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Is U.S. Credibility Really on The Line With Syria?

Thursday, September 05, 2013

If there were a word of the week, it would likely be credibility. As Congress debates authorizing military intervention in Syria in response to a chemical weapons attack last month, politicians are insisting that credibility is on the line. Nicholas Kristof, a columnist for the New York Times, weighs in on where America's credibility in the Middle East stands today—and what we stand to lose by not intervening.

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WNYC News

Interview: U.S. Rep. Grimm Withdraws Support for Attack on Syria

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Rep. Michael Grimm, who represents Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn, initially supported President Obama’s proposed plan to attack Syria, but has since changed his mind.

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The Takeaway

Satire, Syria & Late-Night Stumbles

Thursday, September 05, 2013

In entertainment the show must go on, but comedians are having some trouble with that old adage this week as the news out of Syria grows darker and more complex. Are comedians just baffled by how they should react, or have they taken sides on an issue that necessitates debate? With us to explain is P.J. Vogt, an On the Media producer and host of the new blog TLDR, which you can find at onthemedia.org.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Why Does Russia Care So Much About Syria Anyway?

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Russia has been a consistent supporter of Syria, most notably threatening to veto any UN action. But why? Washington Post foreign policy blogger Max Fisher explains Putin's thinking.

 

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G-20 Summit in Russia Tests Relations Between Obama and Putin

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Today marks day one of the G-20 summit in St. Petersburg, and the crisis in Syria will be hard to ignore due to the lingering tension between President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Joining us to explain is Edward Lucas, international editor of The Economist and author of “Deception: Spies, Lies and How Russia Dupes the West.”

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The Takeaway

British Lawmaker Calls for Second Vote on Syria

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Last week, British parliament voted against military intervention in Syria. The vote was a blow to Prime Minister David Cameron and to some British lawmakers who support an international effort of force in the region. Andrew Mitchell, a member of Parliament and former cabinet minister, explores Britain's option to hold a second vote on Syria.

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On The Media

Why is Syria Flummoxing American Satirists?

Thursday, September 05, 2013

It's hard to talk about the ideas or politics behind comedy news, because while we all know that they're important and influential, we also know that because they're entertainment, you can't talk seriously about them without sounding like a dummy. So let's sound like dummies for a moment!

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Why Congress Should be For or Against Intervention in Syria

Thursday, September 05, 2013

John Dickerson, chief political correspondent for Slate, discusses the reasons Congress members would be for and against military action in Syria and the possible outcomes of the Congressional vote.

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WNYC News

Where Does Your Member of Congress Stand on Syria? Where do You?

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Congress is debating President Obama's plan for a military strike on Syria. Here's where the 39 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and four U.S. Senators from New York and New Jersey stand on the President's proposal. Find out where your representative stands, and voice your opinion on WNYC and directly to your Member of Congress. 

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The Takeaway

When Should We Take a Digital Break?

Thursday, September 05, 2013

On Tuesday, U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) was caught playing video poker on his smartphone during the three hour meeting of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Is the poker game a sign that McCain needs a break? And if so, is a device the best way to get that break? Sherry Turkle, MIT technology and society specialist, weighs in.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Voting on Syria; Scarcity; City Council Races; TV Preview

Thursday, September 05, 2013

John Dickerson of Slate talks about the latest from Washington on the vote for action in Syria and how the legislative ledger is developing. Plus: a close look at the competitive City Council races in the five boroughs; Eldar Shafir, co-author of Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much; and Matt Zoller Seitz of New York Magazine previews this Fall’s TV season.

The Takeaway

A Syrian-American's Argument Against Intervention

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Physician Hadi Yaziji was born and raised in Syria. He now lives in Miami, Florida where he’s been following the news in Syria through the press and through conversations with friends and family still living there. As heart-breaking as the humanitarian crisis is, he feels strongly that a U.S. intervention in Syria would be disastrous. He explains why.

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The Takeaway

Oregon Rep. Kurt Schrader Argues Against U.S. Action in Syria

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Yesterday afternoon, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a resolution on military action in Syria. Before the Senate Committee vote, Democratic Congressman Kurt Schrader of Oregon’s 5th Congressional District came out in opposition of unilateral U.S. action against Syria. Congressman Schrader joins us from Canby, OR to discuss his views on the issue.

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The Takeaway

Is U.S. Credibility Really on The Line With Syria? | G-20 Summit in Russia Tests Relations Between Obama and Putin | When Should We Take a Digital Break?

Thursday, September 05, 2013

G-20 Summit in Russia Tests Relations Between Obama and Putin | G-20 Summit in Russia Tests Relations Between Obama and Putin | Is U.S. Credibility Really on The Line With Syria? | British Lawmaker Calls for Second Vote on Syria | When Should We Take a Digital Break? | Building ...

WNYC News

Addressing the Syrian Crisis in High Holy Day Sermons

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

The celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and the start of the Jewish High Holy Days, begins on Wednesday at sundown. In synagogues all over the region rabbis will be delivering sermons that attract a large number of people, and some plan to bring up the Syrian crisis.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Is a Syria Strike Illegal?

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Oona A. Hathaway, professor of international law at Yale Law School, discusses a potential strike on Syria in the context of international and domestic law.

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The Takeaway

Why Do Chemical Weapons Still Exist? | Takeaway Listener Talks U.S. Syria Intervention | What Does U.S. Intervention in Syria Mean for Israel?

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

What Does U.S. Intervention in Syria Mean for Israel? | Congressman Rick Nolan Speaks Out Against a Syria Strike | Was the N.F.L.'s $765 Million Settlement Fair? | Takeaway Listener Talks U.S. Syria Intervention & Gulf War Memories | Why Do Chemical Weapons Still Exist? | Outsiders: Challenging Society's Idea ...

The Takeaway

AP: Putin Issues Warning Over U.S. Action in Syria

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Putin issued a cryptic warning to the U.S. if it were to act without approval from the United Nations. "We have our ideas about what we will do," Putin said. "We have our plans." Joining The Takeaway to discuss Putin's warning is David Herszenhorn, reporter for our partner The New York.

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The Takeaway

Why Do Chemical Weapons Still Exist?

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Syria is estimated to have stockpiled approximately 1,000 tons of chemical weapons, raising questions about the future of chemical war in the region. Joseph Cirincione, president of Ploughshares Fund and a member of Secretary of State John Kerry's International Security Advisory Board, explains.

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