Public opinion in the United States has been running against President Obama's call for a strike against Syria. (WNYC)
Public opinion in the United States has been running against President Obama’s call for a strike against Syria. (WNYC)

In the wake of a chemical weapons attack that reportedly left more than 1,400 Syrians dead, the debate has begun on whether the United States should intervene. The American people now wait for what steps, if any, the U.S. government will take in the coming weeks. “The Takeaway” has responded to this call for a national conversation with special programming.

At 11 a.m. PDT, host John Hockenberry, of WNYC/PRI’s “The Takeaway,” will host a live chat dedicated to the unfolding crisis in the Middle East as America focuses on possible next steps for action in Syria. Joseph Cirincione will also join the chat. He  is president of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation, and is also a member of Secretary of State John Kerry’s International Security Advisory Board.


Dan Brekke

Dan Brekke is a blogger, reporter and editor for KQED News, responsible for online breaking news coverage of topics ranging from California water issues to the Bay Area's transportation challenges. In a newsroom career that began in Chicago in 1972, Dan has worked as a city and foreign/national editor for The San Francisco Examiner, editor at Wired News, deputy editor at Wired magazine, managing editor at TechTV as well as for several Web startups.

Since joining KQED in 2007, Dan has reported, edited and produced both radio and online features and breaking news pieces. He has shared in two Society of Professional Journalists Norcal Excellence in Journalism awards — for his 2012 reporting on a KQED Science series on water and power in California, and in 2014, for KQED's comprehensive reporting on the south Napa earthquake.

In addition to his 44 years of on-the-job education, Dan is a lifelong student of history and is still pursuing an undergraduate degree.

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