Drones in Yemen: A Scene from Ground Level | The Lingering Stress of War for Military Families | New Cups & Straws Detect Date Rape Drugs

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Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Peter Sarsgaard and Amanda Seyfried in "Lovelace."

Drones in Yemen: A Scene from Ground Level | The Lingering Stress of War for Military Families | New Cups & Straws Detect Date Rape Drugs | Will Amazon's Bezos Transform the Newspaper Industry? | The Directors of "Lovelace" on America's First Porn Star | Can Fast Food Fight Obesity?

Drones in Yemen: A Scene from Ground Level

On Tuesday, the State Department advised all Americans in Yemen to leave the country because of "the continued potential for terrorist attacks." Yalda Hakim, a BBC World News correspondent, has done extensive reporting in Yemen for BBC World News. Gregory Johnsen is author of “The Last Refuge: Yemen, Al Qaeda, and America's War in Arabia.” Johnsen and Hakim join The Takeaway to provide an update on combating the war on terror in Yemen.

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The Lingering Stress of War for Military Families

The stress of war lingers not just with our veterans but with their families as well. Take Vivian Greentree, Director of Research and Policy for Blue Star Families, for example. Vivian's husband Mike is frequently on deployment. Their son M.J. sees many families who deal with issues related to PTSD, and they themselves, like all military families, constantly deal with the daily stresses of military life. Vivian and M.J. join the program to share their experience.

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New Cups & Straws Detect Date Rape Drugs

Date rape drugs are still showing up in bars, restaurants, at parties, and on college campuses, rendering victims physically helpless and unable to remember what happened to them. After being drugged himself, one man is trying to put a stop to them. His company, DrinkSavvy, is marketing cups and straws that detect date rape drugs. When date rape drug is introduced into a beverage, the cup and/or straw changes color to alert the drinker. The creator—Boston Inventor Michael Abramson—joins us to discuss his invention.

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Will Amazon's Bezos Transform the Newspaper Industry?

Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos purchased The Washington Post this week for $250 million. There is speculation that Bezos has big plans for revamping the paper, which has suffered a 44 percent decline in operating revenue over the past six years. Alan D. Mutter, a media consultant and former newspaper editor, explains the opportunity Bezos has to re-envision what it might mean to be a newspaper in the digital age.

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The Directors of "Lovelace" on America's First Porn Star

As America’s first real porn superstar, Linda Lovelace was both celebrated as a symbol of sexual liberation and derided for participating in the objectification of women. Despite her stardom, Lovelace never set out to be a star. Her back story was much more complicated and, at times, tragic. The new film, “Lovelace,” starring Amanda Seyfried, tells the story of Linda Lovelace's public and private life. Its directors, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman explain what went into their new biopic, and how Lovelace's survivors feel about it.

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Can Fast Food Fight Obesity?

Fast food has its fair share of critics who say that the processed foods served by chain restaurants are responsible for the obesity epidemic in this country. But in this month’s cover issue for the Atlantic, David Freedman has a response to these critics: Fast food is actually the key to reducing obesity. Freedman argues that by putting our focus on fresh, organic products, we’re missing out on an opportunity to make low-calorie food more widely available.

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