What is cultural life really like for Iranians? How is the government reflected in their literature, their films, and their theater? Author and journalist Kamin Mohammadi was born in Iran and lived there until the age of nine, when her family fled after the 1979 Revolution. She explores Iranian culture through a literary lens.
This fall may be the U.S.'s first opportunity for real and lasting change with Iran. Joining The Takeaway to discuss the way forward between the U.S. and Iran is Haleh Esfandiari, director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Colonel Dave Roeder is a retired Air Force Colonel and one of the 52 American hostages held during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. He joins us today to discuss his experience and how he views the new stance of Iran.
The new play "Noor" takes center stage in the plight to bridge the divide between Muslims and non-Muslims alike. The playwright, Akbar Ahmed, Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United Kingdom and and chair of Islamic Studies at American University, and director Manjula Kumar, a project director at the Smithsonian Institution, hope this stage work will provide a new look into the nuanced Muslim community.
In the new sharing economy, consumers can easily rent or share everything from bikes to luxury clothing. Arun Sundararajan, professor at NYU's Stern School of Business, says the new investment in renting is fueled by the rise of the internet and urbanization. The millennialtendency to rent caught the eye of Jennifer Hyman, the co-founder and CEO of Rent the Runway, a company that allows its customers to rent luxury clothes for a tenth of the retail price.
As the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg often fields questions about gender and justice. In the second half of her wide-ranging interview with Takeaway host John Hockenberry, Justice Ginsburg begins with a thought-provoking comment regarding Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that legalized abortion in the United States and recognized a right to privacy in the Constitution.
Here you'll find a transcript of The Takeaway's interview with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Host John Hockenberry interviewed Justice Ginsburg on September 12, 2013 at the Supreme Court Lawyers Lounge.
In a candid and wide-ranging interview, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg describes her revolutionary work on women and the law, the President and Congress' role in war, and privacy versus technology. Justice Ginsburg talks at length about her career, her position as the second female justice on the nation's highest court and her start as a litigator and a strategic champion of women's rights.
On Thursday, Twitter announced that it has filed paperwork for an initial public offering. The tweet surprised investors and employees alike. David Gelles, reporter for Takeaway partner The New York Times, discusses Twitter's path forward.
Members of Congress returned to work on Wednesday, and though President Obama called off a vote on military action, questions remain over exactly how and when a diplomatic resolution may unfold. Joining The Takeaway is Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, who represents California’s 46th district and is the second highest ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee.
What if you knew that the government had a massive secret master plan outlining its response to a series of improbable disasters? William Arkin is a former U.S. Army intelligence officer and the author of the new book "American Coup: How a Terrified Government is Destroying the Constitution." In this latest work he argues that secret American programs could be destroying American democracy in the name of saving it.
A seemingly off-the-cuff remark made by Secretary of State John Kerry may have radically changed the possibilities for U.S. intervention in Syria. On Monday, Secretary Kerry said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could avoid a military strike by the U.S. if the regime leader turned over all of his chemical weapons without delay. Leslie Gelb, president emeritus and senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, explores the implications of Secretary Kerry's "accidental diplomacy."
Tonight President Barack Obama will make his case for U.S. intervention in Syria. The speech follows a week of ramped-up pressure for support of the President’s measure. Joining The Takeaway to explain how the U.S. may navigate the Syria puzzle is Jeremy Shapiro, a former advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on North Africa and Syria and now a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution.
While the United States has entered a great many conflicts in its 237 years, Congress has only declared war only 11 times. As President Obama seeks to convince members of the 113th Congress to intervene in Syria, Jennifer Weber, professor of history at the University of Kansas, explores the legislative and executive branches' historical relationship with war.
As Congress contemplates another potential conflict in the Middle East, the next few days will be a moment for you to hear from your elected representatives. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) speaks with Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) discusses his perspective on potential U.S. involvement in Syria. Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY) also weighs in on the Syrian conflict, and calls for an international response to the country's civil war.
As the Obama Administration lobbies Congress to support an American intervention into the Syrian conflict, the Syrian opposition waits with baited breath. Carne Ross is a former British diplomat and the founder of Independent Diplomat, a non-profit diplomatic advisory group that is currently advising the Syrian National Coalition. He discusses the state of the opposition, and the Coalition’s hopes for the future.
Ohio law enforcement have been using facial recognition technology to match driver’s license photos and surveillance footage for months, without telling the public. Jeffrey Rosen, president of the National Constitution Center and professor at George Washington University Law School, describes the current law on surveillance and facial recognition technology.
The Cincinnati Enquirer has revealed that Ohio’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation has used facial recognition technology to match drivers license photos and surveillance footage for months—without telling the public. Reporter Chrissie Thompson discusses her investigation, and Attorney General Mike DeWine defends the law enforcement's use of this technology.
Michael Singh, former senior director for Middle East affairs at the National Security Council, believes the U.S. must intervene, or risk losing all credibility in the region.
A new initiative at the State Department aims to engage religious constituents throughout the world, and promote human rights by educating religious groups. Shaun Casey, director of the State Department's new Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives, says he's ready to engage with groups across the religious spectrum.
For J.D. Salinger fans, 2015 will be a big year. Authors of a new biography claim Salinger left a time table and specific instructions for publishing five unseen manuscripts, starting in 2015. Amy Hungerford, a professor of English and American studies at Yale University, explains the potential literary significance.