Today's Takeaway | February 22, 2013

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Friday, February 22, 2013

A Syrian girl cries following an explosion in the northern city of Aleppo, on February 20, 2013. (AFP/Getty Images)

Bomb Blasts Rock Damascus | Why the Allegations Against Pistorius Represent an Opportunity for South Africa | Your Stories of the Rejection Letters That Changed Your Life — Or Didn't | Oscars Countdown!

President Obama Sets Out to Fix a Broken Country

President Obama proposed more infrastructure spending and repair in this year's State of the Union address. But it's a bigger problem than just one speech, or one new initiative, or even the latest $40 billion the president wants to throw at the repair bill we already have around the country.

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Why the Allegations Against Pistorius Represent an Opportunity for South Africa

In South Africa,  the drama surrounding Oscar Pistorius — the first runner with prosthetic legs to compete alongside able-bodied sprinters in the Olympics — continues. Here's why his case could provide the impetus to finally reform the country's relationship with domestic violence.

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Your Stories of the Rejection Letters That Changed Your Life — Or Didn't

As part of our ongoing series on the value of letter-writing, we asked you to tell us about letters that have brought bad news — and whether those letters changed your life.

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Bomb Blasts Rock Damascus

A series of car bombs erupted across Damascus yesterday, including one explosion right outside of the headquarters of President Bashar al-Assad’s ruling party. So far, no one has claimed responsibility. Abigail Fielding-Smith, reporter for The Financial Times, explores the situation on the ground in Damascus.

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Mapping the Basics in Detroit

Two stories highlight the bigger problems of food deserts in Detroit, a problem that's being documented through a new data mapping project in collaboration with WDET and our partner station WNYC.

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Oscars Countdown!

We’re just two days away from the Oscars, and we’re pleased to announce that our very own Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, are hosting their first hour-long special for the public radio airwaves called "Oscar…Totally Naked." To give you a flavor of what their special includes, Rafer and Kristen share some highlights.

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