President Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize

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Friday, October 09, 2009

President Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize

President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize early this morning for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples,” according to the Nobel Committee in Oslo. We take a look at the significance of this and a look back at the history of the prestigious award with Professor Paul Martin, director of Human Rights Studies at Barnard College, the BBC's Lars Bevanger reporting from Oslo, and New York Times reporter Alan Cowell.

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Washington Takeout: President's Nobel Win

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President Obama's Surprising Nobel Win

We continue our discussion about President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize win. With us this morning is Paul Martin, professor and director of Human Rights studies at Barnard College at Columbia University. We also talk with 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai for an international take on this surprise win.

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Nobel Peace Prize History and Rationale

Taking a closer look at how the decision was made for President Obama to win the Nobel Peace Prize, we talk again with Paul Martin, professor and director for Human Rights Studies at Barnard Colleage at Columbia University. We also talk with John Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., who served under President George W. Bush.

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Former IAEA Director Reacts to Obama's Win

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Reactions to President's Nobel Peace Prize Win

President Barack Obama has won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples,” according to the Nobel Committee in Oslo. We talk with the BBC's Lars Bevanger in Oslo, presidential historian Douglas Brinkley and New York Times correspondent Sheryl Gay Stolberg for their reactions.

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