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Fact Checking the Debt Ceiling Debate

Friday, July 29, 2011

President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner presented dueling debt speeches this week in which each accused the opposing party of causing the debt ceiling impasse. Much of the press covered the speeches as political point and counterpoint and didn't spend much time fact checking what was said. Brooke spoke with FactCheck.org managing editor Lori Robertson who investigated the accuracy of speeches.

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The Takeaway

Analyzing Obama and Boehner's Dueling Speeches

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner both addressed the nation last night, explaining where each of their parties stand on the current debate over the debt ceiling. What impact did the speeches have?

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Obama Urges Compromise in Debt Talks

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

President Obama stood before the nation and pleaded with Congress to come to an agreement as soon as possible, in a prime-time speech to the American public last night. "We can't allow the American people to become collateral damage to Washington's political warfare," he said. House Speaker John Boehner immediately followed Obama's speech with his response, agreeing that the debate needs to be resolved, but urging Obama to sign on to the Republican proposal to raise the debt limit.

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Obama Now Tweets, But Is His Message Getting Across?

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Yesterday, President Obama held the first ever White House Twitter Town Hall meeting. The president fielded questions from Twitter users (asked in the site's standard 140 characters or less). But the president's answers were anything but concise. In fact, he responded to participants' questions with the same long-winded, professorial rhetoric he's been criticized for throughout his presidency. Obama's ability to address his base and stimulate audiences was perhaps his greatest strength as a candidate in 2008. This begs the question: Why has President Obama failed to properly get his messages across to the American people since then?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Speech! Speech!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Bestselling author Sarah VowellThis American Life host Ira Glass, and actor, writer, comedian, and Daily Show correspondent John Oliver round up some "Great Speeches & Other Outbursts" to benefit the education nonprofit 826NYC.

Listeners: what do you think is one of the greatest speeches or public outbursts… of all time? Call in or comment here!

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Achievement Metrics

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Michael Agger, Slate senior editor, discusses the Ohio-based company Achievement Metrics and their use of speech analysis on NFL draft prospects. They use speech analysis to look for specific traits and compare similar players by correlating certain traits with future performance. Achievement Metrics grew out of a company called Social Science Automation, which does most of its work for the United States government.

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Obama to Push Immigration Reform in Texas Speech

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

President Obama first made his case for immigration reform on the national stage during the 2008 campaign. Many advocates say they have yet to see that fight play out, but on Tuesday, the president will give a speech to college students and faculty from the University of Texas in El Paso to talk about reform, once again.

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Previewing President Obama's Budget Speech

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

President Obama is set to deliver a much anticipated speech 1:30 p.m. at George Washington University in Washington. The speech will detail his long-term plans for reducing the nation's deficit. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent says that the president will have to prepare the public for tough decisions as he faces the debt.

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Obama: Libya Action Necessary to Protect American Principles

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

President Barack Obama stood before the nation yesterday and explained our role in the allied forces air assault on Libya and its embattled leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi. While he recognized Americans' hesitation for more involvement in the Middle East, the President said that Libya represented a unique situation and a challenge to American ideas about freedom and human decency. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, has reactions from Washington to the speech. Dirk Vandewalle, professor of government at Dartmouth and the author of, "A History of Modern Libya," looks at how President Obama's speech will impact the current situation in Libya. 

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Analysis: President Obama's Speech on Libya

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

President Obama has faced criticism from the left and the right regarding his decision to join coalition forces in enforcing a no-fly zone in Libya. The President addressed those critics last night in a speech to the nation, saying he was committed to keeping American troops off the ground. He also appealed to our morality by saying, “I refused to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action.” David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, dissects Obama's speech in terms of policy and how it might play in the capital.

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The Grammar Police on 'You Are What You Speak'

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

From English teachers to grammar grouches, people have been complaining for generations that the English language is going down the drain. As they see it, our vocabularies are shrinking, our grammar is abysmal, and we’ve all but forgotten about how to punctuate (?!). Carol Shaffer is one of those grammar grouches. A former teacher, she’s also the founder of the website Grammarpolice.com, which has been pointing out language usage errors for fifteen years. Robert Lane Greene has a different perspective. The author of the new book, “You Are What You Speak,” he thinks what some people see as errors are in fact evolution.

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Obama Faces State Governors

Monday, February 28, 2011

WNYC

"Make yourself feel at home," President Obama said as he began his speech to the National Governor's Association on Monday, "but for those of you interested in the next election, I don't mean that literally."

After a laugh (from the president and governors alike), Obama launched into his speech, discussing states' flexibility in the controversial health care act; federal spending on infrastructure, research and innovation; the state and federal budget crises; and, of course, the public work force. In the wake of the budget protests in Wisconsin and with an audience of state leaders, the President gave a veiled jab at the state's ongoing battle.

Obama spoke to the delegation of Governors at the White House. Vice President Biden, Dr. Jill Biden and the First Lady also spoke at the gathering on Monday.

 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Stuttering

Friday, January 28, 2011

Some three million Americans stutter, and as the Oscar-nominated film "The King's Speech" shows, it affects kings and commoners alike. Dr. Barry Guitar, Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders, as well as Psychology, University of Vermont, and Chamonix Olsen Sikora, speech therapist and executive director of the American Institute for Stuttering, explain what stuttering is, and discuss its causes and treatments. 

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Comments Roundup: What Brings Us Together?

Thursday, January 13, 2011

WNYC
Its a breath of fresh air to hear a discussion about what unites us, instead of what divides us. Why does it always take a tragedy to bring this home?

John Mattheson The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Takeaway

Obama Offers Words of Comfort at Arizona Shooting Memorial

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Presidents throughout history have had to deliver speeches in the wake of tragedy to comfort the nation. Ronald Reagan did so after the Challenger explosion; Bill Clinton after the Oklahoma City bombing and Columbine shootings; and George W. Bush after 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the Virginia Tech shootings. President Obama is set to deliver his own speech tonight in Arizona to try and comfort a nation following the shooting of twenty people, that left six dead. How will President Obama approach the events, and their political impliations, from the scene of the tragedy?

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The Takeaway

Assignment: The Way You Say Things

Friday, November 12, 2010

Every  Monday, we give you an assignment to record audio or video, or take a picture on our iPhone app. Every Friday, we put together the best submissions and talk about them on the air.

This week, the words you say that you think are different from the way everyone else says them.

Accents differ from place to place and change from time to time. We’re tracking them with your help. And at Yale University, they just started a project where they’re trying to track dialects across all of North America.

Takeaway digital editor Jim Colgan curates some of the submissions and shows how the way he pronounces his words gets in the way of buying movie tickets.

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President Obama's Jakarta Speech: Reactions

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

President Obama continues his Asia trip this week with a stop in Indonesia, to emphasize American ties with the Muslim country. In a speech to Indonesians last night, the President sought to highlight those bonds; he did so by recalling his time growing up in Jakarta. Did Obama succeed in reaching out to Indonesia, which has the largest Muslim population in the world?

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The Washington Report

WQXR's The Washington Report

Monday, November 01, 2010

The NYT's David Sanger joins Kerry Nolan to talk about the terror scare in the mail from Yemen, as well as the death of JFK speech writer and confidant, Theodore Sorenson.

The Takeaway

Do We Care About the President's Iraq Speech?

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

President Obama addressed the country last night, marking the official end of U.S. combat operations in Iraq. Balancing his own former opposition to the war with congratulating the troops required Obama, a gifted orator, to thread several rhetorical needles, but a larger question remains: do people care what Obama had to say about Iraq?

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70th Anniversary of the Battle Of Britain and Churchill's Famous Speech

Friday, August 20, 2010

On August 20, 1940 Adolf Hitler and his Nazi army looked unstoppable. With the United States still remaining neutral in the war, Great Britain was the soul protector of Europe. The country was being constantly bombarded by German air raids, and morale was low when UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill took the microphone and uttered these famous words: Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few

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