Karzai Walks Away From Peace Talks, FEMA Flood Maps Have Big Consequences

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A Bumpy Road? Karzai Walks Away From Peace Talks | Special Senate Elections in New Jersey and Massachusetts | FEMA Releases New Flood Insurance Maps for New Jersey | John Hodgman on the End of the World | Happy Juneteeth! | An Inside Look Into the Largest Solar Boat Ever Built

A Bumpy Road? Karzai Walks Away From Peace Talks

In Afghanistan, peace talks with the Taliban have already broken down. We explore the idea of talking to your enemy and whether the Afghan government should engage in talks with the Taliban. Bilal Sarwary, reporter for the BBC; Kristen Rouse, a three-tour veteran of Afghanistan; and Kurt Volker, former U.S. permanent representative to NATO, weigh in on these developments.

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Special Senate Elections in New Jersey and Massachusetts

New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg's death, and Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry’s move to Secretary of State, left two major vacancies in the Senate. Both states are looking to fill those seats with special elections in the next few months. R.D. Sahl, longtime Boston news anchor and Boston University journalism professor, and Sarah Gonzalez, northern New Jersey enterprise reporter for WNYC and NJPR, discuss the candidates.


Drought in New Mexico Town Leaves a Village Without Water

Magdaelna, a village in Socorro County New Mexico has a small population of around 1000 people. This month, the town ran out of water. Residents only had 24 hours of notice before the tap water was turned off. Fronteras reporter Monica Ortiz Uribe went to Magdalena and got a chance to speak to the locals about the drought. She joins us today from Las Cruces, New Mexico.

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FEMA Releases New Flood Insurance Maps for New Jersey

FEMA has released new maps that have greatly reduced the number of homes located in the highest-risk zones, and a great number of homeowners once concerned about what to do with their homes are now relieved. New Jersey Public Radio's Scott Gurian explains.


An Inside Look at The Largest Solar Boat Ever Built

While it was docked in New York City, The Takwaway visited the largest solar boat ever built—the MS Turanor PlanetSolar. On today's show we're joined by the vessel's captain, Mr. Gerard d'Aboville; head of the PlanetSolar Deep Water expedition, Professor Martin Beniston; and University of Geneva professor and biologist Bastiaan Ibelings, who discusses the solar boat that's crossed three oceans and 11 seas.


John Hodgman on the End of the World

Humorist, writer, and Daily Show "resident expert" John Hodgman has been thinking about the end of the world, and joking about it for the past year on stages across America. His new special documents the last night of his doomsaying tour. It’s called “Ragnarok” (as in the Norse mythology version of the end of the world). “Ragnarok” will be available exclusively on Netflix tomorrow, June 20.

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