Searching For an Immigration Compromise, Remembering James Gandolfini, Is Obesity A Disease?

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

On Today's Show: A Voice From the Border on Immigration Reform | Is Obesity a Disease? |Actor James Gandolfini Dead at 51  | Protests Heat Up in Brazil | What Makes a Phenomenal Teacher? | Federal Reserve Eyes End of Stimulus

A Voice from the Border on Immigration Reform

Republicans are pushing for stronger border security measures, threatening to derail immigration reforms if their demands are not met. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent, provides us with an update on immigration legislation. Though it may be tough to pass a bill, one Republican, a former Texas state legislator, sees the border a little differently. Aaron Pena, former member of the Texas House of Representatives, joins us to discuss how this issue is playing out along the border.

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Actor James Gandolfini Dead at 51

HBO's "The Sopranos" changed television, it changed the entertainment industry and actor James Gandolfini himself changed the character of the Italian-American made guy. Today we take a look back at the impact of Gandolfini's break through role in The Sopranos, and the cultural significance of the show in America. Chris Carley, co-owner of Holsten’s, the restaurant where the the last scene of The Sopranos was filmed, discusses the late actor.

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Examining the Protests In Brazil

The protests in Brazil that initially began as a response to transportation fare increases have grown into a much larger movement, drawing thousands of Brazilians into the streets. Eliane Cantanhêde, a columnist for the newspaper Folha de São Paulo and TV commentator for Globo News em Pauta, joins us to discuss Brazil's economic disparities and the many ways this protest could play out.

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Federal Reserve Eyes End of Stimulus

Later this year, because of an optimistic outlook on the economy, the Federal Reserve may begin to ease its efforts to stimulate the economy. To discuss what this development means, The Takeaway welcomes Jon Hilsenrath, Chief Economics Correspondent for The Wall Street Journal.

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Is Obesity a Disease?

This week, the American Medical Association officially recognized obesity as a disease. But not all physicians agree on whether this new categorization makes sense. Dr. Stephen Cook, a pediatrician, and Dr. Davis Liu, a family physician, join us today to discuss how useful this disease designation is, and whether the change is simplifying a complicated problem.

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What Makes a Phenomenal Teacher?

The National Council on Teacher Quality released a report claiming that U.S. education programs are not preparing teachers for the classroom. Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch explains why we should let teachers teach without such skepticism, and tells us what she thinks makes a phenomenal teacher. 

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