Cleveland Alarmed After Abduction Case, The Most Average Place in America, Mark Sanford Headed for Congress

« previous episode | next episode »

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Genetically Engineering Glowing Plants | Revisiting Benghazi | What is the Most Perfectly Average City in America? | Karen Peetz on Breaking the Glass Ceiling | South Carolina Elects Ex-Governor Mark Sanford to Congress | Ray Harryhausen, Special Effects Master, Dies at 92 | Cleveland Alarmed After Abduction Case | Secretary of State Kerry in Moscow for Talks on Syria | The Syrian Conflict According to Assad's Prisoners

Secretary of State Kerry in Moscow for Talks on Syria

US Secretary of State John Kerry is visiting Moscow, in the hopes of reaching an agreement with Russia on how to move forward in Syria. Nikolas Gvosdev, National Security Affairs Professor at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, discusses the meetings and its possible outcomes.

Comment

The Syrian Conflict According to Assad's Prisoners

On a recent visit to Damascus, New York Times Beirut Bureau Chief Anne Barnard and photographer Andrea Bruce were invited to interview seven prisoners by the Syrian government: five Syrians, a Palestinian and an Iraqi. "We are crazy and al Qaeda made us more crazy," one of the prisoners told the journalists. That explanation and others seemed to fit neatly into the Assad regime's story about the conflict.  Not all the prisoners' confessions stuck to the official script, though.

Comment

Cleveland Alarmed After Abduction Case

Cleveland is feeling a mix of emotions this week after the discovery and rescue of three young women who were kidnapped 9, 10, and 11 years ago and held captive in a residential home for years. The community is celebrating their safe return, but there are also questions and alarm. Connie Schultz, syndicated columnist and Cleveland resident, says the community is reeling.

Comments [3]

Ray Harryhausen, Special Effects Master, Dies at 92

Call it "Rex appeal." Tributes are being paid to Ray Harryhausen, visual effects creator, writer, and producer, and stop-motion dinosaur legend. He died last night at the age of 92.

Comments [2]

What is the Most Perfectly Average City in America?

Last week, while working on a story about your typical American community, New York Times writer Annie Lowrey asked via twitter, “What is the most perfectly average place in America?” Almost immediately, the internet lit up with nominations: Knoxville, Albany, and Jacksonville, to name just a few. But not everyone likes being average.

Comments [3]

South Carolina Elects Ex-Governor Mark Sanford to Congress

Only 4 years ago, former Governor Mark Sanford was embroiled in an ethics scandal stemming from his disappearance to visit his mistress in Argentina. But last night, all that seemed forgotten as he was elected to South Carolina's First Congressional District with a 10-percentage-point lead over the Democratic candidate, Elizabeth Colbert Busch. Brian Hicks, a political columnist for the Charleston Post and Courier, discusses the circumstances that led to Sanford's comeback.

Comments [1]

Karen Peetz on Breaking the Glass Ceiling

All this week we're talking to women and mothers about the real struggles of making a full life fit into a career or vice versa. At home Karen Peetz is a mother of two, and at work she's the president of The Bank of New York Mellon, a multinational bank and financial services corporation with over $1.4 trillion in assets.

Comment

Genetically Engineering Glowing Plants

Are genetically engineered glowing plants the light source of the future? A group of scientists in San Francisco are betting on it. Creating glow in the dark plants is a biotechnology project that uses genetic engineering to graft the ability to emit light onto some potted plants that, up until now, have relied on the sun's light to produce energy and survive.

Comment

Revisiting Benghazi

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa is getting his wish to revisit the events in Benghazi Libya last year when the consulate was attacked and U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich reports on the hearing from Capitol Hill.

Comments [2]