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Thursday, January 09, 2014

Women and children carry water in Minkammen on 01/08/14. Unrest began on 12/15/13 as a clash between army units loyal to South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and those loyal to ex-VP Riek Machar. (Nichole Sobecki/AFP/Getty)

A Failure of Leadership in South Sudan | The Surprising Sounds Detected by a Nuclear Monitoring Network | Kristi Yamaguchi on the Music that Brings Home Gold Medals | Is NJ Bridge Scandal Business As Usual? | Meeting the Standard: Making Medical Devices Compatible and Secure

Gov. Christie: 'I Am Not A Bully'

In a press conference Thursday morning, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said his staff lied to him about their involvement in the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal. Gov. Christie apologized to the people of New Jersey, saying that he was embarrassed and humiliated by the conduct of the members of his team. The governor also announced that he had fired aide Bridget Kelly, calling her “stupid” and “deceitful” at the conference. Joining The Takeaway to explain these revelations is Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent.

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The Complex Relationship of Presidents & Generals

Throughout American history tensions have often flared between the Commander in Chief and his top military brass. But the relationship between the current president and the military might be the worst yet. A new memoir by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates strongly criticizes President Barack Obama's leadership in military affairs, particularly on the war in Afghanistan. Kristen Rouse, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan and a captain in the Army National Guard, weighs in.

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A Failure of Leadership in South Sudan

More than 1,000 people have been killed in the violence in South Sudan that erupted last month, following a power struggle between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar. The Takeaway talks with Alex de Waal, executive director of the World Peace Foundation at Tufts University’s Fletcher School, about the roots of the current crisis. Deb Dawson, of Fargo, North Dakota also weighs in. Dawson works closely with Sudanese Lost Boys and Lost Girls both in the U.S. and abroad.

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The Surprising Sounds Detected by a Nuclear Monitoring Network

The International Monitoring System is the world’s first planetary surveillance network. The system has picked up everything from the sounds of the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami to the sounds of whales near the Juan Fernandez islands and much more. Randy Bell, Director of the International Data Centre Division of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), explains how the nuclear detection system has yielded unexpected scientific discoveries.

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How Olympic Figure Skaters Pick the Perfect Song

The song that frames an Olympic figure skater's routine needs to have a variety of tempos. It needs to have emotional resonance and perhaps a little bit of edge. Most importantly, it needs to be something the skater can listen to over and over and over again. As competitors gear up for the 2014 Olympics, Kristi Yamaguchi, the 1992 Olympic Champion in ladies' singles, reflects on the kind of music that brings home medals.

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Is NJ Bridge Scandal Business As Usual?

A series of traffic jams that took place over the summer in Fort Lee, NJ now appear to have implications for Gov. Chris Christie. Newly released emails show that after Fort Lee’s mayor failed to endorse Christie for re-election, a Christie aide pinged a top official with a simple request: "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee." Gabe Klein, former transportation commissioner for Chicago and Washington D.C., notes that it's not unusual for politicians to meddle with transportation.

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Meeting the Standard: Securing Medical Devices

eHealth has arrived and that means more gadgets, more devices, and more apps that can look inside our bodies and our lives. And if we want a shot at accuracy—or a chance of privacy—it's engineers that must implement the standards to keep medical devices safe and secure. In part three of our "Meeting the Standard" series, Alpesh Shah of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers discusses keeping pace with digitized healthcare.

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