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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Protesters clash with police in central Kiev on January 20, 2014. (SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty)

Syrian Peace Talks on the Brink of Collapse | Drama Continues for Christie Camp | Ukraine Falls Deeper into Crisis | The Sun's Unusually Calm. Here's What it Means for Climate Change | Money Addiction: How Much Is Enough? | Bill & Melinda Gates: Myths Blocking Progress for the Poor

Bill and Melinda Gates on the Myths of Poverty

Since launching their foundation in 2000, Bill and Melinda Gates have granted nearly $30 billion to organizations and individuals working to eradicate poverty. In an interview on Tuesday with Takeaway host John Hockenberry, the couple talk about why poor countries aren't doomed to stay poor.

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Drama Continues for Christie Camp

It looks like things may continue to worsen for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie before they improve. Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer has revealed that the Christie administration held Hurricane Sandy recovery money hostage, tying the aid to her support for a real estate development project. Joining The Takeaway for an update on Bridgegate is New Jersey Public Radio reporter Matt Katz.

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Our Sleepy Sun?

While most meteorologists focus on weather patterns, we also know that the Sun's behavior plays a role in regulating winter temperatures. The word "sleepy" is being used about the Sun right now—the likes of which has not been seen for about 100 years. David Hathaway is Solar Astronomer at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. He explains the latest solar cycle and what impacts it could have on climate change.

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Money Addiction: How Much Is Enough?

Wealth can be a tool for investment, for development and even for change. But wealth can also be an end in itself—becoming an addiction. That was the case for Sam Polk, a former hedge fund manager. In his last year on Wall Street, Polk earned a $3.6 million bonus. He felt it wasn't enough. Today, Polk explores why Americans love and possibly have an addiction to money.

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Transcript: Bill & Melinda Gates on The Takeaway

TRANSCRIPT: In their annual letter and in this interview with Takeaway Host John Hockenberry, Bill and Melinda Gates examine three particular myths: That poor countries are doomed to stay poor, that foreign aid is wasteful, and that saving lives leads to overpopulation. Here you will find a full transcript of their interview, along with the audio clip.

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Today's Highlights | January 21, 2014

Also On Today's Show: The Geneva II peace conference on Syria is set to begin tomorrow, and for the first time in the nearly three-year-old conflict it’s anticipated that talks backed by the United Nations will bring together representatives from both sides of the fighting...According to today's Financial Times, Ukraine is "living through its most dangerous period since its independence more than two decades ago."