One Year Since Iranian Protests; Handicapping Environmental Legislation; World Cup; Joan Rivers

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Friday, June 11, 2010

A protest following Neda Agha-Soltan's death in June, 2009 (Photo courtesy HBO)

One year after the much-disputed Iranian presidential elections, opposition party leaders cancel planned protests; states consider eliminating largely ceremonial lieutenant governor positions; how the BP oil spill in the Gulf could affect energy and climate legislation; World Cup kicks off in South Africa; Joan Rivers in new documentary; military graves mishandled at Arlington National Cemetery; documentary on slain Iranian musician Neda Agha-Soltan. Todd Zwillich and Lynn Sherr host today's show.

Top of the Hour: Iran, One Year Later, This Morning's Headlines

Stephen Kinzer, author of "Reset: Iran, Turkey, and America's Future," tells The Takeaway what he learned from a trip to Iran last month; this morning's headlines.


Iran: An Uprising, A Crackdown. One Year Later, Where's The Revolutionary Spirit?

One year ago, Iran, in turmoil, appeared to be on the brink of a revolution. Mahmoud Ahmedinejad was declared the winner of Iran's much-contested presidential election. For days afterwards, protests raged. Hundreds of thousands of Iranians poured into the streets. They marched, despite a savage government crackdown. Dissidents, journalists and ordinary people were swept off the streets and imprisoned, but the protests went on. Cameras filmed the death throes of a young woman, Neda Agha-Soltan, shot in the streets of Tehran. She was called a martyr; her death fuelled even more protests. Twitter and Youtube became foreign correspondents, telling stories from the embattled nation after traditional media were shut down or shut out. But the protests petered out.

One year later, where is the revolutionary fervor?


Former FBI Agent Explains Van der Sloot Case

Could the FBI have prevented a murder?

When Joran van der Sloot was arrested this week for killing a 21-year-old woman in Peru, details of Natalee Holloway's murder rose to the surface. Although he was never charged for Holloway's murder, Van der Sloot was the main suspect in that case, and before he left Aruba to Peru, he tried to extort money from Holloway’s mother.


Listeners Respond: Gender Switch in American Life

Yesterday we spoke with Hanna Rosin, contributing editor the The Atlantic Monthly. Hanna wrote a recent article called "The End of Men" which predicted a major shift of gender roles in American life.  Takeaway listeners took to the phone lines and the web to discuss her points. Many argued, like listener Austin Murrey of Oklahoma City that Rosin's points come as no surprise as women have long held power in our society.  He writes:

"Clearly women still face challenges in the macro-social arena (business, politics, etc.) but in the micro-social world, particularly romantic relationships, I think women hold significantly more power than men."


USA vs. England: A World Cup Rematch 60 Years in the Making

In 1950, the U.S. soccer team took the field in Belo Horizonte, Brazil as 500-1 long shots to win the World Cup. Their opponents were the "Kings of Football," the English, who were 3-1 favorites to win it all. Behind the brilliant goal keeping of Frank Borghi, the U.S. was able to pull off one of the greatest upsets in World Cup history, defeating England 1-0. Tomorrow, team USA will try and pull off a similar upset as they begin their World Cup campaign with an opening match against England.

Who are you rooting for and why? How do you celebrate the teams? Special foods? Special rituals? Share your World Cup stories with us.

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Rhode Island, Other States Question the Real Value of Lieutenant Governor

“Abolish the office of Lieutenant Governor, save the state $1,000,000 per year”: That’s the campaign promise of Robert J. Healey, Jr., who is running for lieutenant governor in the state of Rhode Island. Healey, an attorney and former Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate, is running as an independent and says he could be endorsed by the state’s Republican Party. As states across the country struggle with budget cuts, some legislators are asking the question: “Do we really need a lieutenant governor?”

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Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

We all know Joan Rivers as a comedian, talk show host, red carpet personality, writer, and season 2 Celebrity Apprentice winner. But now, the woman famous for asking “Can We Talk?” is adding the job title “documentary subject” to her resume, as well.

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Top of the Hour: World Cup Kicks Off, Environmental Policy and the Oil Spill, This Morning's Headlines

Alex Capstick, BBC World Service sports correspondent reports from the opening ceremony of the World Cup; headlines.


Will Environmental Policy Change in Wake of Oil Disaster?

The Deepwater Horizon oil gusher has demonstrated that severe changes in how the U.S. drills for oil are necessary; could this oil disaster be an opportunity for stronger environmental policy?



Three Themes to Watch for in the World Cup 2010

What are you watching for in this World Cup? A favorite team? Hoping for upsets? Our sports contributor, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin says we might see some young talent emerge while older leaders have to sit out with injuries. 


World Cup 2010: Rooting for South Africa in New York

Takeaway correspondent Femi Oke spends the morning at the South African restaurant, Madiba, in Brooklyn, New York, where owners and patrons are preparing for the biggest South African World Cup party in the city. Restaurant owner, Mark Hanegan says there are already 120 breakfast reservations from South Africa fans, coming to eat the home-style food and watch the game. Femi checks in with enthusiastic soccer fans at the bar, like Tiffani Knowles, who was the first to arrive at the restaurant this morning.


Hundreds of Graves Mishandled at Arlington National Cemetery

Over 200 bodies may have been misidentified or misplaced at Arlington National Cemetery, the Army said on Thursday. Arlington National Cemetery's superintendent and deputy have been ousted following a newly released Pentagon report revealing misidentified graves and poor record keeping. 

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Brits Criticize U.S. Hostility Toward BP

For weeks since the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico began, BP has been pilloried by the American public, press, and government alike. But across the Atlantic, a different sort of fury is brewing. British politicians and investors are bristling at what they see as U.S. attacks on BP, formerly called British Petroleum. With many British pension funds heavily dependent on BP's success in the stock market, some British politicians like Boris Johnson, the Conservative mayor of London, are saying criticism of BP amounts to "anti-British rhetoric." Does the world's third largest oil company need special protection? The BBC's Lucy Hooker has the latest from London.   

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Family of Slain Iranian Protester Speaks Out in 'For Neda'

This weekend marks one year since last summer's massive protests in Iran following contested election results. In the midst of the protests, aspiring musician Neda Agha Soltan was shot and killed. Her death was captured on video and went viral on the internet. The family of the 26-year-old victim is speaking out in a new documentary, "For Neda," which will air on HBO next week. (HBO released the documentary online; it's embedded after the jump.)