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Friday, September 20, 2013

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Will Iran Come to the Bargaining Table on Syria? | Pope Francis: Church 'Obsessed' with Abortion, Gays & Birth Control | Movie Date Reviews of The Week: 'Prisoners,' 'Rush,' 'After Tiller' | Schwinntonation: Making Music With Bicycle Parts | Using Theater to Bridge the Muslim Divide | One Mother Considers Racial Connotations of Naming Her Child

Will Iran Come to the Bargaining Table on Syria?

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is set to arrive in New York early next week for the United Nations General Assembly and it’s anticipated that Rouhani will present to the U.N. an Iran ready to engage with the West. Gary Sick, senior research scholar at Columbia University's Middle East Institute and adjunct professor at the University's School of International and Public Affairs, joins The Takeaway to discuss the distrustful relationship between the U.S. and Iran. Bill Keller, former executive editor of our partner The New York Times, says Iran needs to be engaged in Syria talks with the West.

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Pope Francis: Church 'Obsessed' with Abortion, Gays & Birth Control

Pope Francis says that the Church has become "obsessed" with abortion, gay marriage, and contraception. Reverend James Bretzke, professor of Moral Theology at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, describes the historical context of the Pope's remarks. Dr. Victoria Flemming, a Catholic from Illinois, is happy with the Pope's comments and sees this as a new direction for the Church. 

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Schwinntonation: Making Music With Bicycle Parts

Charlie Malave and Ezra Lange, members of the Chicago-based band "Schwinntonation," hear in bikes something that many of us miss: music.  Bike Harp, Basscycle, Little Poppy, Cricket, Handlebars, and Seat-Post Flutes are just some of the instruments the band has invented over the years out of re-purposed bicycle parts.

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Movie Date Reviews of The Week: 'Prisoners,' 'Rush,' 'After Tiller'

This week, we preview two wide releases and a limited release documentary. First, we talk "Prisoners," the Hugh Jackman, and Jake Gyllenhaal thriller, then Ron Howard’s racecar action flick, "Rush." Finally, we look at “After Tiller,” a documentary that takes us inside the last four late-term abortion clinics in the country. As always, our Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, weigh in.

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Using Theater to Bridge the Muslim Divide

The new play "Noor" takes center stage in the plight to bridge the divide between Muslims and non-Muslims alike. The playwright, Akbar Ahmed, Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United Kingdom and and chair of Islamic Studies at American University, and director Manjula Kumar, a project director at the Smithsonian Institution, hope this stage work will provide a new look into the nuanced Muslim community.

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One Mother Considers Racial Connotations of Naming Her Child

We tend to make a host of assumptions about certain names—about race and many other identity markers—that also appear in online search results. That association troubles one expectant mother. Nikisia Drayton has shared her struggle to choose an appropriate name for her unborn child. She has written about her decision for the New York Times.

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