Today's Takeaway | March 19, 2013

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Ten Years After Iraq Invasion Refugees Reflect | Iraq’s Clouded Future | Older Americans Are Working Longer and Retiring Later | Pope Francis Pledges to Serve Poor | The FBI's New Leads on the Greatest Art Theft in History |  America's Changing Foreign Policy in the Middle East and Beyond | What We Carried

Ten Years After Iraq Invasion, A Refugee Reflects

More than 50 people were killed and roughly 200 wounded from a suicide bombing in Baghdad Tuesday.  The attack falls on the tenth anniversary of the start of the Iraq War. Iraqi refugee Alaa Majeed remembers the day the war came to Baghdad ten years ago but much more vividly she remembers the day she decided to leave Iraq for good in early 2007.

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Iraq’s Clouded Future

Ali Allawi is Iraq's former Minister of Trade, Minister of Defense, Minister of Finance, and author of: "The Occupation of Iraq: Winning the War, Losing the Peace." He lives and works in Baghdad -- a city he barely recognizes from his youth. He describes how the war will remembered 10 from now, and what the road forward looks like for his country.

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Older Americans Are Working Longer and Retiring Later

Continuing our thread this week about the changing American workplace, here's a fact about the changing American workforce: it's getting older. But the current workplace isn't set up for that kind of longevity, so workers are forced to negotiate that terrain by themselves. Susan Damour tried retiring at age 64, but less than two years later she was back in her office at the General Services Administration of the federal government. Laura Carstensen is a professor of psychology and director of the Stanford Center on Longevitiy, and she has been studying the physical and mental health benefits of working longer and retiring later. 

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Pope Francis Formally Installed as Pope

Pope Francis, the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, was formally installed as pope today. The Argentine pope was elected last week; today tens of thousands of people greeted him for his inaugural mass at the Vatican. Rachel Donadio, the Rome bureau chief for our partner, The New York Times, has been reporting on Pope Francis's inauguration.

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The FBI's New Leads on the Greatest Art Theft in History

Twenty-three years ago this week, a pair of thieves gained entry to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts and stole $500 million dollars worth of art. Geoff Kelly, special agent and the lead investigator for the FBI on the case says the agency has a new lead.

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America's Changing Foreign Policy in the Middle East and Beyond

As President Obama prepares for his first trip to Israel since his election in 2008, BBC State Department correspondent Kim Ghattas describes the Administration's goals in the region and beyond. Ghattas has watched the Obama Administration's foreign policy goals unfold firsthand, as she traveled the world with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and she describes her experiences with Clinton in her new book, "The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power."

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What We Carried

Tuesday marks the 10th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War.  Last week, we started a conversation about your memories of the past decade, and about the books that first helped you you comprehend war.  Many listeners cited Tim O'Brien's "They Things The Carried," but Takeaway listener Jim Lommasson's engagement with that book goes one step father.  Lommasson is a Portland-based photographer and writer whose project "What We Carried" documents the items Iraqi refugees brought with them when they left their homes.

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