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.
This week, The Takeaway has gone on a voting rights tour, examining how the Supreme Court decision in Shelby County Vs. Holder has changed voting laws across the country. Today, Marvin Randolph, senior vice president for campaigns at the NAACP, explains how his organization has had to revamp its get-out-the-vote strategies in light of the Supreme Court's voting rights decision.
On the morning of August 28th 1963 the idea of America was tested and in the sounds of feet stepping and buses parking, there was a sign early that day that something would happen. It would not be a normal day, in Washington, in America, in the world. The March on Washington D.C. was a grass roots event, a first of its kind national news event. Today The Takeaway takes a look back on the March on Washington.
On Wednesday, the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum released the last set of secret recordings from the 37th president. The 340 hours of tape cover April 9th through July 12th, 1973, a period of some success and serious turmoil in the Nixon Administration, according to Luke Nichter, professor of history at Texas A&M University-Central Texas and manager of the website Nixontapes.org. Nichter joins The Takeaway to discuss the historic tapes.
New York City will soon be electing a new mayor, but the city's current mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has left an indelible mark on the nation’s largest city. After 12 years and three terms, he will move on in January 2014. Brian Lehrer, host of WNYC’s Brian Lehrer show, discusses Mayor Bloomberg's legacy.
As the U.S. struggles to find a way forward in Egypt, the country’s conflict has become a proxy war for competing ideologies in the Middle East. Robin Wright, distinguished scholar at the Wilson Center in Washington and the U.S. Institute of Peace, says the growing political divide in Egypt reflects a broader trend throughout the Middle East.
According to documents provided by Edward Snowden to the Washington Post's Barton Gellman, the NSA has overstepped its legal authority thousands of times since 2008. Gellman joins The Takeaway to discuss the latest NSA revelations, and the consequences for the Obama Administration and American citizens. Glenn Greenwald, The Guardian reporter who published Edward Snowden's leaks, found that his domestic partner was held for nearly nine hours under British anti-terror legislation at Heathrow airport on Sunday. David Anderson is the U.K's Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation. He joins the program to discuss British anti-terror laws and why Miranda was held.
This week, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Justice Department will no longer pursue mandatory minimum sentences for certain low-level, nonviolent drug offenders. Nancy Gertner, a retired federal judge and a professor at Harvard Law School, is a longtime critic of mandatory minimum sentences. She joins The Takeaway to discuss the impact of the sentencing changes.
As Attorney General Eric Holder made clear in a speech yesterday, drug sentencing about to change. Mandatory minimums revolutionized the justice system, so how will Holder's new guidelines transform criminal justice today? Joining us to discuss this are two veterans of the system—Robin Steinberg, Executive Director of the Bronx Defenders and Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative.
The stress of war lingers not just with our veterans but with their families as well. Take Vivian Greentree, Director of Research and Policy for Blue Star Families, for example. Vivian's husband Mike is frequently on deployment. Their son M.J. sees many families who deal with issues related to PTSD, and they themselves, like all military families, constantly deal with the daily stresses of military life. Vivian and M.J. join the program to share their experience.
This week we're exploring the individual and collective experience of post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD in America as we enter the long aftermath of two wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. But for many, PTSD is about identity. For screenwriter Matt Cook, his identity changed after the 9/11 attacks, after serving in the war in Iraq and then going back to the battlefield as a civilian. He recently wrote about his experiences in Afghanistan for Texas Monthy magazine, which showcases a journey from movie mythology to his own grim reality.
In this first installment in The Takeaway's series on post-traumatic stress disorder—commonly referred to as PTSD—we look at the disorder through multiple lenses. Former Marine and author of the upcoming book "The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress disorder" David Morris joins us to discuss his personal experience with PTSD, as well as in the context of psychology, medicine, and literature.
Ambassador Dennis Ross served as a Middle East peace negotiator in the George H.W. Bush and Clinton Administrations. He is currently counselor at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and he discusses the possibilities for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
Even though we remember the March on Washington for the soaring poetry of Martin Luther King's dream of racial justice, it is economic justice that remains the elusive prize. William Jones is the author of "The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights," and he joins us to discuss economic justice and the impact it has had on our daily lives. For Tammy Thomas Miles, the March on Washington is not a dream—it's essential to democracy's ultimate prize, and she means to get it.