For the

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The Takeaway

Cameron Recruits US 'Supercop' to Advise on UK Gangs

Monday, August 15, 2011

British Prime Minister David Cameron has responded to last week's riots by bringing in outside counsel. On Saturday, Cameron announced that he’ll be seeking advisement from Bill Bratton, an American policeman with a history of combating street crime. Bratton served as New York City police commissioner under Rudy Guiliani, and as chief of police in Los Angeles he overhauled the police department after the 1992 Los Angeles riots. The British media are calling Bratton a "supercop," but the British Police have not taken kindly to the announcement.

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The Takeaway

UK's Youth Planning to be 'Poorer Than Their Parents'

Thursday, August 11, 2011

As riots and unrest continue to spread throughout England, some say they began with youths who are unhappy with the economic climate there. Throughout the U.K., there is a growing sense that many young people are going to face more difficult financial times than their parents' generation did. The future will bring fewer job opportunities and lower pensions, which will mature at a later date and come at a greater personal cost. Overall, there’s a feeling that politicians are inept to fix the nation’s economic problems.

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Features

London Riots Spread to Sony Warehouse

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

A Sony disc warehouse near Enfield, North London was set on fire before midnight on Monday. The warehouse manages the distribution in the U.K. and Ireland of packaged Sony media on Blu-ray, DVD and CD discs.

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The Takeaway

A Closer Look at the Streets of London

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Police in London say now 525 people have been arrested and one person is confirmed dead after three consecutive nights of rioting throughout Britain. Prime Minister David Cameron spoke earlier this morning outside Downing House in an attempt to pacify the violence. We've been hearing reports of looting and arson. Bristol resident Andy Valentine joins us to give us the view from the ground. Rob Watson from the BBC joins the show as well.

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WQXR News

Prime Minister Takes Control of Tunisia

Friday, January 14, 2011

Tunisian Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi has taken control of the country temporarily, as protests against President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali erupted throughout the country forcing him out, the Associated Press reported Wednesday afternoon.

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