11:41am

Fri December 14, 2012
The Two-Way

U.S. Officials: Syria Has Prepared Several Dozen Chemical Bombs

Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 12:06 pm

President Obama has warned Syrian President Bashar Assad, shown here in 2009, against using chemical weapons.
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U.S. and allied officials say the forces of embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad have prepared several dozen bombs and shells loaded with the lethal chemical sarin.

The number is a larger estimate than has previously been reported. The Syrians loaded the weapons with the chemical agents in the past several weeks, the officials say.

Those preparations raise fears that the fighting against rebel forces could enter a new and more troubling phase, according to the officials, who requested anonymity.

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10:55am

Fri December 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Amid Food Shortages, Syrian Opposition Now Runs Many Towns

Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 11:18 am

A Syrian woman carries a ration of bread on her head in the northern city of Aleppo. The Syrian opposition now runs local councils in many cities, particularly in the north. They often face major challenges in providing basics likes food, water and electricity.
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As the Syrian opposition gains control of large swaths of territory in the country's north, local councils are emerging as the first alternative authority after 21 months of revolt.

It is still unclear if the civilian councils can impose order in war-torn areas where rebels have the power of arms. And at least parts of major cities remain in the hands of President Bashar Assad's forces.

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10:49am

Fri December 14, 2012
Movie Reviews

Behind The Scenes Of The Beatles' 'Magical Mystery Tour'

Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 12:01 pm

The Beatles look out of the Magical Mystery Tour coach skylight, on location in England in September 1967.
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On Friday night on PBS, Great Performances presents a documentary about the making of a Beatles TV special from 1967 — Magical Mystery Tour — then shows a restored version of that special. Magical Mystery Tour has the music from the U.S. album of the same name, but it's not the album. It's a musical comedy fantasy about the Beatles and a busload of tourists taking a trip to unknown destinations.

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10:49am

Fri December 14, 2012
Music Interviews

Hall Of Famer: Randy Newman Makes The Cut

Originally published on Sat December 15, 2012 6:01 am

Transcript

DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. I'm David Bianculli, editor of the website TV Worth Watching, sitting in for Terry Gross. This week, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its latest round of inductees, and among them is singer/songwriter Randy Newman. You have to have 25 years as an artist to qualify for the Hall of Fame, but Newman has clocked a lot more time than that.

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10:49am

Fri December 14, 2012
Music Interviews

Ravi Shankar: Remembering A Master Of The Sitar

Originally published on Sat December 15, 2012 6:01 am

Transcript

DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. I'm David Bianculli sitting in for Terry Gross. Ravi Shankar, who popularized the sitar and Indian music in America, died this week at the age of 92. He befriended the Beatles, gave George Harrison sitar lessons, and inspired Harrison to launch the first superstar benefit concert, 1971's the Concert for Bangladesh.

That's when Ravi Shankar, tuning up before his performance, responded to the polite but clueless support of the U.S. audience. His ad lib was good humored but pointed.

(APPLAUSE)

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10:07am

Fri December 14, 2012
Politics

Today on Your Call: Friday Media Roundtable

Independent Journalist El-Housseini abu-Deif died at a hospital in Cairo after a week-long coma from being shot in the head during clashes.

Friday media roundtable

On today's Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll have a conversation about coverage of Army Private Bradley Manning’s whistleblower case.  We’ll also discuss a McClatchy investigation into the federal government's growing use of polygraph screenings and the political crisis in Egypt. We’ll be joined by McClatchy’s Marisa Taylor, Firedoglake’s Kevin Gosztola and Aljazeera’s Sherine Tadros. Where did you see the best reporting this week? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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9:31am

Fri December 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Murder Him? 'I Barely Saw Him,' McAfee Says Of Neighbor

John McAfee in Miami on Thursday.
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If you're fascinated by the story of anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee and his flight from Belize after authorities there said they want to talk to him about a neighbor's murder, CNBC has abo

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9:06am

Fri December 14, 2012
Barbershop

Unions — Who Needs 'Em?

Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 10:20 am

In this week's Barbershop, the guys weigh in on U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice withdrawing her name from consideration for secretary of state. They also discuss Michigan's right-to-work law and whether unions are still relevant today.

9:06am

Fri December 14, 2012
Remembrances

Remembering Civil Rights Leader Lawrence Guyot

Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 10:20 am

Lawrence Guyot spent his life fighting for civil rights - but often at great personal cost. He was jailed and beaten regularly by police in the Deep South while helping black people get involved in politics. Host Michel Martin speaks with Washington, D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, who worked alongside Guyot, about his life and activism.

9:06am

Fri December 14, 2012
Middle East

Who Benefits From Syrian Civil War?

Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 10:20 am

Egyptians are voting on a new constitution - but the vote is polarizing the country. Meanwhile, in Syria, the main opposition group is now recognized by the U.S., but there are questions about al-Qaeda affiliates fighting alongside them. To make sense of the developments, host Michel Martin talks with Abderrahim Foukara of Al Jazeera International.

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