Inside Death Penalty Decisions | Russian Weapons Removal & The Cold War Backpack Bomb | East Rutherford Mayor: NFL is Ignoring My Super Bowl City

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Friday, January 31, 2014

People hold a moment of silence near the Boston Marathon finish line on one week anniversary of the bombings on April 22, 2013 in Boston, MA. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty)

Inside Death Penalty Decisions: From Timothy McVeigh to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev | Russian Weapons Removal & The Cold War Backpack Bomb | East Rutherford Mayor: NFL is Ignoring My Super Bowl City | Uncovering The Mystery of Vermeer | The Soup or Bowl Recipe Contest Winner

An Inside Look at Death Penalty Decisions

Yesterday the Justice Department announced that it will pursue capital punishment for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the man accused of plotting and executing the Boston Marathon bombings. Should Tsarvaev be ultimately sentenced to death? It would mark the most significant death penalty case since Timothy McVeigh, the man behind the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. Vicki Behenna, a former assistant U.S. attorney for Oklahoma, helped prosecute Timothy McVeigh. She joins The Takeaway to explain how the federal government pursues the death penalty.

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Russian Weapons Removal & The Cold War Backpack Bomb

After the Cold War, MIT Physicist Thomas Neff developed a program to allow Moscow to sell the uranium from its retired weapons and dilute it into fuel for electric utilities in the U.S. He explains the program today. New details about portable nuclear weapons designed by the U.S. military during the Cold War describe a weapon small enough to be strapped on a backpack, but still powerful enough to potentially cause devastating damage. Adam Rawnsley of Foreign Policy magazine has the details.

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Is the NFL Ignoring the Super Bowl City?

Where is Super Bowl 48 being held this Sunday? If you said New York, you're wrong. The game is actually being played in the town of East Rutherford, NJ. This fact, which is seemingly ignored by the nation, is frustrating James Cassella, the mayor of East Rutherford. Mayor Cassella says the NFL has ignored his city, confounded his local traffic patterns, and stole whatever thunder this longtime New York Giants fan hoped to generate this week. In fact, up until the other day, the mayor couldn't even get tickets to the game.

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Uncovering The Mystery of Vermeer

Teller, from the popular magical duo "Penn & Teller," is bringing magic to the big screen. In his documentary "Tim's Vermeer," Teller chronicles Tim Jenisen, an inventor who has joined the handful of artists and historians that have attempted to solve the Vermeer mystery. Jenison, after enormous thought, expense and effort, tried to recreate a Vermeer masterpiece with an optical technique he theorizes Vermeer could have used with the technology of the times.

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News Quiz: How Well Did You Listen This Week?

Are you a newsie? Do you know what's happening from Washington to Hollywood? Are you one of those people who always need to know? Do you watch or listen to the news religiously, convinced that what you hear will give you an edge? Be smarter than your pals. Prep your dinner party factoids. Gauge your knowledge about what happened this week, as heard on The Takeaway.

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The Soup or Bowl Recipe Contest Winner

After scouring the country for the heartiest meals served in a bowl, The Takeaway has finally selected a winner of our Soup or Bowl half time recipe contest. There were so many submissions, and we are grateful for your participation. Our judge Dan Pashman, founder and host of The Sporkful Podcast, selected a recipe for roasted pistachio soup from our listener Jay in Troy, Utah. Here you'll find Jay's winning recipe.

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