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Friday, December 20, 2013

Billy from London plays with the 'Innotab 2' from V-Tech at the 2012 'Dream Toys' exhibition in central London on October 31, 2012. (LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty)

Suffering in Silence: College Kids & Suicide | What to Get the Kids? High Tech Toys that Teach | Surprise Pardon: Putin Frees His Rival Khodorkovsky | Obama Commutes Sentences of Eight Federal Inmates | Movie Date: 'American Hustle,' 'Anchorman 2,' 'Her' | Actor Ralph Fiennes Explores the Hidden Life of Dickens in "The Invisible Woman"

Suffering in Silence: College Kids & Suicide

Nearly half of all college students have had suicidal thoughts. Donna and Phil Satow co-founded The Jed Foundation after they tragically loss their youngest son Jed to suicide during his sophomore year of college. Misha Kessler is a recent college graduate and can speak first hand to this struggle. Together they discuss their experiences with the distress that college students face and ways people can actively get involved.

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What to Get the Kids? High Tech Toys that Teach

There are dozens of high-tech toys to pick from—battery-operated puppies, motorized wagons and so much more. But how do you actually pick out toys that have real educational value? Manoush Zomorodi, host and managing editor of WNYC's New Tech City, has a few ideas about how to get out of the iPad rut with tech toys. She shares her list of toys that teach, promote creativity, and build skills, while managing to be fun too.

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Surprise Pardon: Putin Frees His Rival Khodorkovsky

Russian President Vladimir Putin has freed one of his most significant political rivals, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the famed Russian oil tycoon, oligarch and Kremlin critic, who has been in prison for 10 years. Putin cited "humanitarian principles" for the unexpected pardon. The move comes just ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Joining The Takeaway to discuss Putin's sudden change of heart is Bob Amersterdam, former defense attorney for Mikhail Khodorkovsky who was at his trial ten years ago.

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Obama Commutes Sentences of Eight Inmates

Yesterday President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of eight federal inmates for crack cocaine offenses. Each inmate has been imprisoned for at least 15 years, and six were sentenced to life in prison. Aside from the eight lucky ones, 500,000 people remain behind bars across the U.S. for drug violations. Joining The Takeaway to explain Obama's decision is Mark Osler, a law professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis.

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Movie Date: 'American Hustle,' 'Anchorman 2,' 'Her'

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen look at what could some of the last big movies of the year. They start with two big releases: The star-studded "American Hustle" and the much anticipated sequel "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues." They also look at "Her," the latest movie by director Spike Jonze. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix as a quiet man who falls in love with an intelligent operating system voiced by Scarlett Johansson.

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Actor Ralph Fiennes Explores the Hidden Life of Dickens in "The Invisible Woman"

In his heyday, Charles Dickens was a literary and political rock star who attracted crowds everywhere he went. But behind closed doors, the writer and family man actually harbored a secret. For 18 years, he carried on an extra-marital affair with a woman 30 years his junior. The story of their affair is told in the new movie, “The Invisible Woman” which was directed by it's leading man—Ralph Fiennes. Fiennes tells an intriguing story of hidden passion and celebrity, set against the backdrop of Victorian era morality.

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