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Monday, December 09, 2013

Employees in protective gear are seen during a demonstration in a chemical weapons disposal facility at GEKA. (Getty)

The Road Ahead for Syria & the OPCW | How to Combat Poverty: Lessons from History | Retro Report: The Exxon Valdez Disaster | Vast Number of Silent Films Lost to History | Holiday Etiquette in a Digital Age

Governors Petition EPA for Tighter Regulations

Today governors of eight Northeastern states plan to petition the Environmental Protection Agency to force tighter air pollution regulations on nine Rust Belt and Appalachian states. The petition comes the day before the Supreme Court is to hear arguments to determine the fate of a related E.P.A. regulation known as the “good neighbor” rule. Joining The Takeaway to explain is Coral Davenport, reporter for our partner The New York Times.

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Retro Report: The Exxon Valdez Disaster

This week our friends at Retro Report look back at a cold March night in 1989 when the tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground off the coast of Southern Alaska, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil into the waters of Prince William Sound and creating one of the worst oil spills in American history. Scott Michels, reporter for Retro Report, joins The Takeaway to examine how the spill happened and what we did and didn't learn from the disaster.

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How to Combat Poverty: Lessons from History

As the president and Congress debate the minimum wage and the efficacy of food stamps, a new book by Dr. Mical Raz challenges the underpinnings of our understanding of poverty and how best to combat it. In "What's Wrong with the Poor?: Psychiatry, Race and the War on Poverty," Dr. Raz argues that the theory of deprivation—which drove the Johnson Administration's approach to policy-making—led policy-makers to ignore structural inequality.

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Hundreds of Thousands Take to Ukrainian Streets

Hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Ukraine on Sunday to take part in demonstrations against the government. During the unrest in the capital city of Kiev, protesters showed their anger by smashing a statue of the Russian revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin. The latest protest was the largest yet in almost three weeks. David Herszenhorn, reporter for our partner The New York Times, joins us from the site of the protest in Kiev.

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The Road Ahead for Syria & the OPCW

On Tuesday, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons will accept their Nobel Peace Prize in Stockholm. Last month, they triumphantly met their deadline for the removal of Syria’s weapons cache. Though much progress has been made, there is still a great deal of work left to be done. Sigrid Kaag, special coordinator of the joint mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations, provides a look ahead at the OPCW's timeline for destroying all of the weapons.

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Vast Number of Silent Films Lost to History

Silent movies are still the earliest cinematic record of our time—even if they have long been surpassed by more exciting forms of theater. Unfortunately, the Library of Congress has reported that much of that record has been lost to history. Dan Streible, a professor of cinema studies at New York University and founder of The Orphan Film Symposium, joins The Takeaway to discuss the significance of this lost record of silent cinema, and whether the U.S. can recover these pieces of missing history.

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Holiday Etiquette in a Digital Age

It’s the holidays—a time of year when we’re expected to be on our best behavior. But how do you navigate a season steeped in tradition, in our non-traditional digital age? Gifts or gift cards? Invites or e-vites? And how much eggnog is too much eggnog at the holiday office party? Here to explain the ins and outs of holiday manners is Anna Post, author and etiquette expert, and the great-great-granddaughter of the Queen of Etiquette, Emily Post.

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