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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

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Opposition in Syria Claim Chemical Attacks Killed Hundreds | Fukushima Nuclear Plant Crisis Worsens | NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Legacy | Diagnosing the Annual Medical Checkup |  Are Bob Filner's Days in Office as San Diego Mayor Numbered? | After VRA Ruling, Florida Looks to Make Sweeping Changes Without Oversight  | Shooting Victim Speaks Out on Stop-And-Frisk | 

Opposition in Syria Claim Chemical Attacks Killed Hundreds

Syrian opposition activists have accused the Syrian government of launching chemical weapons attacks and killing hundreds in areas close to the capital of Damascus overnight. The Syrian government has denied that chemical weapons were used earlier today. Ben Hubbard, Middle East correspondent for our partner The New York Times, discusses the latest details with us. 

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Fukushima Nuclear Plant Crisis Worsens

Storage tanks at  the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are leaking about 80,000 gallons of contaminated water. Bob Hernan, author of “This Borrowed Earth: Lessons from the 15 Worst Environmental Disasters Around the World”, explains how serious the leak is.

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NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Legacy

New York City will soon be electing a new mayor, but the city's current mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has left an indelible mark on the nation’s largest city. After 12 years and three terms, he will move on in January 2014. Brian Lehrer, host of WNYC’s Brian Lehrer show, discusses Mayor Bloomberg's legacy. 

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Are Bob Filner's Days in Office as San Diego Mayor Numbered?

Last month, Bob Filner was accused of inappropriate conduct by 16 women. After intense public scrutiny, the democratic mayor of San Diego enrolled in two weeks of intensive behavioral therapy, which ended on August 10th. Sandhya Dirks, has been covering the Filner story for KPBS News in San Diego. She joins The Takeaway to discuss what the next steps for Filner may be.

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Diagnosing the Annual Medical Checkup

Dr. Gilbert Welch is a general internist at the White River Junction, Vermont VA and a professor of Medicine at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Research. He's also the author of "Over-Diagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health" and joins The Takeaway to discuss when to use preventative medicine, and his suggestions for improving the annual checkup.

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After VRA Ruling, Florida Looks to Make Sweeping Changes Without Oversight

This week, we're looking at how the decision has already started to change voting laws across the United States. Today we look at Florida. Up until the Shelby County decision, five counties had to ask the Justice Department for permission before changing their voting laws. Gina Jordan, reporter for WLRN in Miami, says the state is now making sweeping changes without federal oversight.

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Shooting Victim Speaks Out on Stop-And-Frisk

There's really no reason why young Brian Beutler is alive today. He was shot three times on a poorly lit street in Northwest Washington D.C. five years ago by two young black men who tried to steal his cell phone. In D.C., there is no stop-and-frisk policy. What he believes about the value of stop-and-frisk, and profiling, might just surprise you.

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