Syrian Conflict Becomes Regional War, Philadelphia Building Collapse, Defining Success with Susie Essman

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Thursday, June 06, 2013

Syrian Conflict Becomes a Regional War | The Possibilities and Limitations of Affecting Change Through the United Nations | Philadelphia Building Collapse: 6 Dead, 14 injured | Does Medical School Make Students Jaded and Bitter? | Defining and Debating the Meaning of Success with Susie Essman | U.S. Secretly Collecting Telephone Records of Millions of Americans | Syrian Army Retakes Golan Heights Crossing into Israel

U.S. Secretly Collecting Telephone Records of Millions of Americans

The United States government is carrying out a top secret domestic surveillance program under which it is collecting the call data of millions of Americans on an "ongoing, daily basis." According to a document posted on the The Guardian's website, on April 25th of this year the U.S. government obtained a classified court order that required Verizon to begin handing over call data to the National Security Agency and the F.B.I.

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Syrian Army Retakes Golan Heights Crossing into Israel

Fighting between the Syrian government and opposition forces has made its way into the Golan heights. There are reports that Syrian government forces have taken back control of the border crossing there that has been monitored by the U.N. since 1974. Reporter Matthew Bell recently traveled to the Golan Heights for PRI's The World, which is produced by our partner WGBH. There he reported on how Syria's civil war has been disrupting the peace of the Israeli controlled Golan Heights.

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Syrian Civil War Becoming a Regional Conflict

The conflict in Syria has spread to become a regional war, creating tensions between Shia and Sunnis in neighboring countries. Each action on the ground in Syria, and the perception of gains or losses, reverberate across the region. Geneive Abdo, fellow with the Middle East/Southwest Asia program at The Stimson Center explains the increasingly regional nature of the war.

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The Possibilities and Limitations of Affecting Change Through the United Nations

Samantha Power, President Obama's nominee to replace outgoing United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, has focused her career on the study of genocide and humanitarian intervention, If Power is confirmed, she faces a number of challenges to her strong beliefs: she may find herself debating policy with some of the dictators she has sought to bring down. Kurt Volker understands the challenges Samantha Power might face. Volker served as the U.S. ambassador to NATO from 2008 to 2009.

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Philadelphia Building Collapse: 6 Dead, 14 Injured

Six people were killed and 14 injured an after a Salvation Army thrift store building collapsed in central Philadelphia yesterday. A neighboring building was in the process of being demolished, when one of its walls suddenly gave way, sending bricks, wood, concrete, and cinder blocks onto the Salvation Army store. Elizabeth Fiedler, WHYY reporter, explains.

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Does Medical School Make Students Jaded and Bitter?

The third year of medical school is a turning point for all the future doctors of America. It's the time when medical students transition from the classroom years to the clinical years. It's a time when the future patients of American hope they cultivate a love for healing and the wonders of the human body. But alas, Dr. Danielle Ofri has her doubts. As she sees it, the hope and altruism which led medical students to the field gets pounded down by medical school itself.

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Defining and Debating the Meaning of Success with Susie Essman

In an attempt to explore what, exactly, constitutes success, The Huffington Post is hosting its first ever women’s conference today in New York. It’s called “The Third Metric: Redefining Success Beyond Money and Power.” Actress, writer, television producer, and voice artist Susie Essman talks about how she defines success.

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