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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Charred remains of many cars line the roads near a Rabaa mosque. (T Todras-Whitehill/Twitter)

As Deaths Rise to More Than 500, A Look At Next Steps for Egypt, U.S.-Mideast Relations | Congress Investigates The Digital Currency Bitcoin | New Black Hole Theory Could Overthrow Einstein's Theory of Relativity | Coping with Schizophrenia By Listening | Who Will Decide Egypt's Future? 

As Deaths Rise to More Than 500, A Look At Next Steps for Egypt, U.S.-Mideast Relations

The situation in Egypt continued to unravel yesterday as security forces stormed pro-Morsi protest camps, which sparked deadly clashes around the country. Mona Makram Ebeid is a political science professor at the American University in Cairo and a former member of parliament in Egypt. Hafsa Halawa is an Egyptian lawyer and a former employee of the National Democratic Institute. Both women discuss what to expect for Egypt's future. Kurt Volker, former U.S. Ambassador to NATO, explains the impact on U.S.-Middle East policy.

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Congress Investigates The Digital Currency Bitcoin

This month, it seems, Bitcoin hit the big time. A federal judge declared that Bitcoins are in fact a recognized form of currency, and Bloomberg Terminal actually created a Bitcoin ticker. The Senate Committee on Homeland Security is beginning an investigation into the digital currency and how it can be regulated. Jeffrey Robinson, author of "The Laundrymen" joins us to discuss the future of regulating a currency based on anonymous exchanges of money.

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The Evolution of The Egyptian Revolution

The BBC's Hugh Sykes has been on the ground reporting on the latest violence in Egypt. Sykes has reported many times since the revolution began and he often points out that we frequently see just what's going on where the cameras are. He joins The Takeaway to discuss how the conflict has changed and what it's like on the ground today in Egypt.

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New Black Hole Theory Could Overthrow Einstein's Theory of Gravity

Joseph Polchinski is part of a four-man team that’s rethinking our ideas about black holes. In the process, he and his team might overthrow Einstein’s theory of relativity. It might sound like the stuff of science fiction, but in fact, Polchinski's work is shaking up the physics world, and raising new questions about how the universe began. 

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Coping With Schizophrenia By Listening

Eleanor Longden was diagnosed with schizophrenia and institutionalized and essentially discarded by a mental health system that was unsure of how to help her. So instead Longden began to help herself, listening to and interpreting the voices she once battled in order to learn and grow from them. She is a doctoral psychology researcher and she's chronicled her journey towards understanding herself and the voices in her new TED e-book, "Learning from the Voices in My Head."

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Who Will Decide Egypt's Future?

The future in Egypt seems uncertain and there are many lessons from history that can be learned about what we can expect next. There is no doubt that the military will directly affect the path of progress Egypt is to take in the near future—the question that remains, however, is where that path will lead. Joining us is Jon Alterman to discuss Egypt's future and the role of its military. 

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