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This Week's Agenda: Obama Out West, Government Shutdown Looms

Monday, September 26, 2011

It's Monday morning, which means we're looking at the agenda for the week ahead. President Obama will make a west coast trip this week, hitting Seattle, the San Francisco Bay area, San Diego, Los Angeles and Denver, raising funds for his re-election campaign and advocating for his jobs bill. Back in Washington, D.C., Congress is in the midst of another stalemate over government funds. Meanwhile, some key economic indicators will be released this week, including home sales figures and consumer confidence reports.

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The Takeaway

Follow Up: Women Fight for Their Right to Drive in Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Around the world, driving is a common part of a woman's everyday life, but in Saudi Arabia, religious edicts prevent women from being able to practice this simple act—even though it’s not technically illegal for them to do so. Saudi women decided to quietly and peacefully revolt last Friday, by driving. Many drove their cars, or rode with other female friends who hold international drivers’ licenses; and they plan to continue doing so in the days and weeks ahead.

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Transportation Nation

TN MOVING STORIES: Racial Profiling At Newark Liberty Airport -- Digital Displays Coming to More NYC Subway Cars

Friday, June 17, 2011

Newark Airport (photo by Masck/Flickr)

Racial profiling apparently became common practice at Newark Airport, and now lawmakers want to know why. (Star-Ledger)

The NYC MTA says East Side Select Bus Service increased ridership by 30%. (DNA Info)

Budget woes and high gas prices are causing Illinois to cut back school bus service. (Chicago Tribune)

New York may bring automated station announcements and digital displays to 1,700 more subway cars. (New York Times)

Toyota says full vehicle production will return to North America in September -- faster than expected. (Bloomberg)

Women in Saudi Arabia are agitating for the right to drive. (The Takeaway)

A New York Daily News op-ed says that NYC DOT commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan killed a City Council plan to put livery cab stands in outer boroughs.

Parking a pickup truck overnight in Coral Gables, Florida -- even in a driveway -- could cost residents a $100 ticket. (USA Today)

Taxi data could be mined to solve public transit problems. (The Urbanophile)

Plans for a High Line-style park are moving ahead in Chicago. (Red Eye Chicago)

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The Takeaway

Bob Graham: From Senator to Novelist

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Bob Graham has accomplished a lot in his career. He served as governor, then senator of Florida, and on the 9/11 Congressional Inquiry Commission. Former Sen. Graham can now add “novelist” to his long list of achievements. His new book is called "Keys to the Kingdom: A Novel of Suspense." And while it’s fiction, some of the events and characters in the book bear a striking resemblance to former Graham’s real life. 

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The Takeaway

Saudi Arabia's Only Female Driver Takes to the Wheel

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Arab Spring may not have blown through Saudi Arabia in any evident way, but small changes and protests are taking place.  For the past few days, a woman has been driving openly around the city of Jeddah. It is legal for women to drive, but society does not allow it, says Najla Hariri, who is believed to be the only female driving openly in a major Saudi city, though some women are occasionally understood to drive in desert areas. BBC reporter Michael Buchanan went for a drive with Najla Hariri.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Saudi Connection

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Caryle Murphy correspondent for GlobalPost, The Christian Science Monitor and author of Passion for Islam: Shaping the Modern Middle East: The Egyptian Experience, talks about Saudi Arabia's role in the unrest in the Middle Eastern protests, as Saudi troops are in Bahrain and Libya.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Backstory: The House of Saud

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Saudi Royal family has been a close ally with the United States for decades; they are also one of the most repressive regimes in the Middle East. Madawi Al-Rasheed, Professor of Anthropology of Religion at Kings College, London, looks into the history of the family, how they rule the country with an iron fist and why a nascent protest movement there has been suppressed.

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It's A Free Country ®

Libyan Unrest and Gas Prices Here

Friday, February 25, 2011

[Prices] are not being moved by fundamentals. Supply is ample...What you have instead is a price being driven merely by the amount of money that flows into oil as an asset class, which in fact the oil market, or any commodity market, was never intended to be—an investment, a bet or a wager. In fact, it's become that, so when these geopolitical things happen you have this flood of money into a marketplace that was never designed to accept it, and you have an enormous spike in prices.

Dan Dicker, author of Oil's Endless Bid: Taming the Unreliable Price of Oil to Secure Our Economy, on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Takeaway

After Largest Protests in Bahrain, King Visits Saudi Leader

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Demonstrations have continued all week in Bahrain, with the largest movement on Tuesday night when more than 100,000 packed into Pearl Square. Protesters there are calling for the disolution of the government and a real constitutional monarchy. Following Tuesday's demonstration, Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa visited Saudi Arabia, a close ally and neighbor, to discuss the political unrest in the region. We get the latest from Michael Slackman, foreign correspondent for The New York Times; he is currently on the ground in Bahrain.

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The Takeaway

Will Saudi Arabia See Reforms?

Monday, February 21, 2011

Relatively speaking, it's not a very good time to be a member of a royal family in the Middle East. Even though their position of power seems more secure than in some neighboring countries, Saudia Arabia's leaders were shaken by the departure of a strong ally, Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak. If more important Saudi allies, like Bahrain, fall to the protestors, what will it mean for the royal family?

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It's A Free Country ®

Bahrain 101: Putting the Unrest in Context

Thursday, February 17, 2011

I think the US is going to everything it can to keep a distance on many levels... It doesn’t want to have the image of an outside force causing the disruption in any of these countries. I really think that they are on their own.

— Steve LeVine of "The Oil and the Glory" blog at Foreign Policy on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Washington Report

WQXR's The Washington Report

Monday, February 14, 2011

NYT's David Sanger weighs in on President Hosni Mubarak's resignation and what this means for the rest of the region.

It's A Free Country ®

Prospects for Peace in the Middle East?

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

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It's interesting to see today that the demonstrators in Egypt or Tunisia, for that fact, are not talking about Israel, are not talking about America, are not talking about regional issues. They are talking about their own domestic affairs and that, in my view, is healthy.

Marwan Muasher, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, on the Brian Lehrer Show

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Transportation Nation

A Life Refining, Mining and Drilling into the Earth

Friday, July 09, 2010

Refineries, open-pit mines, and mining camps can seem like remote locations. Unless they are your father's photographic obsessions. Over at the WNYC culture page, writer Carolina Miranda muses on her engineer father's five decades of snapshots of oil refineries, open pit mines, and mining camps.  At left, a view of the Caletones copper smelting project in the Andes, as captured by Felipe Miranda in 1968.

We write about oil and energy, all the time at Transportation Nation, but these photos tell the story from a whole new angle. Literally.  --Andrea Bernstein

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