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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

A resurgence of global terrorism?

Monday, September 30, 2013

A resurgence of global terrorism?

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The Takeaway

United Nations Reaches Landmark Deal on Syria

Friday, September 27, 2013

The Syrian conflict has raged on for the last two years, and now it seems to be entering a new phase. Yesterday the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council agreed to a resolution that requires Syria to give up its chemical weapons. With us to explain the way forward for Syria and the U.N. is Nancy Soderberg, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

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The Takeaway

Will Iran Come to the Bargaining Table on Syria?

Friday, September 20, 2013

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is set to arrive in New York early next week for the United Nations General Assembly and it’s anticipated that Rouhani will present to the U.N. an Iran ready to engage with the West. Gary Sick, senior research scholar at Columbia University's Middle East Institute and adjunct professor at the University's School of International and Public Affairs, joins The Takeaway to discuss the distrustful relationship between the U.S. and Iran. Bill Keller, former executive editor of our partner The New York Times, says Iran needs to be engaged in Syria talks with the West.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Syrian Conflict from Inside Syria

Thursday, September 19, 2013

A look at life inside Syria today, and the effect of the conflict on the Syrian diaspora, with Reuters correspondent Oliver Holmes; Karam Foundation co-founder Lina Sergie Attar, who has worked in Syrian refugee camps; and Syrian-American Maytha Alhassen, Ph.D. candidate at USC, who writes frequently about the war and the Syrian community and has served as Al-Jazeera digital producer and anchor.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Gun Rights and Starbucks; Library Awards; Miss Manners

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Starbucks has asked that customers not bring guns into their stores. Dan Baum, author of Gun Guys: A Road Trip, explains the message and how gun rights advocates are reacting. Plus: we hear about the Syrian reaction to the possibility of international or US intervention in that country, and what the conditions are on the ground; librarians from the winners of the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards talk about their plan for the prize money; and Judith Martin (aka “Miss Manners”) and her son Nicholas Ivor Martin, talk about business etiquette.

World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Is Obama becoming a lame duck?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Is Obama becoming a lame duck?

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The Takeaway

United Nations Report Confirms the Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The U.N.’s long-awaited report came out on Monday confirming the use of chemical weapons in Syria. But there are several competing interests in the Syrian conflict. Robin Wright is distinguished scholar at the Wilson Center and the U.S. Institute of Peace. She's the author of "Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World." She joins The Takeaway to discuss the ways that all parties may find common ground.

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The Takeaway

U.S. & Russia Strike Deal to Destroy Syria's Chemical Weapons

Monday, September 16, 2013

The U.S. and Russia have agreed on a plan to destroy Syria's chemical weapons arsenal, requiring Syria to turn over a complete accounting of its weapons within a week. But there's still the potential for much to go wrong. With us to discuss this is Dr. Amr Al-Azm, Associate Professor Middle East History and Anthropology at Shawnee State University, and a member of the Syrian opposition.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The View from Turkey

Monday, September 16, 2013

As the Syrian civil war grinds on, a steady stream of refugees have left the country seeking shelter in neighboring Turkey. Turkish journalist and Al Arabiya columnist, Ceylan Ozbudak, calls in to talk about how the debate over Syrian intervention has played out in the Turkish media.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Your Brain on Technology; Latest Budget Standoff; A Turkish Perspective on Syria

Monday, September 16, 2013

Clive Thompson discusses his new book, in which he explains how our interactions with technology make us smarter. Plus: A Turkish perspective on the debate over intervention in Syria; Elizabeth Williamson of The Wall Street Journal provides context for the next budget showdown in Congress; and an update on the mayoral race.

Gabfest Radio

Enfeoffing Ourselves to Popularity Edition

Saturday, September 14, 2013

On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss whether John Kerry's accidental Syria plan can work, and what that means for international law. They also discuss whether Bill de Blasio's victory in the New York City Democratic mayoral primary is a rejection of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his policies.

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The Takeaway

The Pentagon Weighs In on Syria

Friday, September 13, 2013

Military intervention in Syria seemed imminent following August’s horrific chemical attacks, but when President Obama brought the idea of a strike to Congress it foundered. Now, as a diplomatic solution is on the table, the Department of Defense weighs in on what military preparedness is required for the region. Pentagon press secretary George Little joins The Takeaway.

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On The Media

Battling media narratives over Syria, a terrible anniversary, and more

Friday, September 13, 2013

A shift in the discussion about air strikes in Syria, a look at civil liberties 12 years after September 11, and why the Internet is obsessed with cats.

On The Media

The Ever Changing Syria Story

Friday, September 13, 2013

The conversation about American strikes in Syria shifted this week, after Bashar Al-Assad suggested he would surrender his chemical weapons, and President Obama called on Congress to delay a decision on missile strikes. Bob takes a look at this week's Syria developments in the media, including the supposed gaffe by Secretary of State John Kerry that may have allowed the US to avoid going to war.

Andrew Bird - Ophelia Looks Back

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On The Media

The Freelancer's War

Friday, September 13, 2013

The Committee to Protect Journalists reports that nearly half of the journalists killed in Syria since the conflict began were freelancers. Several UK based newspapers said they would no longer use freelance journalists in war zones. But, according to documentarian and teacher Richard Pendry, these same newspapers are still hiring freelancers, but setting up hurdles to lower the papers’ liability.

Andrew Pekler - Here Comes the Night

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Rep. Engel on Syria; Five Years After Lehman Brothers; Gender Divisions at Harvard and Beyond

Friday, September 13, 2013

Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY) weighs in on the debate as to the best course of U.S. action in Syria. Plus: Five years after the financial collapse, former FDIC chair Sheila Bair reflects on the state of banking; Jodi Kantor of the New York Times discusses her reporting on gender and class divisions at Harvard Business School; Andrew Bacevich on the gulf between the American public and our all-volunteer military; and how much water you actually need to drink.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Representative Engel on Syria Debate

Friday, September 13, 2013

Hon. Eliot Engel, Congressman (D-17th) representing parts of The Bronx, Westchester and Rockland counties, discusses his views on the debate over whether Congress should authorize military action in Syria.

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

George Packer and Jon Lee Anderson assess options for diplomacy in the Syrian crisis.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

George Packer and Jon Lee Anderson assess options for diplomacy in the Syrian crisis.

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The Takeaway

U.N. is Tested as Syria's Fate Hangs in the Balance

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Is it possible to make the U.N. work as Secretary Kerry and his Russian counterpart meet in Geneva? Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nancy Soderberg, says we should not lose sight of how to bring the civil war to an end in Syria, and that trying to get a resolution on chemical weapons through the United Nations Security Council is an exercise in futility.

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The Takeaway

Putin's Open Letter to America

Thursday, September 12, 2013

In an op-ed published yesterday in The New York Times, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke directly to the American people. Putin argues that a U.S. strike could throw the entire system of international law and order out of balance. The statement maintains Putin's high profile in this controversy as the U.N. begins to put together a resolution that could control and destroy Syrian chemical weapons. Joining The Takeaway to discuss the op-ed piece is Steven Lee Myers, Moscow Bureau Chief, for our partner The New York Times.

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