President Obama's Trip to Africa Draws Protesters, A Balancing Act: National Security and Privacy, This Week's New Movie Releases

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Demonstrations in Fortaleza, Brazil, part of a movement that began against bus fare increases and expanded to include spending on soccer stadiums for the 2014 World Cup. (Flickr user Semilla Luz/flickr)

President Obama's Trip to Africa Draws Protesters | A Balancing Act: National Security and Privacy | Immigration Bill Passes Senate | New Mexico County Bans Hydrofracking | Connecting the Voices of Democracy | This Week's New Movie Releases

President Obama's Trip to Africa Draws Protesters

President Obama heads to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania this week for a trip that will focus on trade and investment relations. But not everyone in these countries is excited about his trip.  Lerato Mbele is a South African journalist and co-host of BBC's Newsday. She reports from Johannesburg on President Obama's mixed reception and how it compares to the "Obamania" of 5 years ago.


Immigration Legislation Clears the Senate, Heads to House to Meet its Fate

We are one step closer to adopting the most significant immigration overhaul in the nation’s history—the Senate passed the reform bill yesterday in a 68-to-32 vote. Now it is headed to the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to meet its fate. But Diana Furchtgott-Roth, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, thinks the economic benefits of the Senate's plan may be too good to pass up.

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Senator Angus King Leaning Towards Treason On Snowden

While Edward Snowden waits for his application for asylum in Ecuador to be processed, we bring the story back to American soil. Why was the leak such a big deal, and how can we maintain both security and privacy in its wake? Senator Angus King sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee and joins us to discuss how lawmakers intend to move forward. 

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The New IVF: Genetic Material From 3 People

Normally babies are created with genetic material from two people—something that could soon change. According to The Gaurdian, the UK government is pushing "ahead with plans that would allow doctors to prevent major childhood diseases by creating IVF babies that have genetic material from three people." Doug Turnbull, Director of Welcome Trust Center for Mitrochondrial research at Newcastle University, pioneered the new IVF procedure and discusses this three person IVF treatment and the UK government's plans.

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New Mexico County Bans Hydrofracking

While industry experts point to hydrofracking's possibilities for U.S. energy independence, some are extremely concerned about the consequences for the environment, particularly ground water. For that reason, Mora County, New Mexico recently became the first county in the nation to ban hydraulic fracturing. Carrie Jung, reporter for KUMN, spoke with the county's commissioner, and discusses why the county decided to ban the practice.


New Movie Releases: 'The Heat,' 'White House Down,' '20 Feet from Stardom'

Every Friday The Takeaway looks at the new films set to open up at the box office. In this week's look, our resident Movie Date Podcast team—Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday, and Kristen Meinzer, Culture Producer for The Takeaway—discuss the new releases "The Heat," "White House Down" and "20 Feet from Stardom."

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Connecting the Voices of Democracy

Today, the overarching symbol of democracy is popular discontent—from Turkey and Bulgaria, to Brazil and again this weekend in Egypt, the language and the time zones may change, but the voice of their protest is increasingly the same. According to Columbia University Professor Alfred Stepan, these protests are a direct reflection of the levels of democratic consolidation in the countries at hand.