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The Takeaway

Pressure Mounts for the United States and Allies to Respond in Syria

Monday, August 26, 2013

Last week, it's believed a chemical attack was carried out in Syria. Lara Setrakian is a journalist and the founder of Syria Deeply. She joins The Takeaway to discuss the latest attacks and the possible response to come from the United States and its allies. P.J. Crowley, a former Department of State spokesperson and currently a professor at George Washington University, provides a sense of the military and non-military options being considered in Washington, D.C. 

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The Washington Report

President Obama, Syria and the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King's speech

Monday, August 26, 2013

Kerry Nolan  speaks with New York Times Chief Washington Correspondent David Sanger about the ongoing crisis in Syria; and he takes a look at the challenge facing a president who has to note a significant anniversary without overshadowing it.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Alleged Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

Friday, August 23, 2013

Karen DeYoung, senior National Security correspondent and associate editor of The Washington Post, discusses the latest claims of a deadly chemical attack on activists in Syria, and whether or not it constitutes a "red line" that could force action on the part of the U.S.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Joe Lhota; Syrian Chemical Warfare; Pre-K Education; Dual Citizenship

Friday, August 23, 2013

Former MTA chairman and Republican mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota discusses his campaign and takes your calls about the race. Plus: Karen DeYoung of The Washington Post explains what the latest claims of chemical attacks on Syrian activists means for U.S. policy; how dual citizenship works in the U.S., and why someone (like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz) might renounce their ties to a country; and the future of universal pre-K education in NYC.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Covering the Conflict and Unspoken Crimes in Syria

Monday, August 12, 2013

Janine di Giovanni discusses covering the conflict in Syria and talks about reports that rape has become an epidemic in Syria and in refugee camps as both sides seek to de-stabilize, frighten, and ruin the other. But unearthing the stories is difficult, and often impossible, because women in Syria face dire political, personal, and familiar consequences if they admit to being victims. Her article “Syria’s Unspoken Crimes” appears in the August issue of Vanity Fair. She’s also the author of Ghosts by Daylight: Love, War, and Redemption.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Covering Crimes in Syria; a Slave Plantation on Long Island; Peter Gethers' Novel, Ask Bob; Traveling for Cheaper Health Care

Monday, August 12, 2013

Journalist Janine di Giovani talks about how rape is being used as a weapon of war by both sides in the Syrian conflict. We’ll look at Long Island’s Sylvester Manor, which was founded as a northern slave plantation more than 300 years ago. Peter Gethers talks about his novel, Ask Bob, about a veterinarian who should follow the advice he shares in his weekly newspaper column. And New York Times reporter Elisabeth Rosenthal discusses the latest installment in her year-long series about the cost of health care in the US.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Kelly McEvers' "Bad Year"

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Kelly McEvers, NPR's Beirut bureau chief, talks about the latest on the violence in Syria, and her new documentary "Diary of a Bad Year", which chronicles her life as a war correspondent, and explores why war reporters keep going back into conflict.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Veteran Issues; NYPD On Tape; Jane Austen Super Fans

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

WNYC politics reporter Brigid Bergin talks about the Campaign Finance Board’s decision to prohibit mayoral candidate John Liu from receiving public matching funds, and what that means for his campaign. Plus: Kelly McEvers, NPR’s Beirut bureau chief, discusses her reporting in Syria; Tom Tarantino of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America talks about its 2013 veterans survey and the issues veterans face; Village Voice writer and author Graham Rayman on his new book The NYPD Tapes: A Shocking Story of Cops, Cover-Ups, and Courage; and a story about super passionate fans of Jane Austen and what it says about fanatics in general. 

The Brian Lehrer Show

Middle East News Round-Up

Monday, July 29, 2013

Leila Hilal, director of the Middle East Task Force at the New America Foundation, talks about the discussions between Israeli and Palestinian representatives in Washington, the unrest in Egypt, and the latest on Syria.

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The Takeaway

Pentagon Presents $1B Per Month Plan for U.S. Action in Syria

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Pentagon has plan for military options for U.S. involvement in Syria could cost well over $1 billion per month. And officials say that once we're involved, it won't be a short visit. Coming out of two costly, deadly and lengthy wars, the Pentagon's options may not sound all that appealing on Capitol Hill, or to the American people. Peter Mansoor, professor of military history at Ohio State University, previously served as executive officer to General David Petraeus. He joins The Takeaway to discuss the Pentagon's plan. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Secretary Kerry in the Middle East

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Aaron David Miller, Middle East analyst and vice president for new initiatives and a distinguished scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, discusses Secretary of State John Kerry's push for a Middle East peace process. Plus: updates on the U.S. role in Syria.

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The Takeaway

Is the Media's Reporting on Syria Based in Reality?

Friday, July 05, 2013

Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondent for The Independent, just returned from Syria and he views media reports on the country with a skeptical eye. In fact, Cockburn, a veteran foreign correspondent, says he can't think of any other war or crisis he's covered in which propagandist, biased or second-hand sources have been so readily accepted as fact.

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The Takeaway

Egypt: Is it A Coup or a Popular Revolution? | San Fran Transit Workers Temporarily End Strike | Is the Media's Reporting on Syria Based in Reality?

Friday, July 05, 2013

Egypt: Is it A Coup or a Popular Revolution? | Transit Workers in San Fran Temporarily End Strike as Talks Continue | Is the Media's Reporting on Syria Based in Reality? | Olympians Of A Certain Age | Renewed Call to Change Redskins Mascot Raises Questions About Global Brands 

The Takeaway

Number of Displaced Surge as Conflict in Syria Continues

Friday, June 21, 2013

Throughout Syria's two-year civil war, more than 5.75 million Syrians have been displaced. While many have fled to neighboring countries, a staggering 4.25 million remain in Syria. Increasing aid to these internally displaced Syrians is vital to regional stability, according to our guest Megan Bradley, fellow at the Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

International News: G8 on Syria; Taliban Peace Talks

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The G8 summit was nominally about economic policy, but much of the talk centered on how the US and Russia will approach the Syrian conflict. Bloomberg Businessweek economics editor Peter Coy explains the G8 economic news, and  Justin Vogt senor editor for Foreign Affairs, discusses the latest international developments. Plus, the latest from Afghanistan, where the Taliban announced yesterday that they will engage in peace talks, but then launched an attack alter in the day.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Graduation Numbers; The G8 Summit; 20 Years After Dead Man Walking

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

New York City just released high school graduation numbers. The city’s Chief Academic Officer Shael Polakow-Suransky is here to discuss. Plus: Justin Vogt, senior editor at Foreign Affairs magazine, talks about the Syria news out of the G8 conference, and explains why it’s important the Taliban signaled it’s ready to talk peace; Sister Helen Prejean on the 20th anniversary of her book Dead Man Walking; Niall Ferguson talks about his new book – The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die; and journalist Graeme Wood explains how a former classmate scrubbed his online record clean. 

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The Takeaway

Election Results Hint at New World For Iran

Monday, June 17, 2013

Change could be coming to Iran. Reform candidate Hassan Rouhani has won more than 50% of the vote in the Iranian presidential election to replace Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. It was a surprise result, but is it a rebuke—or even a challenge—to religious authorities who hold the real power in Iran? Reza Marashi, research director at the National Iranian American Council, weighs in on the victory of this reformist candidate.

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The Takeaway

How Should the U.S. Help Syrian Rebels?

Monday, June 17, 2013

As President Obama meets with fellow G-8 leaders in Northern Ireland, Syria’s fate is high on the agenda, but there is little consensus on the best path forward. Former British ambassador Carne Ross is founder of Independent Diplomat, a non-profit diplomatic advisory group that is currently advising the Syrian Coalition. He outlines the Syrian rebels' position, and analyzes the potential issues in the international community.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Monday Morning Politics: Syria Intervention, Iran Election

Monday, June 17, 2013

The US is arming rebels in the Syrian conflict -- how slippery of a slope towards war is Obama standing on? David SangerNew York Times chief Washington correspondent and author of Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power (Broadway, 2013), discusses the administration's calculus. Plus: we open the phones to get reaction to the election of cleric Hassan Rouhani as Iran's next president from Iranians and Iranian-Americans. Call 212-433-9692 or post your comment here.

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The Washington Report

Iran's new President; arming Syria's rebels and the ongoing NSA surveillance story

Monday, June 17, 2013

 

In this week's Washington Report online, Kerry Nolan talks with David Sanger about whether the election of Iran's new President really means a moderation of the hard-line government; what happens now that the US is arming Syrian rebels and just how transparent the NSA is likely to get in the wake of the surveillance leaks.