Arwa Gunja

Senior Producer, The Takeaway

Arwa Gunja appears in the following:

Obama Administration Appealing Judge's Ruling on Plan B

Thursday, May 02, 2013

In a move that pits the Obama administration firmly against women's reproductive health advocates, the Justice Department filed a notice to appeal a judge's decision to allow girls under 15 years old to have over-the-counter access to the morning after pill. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich has been following the legal and political battle.

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Friends of Boston Bombing Suspect Charged

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Three friends of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, have been arrested and are being charged by the F.B.I. with crimes related to covering up their friend's involvement in the bombings. Two of the men are accused of putting Tsarnaev's backpack and fireworks into a black trash bag and then tossing the items into a dumpster.

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Hope that the Tragedy in Bangladesh Will Inspire Change

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

History is being made in the nation of Bangladesh this week. In response to the garment factory collapse last week, representatives from major retailers convened in Frankfurt, Germany to discuss what can be done to improve factory safety. Novelist M. T. Anderson recently wrote about the cyclical, unregulated, nature of the industry in an op-ed piece for our partner The New York Times.

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Knowing Your Neighbors: Boston Bombers Lived 200 Yards Away

Thursday, April 25, 2013

After the bombings at the Boston Marathon last week, residents in the city have come together in a sign of resilience. On The Takeaway this week, we're talking about the importance of residents getting to know their neighbors, especially during times of crisis or tragedy. For Hassan Malik, little did he know that the Boston bombers lived just 200 yards from his home.

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Planning for Retirement: "The Math Doesn't Work"

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

With pension plans nearly obsolete and most employees relying on their companies' 401k plans to prepare for retirement, many Americans may not know how to invest their money into these plans and the associated costs and fees that go along with that. 

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The Question of Divided Identity

Monday, April 22, 2013

One week after the tragedy in Boston and several days after the manhunt that resulted in the capture of Dzhokar Tsarnaev and the death of his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, questions have turned to motive and due process. Americans are mystified: what would inspire two young men who went to school in the United States and were part of the community to commit such heinous acts? And what legal rights should Tsarnaev have?

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Depicting Iran Through Street Art

Monday, April 22, 2013

Iranian street artists Icy and Sot's provocative images can be found from Brooklyn, where they are based today, to a wall in Istanbul, Turkey or Tabriz, Iran, the city of their youth. The brothers work in large stencils which they carry to their locations and then cart away before anyone knows they've made their mark. Their art ranges from controversial depictions of life in contemporary Iran to symbols of international youth culture.

 
Iranian street artists Icy and Sot's provocative images can be found from Brooklyn, where they are based today, to a wall in Istanbul, Turkey or Tabriz, Iran, the city of their youth. The brothers work in large stencils which they carry to their locations and then cart away before anyone knows they've made their mark. Their art 
The brothers were persecuted in Iran for their artistics expression and are now seeking political asylum in the United States, where they receive support from the street artist community and have seen their art celebrated at a gallery in Soho.

 

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Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion Leaves Community Hurting but Hopeful

Monday, April 22, 2013

The sense of shock is settling in in West, Texas after last week's fertilizer plant explosion. Lauren Silverman, reporter for KERA in Dallas, Texas, provides an update on how the residents of West are coping and the process of rebuilding.

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The Scene from MIT -- and Listener Messages for Boston

Friday, April 19, 2013

Along with most of Boston, the MIT campus is on lockdown this morning after the death of campus police officer Sean Collier in a shootout with the Boston bombing suspects last night. An MIT student and professor describe the shifting emotions they've experienced this week as this story's developed.

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Deadly Explosion at West Texas Fertilizer Plant

Thursday, April 18, 2013

A massive explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. Wednesday night rocked a small town just north of Waco, Texas. There are reports of multiple fatalities and hundreds of injuries.

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Arrest Made in the Texas DA Killings

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

A breaking story in Texas involves the double murder of the Kaufman County district attorney and his wife last month. The killings of Mike McLelland, his wife Cynthia and an Assistant District Attorney, Mark Hasse, was investigated as a possible right wing militia killing but it turns out to be a former employee and his wife on a vendetta of revenge.

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As Brits Mourn Thatcher, Americans Reflect on Boston Bombings

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Stephen Sackur has spent most of his professional career reporting on the biggest news events, based both in the United States working as a Washington correspondent for the BBC and abroad, reporting for many years in the Middle East. He joins us to reflect both on the bombings in Boston and the funeral scheduled today for the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

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What we can Learn From Israel

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Ambassador Itamar Rabinovich was the Israeli ambassador to the United States from 1993 to 1996. He talks about his experiences in a country rife with random acts of violence and what we can learn.

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Explosions Rock the Boston Marathon

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Explosions tore through the large crowds at the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon, claiming three lives and injuring hundreds. Four hours into the race at around 2:50 p.m.,  two bombs detonated in rapid succession near the finish line, triggering confusion and panic as people attempted to flee.

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The United Nations Approves Global Arms Control Treaty

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

On Tuesday the United Nations voted overwhelmingly to approve a first of its kind global arms trade treaty. Republican Senators and at least one Democrat immediately condemned the treaty, calling it a "non-starter" and vowing to oppose Senate ratification. And without ratification, it's just another piece of paper.

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Meet Glee's First Transgender Contestant

Thursday, March 28, 2013

As an aspiring singer, Tyler Ford became the first transgender contestant on the Glee Project, the reality show where real people can audition to appear on Glee. Tyler was born female, but never took on that identity, and decided as a young adult to make the transition to become male.

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The Legal Implications of 'Performing Race'

Thursday, March 28, 2013

An employer may not judge an applicant by the color of his skin per say, but he or she may find more fault with a black applicant who fulfills certain stereotypes of African-Americans (an applicant who listens to rap music, for example), while a black applicant who seems to fulfill white stereotypes (listening to classical music, perhaps) is likely to be judged in a positive light.

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Boston Clinic Offers Therapies to Halt Pubescent Development of Transgender Youth

Thursday, March 28, 2013

A clinic at Boston's Children Hospital provides hormone therapy to halt pubescent development among transgender youth, and they are among the first clinics the country to perform this treatment.

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Where in the Solar System Is Voyager 1?

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Last week, a new study alleged that Voyager 1 had burst through the heliosphere into interstellar space. NASA quickly shot down that explanation, explaining that the craft is still within the heliosphere. But what, and where, is that?

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A Lifeline for Cyprus

Monday, March 25, 2013

Early this morning, a deal was done that gives the small island of Cyprus a life line, and it has the financial markets breathing a little easier at the start of the working week. Richard Quest, anchor for CNN International, explains the latest on the financial crisis in Cyprus.

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