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Monday, August 26, 2013

The March on Washington, August 28, 1963. Civil rights and union leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr., Joseph L. Rauh Jr., Whitney Young and others pictured. (United States Information Agency/Wikimedia Commons)

Pressure Mounts for the U.S. and Allies to Respond in Syria | Chelsea Manning & the Transgender Prison Experience | Bo Xilai Trial Ends in China | A 12-Year-Old Tech Prodigy's Mission | Predicting Crime Through Data | Reflecting on the March on Washington 

Pressure Mounts for the United States and Allies to Respond in Syria

Last week, it's believed a chemical attack was carried out in Syria. Lara Setrakian is a journalist and the founder of Syria Deeply. She joins The Takeaway to discuss the latest attacks and the possible response to come from the United States and its allies. P.J. Crowley, a former Department of State spokesperson and currently a professor at George Washington University, provides a sense of the military and non-military options being considered in Washington, D.C. 

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Chelsea Manning & the Transgender Prison Experience

Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Bradley, has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking state secrets. The day after sentencing, Manning came out as transgender. Her gender identity could complicate her stay at the all-male military prison Fort Leavenworth, where she is set to spend the next 35 years. Alisha Williams is Director of Prisoner Justice at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. She explains the predicament of transgender prisoners.

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Bo Xilai Trial Ends in China

One of China's most closest watched trials in decades came to a close today—that of the fallen communist party politician Bo Xilai. Jonathan Fenby is former editor of the South China Morning Post, and a former correspondent for The Economist. He's also author of the book: "Tiger Head, Snake Tails." He joins the program to provide an update on the trial and to discuss a possible verdict.

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A 12-Year-Old Tech Prodigy's Mission

Quin Etnyre wanted to make tech education more fun, so he became a teacher. He started his own company, called Qtechknow, which sells DIY electronic starter kits. But Etnyre is not an MIT professor or grad—he's a 12-year-old. He joins The Takeaway to discuss some of his inventions and the ways he is working to make technology more accessible.

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Predicting Crime Through Data

Most of profiling has been based on race, gender and neighborhood. But what if those identifying factors were combined with other information, and maybe bits and pieces collected by the NSA? Jim Adler knows from experience that these questions aren’t just the stuff of science fiction. He recently created a program that makes predictions about criminal behavior based on identity.

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Reflecting on the March on Washington

This week, The Takeaway remembers the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Joyce Ladner was a field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee at the March on Washington. It was the violence of her childhood growing up in Mississippi amidst poverty and deeply rooted racism that inspired her activism.

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