Archive for June 2011

Budget Showdown in Washington

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Many states are struggling to balance their budgets; how the British view America's debt problem; Greece passes austerity measure; Tom Petty lashes out at Michele Bachmann; President Obama slams Republicans on debt ceiling; breast cancer drug, Avastin, taken off the market; a look back at the career of Defense Secretary Robert Gates; New Mexico fire; dealing with terrorism as the US leaves Afghanistan.

Anti-Government Insurgents Attack Afghanistan's Intercontinental Hotel

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Terrorist Attack on Kabul Hotel in Afghanistan; Rebuilding and Recovering in Joplin, Missouri; Stopping Human Trafficking on the Home Front; Christine Lagarde Named New Head of IMF; Coming-of-Age with 'In Zanesville'; Defaulting May Not Be A Greek Tragedy; An Argument to End the Diversity Visa Program; Helping America’s 14 mn Unemployed – One Job at a Time; Fixing America on a Budget (of $10 billion a month)

Greeks Strike Against Austerity Package

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Greece's financial trouble; New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on debt to same-sex marriage; former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is convicted of corruption; Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann announce presidential candidacy; an update from Libya; historian Robert Caro; new Frontline documentary on determining death of small children.

Nation Building Here at Home

Monday, June 27, 2011

This week's agenda; green card lottery mistake; 100 days in Libya; Billy the Kid auction; summer book club; nation building here at home; same-sex marriage signed into law in New York; Supreme Court's more controversial decisions; dancing in Detroit; the number of Americans on food stamps.

Congress, President Obama and Libya

Friday, June 24, 2011

Congress challenges the president on actions in Libya; American wages; the FBI's new public relations campaign to women; Movie Date; China and American railroads; Obama's nation building; debt talks collapse when the House majority leader leaves; gay rights and the New York vote on same-sex marriage; sports; how Americans define terrorism.

President Uses Primetime Speech to Announce Initial Wave of Afghan Withdrawal

Thursday, June 23, 2011

President Obama speaks to the nation about bringing American troops home from the War in Afghanistan; enemies; farmers in Latin America and Southeast Asia face price changes; listener responses; access to fresh water; military families react to Obama's speech; an illegal immigrant goes public; artist Ai Weiwei released from Chinese prison; a diplomat speaks out.

Obama To Lay Out Troop Withdrawl Plan

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

President Obama to announce troop draw-down in Afghanistan; Jon Huntsman enters the presidential race and so does his religion; Libya and the War Powers Act; Greek prime minister survives no confidence vote; Sudan; North Carolina debates old law that gives state right to sterilize; the economic recovery; Lulz Security Collective; the first lady's trip to South Africa; students' right to free speech.

Win for Wal-Mart

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Supreme Court tosses a massive class-action lawsuit against Wal-Mart; former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman is set to announce his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination; the first female candidate for president in Egypt and American reaction; Alzheimer's disease; Supreme Court rules on greenhouse gas emissions; Saudi women defy driving ban; Greek economy; school grades and the unemployment rate.

Debate Over Troop Withdrawal and Mission in Afghanistan Heats Up

Monday, June 20, 2011

Balancing necessity with political will in Afghanistan; an ex-CIA agent tells how he was allegedly asked to spy on war critics by second Bush administration; this week's agenda; sax player Clarence Clemons passes away; the growing debate over pensions hits New Jersey; blame game ignites over wildfires; states try and shut down Planned Parenthood; and a look at the Wimbledon tournament beginning this week. 

What Does the Future of Al-Qaida Look Like?

Friday, June 17, 2011

Following this week's news of Fazul Abdullah Mohammed's death and the coronation of Zawahiri, what does the future of al-Qaida look like?; the Greek Economy's impact on world markets; in honor of Father's Day, a round-up of listener-submitted best and worst advice from dads and nominations for best fictional fathers; after Weiner, will special education be a referendum on Obama?; scientists have developed a new brain implant that could restore memory loss; the Takeaway movie date podcasters discuss this weekend's new releases: "Green Lantern," "Mr. Popper's Penguins," and "Tree of Life;" Obama and Boehner to tee up for the first golf summit; Saudi women fight for their right to drive; Patrick Kennedy talks life after politics and how his father, the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, inspired him.

Small Businesses Struggle in the Downward Economy

Thursday, June 16, 2011

How small businesses are coping with the effects of the Great Repression; new study on life expectancy in the America; Rep. Peter King's hearing on radicalization of American prison inmates; state budget in California; favorite Father's Day books; the War Powers Act and American involvement in Libya; Bob Lutz, former vice chairman of General Motors; Medicaid recipients' access to doctors; Fans react to Stanley Cup; Baby Boomers coming up for retirement.

Muslims and the GOP

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

American Muslims react to comments made by Republican presidential contenders; the modern library; Pakistan's military spy agency; lead poisoning cases in China; the growing number of single fathers; American guns used by Mexican cartel; money to buy patents; listeners respond to the way they use Facebook; new sunscreen guidelines; Helon Habila on "Oil on Water."

The First Big GOP Debate

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Rep. Michele Bachmann enters the race; Citibank hacked; Troy public library; President Obama visits Puerto Rico; $6.6 billion in possibly stolen Iraqi cash; Behind the "gay girl in Damascus" fraud.

Forceful Government Crackdown Continues in Syria

Monday, June 13, 2011

Syrian revolts continue to escalate; a new shadow Internet; this week's agenda; the strategy to pull out of Iraq; al-Qaida's future after three prominent deaths; the release of the full Pentagon Papers; the changing American middle class; Fight over coal mining in Kentucky; Broadway re-opens "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark."

Arizona Wildfire Threatens Regional Power Grid

Friday, June 10, 2011

The Wallow Fire ravaging eastern Arizona has spread to the New Mexico border, as officials worry about it affecting the power grid that supplies a three-state region; a look at immigration laws after Massachusetts pulls out of the Secure Communities program, and Alabama passes an immigration provision said to be stricter than Arizona's SB-1070; high-level defections from Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign staff; The Takeaway’s Movie Date podcast hosts talk with us about JJ Abrams and Steven Spielberg's new film, "Super 8;" and emails from Sarah Palin's time as Alaska governor. Todd Zwillich guest hosts for John.

Which Country Will Define Arab Spring?

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Some call Egypt and Tunisia the shining model for the Arab Spring’s revolutions, but will Syria, Yemen and Libya follow suit? Also: reports from the final day of the 900-mile march against drug violence in Mexico; Connecticut considers a law requiring businesses with 50 or more employees to give their workers one hour of sick leave for every 40 hours worked; how superhighways have redefined American cities and culture; the US intensifies attacks in Yemen in an attempt to prevent Al-Qaeda affiliated militants from establishing a foothold in the country; a mother speaks to us about her son, who died while texting and driving; widows of those killed on the Deepwater Horizon are pushing for a new law that would allow them to sue for pain and suffering; and a plea for tolerance toward "non-native plants."

OPEC Meets With Full Agenda

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Biannual OPEC meeting; How people in Kentucky view government; food-borne Illness Report; more U.S. companies going public on foreign stock exchanges; Frank Moss' sew book, update on injured Yemeni leader, texting and driving, Arizona wildfires, Sen. Bob Graham.

Rep. Weiner Deals With Fallout From Twitter Scandal, Vows To Stay In Office

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) admits to sending lewd photos of himself to women he corresponded with over social media sites; the real story of Paul Revere's famous midnight ride; listeners struggle to pay their mortgages; subprime car loan market; changing opinions and evolving choices; an update on the Iraq War; delay of financial reform laws; when robots take over the world.

Yemen Celebrates President's Departure as Clashes Continue

Monday, June 06, 2011

Yemenis celebrate the departure of the country's president after an attack on his compound leaves him weakened; tour bus company that crashed in Va. may have broken laws; this week's agenda; looking at the NFL lockout; America's changing attitude toward gay marriage; housing and the treasury; Public Broadcasting staple Jim Lehrer stepping out of the spotlight; clashes between Syria and Israel at border; and looking at the future of cyberwars. 

The War on Drugs; Economic Recovery

Friday, June 03, 2011

A new report says the War on Drugs has failed; listeners respond to their own housing crisis; an E. coli outbreak continues in Germany; one Mexican community responds to drug violence; summer book club; monthly jobs numbers could reflect a "double-dip recession"; movie date; the pros and cons of the auto bailout; remembering Babe Didrikson on her 100th birthday.

'Double-Dip' Recession; Bus Safety

Thursday, June 02, 2011

New data suggests that the U.S. economy may be headed toward a "double-dip" recession; after a number of major bus accidents in the last month, we ask whether it's time for new regulations for bus companies; a look into the justice system on Indian reservations; an update from Joplin, Missouri; the anatomy of Anthony Weiner's Twitter scandal; and, Dr. Michael Gottlieb on identifying the AIDS virus 30 years ago this week.

Syrian Revolt Intensifies

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has granted a "general amnesty" to much international skepticism after images of a mutilated and tortured 13-year-old boy galvanized the nationwide protest movement; home prices hit their lowest level since 2006 as more Americans are choosing to rent; the Pentagon has declared computer sabotage by another nation to be an act of war; a look at recession-savaged America through its empty buildings; author Ellis Cose examines rising optimism in the black community in "The End of Anger"; and, a conversation with Haris Durrani, gold metal winner of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.