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Monday, October 28, 2013

Lou Reed performs at the Pohoda Music Festival at the Trencin Airport in Trencin, Slovakia on July 7, 2012. (Michal Durinik/Shutterstock)

Syria Moves Closer to Destroying Chemical Weapons Stockpile | Velvet Underground's Moe Tucker Remembers Rock Legend Lou Reed | Security Lags Behind Biotech Advancements | When Big Technology Comes Home | Retro Report: Hurricane Katrina and Its Aftermath | Examining Recovery in The Rockaways A Year After Sandy | Sen. Bernie Sanders on the Latest NSA Spying Scandal 

Syria Moves Closer to Destroying Chemical Weapons Stockpile

Three days ahead of its deadline, the Syrian regime submitted a formal declaration of its chemical weapons arsenal and its plans for destroying that stockpile. Is this a sign that change is possible in Syria? Robin Wright, a joint fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center, weighs in. She's the author of "Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World."

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Velvet Underground's Moe Tucker Remembers Rock Legend Lou Reed

Legendary singer, songwriter and guitarist Lou Reed died Sunday at the age of 71. As founder of the Velvet Underground, Reed is known as one of rock history's great pioneers. Neil Portnow, president the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which bestows the Grammys, credited Reed with "introducing avant-garde rock to the mainstream." Today Moe Tucker, drummer for the Velvet Underground, helps us remember Lou Reed.

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Security Lags Behind Biotech Advancements

For years, scientists have been warning that while technologies are progressing rapidly, control over our biological creations is nearly nonexistent. To explain this disconnect between science and security, The Takeaway speaks to Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of the recent Foreign Affairs article, "Biology's Brave New World."

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When Big Technology Comes Home

Bre Pettis has been on the forefront of 3-D printing technology, and he has made efforts to get the technology into the hands of regular people. Pettis is the founder and CEO of MakerBot, which produces affordable 3-D printers. He joins The Takeaway to explain why he thinks it’s important to democratize this kind of technology, and why he thinks anyone of us can be an inventor.

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Retro Report: Hurricane Katrina and Its Aftermath

This week, as we mark a year after Hurricane Sandy hit the Eastern Seaboard, our friends at the documentary team Retro Report are looking back at another major storm, and the lessons from its recovery. When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in August 2005, it caught the state of Louisiana complete off-guard. James Perry, director of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, examines the lessons from Hurricane Katrina.

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Recovery in The Rockaways A Year After Sandy

It was a year ago this week that Super Storm Sandy hit the beaches of New York and New Jersey. Each neighborhood hit by Hurricane Sandy has a story. As our Senior Producer Jen Poyant explains, in the neighborhood of the Rockaways, the story of Sandy has become a story of waiting—waiting for financial assistance, waiting for the permits to rebuild, and waiting for friends and neighbors to come home for good.

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Senator Bernie Sanders Weighs In on the Latest NSA Spying Scandal

The outrage continues over revelations that the NSA has spied on some of America’s closest allies. Members of European Parliament will travel to Washington today—they are likely to press senior U.S. officials for more information regarding the NSA's alleged spying. Senator Bernie Sanders, an Independent from Vermont, explains the fallout and what can be done to rein in the NSA.

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