Today's Takeaway | December 13, 2012

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

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U.S. Debt and Taxes: A History | America's Poor are Left Out of Fiscal Cliff Negotiations | Al Qaeda Scope and Strength Extends to Syria and Beyond | Playing Ebinezer Scrooge in the Age of Income Inequality | How Children Become Good Adults | Violence and Abuse in Insular Communities

We've Run Up the National Debt Before — But It's Different This Time

As the United States teeters on the edge of the fiscal cliff, Simon Johnson, professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and former chief economist at the International Monetary Fun...

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America's Poor Left Out of Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

As politicians negotiate how to avoid going over the fiscal cliff, Tavis Smiley says millions of Americans who are in poverty have already gone over the cliff. According to the radio ...

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Al Qaeda's Strength Extends to Syria and Beyond

Despite the significant damage that the core of Al Qaeda has sustained over the past decade, conflict in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East has allowed for a more accessible arena...


Is Empathy Inherited or Taught? Listeners Respond

Is empathy inherited? Is it taught? Dr. Perri Klass shared her thoughts and recent findings with the Takeaway and listeners are sharing their opinions.

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Playing Ebenezer Scrooge in a Modern Age of Income Inequality

Actor Brian Cox says today's conversations surrounding debt and fiscal policy help him get into character for his portrayal of the Dickensian Scrooge. Cox will be playing Ebenezer Scr...

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How Children Become Good Adults

Do we become empathetic human beings by nature or nurture? Dr. Perri Klass, a primary care pediatrician, explored the topic in "Understanding How Children Develop Empathy," a recent a...

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Violence and Abuse in Insular Communities

On Tuesday, a State Supreme Court jury in Brooklyn convicted 54-year-old Nechemya Weberman on 59 counts of sexual abuse. As an unlicensed therapist in the insular Satmar Hasidic commu...

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