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Thursday, August 01, 2013

The lethal injection room at San Quentin State Prison. (Wikipedia Commons)

Sen. Saxby Chambliss Talks NSA, GOP's Future in Georgia | Congress Passes Student Loan Compromise | The Benefits of Human Monogamy | Debate Rages On Over Georgia's Lethal Injection Secrecy Act | We Refugees: Returning from Iraq

Sen. Saxby Chambliss Talks NSA, GOP's Future in Georgia

Last week, at the urging of the White House, the House of Representatives defeated a bill to curb the NSA’s powers. But lawmakers are facing mounting pressure to limit government surveillance programs. Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia is the Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee. He has been exploring options for how best to modify the surveillance program. Senator Chambliss joins us on the program.

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Congress Goes to Recess With Unfinished Business

The 113th Congress begins its summer recess tomorrow. It has a lot of unfinished business that it probably won’t manage to address before the recess starts. Congress can at least mark one item off the agenda. Yesterday, the House passed a student loan compromise. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich explains the new law, and what Congress didn't get done before its summer recess.

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Is Stability Finally Coming to Iraq?

Is stability finally coming to the nation of Iraq? That all depends on who you talk to. Things are considerably better for the government, but it's a time a different story on the streets. According to the United Nations Mission in Iraq, last month was the deadliest since April 2008. Jane Arraf, reporter in Baghdad for Al Jazeera English and the Christian Science Monitor, joins us to discuss this.

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We Refugees: Returning to Iraq

All week this week, The Takeaway journeys into the complex realities faced by refugees from around the world. Amer Sadoon Almaliki, a field officer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Iraq, fled Iraq in 2006 and resettled in Sydney, Australia. He returned four years later to help rebuild his nation and support his family. He joins us today to tell us his story.

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Debate Rages On Over Georgia's Lethal Injection Secrecy Act

A new state law in Georgia called the “Lethal Injection Secrecy Act” keeps the names of pharmacies that manufacture the chemicals used in lethal injections secret from the public. Proponents of the law say it is there to protect the pharmaceutical manufacturers from protests and attacks. But at least one judge is questioning whether this new law is constitutional. Claire Simms, reporter for Georgia Public Broadcasting, has been covering this story.

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The Science Behind Monogamy

For humans and many mammals, having a single, lifelong mate is extremely rare, except for some higher order primates. What was the evolutionary pathway to monogamy? Two studies published this week suggest an answer. Kit Opie, evolutionary anthropologist at University College London, was the lead author on one study published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He joins The Takeaway to discuss his research.

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The Benefits of Human Monogamy

Two recent studies have shown that monogamy is largely beneficial for male members of certain species, but what about human relationships? Do men have more benefits in monogamous heterosexual human relationships? Lamar Tyler and Emily Rems are in monogamous relationships, and weigh in with their personal experiences. 

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