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Monday, August 05, 2013

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U.S. Extends Closure of Some Embassies & Diplomatic Posts | U.S. May End Drone Strikes in Pakistan | McConnell Faces Off With Tea Party, Democratic Candidates at Fancy Farm | Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Biography | TVs Stay Dark Amid Time Warner, CBS Dispute | Messy Desks a Sign of Creativity |

U.S. Extends Closure of Some Embassies & Diplomatic Posts

Over the weekend, a terrorism threat prompted the United States to close dozens of American diplomatic posts in the Middle East, North Africa and elsewhere. In addition to closing embassies, the Department of State issued a travel alert to U.S. citizens abroad. On Sunday the State Department extended the closure of some diplomatic posts. Joining us to discuss the closures is Mark Mazzetti, reporter for our partner The New York Times.

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U.S. May End Drone Strikes in Pakistan

Secretary of State John Kerry explained in an interview with Pakistani television that the U.S. could end drone strikes in the country in the near future. But there are those who claim that the U.S. and Pakistan have both benefited from the use of drones. C. Christine Fair, Professor at the Center for Peace and Security Studies at Georgetown University, explains why.

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Biography

In this first installment in The Takeaway's series on post-traumatic stress disorder—commonly referred to as PTSD—we look at the disorder through multiple lenses. Former Marine and author of the upcoming book "The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress disorder" David Morris joins us to discuss his personal experience with PTSD, as well as in the context of psychology, medicine, and literature.

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A New Chapter for Iran & the United States?

Has there been a reset in the U.S. Iran relationship? Yesterday's inauguration of the newly-elected President Hassan Rouhani was a chance to assure Iranian and U.S. leaders that an opportunity for real change exists now. Joining us to discuss this is Amir Paivar, Business Correspondent with BBC Persian TV.

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McConnell Faces Off With Tea Party, Democratic Candidates at Fancy Farm

The fate of next year’s Kentucky senate race—and that of Republican Senator Mitch McConnell—might be tied to his oratorical performance at a picnic that took place on Saturday in Fancy Farm, Kentucky. The event has developed into a crucial test of political power in Kentucky. Gabe Bullard, Director of News and Editorial Strategy at WFPL, reports on how the candidates fared.

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TVs Stay Dark Amid Time Warner, CBS Dispute

You and your television set may be caught in a standoff between the Time Warner Cable and CBS Television. Time Warner's current contract with CBS expired this weekend, blocking out CBS stations, and cable networks owned by CBS, in large parts of New York, Los Angeles and Dallas. Jon Lafayette, Business Editor for Broadcasting and Cable Magazine, joins us to examine the stalemate and what's next for the media giants.

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A Psychiatrist’s Encounters with the Mind in Crisis

Christine Montross, assistant professor of psychiatry at Brown University, is a practicing psychiatrist who focuses on the most severe cases. Her patients ingest knives, nails and light-bulbs, and suffer from seizures and hallucinations and experience psychosis. She’s the author of “Falling into the Fire: A Psychiatrist’s Encounters with the Mind in Crisis.” She joins The Takeaway to discuss mental illness over the last 100 years and the strides that still need to be made.

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