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The Takeaway

Britain's Political Powerhouse: Nicola Sturgeon

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Nicola Sturgeon, labeled the most powerful woman in the U.K., may tip the balance of power in the U.K. elections on May 7, 2015.

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The Takeaway

Babies Made From DNA of 3 People May Soon Be Reality

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

British lawmakers voted Tuesday to allow scientists to create babies from the DNA of three people.

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The Takeaway

The Fight Over Tony Blair's Letters to George Bush

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Anne McElvoy, The Economist's public policy editor, explains why the U.S. has been pushing for the release of letters between President George Bush and former Prime Minister Tony Blair. 

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The Takeaway

Scottish Actor James McAvoy on Independence

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Actor and Scotland native James McAvoy talks about his feelings on Scottish independence, and shares his perspective on what it means for the future of his homeland. 

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Scottish referendum outcome too close to call

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Scottish referendum outcome too close to call

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

The fallout from the European elections

Monday, May 26, 2014

The fallout from the European elections

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Listen to Lucy

Distraction beats doctors for back pain relief

Monday, October 21, 2013

Distraction beats doctors for back pain relief

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Soundcheck

Arctic Monkeys: Multi-Layered Pop Nostalgia

Monday, August 19, 2013

Hear the balled-up energy and nostalgic pop of Arctic Monkeys in the Soundcheck studio.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Britain's future in the EU

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Britain's future in the EU

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

The Thatcher legacy

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Thatcher Today

Monday, April 08, 2013

Former British PM Margaret Thatcher died this morning. British journalist Alan Cowell of The New York Times, currently reporting from Paris, discusses how Thatcher is viewed in the UK today. Plus: your calls. How do you view Margaret Thatcher today? Post your thoughts below or call 212-433-9692

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Freakonomics Radio

Who Owns the Words That Come Out of Your Mouth?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

From this week's Freakonomics: "I used 3,872 words of Winston Churchill’s in the book. And that cost me £950, which is roughly 40 cents a word."

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

What's holding up a European banking union?

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

What's holding up a European banking union?

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The Takeaway

Assange Granted Asylum

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Ecuador's government says it will grant political asylum to the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange. Assange has been inside Ecuador's embassy in London since June. He's been seeking asylum in Ecuador in an effort to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces allegations of sex crimes. Yesterday, Ecuador's foreign minister said the UK had threatened to enter the embassy to arrest Assange.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Austerity backlash in Europe and UN monitors in Syria

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Austerity backlash in Europe and UN monitors in Syria

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The Takeaway

British Government Plans to Monitor Web Use of Citizens

Monday, April 02, 2012

The British government is moving forward with a proposal to allow its intelligence agency, GCHQ, to monitor calls, emails, texts and online searches of everyone inside the U.K.'s borders. Robert Schifreen is an IT consultant in England, and argues that the GCHQ has been monitoring citizen's activities for quite some time, but passing a law such as the one proposed will make intercepted information admissible in court.

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The Takeaway

Gold Medalist Tanni Grey Thompson on This Paralympics

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Though often overshadowed, the Paralympics encapsulate the true Olympic spirit. This year's Olympic organizers have already sold over one million tickets, and they hope to pay 2012's disabled athletes as much attention as the able-bodied. During his recent trip to the UK, John Hockenberry spoke with eleven-time gold medalist Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson about her involvement with the paralympics. Grey-Thompson has broken over thirty world records.

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The Takeaway

Pact Redefines Sovereignty for European Union

Friday, December 09, 2011

A new treaty agreed to in the early hours of Friday by 23 European Union countries, including all 17 euro zone states, may be the most direct discussion of what constitutes sovereignty since the creation of the United Nations. The intergovernmental pact is a major step toward closer integration for the 17 countries that use the euro as currency, as well as the six that hope to join in the future. British Prime Minister David Cameron vetoed a plan by France and Germany to make changes to the EU treaties that would affect all 27 EU nations, saying the deal was not in the U.K.'s interests.

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The Takeaway

UK Vetoes EU Treaty

Friday, December 09, 2011

Twenty-three European Union countries, including all 17 that use the euro, agreed to an intergovernmental treaty that dictates strict tax and budget rules early Friday. The measure fell short of Germany and France's goal to get all 27 EU nations to back changes to the union's treaties after objections from Britain. Prime Minister David Cameron had sought exemptions for the U.K.'s financial sector. The fiscal compact, which penalizes members for breaking deficit rules, was welcomed by Mario Draghi, the new head of the European Central Bank.

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The Takeaway

UK Loses £3.2 Million to Fraud in Kabul

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The BBC has learned that the British government paid £3.2 million AGEF, an aid agency which has shuttered over allegations of fraud. AGEF's mission was to help resettle failed asylum-seekers sent back to Kabul and to train local people. The British government was aware of problems since 2009, according to the BBC, but continued to pay AGEF until this year. Angus Crawford, correspondent for the BBC, filed this report.

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