October 16, 2013

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Basim Usmani of The Kominas answers a call to prayer. (The Taqwacores: Muslim Punk in the USA, Photographs by Kim Badawi, published by powerHouse Books)

Senate Reaches Bipartisan Fiscal Deal | States Anxiously Hope for Federal Budget Deal | Syrian and Somali Refugees Seek Solace in Malta | The Surprisingly Modern Diet Struggle of President Taft | Iran Nuclear Enrichment Talks Enter Day Two | The Latest Cutting-Edge "Stuff" in Science & Tech Innovation | First Generation Muslim-Americans Navigate Faith & Country

Senate Reaches Bipartisan Fiscal Deal

The uncertainty on Capitol Hill seems to be over—for now at least. Democratic and Republican Senate leaders have reportedly reached an agreement on a deal to reopen the government and avert a debt ceiling breach. With us to discuss the latest developments in the nation's capital is Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich.

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States Anxiously Hope for Federal Budget Deal

The shutdown continues, the debt ceiling deadline looms and states are scrambling to fill in the gaps. In the wake of the Great Recession, state budgets are already stretched thin—and a federal default could spell catastrophe. Michigan state budget director John Nixon and California budget office deputy director H.D. Palmer discuss how states are coping.

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Syrian and Somali Refugees Seek Solace in Malta

Since the start of 2013, more than 4,600 Syrians have fled the civil war and reached Italy by sea, the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reported last month. Just 369 Syrians migrated to Italy in 2012. Joining The Takeaway to explain is Nuala McGovern, presenter of BBC's Newsday, who is reporting from Malta. She's joined by Abbas, a 17-year-old Somali migrant currently staying in a camp in Malta.

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President Taft's Surprisingly Modern Diet Struggle

Newly unearthed letters and diaries of President William Howard Taft show that the famously "corpulent" president pursued several modern dieting techniques, including keeping a food diary and seeking the council of a "physical culture man"—his year's version of a personal trainer. Dr. Deborah Levine, assistant professor of health policy and management at Providence College, discusses her findings about President Taft.

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Iran Nuclear Enrichment Talks Enter Day Two

Talks over Iran’s nuclear program enter their second day today in Geneva. Can the discussions produce a negotiated solution to an enduring standoff? George Perkovich, a former foreign policy adviser to then-Sen. Joe Biden from 1989 to 1990. He is currently director of the nuclear policy program for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations’ task force on U.S. nuclear policy 

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The Latest Cutting-Edge "Stuff" in Science & Technology Innovation

David Pogue hosts the NOVA series "Making Stuff," which begins tonight at 9 PM Eastern on PBS with the episode “Making Stuff: Faster.” Other episodes in the series, produced by our partner WGBH, include "Making Stuff: Wilder," "Making Stuff: Colder," and "Making Stuff: Safer." Pogue, a tech columnist for our partner The New York Times, joins The Takeaway to discuss the latest cutting-edge "stuff" in science and technology innovation.

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First Generation Muslim-Americans Navigate Challenges of Faith and Country

This generation of Muslim-Americans are some of the first to grow up entirely in the United States. For those making the choice to depart from their parents’ faith, the decision can be traumatic—in some cases it can even tear apart families. Kamran, a first generation Afghan-American; Tasneem, a first generation South Asian-American; and Zahra Noorbakhsh, a first generation Iranian-American discuss the ways they're navigating their religion, culture, and nationality.

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