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Gabfest Radio

The I See a Red Line and I Want To Paint It Black Edition

Saturday, August 31, 2013

On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the President’s plan to attack Syria. They also discuss the debt ceiling, immigration, and other challenges that confront Congress on its return to session.

Then on the Culture Gabfest portion of the show, our critics discuss the The World’s End, the final film in Edgar Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy. The film follows five childhood friends who reunite in middle age to conquer the Golden Mile—a herculean beer binge across 12 pubs in the fictional Newton Haven, England—and find themselves in a position to save the world. The gabfest reviews the film and situates it among this summer’s other apocalypse parodies.

Next, with the help of Slate critic Aisha Harris, the gabbers take on Miley Cyrus’ now-viral performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, which featured an African-American dance crew, a twerking Miley, and a foam finger in all the wrong places. Was it racist? Over-sexed? Or just terribly awkward? Lastly, the gabfest celebrates the end of summer with a discussion of amusement parks: their hedonism, romance, and iconic place in an American summer.

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The Takeaway

Kerry: "High Confidence" Syria Used Chemical Weapons

Friday, August 30, 2013

Bill Keller, former executive editor of The New York Times reflects on the similarities between Iraq and Syria. UPDATE: Secretary of State John Kerry addressed the world on Friday afternoon, saying that the United States has "high confidence" that the regime of Bashar al-Assad carried out a chemical attack last week outside of the Syrian capital of Damascus. Kerry said that the U.S. government now knows that at least 1,429 Syrians were killed in the attack, including at least 426 children.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Public Opinion on Syria

Friday, August 30, 2013

Dante Chinni, director of the American Communities project, a collaboration including The Wall Street Journal, PBS NewsHour, and WNYC radio that studies politics, socio-economics, and culture in a time of change, discusses his analysis of U.S. public opinion on involvement in Syria.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What's Next in Syria?

Friday, August 30, 2013

Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and author of Foreign Policy Begins at Home: The Case for Putting America's House in Order, talks about how the international community should respond to the ongoing crisis in Syria.

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WNYC News

'High Confidence' That Syria Used Chemical Weapons, Kerry Says

Friday, August 30, 2013

The Obama administration says it has "high confidence" that Syria's government carried out a chemical weapons attack last week outside Damascus, the capital - killing 1,429 people. Listen to Secretary Kerry's remarks and read the administration report.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Anthony Weiner; Syria; Possible Polling Problems; NYPD

Friday, August 30, 2013

→ Special Coverage at Noon: Secretary Kerry Remarks on Syria

Anthony Weiner, former US Congressman and now Democratic candidate in the mayoral primary, answers listener questions about his proposals for the future of the city. Plus, Greg David of Crain’s New York Business warns listeners not to read too much into mayoral polling; Murray Weiss of DNAinfo reviews recent developments with the NYPD; the latest on the ongoing crisis in Syria and how the US might get involved; and what we know about public opinion on the conflict.

WNYC News

In Possible Intervention in Syria, Bosnian New Yorkers See Their Experience

Thursday, August 29, 2013

For some Bosnian New Yorkers, the events in Syria have brought back memories of a time when they waited for the U.S. to intervene in their country.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Doctors Without Borders Leaves Somalia

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Humanitarian aid group Doctors Without Borders announced earlier this month that it will withdraw from operations in Somalia. And last week, it revealed that medical centers were flooded with patients showing signs of exposure to toxic nerve agents around the time of the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria. Sophie Delaunay, Executive Director of Doctors Without Borders in the United States, talks about these recent developments, as well as the challenges and ethics of providing medical care in war-torn countries.

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

Dexter Filkins and George Packer on Obama's Syria dilemma.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Dexter Filkins and George Packer on Obama's Syria dilemma.

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The Takeaway

Syria: "Hit These People & Hit Them Very Hard"

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Pressure is mounting on how the U.S. and its western allies will respond in Syria and whether force will be used without a U.N. mandate. Ambassador Christopher Hill, Dean of the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, former U.S. ambassador to Iraq, and former U.S. special envoy to negotiations over Kosovo and North Korea, discusses the evolving role of the United Nations, and what is required for lasting political change in Syria.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

A Case for US Intervention in Syria

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Michael Weiss, columnist for NOW Lebanon and editor-in-chief of The Interpreter magazine, and Andrew Tabler, senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and author of the book In the Lion's Den: An Eyewitness Account of Washington's Battle with Syria, discuss why the US should make an effort to bring down the Assad regime in Syria.

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The Takeaway

Iran Warns of Israel Attack Should U.S. Strike Syrian Targets

Thursday, August 29, 2013

In response to reports that the Obama administration was considering military strikes on Syria, Iranian officials issued a stark warning against U.S. involvement in the region, saying any military strike on Syria would lead to Iran launching a retaliatory attack on Israel fanned by “the flames of outrage.” Afshon Ostovar, Iran analyst with CNA, a not-for-profit research and analysis organization, explains what's behind this rhetoric.

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The Takeaway

As Syrian Conflict Enters New Phase, Possibilities for a U.S. Intervention

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

What exactly would a U.S. response in Syria entail remains unclear. Ambassador Kurt Volker, former United States Permanent Representative to NATO, and Phyllis E. Oakley, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State and adjunct lecturer at Johns Hopkins School, consider likely possible U.S. responses.

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WNYC News

Explainer: What's Going On In Syria

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Obama Administration is planning a military intervention in Syria. In case you just started following the story now, here's what you need to know. UPDATED with information from Obama's Saturday speech.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Why the Times Website Went Down, and What It Has To Do With Syria

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The New York Times joined a group of media organizations that have sustained recents attacks by the Syrian Electronic Army. Times technology reporter Nicole Perlroth explains yesterday's attack on the Times that caused its website to go down, what the SEA hopes to accomplish, and what we know about their possible ties to the Syrian government.

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The Takeaway

Syrian Conflict Enters New Phase | The March on Washington & Future of the Civil Rights Movement | The Film Industry is Leaving Hollywood Behind

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

As Syrian Conflict Enters New Phase, Possibilities for a U.S. Intervention | Roundtable: The March on Washington & Future of the Civil Rights Movement | Fires Continue To Rage Around Yosemite National Park | The Film Industry is Leaving Hollywood Behind | New Report Shows Ohio Police Secretly Use Facial Recognition ...

WNYC News

Middle Eastern New Yorkers Divided on U.S. Involvement in Syria

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

As the U.S. weighs a possible military intervention in Syria after an alleged chemical attack on civilians outside of Damascus last week, immigrants in the metro area from countries involved in the Arab Spring are divided about how involved the U.S. should be in Syria.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

US Military Intervention in Syria?

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Aaron David Miller, vice president at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a former US Mideast negotiator and advisor, discusses the US's options for military intervention in Syria. 

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The Takeaway

U.S. Weighs Intervention in Syria

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Michael Singh, former senior director for Middle East affairs at the National Security Council, believes the U.S. must intervene, or risk losing all credibility in the region. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Syria Options; Rating College; Story of "The Butler"; Queens BP

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

As the situation in Syria heats up and the international community weighs intervention, Aaron David Miller of the Woodrow Wilson International Center discusses options for the U.S. Plus: a look at President Obama's proposal about how to rate and value colleges; the candidates running to be the Queens Borough President; Wil Haygood, the Washington Post columnist who wrote the story that inspired the new movie "The Butler," and the history of the obsession with immortality.