Today's Takeaway | January 24, 2013

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

How Will Obama's Foreign Policy Goals Change with Kerry at the Helm? | Women Granted the Right to Serve in Combat | Indian Women Face Corruption Before Justice | Report Claiming Iran Employs 30,000 Spies Called into Question | Playing Osama bin Laden in 'Zero Dark Thirty' | Hillary Clinton's Legacy for Women Abroad

The Issues at Hand: How Will Kerry Change Foreign Policy?

As John Kerry faces his Senate colleagues in his secretary of state confirmation hearings, BBC State Department correspondent Kim Ghattas explains how the State Department may change with Kerry at the helm, and discusses President Obama's foreign policy goals in his second term.

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Women Granted the Right to Serve in Combat

In a landmark decision that overturns a 1994 ruling, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has lifted the military’s ban on women in combat. The move will make hundreds of thousands of front-line jobs available to women. Kristen Rouse is a first lieutenant in the Army National Guard who just returned from her third tour in Afghanistan, and Rosa Brooks is a law professor at Georgetown University and former Pentagon official.

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Indian Women Face Corruption Before Justice

The trial of the 23-year-old woman who was fatally gang raped in India last month is set to begin today. Though her case has been brought to a speedy trial, the process is atypical of the Indian justice system which is plagued  by corrupt law enforcement and an under-equipped judicial system. Arvind Verma is a professor of criminal justice at Indiana University and an expert on the Indian police.

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Report Claiming Iran Employs 30,000 Spies Called into Question

Coming up, an update on a story we brought you earlier in the month about the size of Iran's intelligence agency. Justin Elliot, a reporter for Pro Publica, analyzes the number and its original source.


Women Aren't Strangers to Combat

The Pentagon announcement that they will open up combat postings to women may seem like a dramatic departure today, but in the context of world history, it's not such a giant leap. Host John Hockenberry explains.

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Who Employs Racists? Facebook's New Search Can Tell You

What if so many of your employees are racist online that your company can be categorized as an employer of racists? It’s not so hard to gather up and organize this information. In fact, technologist Tom Scott recently did with the help of Facebook’s new Graph Search service.

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Apple Stock Falls Sharply as Growth Slows

Apple is the largest publicly-traded corporation in the world, and for the past few years, investors have expected atmospheric growth. Those expectations recently drove Apple's stock to over $700 per share, but it may be coming back to earth. Nick Wingfield, a technology correspondent for our partner The New York Times, explains.

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Actor Explains How He Portrayed Bin Laden in 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Osama bin Laden first appeared on the FBI Most Wanted list in 1999. Following the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001, every American knew his name, and he represented America's ultimate villain, and our number one target. In "Zero Dark Thirty," actor Ricky Sekhon had the challenge of playing Osama bin Laden.

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