Today's Takeaway | November 29, 2012

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

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OK to Be Gay? Jewish Conversion Therapy Faces First Legal Battle | If We Had a Billion Dollars, We'd Buy Unicorns and Trips To Space | Life One Year After A Double-Hand Transplant | Five Authors of Memoirs Discuss Death

Obama Administration Considers Providing Arms to Syrian Rebels

New thinking may be entering into the Obama administration's calculation of how best to resolve the conflict in Syria. One of the options on the table, according to our partner The New York Times, is providing arms directly to the Syrian opposition. David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, has been following the story.

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OK to Be Gay? Jewish Conversion Therapy Faces First Legal Battle

More and more critics are saying that gay “conversion therapy” is not only ineffective, but humiliating and psychologically harmful. What will the courts say?

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Life One Year After a Double-Hand Transplant

Back in 2002, Richard Mangino lost both his forearms and part of his legs after contracting a bloodstream infection. Last year, he received two new hands in a 12-hour transplant operation performed at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Dr. Bohdan Pomahac was the leader of Mangino’s transplant team.

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Major Report Could Forever Change British Journalism

A recently published report in Britain stemming from the phone hacking scandals involving Rupert Murdoch's News of the World calls for a new press regulatory body, one that is independent from industry and government leaders. Nadhim Zahawi is a British Conservative Member of Parliament. He says the report could have lasting effects on British journalism and politics.

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If We Had a Billion Dollars, We'd Buy Unicorns and Trips to Space

This week, the Powerball reached $550 million, the highest it's ever been. And last night, two lucky ticket holders - in Missouri and Arizona - won the jackpot. But how does one even begin to spend $550 million? The Barenaked Ladies came up with a pretty good list of what they'd buy if they had $1 million. And it got us to thinking: What if we remade their song, but replaced word "million" with "billion." And so we have, with the help of Takeaway listeners, real people on the street, and fun facts about how much you can really buy for a billion dollars.

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The Final Chapter: Five Authors Discuss Writing About Death

At the Miami Book Fair International, five authors of memoirs gathered to discuss their brushes with death. One of them, Benjamin Busch, author of "Dust to Dust," recounted facing death in Iraq — and then returning home from war to his own parents' deaths.

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