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The Takeaway

U.S. Extends Closure of Some Embassies & Diplomatic Posts

Monday, August 05, 2013

Over the weekend, a terrorism threat prompted the United States to close dozens of American diplomatic posts in the Middle East, North Africa and elsewhere. In addition to closing embassies, the Department of State issued a travel alert to U.S. citizens abroad. On Sunday the State Department extended the closure of some diplomatic posts. Joining us to discuss the closures is Mark Mazzetti, reporter for our partner The New York Times.

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The Takeaway

U.S. Extends Closure of Some Embassies & Diplomatic Posts | TVs Stay Dark Amid Time Warner, CBS Dispute | Messy Desks a Sign of Creativity

Monday, August 05, 2013

U.S. Extends Closure of Some Embassies & Diplomatic Posts | U.S. May End Drone Strikes in Pakistan | McConnell Faces Off With Tea Party, Democratic Candidates at Fancy Farm | Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Biography | TVs Stay Dark Amid Time Warner, CBS Dispute | Messy Desks a Sign of Creativity |

WNYC News

Queens Man Arrested for Facebook Posts After Zimmerman Verdict

Monday, July 22, 2013

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George Zimmerman is free after killing Trayvon Martin. But a Queens man is in jail for what he posted on Facebook in response to last week's not guilty verdict.

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Transportation Nation

NYPD, Researchers to Release Tracer Gas in Subways Again Friday

Thursday, July 18, 2013

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Day two of air flow testing in the NYC subway and around the city is happening Friday, the NYPD announced. 

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Transportation Nation

Explainer: Perfluorocarbons, the Gas Released In NYC's Subway Airflow Test

Thursday, July 11, 2013

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When researchers released a tracer gas containing a chemical called perfluorocarbon into New York's subway on Tuesday, it didn't take long for people to wonder if that so-called nontoxic gas might not be all that harmless. Short answer: it's safe.

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Transportation Nation

NYPD to Spew (Non-Toxic) Gas in Subway System

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

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The NYPD and researchers from Brookhaven National Laboratories will release a harmless gas through 21 subway lines as part of a plan to monitor air flows and chart potential responses, including evacuation routes and where to place emergency equipment.

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Gabfest Radio

Gabfest Radio: The Resolving to Remain Ambivalent Edition

Saturday, June 22, 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 progress of a Senate deal on immigration reform. They also talk about the significance of President Obama’s eroding poll numbers.

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Gabfest Radio: The NSA Has Your Selfies Edition

Saturday, June 15, 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 oversight of the National Security Agency’s secret intelligence-gathering efforts. Plus, they talk about a New York Times photo tour of Beastie Boy Mike D’s new home in Brooklyn—a piece that incited a rousing email debate within the Slate office.

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Gabfest Radio: The Swab My Cheek Edition

Saturday, June 08, 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 new revelations about the National Security Agency’s domestic spying program, and the Supreme Court’s ruling that upholds routine collection of DNA samples from criminal suspects.

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The Takeaway

What Can the N.S.A. do With Cell Phone and Internet Data?

Friday, June 07, 2013

There is growing outrage at the revelation this week that the Obama administration required Verizon to provide call data on their customers. The news yesterday that the NSA is also mining internet data via sites like Google, Facebook, and Apple only heightened public anger. What can the government do with our cell phone and internet data, anyway?

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On The Media

Is There A Right Way To Report On Terror?

Friday, May 31, 2013

In covering acts of terror, like the gruesome Woolwich killing last week in London, how should the press report the story without giving those responsible the overwhelming amount of attention they seek? Bob considers the British media's coverage of the Woolwich attack and the decision by most British outlets to air the video of one suspect's diatribe.

 

Jim James - All Is Forgiven

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The Takeaway

National Security and the Muslim World

Thursday, May 23, 2013

As President Obama addresses national security issues, Hussein Rashid of Hofstra University shares his thoughts on how targeted surveillance, drone strikes and other tactics affect our relations with the Muslim world, and with Muslims here at home. 

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WNYC News

Virginia-to-New York Smugglers May Have Terrorist Ties

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Authorities say some of the suspects charged in a Virginia-to-New York cigarette smuggling scheme have links to top Hamas officials.

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Slate Political Gabfest

Slate: The That Dime Bag Will Be $14.50 with Tax Gabfest

Friday, April 26, 2013

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon. This week: Debating Miranda, assessing Obama and taxing Mary Jane.

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On The Media

Inspire, Al Qaeda's Magazine, and the Tsarnaev Brothers

Friday, April 26, 2013

This week Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told law enforcement agents that he and his brother learned how to make their homemade bombs from Inspire, the English-language magazine of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Bob talks to JM Berger about the magazine, which has gone from being a late-night punchline to something much more terrifying.

 

Kelan Philip Cohran & The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble - Spin

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WNYC News

Examining Peter King's Calls for Muslim Surveillance

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

In the wake of the Boston bombings, Rep. Peter King has called for increased surveillance of the Muslim American community. He argued that monitoring of certain communities is nothing new.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Terror After Boston; NYC Affordability; Bipolar Disorder

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A new study finds that New York City is a bargain for those making around $100,000 a year. Catherine Rampell of The New York Times talks about the findings and new poverty rates in the five boroughs. Plus: Jeffrey Goldberg of Bloomberg View and The Atlantic on new questions about terror threats to the U.S., both foreign and domestic. Also, the author of a memoir about living with bipolar disorder; a call-in on a proposal to raise the age limit for buying cigarettes to 21 from 18; and Matt Gross, formerly Frugal Traveler for The New York Times, on his journeys and how to make the best of yours’.

The Takeaway

The Social and Economic Costs of a Lockdown

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Last Friday, the city of Boston and its surrounding areas were put on lockdown as authorities searched for the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. The subways no longer ran, residents were asked to stay inside, and 9000 police, military and swat personnel descended on the city. In the end, the suspect was apprehended, but what were the costs - psychologically and economically - to Boston and the nation? And were those costs worth it?

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The Takeaway

What is a Weapon of Mass Destruction?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Yesterday, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is being charged with using weapons of mass destruction. But while the harm that the pressure cooker bomb caused is undeniably high, is the bomb, in fact, a weapon of mass destruction based on our government’s definition?

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Gabfest Radio

Gabfest Radio: The We Love Boston Edition

Saturday, April 20, 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 bombing of the Boston Marathon and the subsequent manhunt. Plus, the Senate rejects a compromise on background checks, defeating the effort to craft a gun control bill that began after a December school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

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