Today's Takeaway | January 30, 2013

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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Economic Inequality, from Beijing to Bridgeport | Obama Promises Financial Aid as Syria's Crisis Deepens | A Degree in Drone Piloting | The Most Beautiful Thing You Will Ever See

The U.S. Is Number One — For Income Inequality

According to the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, the United States has the most unequal income distribution of all major industrialized nations. Similarly, while China's economy has modernized rapidly, economic inequality has grown. Michael Moran and Kathleen McLaughlin write about economic inequality for GlobalPost.

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Warnings of Collapse as Egyptian Unrest Spreads

Unrest continues to unfold in Egypt. The mayhem that's broken out on the streets away from the capital in cities like Port Said, is now spilling over into the streets of Cairo. Noel King, a freelance reporter working from Cairo, explains how the current situation is calling into question the stability of the entire country.

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Obama Promises Financial Aid as Syria's Crisis Deepens

As the crisis in Syria deepens, President Obama has offered over $150 million in financial aid. Ahmed Shiyab, a researcher from Syrian Refugees based in Jordan and Amr Al Azm, member of the Syrian opposition and a professor at Shawnee State University, explain how the crisis is deepening.

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Listeners Share the Most Beautiful Things They've Ever Seen

What is truly beautiful to you? Is it the face of someone you love? The first several notes of your favorite song? Or perhaps it’s a sunny day.

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Doping: The New Normal?

It seems we can’t go more than a few months, or even weeks between doping scandals. Has doping always been this prevalent in athletics? Or is it just easier to uncover? Dr. Harvey Shapiro is a physician, medical correspondent, and former doping control officer for the Olympics.

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Colleges Begin Offering Degrees in Drone Flying

As the Department of Defense gradually shifts to drone strikes in lieu of manned missions, many contractors are also hoping to revolutionize the drone for domestic uses, such as police surveillance. The United States will need a number of pilots, certified to operate these unmanned vehicles and Nickolas Macchiarella, professor of Aeronautical Science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, has developed a Bachelor's of Science program to train the next generation of drone pilots.

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The Most Beautiful Thing You Will Ever See

What is truly beautiful to you? Is it the face of someone you love? The first several notes of your favorite song? Or perhaps it’s a sunny day. If you’re Frank Close, it’s none of these things. In fact, that sunny day is the last thing he wants to look at when he seeks beauty. He prefers the opposite: the sun being blocked out, the light being hidden, the magic and mystery of a solar eclipse. 

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Gabby Giffords Addresses Senate on Gun Control

There was drama and division on Capitol Hill today in the first Congressional hearing on gun control since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting last month. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, has been following the hearings from Capitol Hill.

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