As the gun control debate heightens in coming weeks, one policy could be taking center stage: the gun show loophole, which allows people to purchase firearms at gun shows without a background check. Travis County Commissioner Sarah Eckhardt is leading the charge to outlaw gun shows.
More than twenty years ago, Suzanna Gratia Hupp witnessed the death of her parents at the hands of a gunman at a Luby's cafeteria in Killeen Texas. Since then, she's remained vocal on the topic of gun control and pushed for laws allowing concealed handguns as a legislator in the Texas House of Representatives.
It's the season for a changing of the guard in Washington. Among the new faces being nominated by President Obama, there's no one of color nor any women. Marie Wilson, founder of the White House Project, a New York-based nonprofit group, has spent her career advocating for women’s leadership in the highest echelons of government.
Iran is beginning to employ an online surveillance tactic known as "surgical censorship" which allows citizens free, though monitored, use of social media. Megan Garber, a staff writer at The Atlantic, explains the advantages techniques like this hold for a dictatorship.
According to a new report, Iran’s spy agency, the Ministry of Intelligence and Security, is the most powerful and well-funded government agency in the country. Noah Shachtman, contributing editor for Wired Magazine and editor of its national security blog “Danger Room” explains how the MOIS became so powerful and what it uses its influence for.
Inside a vault maintained by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures in France rests a cylindrical chunk of metal known as the kilogram standard, but it turns out that the "standard" is gaining weight. Physicist Richard Davis explains why.
Google's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt arrived in Pyongyang, North Korea today. He's in the country as part of a private delegation led by Bill Richardson, former governor of New Mexico. Karin Lee, the executive director of the National Committee on North Korea, explains what Schmidt and Richardson will be doing.
In the wake of a brutal gang rape in New Delhi, Western commentators have criticized the way Indian society handles cases involving violence against women. Researcher and writer Emer O'Toole agrees that Indian law enforcement and the country's judicial system should take this opportunity to examine the adjudication of rape cases, and how victims are treated in the press and in the street -- but that the West needs to do the same.
A new year, a new Congress, and the 113th Congress is the most diverse yet. Despite all the new faces, many early items of legislative business are old ones -- and ones which could come with old battles. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich explains what's in store for the 113th Congress.
In parts of Afghanistan robust local government institutions have taken hold. As the Obama administration prepares for the pullout of American forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, a question rises: Could these institutions hold the key to a stable future for the country? David Loyn, the BBC’s international development correspondent, has been reporting from Afghanistan on the run-up to the transition.
Amardeep Kaleka, and his brother Pardeep, traveled to India this week to pay tribute to their father, who was killed in the Sikh temple shooting in Oak Creek, Wisconsin earlier this year. They talk about the long journey that's taken them from Oak Creek to India, and the stops they've made in between to advocate for stronger gun control laws in America.
Former Montana Secretary of State and State Senate president Bob Brown owns 20 guns. As state legislator, was he was honored with a commendation from the NRA for his support of gun rights. But after the Newtown shooting, he's tells The Takeaway how the NRA has changed, what he believes the fight ahead over gun control legislation will be like, and why he’s considering leaving the organization.
Two years ago, on a long car trip, Michael and Elizabeth Singer decided to make resolutions for each other. Mike told Liz to be more bold in her career; Liz told Mike to finally start the business he'd always wanted to. The funny thing is that it worked. So last year, they decided to do it again. How did it work out this time? The couple returns to share an update on 2012 and their thoughts for 2013.
As 2012 comes to a close, there’s still some unfinished business looming over Washington. President Obama and Congress have yet to come to an agreement on how to avoid triggering the fiscal cliff, a set of automatic spending cuts and tax increases set to go into effect at the start of the new year. With so much at stake, the incentive for compromise seems high. But Ed Conard, former managing director of Bain Capital says, when it comes to increasing taxes for the wealthy, there’s just no room for compromise.
Earlier this month, NYU graduate student Josh Begley began tweeting every reported American drone strike — starting in 2002. His feed highlights the growing prevalence of a lethal tactic known as the "double tap." The tactic involves bombing a target repeatedly in relatively quick succession. It often results in the death of rescuers responding to the initial attack.
On what would have been Frank Zappa's 72nd birthday, his estate, The Zappa Family Trust, will sell copies of the master recordings of "Roxy by Proxy," an unreleased show from 1974. For $1,000, fans can purchase the music, liner notes and artwork. Gail Zappa, wife the late musician and the executrix of the Zappa Family Trust, explains the unconventional move.
It’s not hard to see why web cartoonist Ryan North’s new choose-your-own adventure version of Shakespeare’s "Hamlet" has quickly gained popularity among the digital set. But what do Shakespeare scholars make of re-purposing the bard’s work this way? Anya Saffir, theater director and instructor at the Atlantic Acting School, assesses the project.
Serial killer Jeffery Dahmer was arrested in 1991 and charged with murdering 17 people. Derf Backderf went to school with Jeffrey Dahmer. After Dahmer's death, he finally sat down to tell his story about what it was like to have Dahmer as a classmate in "My Friend Dahmer."
Wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony. Why has Pope Gregory I's 650 AD list of deadly sins endured all these years later? Alex Clark, co-editor of “The Seven Deadly Sins: A Celebration of Virtue and Vice,” explains the social role sins have, and why it might be time for a modern update to an age-old list.
What scares you? No, really scares you? In this age of antibiotics, antiseptics, airbags and anti-virus software, maybe the answer is, not much. But Chris Cerf, co-author of "Encyclopedia Paranoiaca" would like to convince you that there’s still plenty to be scared of.