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Episode Date
The Anti-Migration Chorus Grows in the U.S., and Echoes in Germany
<p>How both the far right in Germany and America have come to define the immigration debate around the world. Minnesota regulators open final arguments this week on whether they should approve proposal to replace deteriorating pipeline from Canada across Minnesota. Today marks 153 years since news reached the enslaved people in Galveston, Texas that they were emancipated two and a half years prior on January 1, 1863. We welcomed the tiniest member of The Takeaway team.</p>
Jun 19, 2018
Tent City... For Migrant Children
<p>Increased visibility of family separation at the border has been leading some politicians and conservative religious leaders to denounce Trump’s immigration policies – people and groups who have typically supported President Trump. We spoke with the mayor of Morristown – a small, Republican town – who says it’s time to bring compassion to the issue. Next, we take a look at the immigration legislation in the House this week; a discussion about how the <span>Guatemala</span> government is trying to capitalize on the volcano-induced chaos to pass unpopular legislation; and a conversation about our culture of business and being overworked. </p> <p> </p>
Jun 18, 2018
Trade War? Going Tit-for-Tat on Tariffs
<p>From last weekend’s G-7 to the summit with North Korea this week, a lot has been happening on the world’s stage. Up first, we have a roundtable discussion about President Trump's economic diplomacy; Senator Pat Toomey and Congressman Kevin Cramer<strong> </strong>talk about the latest threat of increased tariffs; we take a look at the history of the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act of 1930; plus, we have a conversation with a pork producer and a corn farmer in Iowa who supported Trump but are now worried as trade tensions escalate.</p> <p> </p>
Jun 15, 2018
How Muslim Players Bring their Faith to the Field
<p>The Takeaway speaks with with Roger Bennett, from “Men in Blazers” and “American Fiasco,” about the World Cup. We continued our look at soccer with a discussion of religion and how Muslim players, who will be competing as Ramadan ends, bring their faith to the field. Plus, we have a conversation with <span>Gurbir Grewal, the first Sikh in US history to hold the position of statewide AG; we discuss the Yemen Crisis; and our new bi-weekly culture roundup, where we’ll be discussing notable or surprising moments of the week in TV, film, music and more.</span></p> <h1 class="episode-tease__title"> </h1> <p> </p>
Jun 14, 2018
What Happens to Young Children Torn From Their Parents?
<p>The Takeaway speaks with Dr. Colleen Kraft, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, on the psychological toll separations at the border can have on young children's developing minds. Plus, we discuss the massive California wildfires that have a common thread: in all but one, Cal Fire named Pacific Gas and Electric, the biggest utility in the state, as the cause of how it started; the lawsuit from 22 ovarian cancer patients and their families that alleges Johnson and Johnson <span>cosmetic talc products led to their cancer diagnoses</span>; how <span>courts rule in cases where jurors display anti-gay bias. </span></p>
Jun 13, 2018
President Trump Holds Historic Meeting with Kim Jong-un
<p>President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held a groundbreaking meeting in Singapore. It was the highest-level contact between North Korean and American officials in history. The Takeaway speaks with <span>North Korean defector Yeonmi Park</span>. Plus, we discuss the recent order by<span> Attorney General Jeff Sessions to stop granting domestic abuse or gang violence victims asylum status;</span> the <span>historical significance of ranked choice voting in Maine</span>; what <span>the future of the internet may look after the death of net neutrality</span>; and our summer reading picks.</p>
Jun 12, 2018
Ahead of North Korea Summit, President Trump Spurns U.S. Allies
<p>On Tuesday, one of the most widely anticipated diplomatic events in recent history will be carried out at an island resort in Singapore, a summit between President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. The Takeaway speaks with the leader of Secretary Albright's North Korea delegation when she paid a visit to the hermetic country. Plus, we review the new Supreme Court decision to uphold Ohio's voter purge law; the recent decision by I.C.E. to house 1,600 detainees in federal prisons; a surge in assassinations of political candidates in Mexico; the legacy of racism in Russian soccer as the World Cup gets underway; and the Justice Department's secret seizure of a reporter’s phone and e-mail records.</p>
Jun 11, 2018
Who Deserves Government Assistance?
<p>In April of this year, President Donald Trump signed an executive order directing federal agencies to strengthen current work requirements, or introduce new restrictions, for low-income Americans who receive government assistance. The order calls on agencies to reform their welfare programs "by strengthening existing work requirements for work-capable people and introducing new work requirements when legally permissible." On this episode of The Takeaway, Fridays, an hour-long deep-dive into the idea of the "working poor," and a consideration of who deserves a little help.</p> <p> </p>
Jun 08, 2018
Puerto Ricans Pay the Price for Debt Crisis
<p>Puerto Rico is facing the biggest local government bankruptcy ever filed in the United States. The territory is currently 72 billion dollars in debt. Public employees are currently owed more than 50 billion dollars in pensions. And it's Puerto Rican residents who are feeling the impacts of the debt crisis. We look at how the government is preparing to restructure its financial obligations. Plus, a conversation with the mayor of Miami about building a resilient city; a look at the newly-created school safety commission that won't discuss the role of guns in school safety; a review of what it means to be a female rocker in a male-dominated field; and a discussion about Mister Rogers' Neighborhood in light of a new documentary about his life.</p>
Jun 07, 2018
Miami's Next Real Estate Crisis: Climate Gentrification
<p>Residents of Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood say climate gentrification is already happening. The idea — developers looking to buy homes in mostly black, working-class communities to hedge their portfolios against threatened beachfront properties — is deeply concerning to community activists. Residents worry that the feverish interest in their community's real estate will lead to a surge in prices, driving out longtime residents. More on this, plus a conversation with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his father's assassination; and we consider the removal of the swimsuit competition from the Miss America pageant with a former Miss America.</p>
Jun 06, 2018
Young Floridians Reflect on Gun Violence They Face Every Day
<p>We spoke with two high school students about the prospects of violence they face in their communities due to the prevalence of firearms. After the Parkland shooting, where 17 were gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, much of the national attention was devoted to these high-profile massacres. But smaller instances of violence occur every day. Next, a conversation with Senator Jeff Merkley about his visit to a migrant detention center that went viral; and discussion with one woman attempting to break the link between incarceration and trauma.</p> <p> </p>
Jun 05, 2018
Sea-Level Rising in South Florida, Threatening Coastal Communities
<p>A tour of Miami Beach reveals the elevated roads, expensive pumping systems, and other measures the city has taken to mitigate the effects of climate change so far. Southern Florida is the economic driver of the state, and while sea-level rise is a threat to the region, the state's coastline remains a hotbed of tourism and development. In a special reporting trip to Miami, The Takeaway brings you live to the front lines of climate change and urban resilience. Plus, we hear from a graduating student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School; a report on the unfolding chaos in Guatemala where a volcanic eruption has killed dozens; and an examination of the Supreme Court's decision today to side with Masterpiece Cakeshop.</p>
Jun 04, 2018
She's Running! Women in Politics, Tipping Back the Balance of Power
<p>1992 was hailed as the "Year of the Woman" for the record number of female candidates elected to national office. Today, a wave of women candidates, many inspired by the results of the 2016 election and emboldened by the #MeToo movement, may help Democrats retake the White House. On The Takeaway, Fridays, we look back at the institutional forces that kept women from political representation for centuries and the burgeoning efforts to tip back the balance of power.</p>
Jun 01, 2018
A Public Health Crisis in Puerto Rico Unfolds as a New Hurricane Season Nears
<p>From hospitals and medical facilities to treatment and Medicaid, Puerto Rico’s public health system was failing well before Hurricane Maria ravaged the island. An inquest by The Puerto Rico Center for Investigative Journalism uncovered systemic infrastructure problems dating back at least a decade before the storm. The Takeaway looks at the island's lack of a comprehensive emergency response for medical facilities. Plus, we report on a new L.A.P.D. investigation into more than 50 claims of misconduct against a former U.S.C. gynecologist; the passage of nationwide "Right to Try" legislation and a consideration of who will benefit; and a tour of former drug kingpin Pablo Escobar's hometown operations in light of how his victims are being remembered.</p>
May 31, 2018
A Reckoning in Puerto Rico, Eight Months After Maria
<p>A <a href=";">new study out this week</a> came to a grim conclusion about the number of deaths in Puerto Rico attributable to Hurricane Maria. A survey of surviving residents on the island, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that more than 4,600 Puerto Ricans may have perished due to the hurricane. The Takeaway reviews this alarming new study with voices at the center of Puerto Rico's resilience. Plus, a push by student activists to incorporate Asian-American history into college curricula; an examination of maternity leave policies in women's tennis after Serena Williams historic return; and a look at Philadelphia rock band 'Dr. Dog' in their 20th year.</p> <p> </p>
May 30, 2018
U.S. Separating Children from Parents at Border
<p>Last Friday was National Missing Children’s Day, and there has been a lot of chatter over the weekend about the approximately 1,500 children who have come to the U.S. as unaccompanied minors and are presently unaccounted for. That comes amid recent stories of immigrant children as young as one year old being forcibly separated from their parents at the border. These two developments are distinct and unrelated, but outrage over both has led public calls for accountability to crescendo. The Takeaway looks at how the Trump administration's immigration policy is contributing to these controversies. Plus, we report on Brazilian truck drivers' show of force in protests that have ground their economy to a halt; and we invite you, the listener, to participate in our conversation about implicit bias and share your results.</p>
May 29, 2018
On Memorial Day: Stories of Trauma, Survival and Renewal
<p>This Memorial Day, The Takeaway brings you five stories that deal with trauma, survival, psychedelics, music and convalescence. The memories of three mass-shooting survivors exemplify the somber legacy of surviving an American tragedy and demonstrate how it reorients your worldview; When the brain survives a traumatic experience the toll taken has traditionally been seen as an emotional scar, but new research is helping to overturn this narrative; outside the more mainstream therapies for PTSD, there's another class of drugs currently being tested: psychedelics; soldiers returning from Iraq faced insurmountable obstacles as they reintroduced themselves to society. Some injuries, such as burns and amputations, bore palpable signs, alerting the public to the pains rendered in the line of duty. Others scars were borne invisibly; and Singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier tries to illustrate the experience of returning to civilian life in her new album, "Rifles and Rosary Beads."</p>
May 28, 2018
Mueller, Trump & Russia: The Counter-Intelligence Probe Defining The Presidency
<p>A new survey from <a href="">Navigator Research</a> says a majority of Americans — 59 percent — think Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia and the 2016 campaign has not yet uncovered evidence of any crimes. In reality, Mueller has obtained five guilty pleas, 17 criminal indictments, and several cooperating witnesses. Meanwhile, President Trump has repeatedly, some have argued as part of a deliberate strategy to undermine investigators' credibility, called the probe a "witch hunt." The Takeaway reviews the sweeping investigation that has ensnared Trump advisor and attorney alike. Plus, we review what's at stake in Ireland's referendum on their constitutional amendment banning most abortions; and the stealthy North Korean cyberspies raking in millions for the reclusive regime.</p>
May 25, 2018
Olympic Heads Grilled by Congress Over Sexual Abuse Scandals
<p>On Wednesday, Susanne Lyons, the acting head of the U.S. Olympic Committee, and representatives from Gymnastics, Swimming, Taekwondo and Volleyball testified before Congress around issues of sexual abuse in the Olympic community. Earlier this year, U.S.A. Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was found guilty of abusing hundreds of athletes. The Takeaway reviews the Olympic leaders' testimony in light of the torrent of allegations made within their ranks. Plus, we look at the ongoing trend of African-American parents deciding to homeschool their kids; and the next phase of #TheGunTalk as initiated by gun-owning parents.</p>
May 24, 2018
McDonald's Workers Allege Sexual Harassment by Colleagues
<p>On Tuesday, 10 women who have worked at McDonald's locations across nine U.S. cities lodged sexual harassment complaints against the company. One of the complaints comes from a woman as young as 15, and the women say that when they reported the harassment, in many cases they were ignored, mocked, or retaliated against. But these claims aren’t isolated to McDonald’s. Similarly placed low-income workers, often in fast food, retail or domestic work, have historically been undermined, harassed, and prevented from coming forward with their stories. The Takeaway speaks with a lawyer behind the lawsuit who is vying to hold institutions with low-wage workers accountable. Plus, we review the recent decision by N.F.L. team owners to impose fines on teams whose players kneel during the National Anthem; an examination of the rollback of financial regulations passed in the wake of the Great Recession; and a consideration of the flourishing dog testing industry and the proposals to rein it in.</p>
May 23, 2018
The Gun Talk: How to Broach the Topic of School Shootings With Your Children
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— In the wake of another tragedy, this time at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, where 10 people were killed, parents are trying to figure out how to have the gun talk with their kids. Conversations range from how to interact safely with firearms to a review of where to hide and how to protect yourself if a shooter enters your school.</p> <p>— On Monday, the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, upheld a process known as 'mandatory arbitration,' which companies may use to bar workers from joining class action lawsuits. Traditionally, exclusion from these collective lawsuits has made suing over issues like wage theft and discrimination more difficult. The majority opinion was written by Neil Gorsuch and finds that the Federal Arbitrations Act, which says that employers must handle private disputes through the courts, holds precedent over the National Labor Relations Act, which says that employees have the right to sue employers collectively or through a class action.</p> <p>— Back in 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson established the Kerner Commission to investigate the reasons for violence and unrest in the black and Latino neighborhoods in several American cities. When the commission’s report was released in 1968, it warned that the nation was, "moving toward two societies, one black, one white, separate and unequal." The commission was <a href="" target="_blank">especially critical of</a> the lack of diversity in the news media and the way in which it covered race and politics at the time.</p>
May 22, 2018
Can Radical New Tactics Curb Gun Violence?
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— Another school shooting, this time at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, has left ten people dead and around ten others injured. The shooter, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, was taken into police custody. The incident is raising questions over what to do about children's safety in schools and the ensuing debate is continuing to divide the country over gun control issues. </p> <p>— Hyperinflation, food shortages and unemployment weren’t enough to keep Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from securing a renewed six-year mandate as to lead the country over the weekend. By the end of 2018, an estimated three million people will have left Venezuela, accounting for around one tenth of Venezuela’s population. Thousands of those people are taking the same path, crossing the Simón Bolívar International Bridge into the Colombian city of Cúcuta.</p> <p>— The educational toy market is worth about $4 billion a year. The allure of these items lies in their claims of increasing childhood intelligence during a critical time in the child's cognitive development. Many toys advertise themselves as tools to help babies do everything from read and walk, or do math and code, all earlier than they would without the assistance. But there’s little science to back these claims up.</p>
May 21, 2018
"These are animals": The Risks of Dehumanizing Language
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— In a roundtable discussion with local California politicians and law enforcement officials opposed to the state's sanctuary city policies, President Trump referred to some immigrants as "animals." It was not immediately clear who the president was characterizing with these remarks. After the incident, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders clarified that the president had been, all along, referring only to the criminal gang MS-13. But this is not the first time President Trump has used dehumanizing language to address a population of immigrants, and it stems from a long history of dehumanizing and ostracizing communities who are already marginalized.</p> <p>— Facebook has come under fire for allowing ads to target specific individuals in the lead up to the 2016 election. The specifics became a little more clear at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing this week, where former Cambridge Analytica employee and whistleblower Christopher Wiley testified. </p> <p>— All this week, we’ve been hearing about wealth in America, who’s got it, and who doesn’t. One thing is clear, elected officials in Congress definitely have it. The estimated <a href="">cumulative wealth</a> of all current members of Congress as of this February was at least $2.43 billion. The <a href="">median minimum net worth</a> of all members of Congress was $511,000, five times the median net worth of an American household, which the Federal Reserve pegged at $97,300 in 2016.</p> <p>— On Saturday Prince Harry will marry American actress Meghan Markle. The two will tie the knot at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, just over 20 miles west of London. As a biracial woman, whose mother is black and father is white, Markle is certainly shaking things up in Britain’s royal family, which isn’t exactly known for its diversity. While Markle will soon become the first acknowledged mixed-race royal, Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III, <a href="" target="_blank">is believed to have</a> been Britain’s <a href="" target="_blank">first biracial queen</a>.</p> <p>— Every Friday, <strong><a href="">Rafer Guzman</a></strong>, film critic for Newsday and The Takeaway, drops by to review the new releases hitting the box office. This week, Rafer gives his take on the highly anticipated superhero sequel, "Deadpool 2," starring Ryan Reynolds. Rafer also reviews the romantic comedy "Book Club" and the religious drama "First Reformed." </p> <p>— In a new T.V. show for Starz, Emma and Lyn are Mexican-American sisters. When their mother dies suddenly, they come home to their East L.A. neighborhood to decide what to do with the building and the bar their mother left behind. "<a href="">Vida</a>" is the imagined story of two women coming home to family secrets, a changing neighborhood, and the people fighting to protect it.</p>
May 18, 2018
Poverty Touches Not Just Pocketbooks, but Mental Health
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— Studies show that where one falls on the wealth ladder is <a href="">directly correlated</a> with health outcomes. And though the U.S. is the wealthiest country in the world, where that wealth falls is getting increasingly uneven. The consequences of this uneven distribution are changing how people go about their lives, and even the status of their health.</p> <p>— Earlier this month, writer Zinzi Clemmons <a href="">publicly confronted Junot Díaz</a> at a conference in Australia, alleging that the Pulitzer Prize winning author had forcibly kissed her when she was a graduate student at Columbia six years ago. She clarified the accusations in a series of tweets, which prompted an outpouring of criticism against Díaz. These complains did not just include similar allegations of sexual misconduct, but of verbally abusive behavior that many saw as misogynistic.</p> <p>— Christopher Wylie is the former director of research at Cambridge Analytica and its London affiliate, the SCL Group. But today he’s most widely known as a whistleblower. Wylie testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday amid reports that both the F.B.I. and the Justice Department are investigating the now-defunct company. It's accused of harvesting private data from 50 million Americans and potentially violating election laws.</p>
May 17, 2018
Dep't of Education Stops Investigating For-Profit Colleges
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— Within the Department of Education, there exists a dedicated team whose job is to investigate abuse by institutions of higher education. Their focus is on for-profit schools such as DeVry and Corinthian Colleges. The team is tasked with determining whether for-profit institutions misled students about job prospects or tricked them into predatory loans. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is effectively dismantling the investigative team tasked with monitoring these abuses, according to a <a href="">new report by The New York Times</a>.</p> <p>— According to a new report out this week by the National Center for Education Statistics, 94% of teachers in high-poverty school districts pay for classroom supplies out of pocket. And on average, they spend <a href="">nearly $500</a> a year. About seven percent of teachers spend more than $1000 a year. For teachers in financially deprived areas, the amounts they spend on their students are even higher.</p> <p>— A death sentence case involving a woman in Sudan has brought international <a href="" target="_blank">condemnation</a> from human rights groups, as well as on social media through the campaign called #JusticeforNoura. 19-year-old Noura Hussein was sentenced to death last week for killing her husband after he allegedly attempted to rape her. Hussein was in a forced marriage, arranged by her father, and she claims she acted in self-defense. It has also <a href="" target="_blank">been reported</a> that Hussein’s husband had allegedly raped Hussein the previous day as some of his relatives restrained her.</p> <p>— "<a href="">Jewel's Catch One</a>," a new documentary from <a href="">C. Fitz</a>, explores the legacy of America's oldest black-owned disco club, as well as the life of businesswoman and activist Jewel Thais-Williams. For four decades, Jewel provided safe spaces in Los Angeles for the black, L.G.B.T.Q., and AIDS-impacted communities. The club closed in 2015. The film was recently acquired by Ava DuVernay's grassroots distribution company, <a href="">ARRAY</a>.</p>
May 16, 2018
Supreme Court Strikes Down Ban on Sports Gambling
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— On Monday, the Supreme Court paved the way for states to begin legalizing sports betting. In <a href="" target="_blank">a landmark decision</a>, the court struck down a federal law passed by Congress in 1992 known as the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. The act had previously banned sports gambling in almost all states across the country. The court’s decision was the result of a <a href="" target="_blank">case brought by the state of New Jersey</a>, but it has implications nationwide as <a href="" target="_blank">Daniel Wallach</a>, a partner at Becker and Poliakoff and a nationally recognized gaming and sports attorney, explains.</p> <p>— For white people living in the Boston area, the median net worth for their household is $247,500. For African-American, the median net worth is eight dollars. That’s according to <a href="">William "Sandy" Darity</a>, a public policy professor and director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University, who <a href="">studied this</a> with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Psychologists at Yale published a study last year that found that Americans, and higher-income whites in particular, <a href="">vastly overestimate</a> progress toward economic equality between blacks and whites. In fact, the racial wealth gap is a problem that’s persistent, and has barely changed over time, even outside of Boston.</p> <p>— 41 years ago, an all-white jury convicted Johnny Lee Gates, an intellectually disabled black man, for the murder of a white woman in Georgia. Despite little to no evidence and another lead in the case, police and prosecutors obtained a videotaped confession, which was rare for the time. They also produced a fingerprint of the defendant after taking him to the location and having him walk through the home. Authorities had not been able to produce any of Gate's fingerprints from the scene on previous attempts. It took an all-white jury a little more than an hour to come back with guilty verdict and a sentence of death. </p>
May 15, 2018
Wealth In America: What Is It? And Who's Got It?
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— Millions of college students are heading to the stage this month to collect their diploma, or to move from community college to a full time university. But for many, that transition comes with a significant financial burden. 25-year-old <strong>Hannah Clark </strong>was feeling optimistic when she graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She had about $20,000 in student debt, far less than the nearly <a href="">$39,400</a> in average student debt for graduates of the class of 2017. But she soon realized that even that much would have a big impact on her future.</p> <p>— The city of Jerusalem, claimed as a holy site by three major religions, has stood at the nexus of religious and ethnic conflicts since biblical times. Caught amid the intersection of history, religion, and Middle East geopolitics, nearly 900,000 people claim Jerusalem as their home, with 30% to 40% of that population made up of ethnic Arabs. On Monday, the Trump administration fulfills a long-standing campaign promise as the newly-moved American embassy officially opens its doors in Jerusalem. The timing of the move from Tel Aviv coincides with the eve of 'Nakba,' a day when Arabs commemorate the loss of the land they see as their own.</p> <p>— Iraqis went to the polls in parliamentary elections over the weekend, in the first elections since U.S.-backed Iraqi forces drove the Islamic State from the country. And Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr is in the lead, with incumbent Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi all the way back in third. Sadr has led two uprisings against U.S. forces in Iraq, and now seems poised to get to choose the country's next prime minister.</p>
May 14, 2018
Why Are Police Called on People of Color Who Haven't Committed a Crime?
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— This week, the public witnessed yet another incident of a white person calling the police on a person of color when no crime had been committed. A white Yale student called 911 on a fellow student, who was taking a nap in the campus lounge. It’s just the latest in a string of similar incidents where the police have been called for discriminatory reasons, or for no reason at all.</p> <p>— There are 567 federally recognized tribes in this country. But as a Mohawk, John Karhiio Kane, a Native activist, doesn’t seek federal recognition. He lives on native territory in upstate New York, and he says not only does he not live on American soil, he doesn’t feel American.</p> <p>— Every Friday <a href="" target="_blank">Rafer Guzman</a>, film critic for <a href="" target="_blank">Newsday</a> and The Takeaway, drops by to review the new releases hitting the box office. This week, Rafer gives his take a few must-sees: "The Seagull" with Annette Bening, "Life of the Party," with Melissa McCarthy, "RBG," documenting the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and "Disobedience," starring Rachel Weisz.</p>
May 11, 2018
America's Religious Identity Experiences Major Shifts
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— A survey of Americans' religious beliefs revealed that white Christians are for the first time no longer a majority, and the number of people who don't affiliate with religion is on the rise. Experiences of a changing religious identity are often anecdotal, i.e., 'I was raised Catholic, but have since converted to Judaism.' But the truth is, there's data behind those stories. And that data represents a complex transformation in America's religious identity. </p> <p>— Around 300 of France's most prominent intellectuals and politicians have signed onto a manifesto calling on prominent Muslim leaders to amend the Quran, prompted by concerns of anti-Semitism. The push comes as France experiences a wave of anti-Semitic acts, including the <a href="">brutal murder</a> of an 85-year-old Holocaust survivor where the suspect allegedly yelled "Allahu Akbar" before stabbing the victim and setting her on fire. But this <a href="">open letter published in Le Parisien</a> represents what many see as a blasphemous call to change an ancient religious text.</p> <p>— New details emerged Tuesday night about the shell company, Essential Consultants L.L.C., that President Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen used to pay hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels. Daniels's attorney Michael Avenatti revealed that previously unknown payments to the L.L.C. include $500,000 from Columbus Nova, an investment firm linked to Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg. Conglomerates like AT&amp;T and Korea Aerospace Industries, among others, made large payments to Mr. Cohen's company as well, totaling at least $4.4 million from all of the various firms that paid Cohen over the past two years. </p>
May 10, 2018
Gina Haspel Faces Tough Confirmation to Head C.I.A.
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— President Trump’s pick to serve as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency Gina Haspel faces a challenging confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee today. Haspel has worked at the C.I.A. for 33 years, almost all of those years entirely undercover. <a href="" target="_blank">Opponents of Haspel’s</a> nomination are concerned <a href="" target="_blank">about her role</a> in the C.I.A.’s use of controversial interrogation techniques of terrorism suspects that are widely considered to be torture. It <a href=";utm_medium=social&amp;utm_source=twitter&amp;utm_content=1525751857" target="_blank">has been reported</a> that back in 2002, Haspel oversaw a secret C.I.A. prison in Thailand where waterboarding was used against detainees and that she later played a role in destroying videotapes of the interrogations at the facility. Colleagues and supporters of Haspel say her career at the agency extends far beyond the period that she spent overseeing the blacksite in Thailand that was code-named "Cat’s Eye."</p> <p>— In 2013, in order to be in the top one percent of income earners in the United States, you had to make at least $695,766. To be in the top one percent in terms of household net worth, you had to be worth at least $7,869,549. Wealth inequality isn't a new phenomenon, but the rapid expansion of this disparity is certainly unprecedented since the Gilded Age. In 2016, populist candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders gained unusual attention, with one even rocketing to the White House, due in no small part to their diatribes against the elite, an amorphous entity that is generally thought of as the über wealthy but was invoked to deride politicians, the media, bankers, and artists. As Americans become increasingly embittered by the figures they perceive to sneer at them and earn more than them, it is important to clarify who is actually pulling the strings in American society and how to re-enfranchise the people whose clout has diminished in Washington.</p> <p>— Perhaps no group watched the president’s decision on the Iran deal yesterday more closely than the families of Iranian-Americans currently being detained by the Iranian government. There are <a href="">currently</a> five Iranian Americans being held in the country, with others being held over the years. President Trump briefly mentioned the issue in his speech yesterday, saying the following: "Over the years, Iran and its proxies have bombed American Embassies and military installations, murdered hundreds of American service members, and kidnapped, imprisoned, and tortured American citizens." </p>
May 09, 2018
The Making of Childish Gambino's 'This Is America'
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— On Saturday night, actor and musician Donald Glover, working under his musician's alter ego Childish Gambino, released a music video for his song, "This Is America." The video quickly became a viral sensation on social media, and as of Tuesday morning the video had garnered <a href="">30 million</a> views on YouTube. "This is America" presents itself as a jarring tableau of the American experience, specifically the black American experience. Abrupt, dissonant scenes transition freely from one to the next. Gambino guides us through them fluidly, wearing facial expressions that appear to caricature his performance.</p> <p>— The American perception of the working class has traditionally been associated with the image of a white, male industrial worker. But that understanding ignores the reality that today, more often than not, a working class American is female, non-white and typically associated with some type of service work. As The Takeaway continues its series of conversations about labels and American identity, we explore what it means to be working class in this country today and whether there is still the opportunity to move up and out of the working class that there once was.</p> <p>— New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has resigned after four women accused him of physical assault, sexual violence, and threats on their life. The women, two of whom decided to go on the record with their allegations, <a href="">detailed their experiences in a lengthy exposé</a> by Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer for the New Yorker magazine. Schneiderman has been lauded as a champion for women's rights in New York, and more recently gained prominence as part of the liberal resistance to the Trump administration, suing over policies like the travel ban, environmental regulations, and DACA.</p> <p>— <a href="">This week</a> could be one of the most influential yet for the federal appeals courts. The Senate is set to take up <a href="">six of Trump’s nominees</a> for judgeships on these courts. So far, the administration has already confirmed more circuit court judges than any of the last five administrations at this point in their terms. Most attention from the public is devoted to action at the level of the Supreme Court, but the actual number of cases that the Supreme Court hears is pretty small, only about <a href="">80 per year</a>. Most decisions are actually being made by federal appeals courts, which exist at a jurisdictional level right below the Supreme Court.</p>
May 08, 2018
"Out of Many, One." But Do We Have One American Identity?
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— American identity is shifting: from what we look like, to where we worship, to who we love. And so it’s not surprising that for many Americans, those changes create a sense of anxiety. Some feel they are being left behind by a country they thought they knew. Others are excited to chart a new course, to take part in that dream that so many Americans aspire to. The data proves that Americans really do think about these ideals. <a href="">2017 figures</a> from the Pew Research Center found that 36% of U.S. adults reported that their family had already achieved the American dream. 46% surveyed said they are "on their way" to achieving it. </p> <p>— <strong>President Jimmy Carter</strong> needs no long-form introduction. Besides being the nation's 39th Commander-in-Chief, he was the Governor of Georgia, a proud peanut farmer, and a constant advocate for human rights. But at his core and central to everything he’s done throughout his life, Jimmy Carter is a man of faith. And that is the subject of his new book, "<a href=";btkr=1">Faith: A Journey For All</a>." The book comes at an interesting moment in this country, in many ways Americans are suffering a crisis of faith in our system of government, our institutions, and our elected leaders. But are these problems really new? </p> <p>— Last month, U.N. Secretary General António Guterres decisively <a href="">declared</a> that Yemen is the "world’s worst humanitarian crisis." As the war in the country enters its fourth year, more than 22 million people, or three quarters of the country's population, need humanitarian aid and protection. 18 million people experience food insecurity. The war is often described as "Saudi-led," but increasingly we’re learning of American involvement. In March at a Senate Armed Services Committee, General Joseph Votel, Commander of U.S. Central Command, described the American role to Senator Tom Cotton as purely "defensive."</p>
May 07, 2018
How N.R.A. Fundraising Shapes the Political Landscape
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— The National Rifle Association’s annual conference beings today in Dallas. Around 80,000 people are expected to attend and the event is slated to feature high-profile speakers such as Texas Senator Ted Cruz, social media personalities 'Diamond and Silk,' Vice President Mike Pence, and President Donald Trump. The renown of their speakership illustrates the massive influence the N.R.A. enjoys in politics, which in turn comes partly from the organization’s longstanding success in fundraising. While the pro-gun lobby faces some of the most intense scrutiny in its history after mass shootings at a music festival in Las Vegas, a church in Texas, and a high school in Florida, the N.R.A. broke a 15-year fundraising record in March.</p> <p>— Until last week, Melanie Douglas had been a driver for the Dekalb County School District in Atlanta for 12 years. As teacher strikes spread around the country, Douglas and other bus drivers in Dekalb County had been considering ways to improve their own working conditions, eventually deciding on a three-day "sickout" late last month. Nearly 400 drivers participated on the first day.</p> <p>— This Saturday, NASA will launch the InSight space lander off the central coast of California, the first West-coast interplanetary launch for the agency. Its destination is a flat expanse on Mars known as <em>Elysium Planitia</em>. Since InSight is a lander, not a rover, it won’t be moving much once it gets to the Red Planet. Instead, its purpose is to help scientists map the interior of the planet. InSight is armed with a seismometer to detect tremors, or marsquakes. The lander is also equipped with an 18-inch probe that is going to jackhammer itself 16-feet into Mars’s surface, and then monitor how much heat is coming from the interior of the planet, giving scientists a better idea of what Mars is made of.</p> <p>— 50 years ago this week, former Boston Celtics player-coach Bill Russell made history by becoming the first black coach ever to win a major professional championship. On May 2, 1968, Russell led the Boston Celtics to an historic N.B.A. title. Russell was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama in 2011. </p> <p>— The Victoria and Albert Museum is one of London's most popular attractions. It's the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design, with a permanent collection of over two million items. But a new exhibit that opened this week is causing renewed controversy. "Maqdala 1868" commemorates the 150th anniversary of the British Empire's Napier Expedition, in which General Robert Napier led a force of tens of thousands of soldiers and adventurers to loot a trove of artifacts from the city of Maqdala. The ensuing battle saw Emperor Tewodros II commit suicide as British forces closed in. Tewodros's young son Alemayehu was forced to London, where his remains still lay.</p> <p>— Every Friday <a href="" target="_blank">Rafer Guzman</a>, film critic for <a href="" target="_blank">Newsday</a> and The Takeaway, drops by to review the new releases hitting the box office. This week, Rafer gives his take on three must-sees: "Tully,"<em> </em>with Charlize Theron, directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody, "Bad Samaritan,"<em> </em>directed by Dean Devlin, and the streaming series<em> </em>"Cobra Kai,"<em> </em>a reimagining of the original "Karate Kid" 30 years later with two of the original stars: Ralph Macchio as Danny LaRusso and William Zabka as Johnny Lawrence. </p>
May 04, 2018
Inter-Korean Peace Through The Eyes of a North Korean Defector
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— At the age of 13, <a href="">Yeonmi Park</a> staged a daring escape from North Korea. But the treacherous journey carried an uncertain promise of freedom; she faced a harrowing experience at the hands of the Chinese before eventually making it to South Korea. Park, now 24, is a human rights activist who has authored a book about her experience: <a href="">In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom.</a></p> <p>— On Tuesday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton <a href="">announced a lawsuit against the federal government</a>. At issue is the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, otherwise known as DACA. Paxton, and a group of six other attorneys general, are arguing that the program, which provides temporary legal status to nearly 800,000 immigrants, is unconstitutional. The lawsuit is aiming to convince the court for the Southern District of Texas to rule against the program. This would cause much in the way of legal confusion, as a Washington circuit court recently ruled that President Trump did not have the authority to shut down the program last September. Contradicting court rulings would almost certainly force the Supreme Court to intervene.</p> <p>— Indigenous women in Canada experience sexual abuse at rates far higher than non-native women, something indigenous families have known for a long time. But due to the findings of a U.N. special rapporteur, the issue is now receiving more international attention. Women and girls in Canada's First Nations communities are three times as likely to be sexually assaulted and four times as likely to go missing or be murdered. The scope of the violence is staggering, as many as <a href="">4,000 indigenous women</a> have been killed or have gone missing across Canada over the last 25 years.</p>
May 03, 2018
Lost in the United States: From Teenage Migrants to Trafficking Victims
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— In Marion, Ohio, a city of about 35,000 people an hour north of Columbus, eight migrant teenagers from Guatemala found themselves trapped in a trafficking ring in 2014. A particularly alarming piece of the story, says <a href="">Deirdre Shessgreen</a>, is that the teenagers had actually been approved by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, a division of Health and Human Services which resettles unaccompanied migrant children.</p> <p>— Malaysia has convicted the first person under a new law outlawing 'fake news.' Under Malaysia's Anti-Fake News Act, it is a crime to create or share fake news, and it carries a sentence of up to 10 years in jail. Salah Salem Saleh Sulaiman pleaded guilty to maliciously publishing fake news for posting a misleading Youtube video, and, not able to pay the court fine, he was sentenced to one month in prison. Enforcement of the bill comes at a politically contentious time in the country. Malaysia's federal elections take place next week while Prime Minster Najib Raza is under intense scrutiny for his possible link to an international embezzlement scheme. Opponents worry the government will use the new law to further censor the prime minister’s critics.</p> <p>— <a href="">Clemantine<em> </em>Wamariya</a> was a six-year-old girl living in Rwanda when her world was suddenly upended. Neighbors began to disappear and her parents grew increasingly frantic. She and her fifteen-year-old sister were sent to stay with their grandparents in the country, until the day their grandmother told them to run. The sisters ran out the back door and kept running, escaping a genocide that killed hundreds of thousands of people.</p>
May 02, 2018
Merger Mania: Corporate Consolidations Promise Lofty Returns, Can They Deliver?
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— The number of major wireless carriers in America may soon go from four to three. Over the weekend, T-Mobile C.E.O. John Leger and Sprint C.E.O. Marcelo Claure <a href=";smtyp=cur">announced</a> a nearly $27-billion merger between the third and fourth largest wireless carriers in the United States. The two companies will now have to convince the Trump administration not to block their merger, which it is currently trying to do in another case being argued <a href=";mod=article_inline">in court</a>: AT&amp;T’s $85 billion dollar planned acquisition of Time Warner. That case could have major implications for the T-Mobile Sprint deal.</p> <p>— The New York Times has obtained a list of nearly fifty questions given to President Donald Trump’s legal team by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. The questions cover topics ranging from the firing of former F.B.I. director James Comey to President Trump's alleged connections to Kremlin-linked individuals.</p> <p>— Twenty years ago today, Spike Lee released the basketball film "He Got Game." The classic starred now-N.B.A. legend Ray Allen as Jesus Shuttlesworth, the number one high school basketball recruit in the country. It centered on the fraught relationship with his father who recently got out of prison, played by Denzel Washington. "She Got Game," <a href="">a short film commissioned by the Bleacher Report </a>that reimagines Spike Lee's original work, stars Jewell Loyd as Faith Mothershed, the top high school basketball recruit of her time. Faith even attends the same Brooklyn high school that Jesus did 20 years earlier, and the trailer teases her internal conflict as she decides what do with her future. </p> <p>— Ten journalists were killed in Afghanistan on Monday in the deadliest day for media professionals in that country since 2002. Two suicide bombings in Kabul killed 36 people; nine journalists died while gathering at the scene of the first blast when the second bomb was activated. On the same day, in Khost province, a BBC reporter was shot dead. According to Reporters Without Borders, at least 34 media workers have been killed by ISIS or the Taliban in the country since 2016.</p>
May 01, 2018
Migrant Caravan Denigrated by President Trump Arrives in California
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— On <a href="">Sunday</a>, between Tijuana, Mexico, and California, about 400 migrants claimed asylum along the U.S. border. They’re part of the caravan of Central American migrants, mostly from Honduras and El Salvador, whose route has become international news because of the ire they’ve drawn from President Trump.</p> <p>— There are more clues into how California police were able to track down Joseph James DeAngelo, the suspected "Golden State Killer" who is facing charges for a series of rapes and killings that stretched across the state from 1974 to 1986. Investigators used genealogical websites to trace D.N.A. from one of the years-old crime scenes and compared it to online genetic profiles.  With the help of open-source database <a href="">GEDmatch</a> they were able to look at individuals in family tree profiles to narrow it down to the suspect. Investigators then were able to obtain new D.N.A. from an object he threw away while under surveillance.  </p> <p>— Thousands of Nicaraguans marched through the capital in a show of peaceful protest, underscoring their dissatisfaction with the leadership of President Daniel Ortega and dismay about the 43 protesters killed in clashes with police during prior demonstrations. Saturday's march, promoted by the Catholic church, resulted in an ultimatum by Managua's bishop which called for an earnest national dialogue about political reform to occur within one month's time.</p> <p>— It’s been more than five years since the brutal rape and murder of a young woman named Jyoti Singh Pandey on a bus in New Delhi. The crime seemed to galvanize the nation against rape and the culture and laws that permit it. Yet still today, sexual violence is rampant, and many in Indian society are furious at the government’s response under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Now there’s a new horror that has people protesting in the streets once more, the rape and murder of a young girl, fueled by religious hatred.</p>
Apr 30, 2018
Korean Leaders Pledge Denuclearization and End to Korean War
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— For the first time in over half a century, a North Korean leader crossed the country’s southern border <a href="">today</a>. Kim Jong-un met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the newly renovated "Peace House" as part of the two countries' third summit. The Korean leaders discussed the path for an official end to the Korean War and North Korea’s nuclear program, pledging to totally denuclearize the Peninsula. The historic occasion was watched feverishly by media worldwide, and South Korean citizens took off from work to behold with rapt attention the breakthrough that might have seemed elusive when President Trump began to ramp up the threats on their northern neighbor.</p> <p>— A Norristown jury has found actor and comedian Bill Cosby guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand over a decade ago. The three charges of aggravated indecent assault, on which the jurors deliberated for just 14 hours, carry a potential 30-year prison sentence. This was Cosby's second trial in the case. Last summer, the first jury deadlocked and the judge was forced to declare a mistrial. In the intervening time between the two trials, the #MeToo movement was launched, spurring greater attention and deference to womens' allegations. Unlike last summer, five other Cosby accusers were allowed to testify this time about their alleged encounters with the comedian, which may have corroborated Constand's testimony.</p> <p>— As authorities in Toronto, Canada continue to investigate the deadly van attack that killed 10 people more attention has been drawn to the Incel community. The suspect in the attack, Alek Minassian, allegedly posted about an "Incel Rebellion" and referenced mass-shooter Elliot Roger on his Facebook page moments before the attack. </p> <p>— Last month, Craigslist shuttered its wildly popular "personals" section, citing a new law targeting sex trafficking online. The "Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act", commonly known as FOSTA, is designed to end the sex trafficking of minors. But many sex workers say it punishes them in the process. Opponents say the law drives sex work underground, making it far more dangerous, while obscuring the forums for sex trafficking that law enforcement uses to dismantle these networks. Since the law was enacted, several websites used by sex workers to advertise have shut down or restricted content.  </p>
Apr 27, 2018
Alabama Memorial Confronts America's Legacy of Lynching
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— The National Memorial For Peace And Justice opens in Montgomery, Alabama today. The monument, conceived by the <a href="">Equal Justice Initiative</a>, intends to memorialize the more than 4,000 known victims of lynching in this country. The project's precursor was a body of research collected by the E.J.I. which uncovered thousands of instances of lynchings that had not previously been documented. The research culminated in a 2015 report entitled "<a href="">Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror</a>," which unearthed incidents of hangings and other brutal measures of "racial terror" in twelve different states. Staff members of the Institute have commemorated their work by visiting hundreds of sites of historical lynchings, collecting soil, and displaying public markers of where the murders occurred.</p> <p>— In Colorado, teachers are planning to walk out on Friday to protest education funding and teacher salaries. But two GOP state lawmakers have come up with a <a href="">prospective response</a> to the planned strike, making it illegal. <a href="">Senate Bill 264</a> - titled, Prohibit Public School Teacher Strikes - was introduced last week, and prohibits public school teachers and organizers from directly or indirectly participating in a strike against any public school employer. Failure to comply could result in fines, or even jail time. In Arizona, teachers elected to strike last week after rejecting an offer from Governor Doug Ducey that would have increased teacher salaries by 20% over the next two years. The strikes, which begin today, are representative of a larger movement by educators to pressure lawmakers into supporting schools with greater funding.</p> <p>— After searching for more than 40 years, authorities believe they have identified the notorious Golden State Killer. The suspect, ex-cop Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, is believed to be the infamous serial murderer who killed a dozen people and raped at least 50 individuals in the '70s and '80s. The violent spree terrorized California residents, with details of the sadistic and ruthless nature of these attacks still remnant in the present consciousness of these communities. The perpetrator has alternately been called the "East Area Rapist" and "The Original Night Stalker," reflecting his position in California lore while he went unidentified for decades.</p> <p>— The suspect in the deadly van rampage in Toronto earlier this week has been charged with first degree murder for the deaths of ten people, killed after he plowed into them on a crowded sidewalk. Toronto Police are still looking into motivations for Alek Minassian's<strong> </strong>actions, which includes scouring his social media pages for clues. A cryptic message posted by Minassian moments before the attack praised the deadly gunman who killed six people in Isla Vista, California in 2014, and it spoke of an "Incel Rebellion." Incel comes from the phrase "involuntary celibacy." The self-ascribed term is used by various online communities, and some of the more fringe elements can espouse a violent form of misogyny.</p>
Apr 26, 2018
Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Trump Admin's Third Travel Ban
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— In February of last year, President Trump tweeted that his administration would fully defend their concept of a "travel ban" in court, despite later challenges that would block various attempts to implement it. Today, the Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments in the first, definitive legal test of the ban, which excludes citizens from some Muslim-majority countries from obtaining entry visas to the United States under the guise of national security.</p> <p>— Two years ago, Intercept reporter Alice Speri began looking into reports of sexual abuse in immigration detention facilities operated by I.C.E. An analysis of public records requests, which took years to wrangle from the Department of Homeland Security, found allegations of assault, sexual violence, and threats of retaliation among the over-1000 complaints that were provided by the department. Speri notes that despite the 1,224 complaints for which they received documentation, there exists a stream of even more misconduct complaints, around 33,000 in total from 2010 to 2016, that D.H.S. did not make available to The Intercept.</p> <p>— By week’s end, C.I.A. Director Mike Pompeo is expected to be confirmed as the next U.S. Secretary of State. Pompeo obtained a vote of confidence from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, but only after President Trump stepped in to sway key Republican hold-out Rand Paul. Pompeo raised concerns with some Senators for his hawkish positions and demeaning comments towards the L.G.B.T.Q. and Muslim communities. Senators also worried if he could be a sufficiently independent voice in the Trump administration.</p> <p>— When Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega announced last week a plan to overhaul the country's social security system, students took to the streets to voice their dissatisfaction with the proposed changes. State police responded violently, and the situation quickly devolved into further chaos. Other sectors of the country joined the movement, and in less than a week, upwards of two dozen people died in the ensuing clashes. Over the weekend, Ortega walked back his welfare reforms, but criticized the protesters in a rambling speech.</p> <p>— Vogue-style club dancing originated from New York City’s underground ballroom scene, created by queer people of color <a href="">in the 1960s</a>. Since its inception, ballroom culture has acted as a safe haven for black and Latinx L.G.B.T. youth, a place where they could safely express themselves in ways society at large would not condone.</p>
Apr 25, 2018
After Waffle House Shooting: Few Rules for Weapons Surrender
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— The suspect in the deadly Waffle House shooting in Nashville, Tennessee, was arrested on Monday after a 36-hour manhunt. Travis Reinking, 29, was arrested near his apartment which was close to the restaurant where early Sunday morning he started firing towards patrons with his AR-15 rifle. Four people were killed in that rampage. One patron, James Shaw Jr., is being credited for saving the lives of others after wrestling with the gunman and throwing his weapon over the counter. </p> <p>— A <a href="">new report from the Human Rights Watch</a> alleges that one detention facility in Yemen is subjecting African migrants in its custody to horrific treatment, including extortion, rape, and beatings. The detentions are occurring as migrants flee violence and poor economic conditions on the African continent by crossing the Gulf of Aden into Yemen, with the ultimate goal of reaching Saudi Arabia. The report finds that migrants seeking passage through Yemen to Saudi Arabia are frequently detained once they reach shore. These detentions devolve into horrific treatment, with rape and executions among the various acts of violence perpetrated on the detainees.</p> <p>— When Paul Ryan announced he’ll be retiring from Congress next year, many saw his exit as a way to avoid what might have been a competitive race. Indeed, national Democrats have targeted the district as a ripe opportunity to flip from red to blue. And while much attention has been lavished on the viral star power of iron worker Randy Bryce, a Democratic primary this August will see another insurgent progressive hope to claim the nomination. <a href="">Cathy Myers</a> has spent over two decades as a high school English teacher. She’s a union leader, and she’s been elected to Janesville’s school board twice. She hopes to bring her experience to Congress representing Wisconsin’s first district. </p> <p>— Actor Laurie Metcalf has become 2018's most nimble triple threat: tackling the contentious 2016 election on T.V. in the reboot of ABC's "Roseanne," struggling to define motherhood as Marion McPherson in the coming-of-age drama "Lady Bird," and caring for an abstract version of herself in Edward Albee's acerbic "Three Tall Women," now on Broadway.</p>
Apr 24, 2018
"I Was Just Looking for Safety": Applying for Asylum in America
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— In 2016, around 180,000 people applied for asylum in the United States. The vast majority of them end up in immigration detention while their cases are being processed. And once they are released, many have nowhere to go and are left without resources. WNYC partnered with ProPublica to <a href="">examine the asylum process</a> in the United States, how and why it was developed, and where it currently stands today. Applying for asylum is far different than applying for refugee status, which <a href="">Kavitha Surana</a>, senior reporting fellow at ProPublica covering immigration, explains.</p> <p>— Randy Bryce is an iron worker looking to swing Wisconsin's first congressional district from red to blue. Thanks to his <a href="">viral campaign videos</a> and his "Ironstache" Twitter handle, Bryce has become a national liberal icon. The seat he's running for, currently occupied by Paul Ryan, became of national interest once the House speaker <a href="">announced this month</a> that he would not be seeking reelection next year. Ryan's exit is the most high-profile in a growing trend of congressional Republicans avoiding a midterm election in which many predict a "blue wave" of disaffected voters.</p> <p>— Over the weekend, President Trump suggested on Twitter that he was considering a full pardon for the late heavyweight boxing champ Jack Johnson. Johnson was born in 1878 in Galveston, Texas and rose to prominence in the boxing world, becoming the first black heavyweight champion in 1908, after defeating Tommy Burns. Johnson's defeat of Jim Jeffries, the "great white hope," in 1910, sparked violence driven by racism and white groups enraged by his success. In 1913, Johnson was arrested for driving across state lines with his white girlfriend. An all-white jury convicted him of violating the Mann Act, which was intended to stop human trafficking. He was sentenced to more than a year in prison, and ultimately, fled overseas where he continued fighting before eventually returning to the United States and serving out his time.</p> <p>— <a href="">Hunter Harris</a>, associate editor for <em>Vulture</em>, has loved Beyoncé for long time. Her mom, Yvonne Lewis, not so much. "I know that you love Beyoncé and I never could understand why, I never got it," Yvonne tells Hunter. But after Beyoncé's big showing at the music festival Coachella — <a href="">so big people have taken to calling the event "Beychella"</a> — Hunter called her mom in Tulsa from New York to talk about what the moment meant to each of them.</p>
Apr 23, 2018
19 Years Later, Columbine Looms Large Over Today's Mass Shootings
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— It’s been 19 years since the massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado, but just 65 days since the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. Today, as students across the country are once again walking out of their classrooms in protest, demanding "Never Again," we hear from people who have survived mass shootings and been forced to consider what comes next.</p> <p>— The movement started in West Virginia, where back in February a statewide teachers' strike closed schools for almost two weeks. Then came Oklahoma and Kentucky. Now, a statewide strike in Arizona is on the docket. A wave of protests by teachers demanding not just better pay, but more money for their students and schools, has swept the country. And Arizona is not immune to these problems nor the energy that has emboldened educators to demand legislative action. Many schools around the country still don’t have funding levels that match, much less exceed, pre-recession levels. Arizona teachers announced last night that Governor Ducey's offer of a 20% raise isn't sufficient to address systemic problems plaguing their classrooms. Teachers are poised to take to the State Capitol in Phoenix next week.</p> <p>— This Friday, <a href="" target="_blank">Rafer Guzman</a>, film critic for <a href="" target="_blank">Newsday</a> and The Takeaway, is joined by film critic <a href="">Alissa Wilkinson</a> of They kick off a lively discussion about Amy Schumer's new film "I Feel Pretty." Is it bad feminism? Is it good feminism? Is the movie entertaining in its own right? Also, there's much chatter about coming of age western "Lean on Pete" from British director Andrew Haigh, starring Christopher Plummer.  </p> <p>— After seven seasons in the running, the hit ABC prime-time drama "Scandal" has come to an end. Olivia Pope officially hung up her white hat last night. The drama, which was filled with the titular scandal and intrigue, was written and produced by Shonda Rhimes, who is also behind other hit shows like "Grey's Anatomy" and "How to Get Away with Murder." Actress Kerry Washington plays Olivia Pope, a character based on the real-life of Washington D.C. crisis management consultant and so-called "fixer" Judy Smith.</p>
Apr 20, 2018
Over 60 Years Later, Hope for Peace on Korean Peninsula
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— This week, the South Korean government and President Trump confirmed news items that seemed out of the realm of possibility just one month ago: a prospective meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong-un, and <a href="">talks</a> to formally end the over-60-years-long Korean War. President Trump also confirmed on Wednesday that C.I.A. Director and Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo secretly <a href=";utm_term=.22ca2b211f6d">met with</a> Kim Jong-un during Easter to lay the groundwork for the president's own meeting in May or June. North and South Korea have technically been in an armistice since 1953, creating a demilitarized zone and a de facto border that has split the two Koreas, and along with it, the families who live on either side.</p> <p>— On Thursday, Raúl Castro stepped down as Cuba's president, ending the Castros' 60 year rule on the island. Stepping in as president is the Communist Party's hand-chosen successor, Miguel Díaz-Canel. While Díaz-Canel is known as a loyal party figure, he's managed to stay out of the spotlight during his career, leaving much speculation as to how the country will be governed going forward.</p> <p>— A federal jury Wednesday brought about the end of a trial that has rocked the Somali community in Garden City, Kansas. Three men were convicted on all counts of plotting to bomb an apartment complex where Somali immigrants lived and worked; it was a thriving community center for the Somali community. We’ve been following that case, and now with a verdict, we turn to a member of the impacted community. <strong>Ifra Ahmed </strong>is a Somali community leader in Garden City, Kansas, and she shares her reflections on the verdict, the trial, and how the Somali community is feeling today.</p> <p>— In "Baskets," comedian <a href="">Louie Anderson</a> plays the eccentric mother of main characters Chip and Dale Baskets. It is a persona heavily influenced by Anderon's own mother, whom he invokes in a wry fashion as Christine Baskets. In Anderson's new book, "<a href="">Hey Mom: Stories for My Mother, But You Can Read Them Too</a>," he revisits his relationship with his mother and childhood, exposing adolescent challenges and noting later-in-life realizations about the wisdom of maternal influence.</p>
Apr 19, 2018
From Medallion Mogul to Presidential Fixer: Michael Cohen's Rise and Fall
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— By now, you’ve probably heard of Michael Cohen. Cohen is most famous today as President Trump’s personal lawyer and all-purpose fixer. He paid off Stormy Daniels through a shell company to quash allegations of a sexual liaison. And recently it was revealed in open court that Cohen has Fox New pundit Sean Hannity as a client. That information was disclosed subsequent to a raid of Cohen's offices by the F.B.I. earlier this month. But long before President Trump, Michael Cohen was working with shady lawyers like <a href="">Simon Garber</a>, the first in a long and unlikely career that begins in a small taxi cab law office in Queens, and goes all the way to the president of the United States.</p> <p>— According to a new investigation by Reveal, from the Center for Investigative Reporting, car-maker Tesla has been under-reporting its workers’ serious injuries to maintain higher safety ratings. According to Reveal's Will Evans, absent from the public imagination about the futuristic car manufacturer is gruesome imagery related to lax safety precautions. "You don’t see the people who are being cut by machinery, or who are losing the use of their arms through repetitive motion problems, or who are being exposed to toxic fumes and having long-term medical problems because of that," Evans said.</p> <p>— In a new mini-documentary by Retro Report, the myths and misperceptions about eating disorders are exposed through interviews with those afflicted. The documentary opens, "<span>For decades, Hollywood has exploited our morbid fascination with eating disorders in one dramatic film after another. But the facts are that an estimated 30 million Americans will suffer some form of eating disorder in their lifetimes."</span></p> <p>— Islamophobia is defined by Merriam Webster as, "irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against Islam or people who practice Islam." It's a phrase we're all familiar with in the post 9/11 world but its roots in the United States date back much further, centuries in fact. Early examples of how ethnic prejudice was codified into American law can be found in 18th-century immigration policy, where people of the Islamic faith were excluded from citizenship due to restrictions on that privilege to anyone not a white Christian. Over the next few centuries, Islamophobic policies may have become less explicit, but they were still fully institutionalized, targeting people of the faith and of Arab descent in the sectors of law enforcement, surveillance, and the judicial system.</p> <p>— First lady Barbara Bush died yesterday at the age of 92. Family spokesman Jim McGrath first announced the first lady's passing in her Houston home yesterday: "A former First Lady of the United States of America and relentless proponent of family literacy, Barbara Pierce Bush passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at the age of 92. She is survived by her husband of 73 years, President George H. W. Bush; five children and their spouses; 17 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and her brother, Scott Pierce. She was preceded in death by her second child, Pauline Robinson "Robin" Bush, and her siblings Martha Rafferty and James R. Pierce."</p>
Apr 18, 2018
Seven Dead After Prison Riots in South Carolina
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— Seven inmates were killed and 17 more injured in a series of fights that broke out at a maximum security prison in South Carolina on Sunday night. Lee Correctional Institution, which houses 1,500 male inmates, has a history of violence; its former warden calls it the most dangerous prison in South Carolina. Corrections officers declined to intervene in the brawl for four hours from the start of the incident. </p> <p>— A diminishing supply of opioid drugs for hospital use is forcing physicians to improvise, potentially putting patients at additional risk, according to medical professionals. While hospital pharmacists are working around the clock to find second-choice pain alternatives, doctors are resulting to prioritizing patients and administering new pain-killer protocols, which increase the possibility of dangerous medical errors.   </p> <p>— The photographs of war are often grim, desperate images of destruction and chaos; those of grief, displacement and loss portraying the victims of these atrocities, but one <a href="">British photographer</a> is hoping to reshape the narrative. Photojournalist <a href="">Anastasia Taylor-Lind</a><strong> </strong>traveled to the border of Bangladesh and Myanmar to photograph Rohingya refugees for <a href="">Human Rights Watch</a>, and she says she had never seen anything like it in her 15-year career. Instead of repeating the images that often come from atrocities like these, she chose to change the way she photographed the victims with the hope that it will change how those looking in from the outside view conflict.</p> <p>— In one of the largest ever recall of eggs, Rose Acre Farms ordered 206 million eggs off the consumer shelves after health officials traced a salmonella outbreak to one of its farms in North Carolina. The product is the second major recall this year, with a separate warning out to consumers of romaine lettuce because of E. coli that has spread across seven states. </p>
Apr 17, 2018
U.S. and Allies Strike Syria, But What's Next?
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— Over the weekend, a U.S.-led coalition, involving the assistance of Britain and France, executed airstrikes against three Syrian targets believed to be related to the country's chemical weapons program. The strikes were intended as a warning against further use of chemical agents by the Assad regime. But in Damascus the morning after the strikes, Syrian propaganda was in full force with pro-Assad demonstrators in the streets celebrating the limited assault. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told reporters he was in a good mood as he met with Russian officials.</p> <p>— In 1990, Oklahoma teachers poured out in massive demonstrations for better pay and more school funding. After four days on the picket line, teachers won a major concession from the state legislature, a $6,000 raise funded by an increase in state taxes. In 2018, the mechanics of Oklahoma's only other teachers' strike for nearly three decades are a bit different. Teachers made less today than they did in the '90s, adjusting for inflation, and, according to an analysis by Vox, one quarter of educators left the state or the profession entirely last year.</p> <p>— Over the past decade, genetic testing has become an increasingly popular and relatively inexpensive way of prying into your genomic history. Direct-to-consumer genetic testing company 23andMe reports having more than five million customers and according to AncestryDNA, roughly seven million people have taken their tests. 23andMe is also FDA approved to tell consumers about the likelihood they'll develop certain diseases, including breast cancer and Alzheimer's. Users have the additional option of exporting their data to third-party sites that can analyze their D.N.A. and provide further disease risk information. But how accurate are these disease analyses? </p> <p>— 12-year-old Jerome is shot dead on the very first page of Jewell Parker Rhodes’ new novel “Ghost Boys.” The story chronicles the life, death, and afterlife of a young African American boy, who is killed by a police officer who believes he has a gun. The object turns out to be a toy. Jerome comes back to Earth as a ghost, where he sees his family grieving and ultimately befriends two other children. One of them is Sarah, the daughter of the police officer who killed him, and the other is Emmett Till, a "ghost boy" like Jerome.</p>
Apr 16, 2018
Striking Differences in Opioid Crisis Depending on State of Residence
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— Depending on where you live in the United States, the opioid crisis may look remarkably different, which is important when it comes to how local officials are confronting the epidemic. In Oregon, for example, opioid-assisted overdoses have dropped 20% from their peak a few years back, and there are some positive signs of recovery. But in Ohio, things are not at promising. The state is second only to West Virginia in its drug overdoses, and in many places morgues are running out of room for bodies of those who have died from an overdose.</p> <p>— State lawmakers in Virginia were <a href="">called back</a> to Richmond on Wednesday for a special legislative session. Democratic Governor Ralph Northam, just months into his first term, ordered the session to address the state budget, which was blocked last month by Republican state senators. The divisive issue for those lawmakers is Medicaid expansion. If the budget is passed with the Medicaid provisions in place, 400,000 of the state’s low income residents would receive coverage under the program.</p> <p>— Every Friday, <a href="" target="_blank">Rafer Guzman</a>, film critic for <a href="" target="_blank">Newsday</a> and The Takeaway, drops by to review the new releases hitting the box office. This week, Rafer brings us tennis movie "Borg vs. McEnroe" starring Shia LaBeouf, the animated "Sgt Stubby: An American Hero," and the latest video game adaptation "Rampage," starring Dwayne Johnson and Naomie Harris. Plus, it's Friday the 13th, so there's the horror flick "Truth or Dare" starring Lucy Hale.</p>
Apr 13, 2018
Trump Set to Announce Response to Syrian Gas Attack, Weighing Missile Strike
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— A decision on how best to respond to a chemical attack in the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Douma over the weekend is being considered this week, after President Trump told reporters he would announce his plans within a few days of the attack near Syria's capital. The President canceled plans to attend the Summit of the Americas in Peru and Colombia in order to oversee his response, and White House press secretary told reporters “all options are on the table.”</p> <p>— Thousands of <a href="">National Guard troops</a> have been making their way to the U.S.-Mexico border, and on Wednesday Attorney General Jeff Sessions was in southern New Mexico to visit a group of 31 sheriffs who work in border towns. The visit came a week after Sessions announced two major immigration policy decisions: a “<a href="">zero tolerance</a>” policy for those attempting to cross the border illegally and a <a href="">quota</a> for immigration judges to quickly close cases. Construction also recently started on 20 miles of fencing at the border that the Trump administration is touting as part of the border wall.</p> <p>— Approximately one million Americans are living with Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative disorder that can cause tremors, balance issues, hallucinations and delusions, among other symptoms, making it the 14th cause of death in the United States. But in April 2016, there was hope for relief from at least some of the symptoms, a new drug approved to help with the hallucinations and delusions associated with Parkinson's. Since the approval, more than 1,800 'adverse event' reports have been <a href="">filed</a> with the F.D.A., and at least 500 people have died from the “breakthrough therapy” drug.</p> <p>— A growing body of work shows that women, and women of color in particular, are more likely to get assigned “office housework," menial or less desirable tasks often related to office maintenance. These little-noticed biases can hold women back in their careers, yield fewer women at the top of organizations, and stifle opportunities to expand diversity.</p>
Apr 12, 2018
Mark Zuckerberg Grilled Before Congress; Paul Ryan Retires from House
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— On Tuesday, Facebook C.E.O. Mark Zuckerberg apologized in a congressional hearing for the abuse of data scraped from Facebook users without their permission. Testimony this week was motivated largely by reports that research firm Cambridge Analytica improperly gained access to the data from 87 million Facebook users. Zuckerberg sits before the House Energy and Commerce Committee today where he faces more questions about how and when information was shared and to what effect.</p> <p>— While American lawmakers on Capitol Hill continue to reckon with Facebook’s informational power, E.U. lawmakers already have plans in the works to change data collection and data usage. It’s the result of a new data protection law called the <a href="">General Data Protection Regulation</a>, which goes into effect in Europe next month. Among a number of different areas, the legislation will require companies like Facebook to only collect and store the minimum amount of user data needed for a specific, stated service.</p> <p>— Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan is announced today that he will not seek re-election in Congress, closing out a nearly 20-year career in office and a four-year hold on the House speakership, assuming that chamber's top post upon the retirement of his Republican colleague John Boehner in 2015. Reports from multiple media outlets and a statement from the speaker's counselor Brendan Buck confirmed the news first reported by Axios.</p> <p>— 221b Baker Street, London, is known worldwide as the residence of the fictional genius, private detective Sherlock Holmes. But it’s also a real building in London, with a mystery of its own that's coming to fruition: no one knows who owns it. Sherlock Holmes isn’t around to solve the case, but real-life geopolitics reporter for Quartz <a href="">Max de Haldevang</a> took a stab at it. The characters in de Haldevang's investigation would eventually grow include the long-time president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, and <a href="">further reveal the tangled web of London’s shadowy real estate dealings</a>.</p>
Apr 11, 2018
Calls Mount for Pruitt's Termination in Swirling Ethics Scandal
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— Questions about Scott Pruitt's spending have been dogging the E.P.A. secretary for some time now. But as recent reports show a cushy housing arrangement with the wife of an energy lobbyist in Washington D.C., there are growing calls from members of Congress, as well as reportedly from President Trump's Chief of Staff John Kelly, for Pruitt's termination.</p> <p>— Over the weekend, residents of Puerto Rico marked 200 days since Hurricane Maria devastated the island. Now, less than seven months after the storm, life is still difficult for many. It’s also violent. In the first 11 days in 2018, 32 people were killed on the island, double the number of murders from the same time period the previous year. In addition to the surge in violence, <a href="">38,762</a> Puerto Rican students have left the island since May of last year. Half of the island’s schools are at 60 percent capacity.</p> <p>— While kneeling protests dominated headlines during the football season last year, activism among N.B.A. players has taken a different turn — and has had a different reception from the league. A few weeks ago, <a href="">the Sacramento Kings played a P.S.A. video calling for accountability</a> after police officers shot and killed Stephon Clark, who was unarmed. </p> <p>— The story of a woman who roared across America on her Harley: Bessie Stringfield was a black woman with a passion for riding at a time many people didn’t want to see a black woman on a motorcycle. She was often the only woman among men, like when she served as a motorcycle dispatcher in World War II. Eventually she settled in Miami. “She was the motorcycle queen of Miami," says Nikita Stewart, the New York Times reporter who has written a <a href="">new obituary for Stringfield</a>, who died in 1993. "She was this incredible woman who, at a time when many women were at home or worked as domestics, she decided that she wanted to ride motorcycles."</p>
Apr 10, 2018
Video Shows Apparent Gas Attack on Civilians in Syria's Douma
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— On Saturday, nationwide town halls placed young, newly-galvanized activists in close proximity to legislators capable of effecting real change. The 'Town Hall For Our Lives' events, an offshoot of the massive protests against gun violence that swept the streets last month, took place in conservative and liberal districts across the country. According to <a href="">Town Hall Project</a>, the organizing partner behind most of the events on Saturday, 120 town halls occurred in one day alone.</p> <p>— An apparent gas attack on civilians near the capital of Damascus has left at least 40 dead and hundreds more wounded. President Donald Trump and the European Union suspect Syrian government forces under Bashar al-Assad of perpetrating the attack, and early Monday morning Israel is believed to have launched a retaliatory strike against an Syrian air base that killed upwards of a dozen people. President Trump weighed into the reports directly in a rebuke of Assad and Putin on Twitter, vowing to respond proportionately.</p> <p>— Residents of the U.S. territory of American Samoa have brought a new lawsuit against former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the State Department, alleging that their lack of automatic citizenship upon birth is a violation of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution.</p> <p>— A mashup video created by the website Deadspin last month displayed T.V. anchors from local newsrooms alongside each other, demonstrating how they were reading verbatim the same scripts. The owners of these stations, Sinclair Broadcast Group, sends out 'must-run' scripts that it requires to be read by local newscasters on air. The eerie nature of the juxtaposition — dozens of local journalists, all reading the same lines in a growing chorus of voices — sparked a huge backlash online, with many calling on these reporters to quit before allowing corporate messaging to infiltrate the newsroom.</p>
Apr 09, 2018
State Education Budgets Across the Country Are in Crisis. Here's Why.
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— This week, striking teachers across Oklahoma have been following in the footsteps of their counterparts in West Virginia. Their grievances, like those of so many teachers across the country, focus not only on low wages but the general lack of funding from the statehouse for basic operational costs. Public schools are dealing with a shortage of supplies, outdated textbooks, poorly maintained buildings, and in some cases, a four-day school week. Since 2008, a confluence of factors, both political and economical, have pushed Oklahoma's state government to continually slash the education budget.</p> <p>— In the U.S., when a woman gives birth in prison, she is quickly separated from her child. In Mexico she is not. There you might see children as old as 6 still living with their incarcerated mothers. The <a href="">Mexican Human Rights Commission</a> says more children than ever before are living behind bars with their mothers in Mexico, an estimated 2,000 kids.</p>
Apr 06, 2018
Attack at YouTube HQ Points to Rise in Workplace Homicides
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— On Tuesday afternoon, a disgruntled blogger forced her way into YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California, and fired at employees before committing suicide. The incident follows a spate of mass shootings around the country. But it also points to a troubling trend, a rise in the number of workplace homicides across the U.S. <a href="">According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics</a>, there were 500 workplace killings in 2016. That's up from 409 in 2014. While many of these murders represent violent acts like robberies, a significant portion are tallied from embittered current or former employees.</p> <p>— Police shot and killed a black man holding a metal object believed to be a gun in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Wednesday afternoon. Saheed Vassell, 34, had bipolar disorder and was well known in the community. According to the New York Police Department, three different 911 callers reported seeing Vassell waving what they described as "a silver firearm." Four police officers arrived at the scene, three in street clothes and one in police uniform, and fired 10 bullets. It was later discovered that Vassell was holding a metal pipe, not a gun. The shooting drew angry residents who gathered in the streets of Crown Heights, demanding answers from police. </p> <p>— The federal trial of Patrick Stein, Curtis Allen, and Gavin Wright, three members of a local militia in Kansas, is now in its third week. The men stand accused of conspiring to bomb a building in Garden City, Kansas, that housed members of a Somali refugee community. They were arrested in October of 2016 after a months-long investigation by the F.B.I. Defense attorneys for the men aren’t arguing that their clients didn’t harbor anti-Muslim feelings or take part in the terrorist plot. Instead, they contend that the F.B.I. and its undercover informant went too far in goading the men to target the local Somali population.</p> <p>— In the hours and days after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., violence broke out in some 130 cities across America. But amidst the chaos and rioting, there was an oasis of relative peace in Boston. Many attribute that to the "Godfather of Soul," singer and songwriter James Brown. The evening after King’s murder, 50 years ago tonight, Brown performed a concert in Boston and used his platform to soothe the raw tensions that were festering nationwide.</p>
Apr 05, 2018
Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy, Fifty Years Later
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was assassinated while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. King was in Memphis to support the city’s striking <a href="">sanitation workers</a> who were protesting abusive working conditions and low wages. Today, the Lorraine Motel stands as it did back in 1968, no longer a functioning motel, it’s part of the <a href="">National Civil Rights Museum</a> and its most famous occupant has become implanted in our national consciousness. King has become an icon of the Civil Rights Movement and a symbolic figure for many, but for <a href="">Charles McKinney</a>, associate professor of history at Rhodes College, there’s a danger in the way King’s image has been enshrined in our country's ethos, and it should not be ignored.</p> <p>— The premiere of VICE's sixth season examines the juvenile justice system, following "The Wire" actor Michael Kenneth Williams as he explores grass-roots solutions that communities across the country are deploying to try to quell the school-to-prison pipeline. There are more than 850-thousand juvenile arrests a year. The juvenile incarceration rate in the U.S. is the highest in the world with around 49,000 youth in lock-up daily. Williams, who grew up in the Vanderveer public housing complex in Brooklyn, New York, says he has seen first-hand how both family and close friends were caught up in the criminal justice system from a young age. </p> <p>— The border has become a defining issue in American politics. On Tuesday, in lieu of getting his wall, President Trump promised that he would place military on the front lines to enforce the border. It’s not clear where that plan is headed, but there is in fact a border policy in place, and the reason why you might not have heard about it, is that it’s largely invisible. It’s called Prevention Through Deterrence, and it started in the mid 1990s. Its development, and its consequences, are the focus of a new three part series from our partner at WNYC, Radiolab, called "<a href="">The Border Trilogy</a>."</p>
Apr 04, 2018
Signs of Trade War as China Slams Tariffs on U.S. Exports
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— Early in March, President Trump boasted that in a potential trade war between the U.S. and China, the U.S. would easily prevail. This statement came just a couple of weeks before announcing that he would impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports and on potentially an estimated $60 billion worth of Chinese goods, sparking fears of retaliation. On Monday, investors' anxieties were realized in a financial riposte from China: <a href="">retaliatory tariffs</a> of up to 25 percent on 128 American-made goods ranging from wine and pork to steel piping, scrap aluminum and an assortment of fruit and nut products.</p> <p>— The word 'adolescence' describes the transition from late childhood to early adulthood. But there is no commonly-used word that encompasses a similar transition for women into motherhood. We hear a lot about postpartum depression, but what about the other real changes that a woman experiences which don’t fit into that category? They’re not top of mind for much of the medical community, says <a href="">one reproductive psychiatrist</a>. She's calling on doctors and women to use a term borrowed from anthropology, <a href="">"matrescence,"</a> to encourage more open dialogue about the transition.</p> <p>— The assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 50 years ago punctuated a decade of progress, built on generations of activism and defined by the many successes during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. But while the movement lost its most visible leader in 1968, Dr. King's dream lives on through the work being undertaken by those committed to dismantling institutional racism and building a world that lives up to his lofty ideals.</p> <p>— When we think of wildlife and quote unquote natural environments, we think of untouched forests and jungles, pristine waterways, and sprawling hills and countrysides. One place we don’t think of is cities. But that type of thinking no longer matches up to our world, according to <a href="">Menno Schilthuizen</a>. He’s the author of the new book out today, called “<a href="">Darwin Comes to Town: How the Urban Jungle Drives Evolution</a>.”</p>
Apr 03, 2018
Gaza Unfurls in Massive Demonstrations, Israel Responds with Deadly Firepower
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— On Friday, thousands of Palestinians took part in demonstrations along the Israel-Gaza border. The protest was just the beginning of what is expected to be a six-week long demonstration. But on that first day, interactions between Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers quickly turned violent. At least 15 Palestinians were killed and, according to the Gaza health ministry, <a href="">more than 700 were wounded</a>.</p> <p>— A 2017 <a href="">Reuters report</a> found that some neighborhoods in California's Bay Area have higher rates of childhood lead poisoning than in Flint, Michigan, which made headlines over the past few years for its notoriously mismanaged lead crisis. But the California cases are different from the Michigan ones in distinct and important ways. Unlike in Flint, where the crisis was largely spurred by the erosion of lead-containing pipes into the municipal water supply, Californians are grappling with an infestation that is etched into the landscape.</p> <p>— Last week, the Oklahoma approved the first major tax increase in 25 years in order to fund raises for teachers to avert a strike. But for teachers demanding more comprehensive reforms to the state's public education system, the proposal was only a paltry first step. 20 percent of schools are already on a four-day schedule in the state, due to budgetary concerns, and a quarter of teachers left the state or quit last year. In addition to raises, teachers are calling for more spending health care and pension plans and millions of dollars in school funding to be restored.</p> <p>— Earlier in March, California lawmakers appointed the first undocumented immigrant to a statewide post. <a href="">Lizbeth Mateo</a>, who was named to the California Student Opportunity and Access Program Project Grant Advisory Committee, came to the U.S. with her parents from Oaxaca, Mexico, when she was 14, without any legal documents. Since her arrival she has graduated from college, and then from law school, and now owns her own law practice.</p> <p>— On the campaign trail, Donald Trump was quick to invoke the the gang MS-13 as a symptom of a country that had strayed too far from principles of law and order. After winning the election, the Trump administration has followed through on the rhetoric, ramping up the detention of vast groups of people who may have even tenuous links to criminal organizations. In its efforts to pursue this hard line approach, a newly empowered I.C.E. has reportedly gone too far, detaining individuals seeking refuge in the United States.</p> <p>— A new book explores a dialogue between a close friend of Martin Luther King Jr., also his former barber, and a modern social justice and youth advocate. In the book, Nelson Malden and Kevin Shird discuss how history and the Civil Rights Movement have created a roadmap for the future of racial justice.</p>
Apr 02, 2018
Deported U.S. Veterans Speak Out Against Treatment by Feds
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— The Texas Civil Rights Project estimates that in total, about <a href="">3,000</a> U.S. military veterans have been deported from the country, though the Department of Homeland Security does not officially keep track. <a href="">Hector Barajas</a>, once such veteran, operates a safehouse in Tijuana, Mexico, nicknamed "The Bunker." The storefront functions as a makeshift asylum for veterans deported to Mexico. Barajas served in the military for six years when he was expelled from the U.S. after serving two years in prison due to a weapons charge.</p> <p>— Early last year, the military in the small southern African country of Lesotho terminated three female soldiers for getting pregnant, pursuant to a 2014 rule banning women in the military from bearing children. The three women took the Lesotho Defense Forces to court and, in a landmark ruling last month, the nation's High Court reinstated the women and invalidated the military policy. For working women throughout Africa, progress in the workplace has been uneven. Despite the expanding role of women in the military and in business, women still encounter deeply rooted expectations of domesticity.</p> <p>— A story of the power of a young person, a teenager, to rise up and push for change: We go back almost 100 years, to a teen hero from 1919. Yu Gwan-sun was a young fighter for Korean independence, who died while imprisoned by the Japanese for her rebellion. The New York Times has now written a new obituary for Yu Gwan-sun, who has become a beloved symbol in South Korea.</p> <p>— Last week, the Brooklyn Museum <a href="">announced the appointment</a> of Kristen Windmuller-Luna to chair their African art department. But Windmuller-Luna is a white woman, and many on social media saw this selection as somewhat tone deaf. The problems that plague representation in the art world are far broader than this single appointment. A 2015 study by the Andrew W. Mellon foundation found that just four percent of museum curators in North America are black.</p>
Mar 30, 2018
Latest Cabinet-Level Shakeup at White House Ousts V.A. Secretary Shulkin
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— Last Thursday, the city of Atlanta was largely taken offline by a sophisticated ransomware attack. While critical services like 911 remained uninterrupted, non-essential systems that manage the city's bureaucracy were rendered unusable. The group responsible for the attack demanded a ransom of $51,000 in order to have those systems restored. The Atlanta cyberattack is believed to be one of the biggest and most sustained attacks against a major American city.</p> <p>— It’s been rumored for weeks in political circles, and on Wednesday evening President Trump made it <a href="">official</a>: Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin is out and will be replaced in the coming weeks by the president’s physician, Navy Admiral Ronny Jackson. Shulkin was an Obama-era holdover, who quickly became the target of accusations of spending abuses, mismanagement, and suffered a staff rebellion within the agency.</p> <p>— Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker appealed a court order on Wednesday that required him to call special elections to fill a state Senate and Assembly seat, but his appeal <a href="" target="_blank">was rejected.</a> The legislative seats were previously held by Rep. Keith Ripp and Sen. Frank Lasee who both quit in December to join Walker's administration. Now the governor has responded by calling for special elections to be held in June, after initially trying to delay the court's mandate.</p> <p>— Tucked away on page 1,967 of the omnibus spending bill that President Trump signed on Friday is a provision called the “Save America’s Pastime Act.” It allows minor league players to, in effect, be exempted from federal labor law requirements, meaning that players stand to make well below minimum wage where before that would have been prohibited. Thousands of minor league players may be impacted by the new rules.</p> <p>— Today, we turn to the realities of research and testing in medicine that has often <em>excluded </em>women. Take <a href="">high-profile drug disasters</a> like Thalidomide in the 50s. That was a drug given to pregnant women to combat nausea, which left more than 10,000 babies deformed. While that tragedy yielded important FDA regulations, it also made drug researchers nervous about using women of childbearing age in their studies at all.</p> <p> </p>
Mar 29, 2018
Asian Americans May Lose Out in Trump Administration's Census
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— On Monday night, the Commerce Department <a href="">formally announced</a> that it will comply with a Trump administration request to include a <em>citizenship</em> question on the 2020 decennial census. The news sparked <a href="">immediate criticism from state officials</a>. Advocacy groups also spoke out against the decision, citing intimidation as reason immigrant populations may fail to participate in the census. In Asian-American communities, individuals are already at risk of being undercounted due to language barriers, poverty, status, and housing stability. </p> <p>— Just <a href="">last month</a>, President Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., traveled to India, a trip that was originally intended to focus on foreign policy, but instead mainly dealt with the Trump Organization's business interests. As it turns out, the Trumps have more projects in the country than they do anywhere else outside of the U.S.</p> <p>— In the wake of a deadly fire that tore through the Winter Cherry shopping mall in the Siberian town of Kemerovo last Sunday, thousands of Russians have taken to the streets to demand answers from their government. Official reports list a total of 64 fatalities, with an entire class of 41 schoolchildren feared dead. But rumors online are suggesting that the count <a href="">might be significantly higher</a>, perhaps in the hundreds.</p> <p>— Over the past month, state legislatures have passed, or are considering, severely restrictive bans on abortion in places like <a href="">Mississippi</a>, <a href="">Iowa</a>, and <a href="">Ohio</a> — teeing up major legal battles that may reach the Supreme Court. President Donald Trump, with his promise to appoint judges who will overturn the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade, has apparently <a href="">kicked off a wave of optimism</a> among anti-abortion activists. The bills under consideration vary in their expansiveness, from provisions that would limit abortions after a set number of weeks in a woman's pregnancy, to all-out bans on the procedure in its entirety.</p> <p>— All this week we’ve been bringing you voices on women’s health and the specific challenges women face when they go to the doctor in pain. It’s our series called “Taking Pains with Women’s Health." Along the way we’ve heard from many of you about how your concerns around pregnancy and reproductive decisions have been dismissed or misunderstood by doctors. Now, we answer some of your questions about maternal and reproductive health in the U.S., and what could be improved.</p>
Mar 28, 2018
Syrians Flee Eastern Ghouta Under Tenuous Ceasefire
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— Approximately 1,565 patients with gunshot wounds are treated in emergency rooms across the country each week, according to the <a href="">National Institutes of Health</a>. Trauma surgeons and nurses who are on the front lines are seeing no major changes in legislation or policy, and their frustration is growing as the victims keep arriving at their doorsteps. That frustration is leading some physicians to look towards advocacy efforts to help curb the mounting numbers of victims.</p> <p>— For the past few years, Syria's Eastern Ghouta region has been under siege by the Russian-backed government of Bashar al-Assad. In the past month alone, <span>more than <a href="">1600 civilians have been killed</a> and thousands wounded as government forces have borne down on the Damascus suburb. </span>Late last week, a tentative <a href="">ceasefire</a> allowed thousands of civilians and rebel fighters to leave Ghouta and relocate in the northwestern province of Idlib. The city of Douma now remains the only rebel-controlled area near the capital.</p> <p>— <span>Sacramento has been on edge since 22-year-old Stephon Clark was shot and killed by police last week. Clark was holding a cellphone, yet officers shot at him 20 times, believing he was wielding a firearm. Sacramento police originally arrived at the scene after they received reports of robberies occurring in the neighborhood. They discovered Clark, who was in his grandparents' backyard, before firing the lethal shots. His funeral is now scheduled for Thursday.</span></p> <p>— On Monday, President Trump ordered 60 Russian nationals <a href="">expelled from the United States</a>, as well as the closing of a Russian consulate in Seattle, in a belated act of solidarity with the U.K. All eyes have been on Russia since Sergei Skripal, a former double agent living in Salisbury, <a href="">was found poisoned</a> by a rare military-grade nerve agent. Including the United States' actions on Monday, a <a href="">coalition of 20 countries</a> have expelled some 100 Russians in what's being seen as the lowest point in Russian-Western relations since the end of the Cold War.</p> <p>— In the United States, women of color are more likely to die of breast cancer, cervical cancer, and heart disease than their white counterparts. They are also more likely to face major health complications around pregnancy and childbirth. In a 2017 <a href="">survey</a> conducted by multiple health agencies in conjunction with NPR, 33 percent of black women said they had been discriminated against by a doctor or at a health clinic because of their race.</p> <p> </p>
Mar 27, 2018
Young Voices Demand Action At Nationwide Rallies
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— From Parkland, Florida, to Queens, New York, to Newark New Jersey, young voices took center stage over the weekend in mass rallies calling on Congress to end their inaction on substantive gun reform. The Takeaway brings you to the front lines of the marches in Washington, D.C., and Newark, where communities of color are often plagued by gun violence and have long complained about the absence of effective government intervention.</p> <p>— Three provisions in the $1.3 trillion federal spending bill President Trump signed on Friday addressed gun violence and gun research, breaking a longstanding period of inactivity on substantive gun safety reform in Congress. The measures included a form of the 'Fix NICS Act' and a tweak in C.D.C. regulatory language that would provide greater assurance to researchers who want to study gun violence.</p> <p>— N.F.L. Player <a href="">Michael Bennett</a> was indicted in Harris County, Texas, for an alleged incident that took place when he was a spectator at the Super Bowl last year. Bennett is charged with felony assault against a 66-year-old paraplegic woman. Authorities claim he shoved the woman while heading to the field to celebrate after the game. At a news conference, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo told reporters that the woman suffered a sprained shoulder as Bennett pushed his way through the crowds to congratulate his brother Martellus on his team's victory.</p> <p>— The Takeaway is launching a new series at the intersection of women and healthcare, and how gendered interactions color the way women are received by their own doctors and nurses. We dissect the world of women's health with writer <a href="">Michele Lent Hirsch</a>, who interviewed dozens of women for her new book which exposes what it’s like to be sick in a world that doesn't meet female patients halfway.</p> <p>— Last Friday, President Trump signed a spending bill that boosted funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities by 14 percent. It is the latest in a growing list of investments in historically black colleges from the White House. Despite successfully winning federal assistance, H.B.C.U. presidents are walking a tightrope when it comes to riding the momentum of support, recognizing that the Trump administration is incredibly unpopular with their students and alumni. </p> <p> </p>
Mar 26, 2018
John Bolton, Who Once Called for Pre-Emptive Strike on N. Korea, is Trump's New NatSec Adviser
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— The world found out via tweet that President Trump was engaging in another White House reshuffling, this time swapping out current National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster with John Bolton, former ambassador to the United Nations. Bolton has taken a hard line in the past with respect to the foreign policy quagmires in Iran and North Korea. Instead of favoring an incremental approach, Bolton once called for a so-called 'nosebleed' strike against Kim Jong-Un's regime and backed an overthrow of the current Iranian government.</p> <p>— President Trump is finding himself embroiled in the repercussions of non-disclosure agreements he has reportedly been party to, some that were allegedly signed by women for their silence and others he has made White House staffers sign as a condition for working in his administration. Little is known about the actual text of these documents beyond the general principles, but <a href="">legal experts are questioning</a> whether it is possible to hold government officials to the same non-disclosure agreements that are typically reserved for the private sector.</p> <p>— This week, President Trump named Dr. Robert Redfield as the new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Redfield is a longtime H.I.V. researcher and physician based at the University of Maryland's school of medicine. Despite his long career in research and virology, Redfield has no experience at a public health agency and has come under fire for accusations of scientific misconduct and for his past support of controversial H.I.V. policies like the forced reporting of test results and segregating H.I.V.-positive military personnel. </p> <p>— In 2007, there were fewer than 400 new HIV <a href="">cases</a> in the Philippines. A decade later, that number has soared to over 11,000, an increase of <a href="">3,147 percent</a>. The Philippines epidemic stands in stark contrast with global efforts to combat the disease, where the number of new H.I.V. cases worldwide has fallen in that same span of time. A 2017 report published by the United Nations found that the Philippines has the fastest growing rate of new H.I.V. cases in the Asia-Pacific region.</p> <p>— As efforts continue across the country to address the crisis of opioid overdose deaths, a clear target has emerged: over-prescribing. President Trump spoke in New Hampshire earlier this week where he unveiled a new plan to tackle the crisis at the federal level, which included the goal of cutting<em> </em>nationwide opioid prescriptions by one-third over the next three years. In some states, such as New Jersey, efforts to cut down on opioid prescriptions are already well underway. “There is a limit to the initial supply of prescription opioid pain pills to seven days," says addiction psychiatrist <a href="">Dr. Indra Cidambi</a>. "That's a step in the right direction, but it's not the cure all."</p> <p>— The <a href="">first pride parade</a> in the United States was held in 1970, a year after the <a href="">Stonewall riots</a> in New York City. The parades are an annual event now happening in cities all across the country and around the world. This includes, for the first time ever, a parade in Starkville, Mississippi, this weekend. Although a permit was initially denied, the parade's organizers brought a lawsuit against the city alleging discrimination and free speech violations, which pressured the city council into reverse its earlier decision.</p>
Mar 23, 2018
Sacramento Demands Answers After Police Shoot Unarmed Black Man
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— 22-year-old Stephon Clark was shot and killed by police late Sunday night in Sacramento, California, in the backyard of his grandparents' house. Clark, who is African-American, was living at his grandparents' home at the time when police responded to reports of a man who had broken car windows and was hiding out in a backyard. Police were led to his location before firing off 20 shots at Clark, who they believed was brandishing a weapon. The only item discovered near his body was a cellphone.</p> <p>— On Tuesday in Washington, President Trump met with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to kick off the crown prince's three-week, seven-city trip to the U.S. But Salman’s ambitions of modernization, striking oil and gas deals, and building on business connections in Silicon Valley ignore the realities of Saudi Arabia’s role in the war in Yemen and other human rights abuses. How is the media covering his trip and what is Salman likely to get out of it?</p> <p>— <span>Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski announced his resignation on Wednesday. Opposition lawmakers allege that Kuczynski lied about payments from Odebrecht, a Brazilian conglomerate, to a boutique investment bank he owns. </span><span>Oldebrecht is Latin America's construction behemoth and is responsible for some of the region's biggest infrastructure projects. But it’s also tied up in multiple corruption probes, including the payment of bribes not only in Brazil, but across 10 countries, including Peru.</span></p> <p>— <span>A new investigation by the Associated Press has revealed the extent to which reports of child abuse on American military bases languish in the system. The report focused on peer-on-peer sexual abuse at the military bases' schools, which exist a kind of bureaucratic netherworld. The institutions are closely aligned with the military, but they are not subject to the laws that govern the armed forces. </span></p> <p><span>— </span>After recent revelations that 50 million Facebook profiles were harvested in a massive data breach, there are now new questions about who will rein in the social media giant and how it will protect the privacy of its users. Facebook is used by billions of people as the primary way to communicate with friends and family. For many others, Facebook is their sole connection to the internet. Will the fallout change the way people use the platform or force the company to change its business practices?</p>
Mar 22, 2018
President Trump Touts "Toughness" in Approach to Combating Opioids
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— <span>On Wednesday, the man believed to be responsible for a rash of fatal parcel bombs in Austin, Texas, detonated a device inside a car he was using to flee police in close pursuit, resulting in his death as a SWAT team approached the vehicle. The suspect, now identified by multiple media outlets as 24-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt, evaded federal and local authorities for weeks as he allegedly planted packages rigged with explosives throughout various locations in Austin, killing two and injuring multiple others.</span></p> <p>— On Monday, President Trump addressed the public about the opioid epidemic from a podium in New Hampshire, one of the states hardest hit, citing "toughness" as a focal point in his approach to combating the crisis. Toughness, according to the president's remarks, means cracking down hard on drug dealers, and a tough-on-crime approach above all else. But his plan also includes provisions for reducing the prescription of opioids and widening access to treatment.</p> <p>— In 2016, federal prosecutors charged three Kansas men with plotting to bomb a small mosque in a Garden City housing complex frequented by area's growing Somali community. This week the three men alleged to have planned that attack stand trial. FBI agents interrupted the deadly plot and charged the men with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction. Agents say the men were part of a radical militia group. If convicted, they could face a sentence of life in prison.</p> <p>— The most famous rhino in the world died on Monday. His name was Sudan, he was 45 years old, and he was the last male northern white rhino in the world. There are two females left, 27-year-old Najin and 17-year-old Fatu, but neither of them are capable of breeding as a result of health problems, which means that barring some great technological feat, the northern white rhino is to become extinct.</p>
Mar 21, 2018
Six Months After Maria, Puerto Rico Struggles to Rebuild
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— In the waning hours of September 20th, 2017, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico. Today, more than 100,000 are still in the dark, <a href="">thousands</a> of small businesses have yet to reopen, and <a href="">hundreds of thousands of people</a> have left the island, many for good. The Federal Emergency Management Agency began a temporary program to house residents displaced by the storm, but six months later, 3,500 Puerto Ricans are still living in hotels and motels as they struggle to rebuild their lives.</p> <p>— An expansive <a href="">new study</a> tracked 20 million children and their parents over 16 years. It found that even when black boys come from wealth, they still go on to earn less than their white counterparts. Over the course of the study, researchers traced the lives of <a href="">10,000 black males</a> who grew up in wealthy households comparable to their white peers. They were able to show that black boys raised in rich households were more likely to become poor as adults and did not have the same level of upward mobility.</p> <p>— Lawmakers in California are planning to introduce a bill that would require major tech companies like Apple and Samsung to make replacement parts available to individuals who want to repair their own devices. Currently, many companies favor an 'authorized repair' model, where they license independent shops to attempt a narrow set of repairs and force them to return devices that require more complicated fixes. The D.I.Y. community has complained for years about the high cost of repairing devices through authorized retailers.</p> <p>— Nella Larsen, author of the Harlem Renaissance, is one of the women to be newly recognized with an obituary in The New York Times for her 1964 death. We re-examine her legacy in light of a new Times series that traces historical figures who never received their due from the public upon their passing.</p> <p>— It's not entirely easy to be funny these days. But comedian Aparna Nancherla has been preparing for this moment for a while. Netflix has produced a new series of stand-ups that airs today, where you can find Nancherla opening up about her anxiety on stage and how it has prepared her for the current political climate. She joins The Takeaway to discuss her Netflix stand-up debut and how social media has changed the way people communicate with each other.</p>
Mar 20, 2018
Firm With Trump Camp Ties Obtained Data on 50 Million Facebook Users
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— <span>Late Friday, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions after a yet-to-be-released inspector general report found that McCabe 'lacked candor' under oath and improperly authorized disclosures to the news media. His ouster occurred just two days before the date of his official resignation which would have been Sunday, his 50th birthday.</span></p> <p>— <span>On Friday, Facebook suspended ties with digital analytics firm Cambridge Analytica after it was revealed that 50 million Facebook profiles were harvested in a massive data breach. The profiles were obtained for research purposes by a Russian-American academic before being improperly leaked to Cambridge Analytica, which was also hired as a consultant for Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.</span></p> <p>— <span>On Sunday night, another bomb went off in an Austin, Texas, neighborhood, rattling residents and leaving two passersby with injuries. This is the fourth such explosion in recent weeks, and police told reporters on Monday that this most recent incident had "similarities" to the earlier explosions.</span></p> <p>— <span>Illinois voters head to the polls for a primary election on Tuesday. The contest will shape the Democratic roster come November and, depending on how progressives fare, it may indicate just how far left the party has shifted in the Trump era.</span></p> <p><span>— </span>In the 1980s, Congress created 'compassionate release,' a program allowing aging or terminally ill prisoners an early release from prison so they could pass away at home in the care of their loved ones. But a new investigation by <a href="">The Marshall Project</a> finds that compassionate release is rarely granted, and often when it is granted the prisoner has near-totally succumbed to illness.</p> <p>— <span>Many of America’s historically black colleges and universities </span><a href="" target="_blank">played a vital role</a><span> in the country’s civil rights movement. Influential black leaders such as Thurgood Marshall, Stokely Carmichael, and Courtland Cox were graduates of one such college, the prestigious Howard University in Washington, D.C. But fifty years ago this week, students on campus were deeply unhappy about the direction the institution was headed in the civil rights struggle.</span></p>
Mar 19, 2018
This Alabama Sheriff's New Beachfront Property, Paid for by the Public
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— On any given night in America, around 50,000 teenagers find themselves in the grips of the juvenile justice system. This week, WNYC Studios kicked off a nine-episode podcast examining the state of incarceration for teenagers and adolescents. <a href="">"Caught"</a> dives into mechanics of juvenile justice by reviewing the policies that govern child-offenders and the day-to-day realities for the youth caught up in the system.</p> <p>— Alabama Sheriff Todd Entrekin purchased a $740,000 beachfront property with money earmarked for prisoners in his custody. But due to a Depression-era Alabama law, Entrekin's real estate venture was entirely legal. The sheriff is now coming under fire for the purchase as people are wondering why more of that money wasn’t spent on food for inmates.</p> <p>— Last December, two journalists for Reuters were detained in Myanmar while reporting on the Rohingya crisis in Rakhine State. <a href="">Wa Lone</a> and <a href="">Kyaw Soe Oo</a> stand accused by the government of illegally obtaining information with the intent to spread it to foreign news outlets under the obscure, colonial-era "Official Secrets Act." If charged, they could face a maximum of fourteen years in prison.</p> <p>— A <a href="">Yo La Tengo</a> album isn’t exactly a rare occurrence — the indie rock mainstays already have 14 studio albums under their belt. And today, they’re back at it again with their 15th studio album, <a href="">“There’s A Riot Going On</a>," from Matador Records.</p>
Mar 16, 2018
U.K. Expels Russian Diplomats For Attempted Assassination of Double Agent
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— A <a href="">five month-long investigation</a> by KQED exposed the government response to California's North Bay wildfires as rife with mismanagement. The blaze tore through northern California, ultimately causing the deaths of 44 people and leaving more than 21,000 homes damaged or destroyed. Where did the government's response go awry?</p> <p>— On Wednesday, British officials announced plans to expel 23 Russian diplomats following the <a href="">attempted murder of former spy Sergei Skripal</a> and his daughter. Britain had given Moscow a Tuesday night deadline to cooperate with the investigation, which they did not adhere to. Prime Minister Theresa May announced to parliament that the diplomats had one week to leave. May said it was the biggest such expulsion in more than 30 years, and she further vowed to crack down on Russian intelligence agents in Great Britain.</p> <p>— Seven years ago, in the small town of Daraa in Syria, revolutionary sentiments erupted onto the public square. But the goals of this reformist movement were never realized, and the Syrian state quickly became embroiled in a brutal civil war. On the war's seventh anniversary, we tell the story of the movement's early days, and what happened to the once-promising campaign for democracy. </p> <p>— Convicted terrorist Hamid Hayat appealed his case's original verdict. Now, 11 years later, a federal judge is reviewing the facts underlying his conviction, and she is trying to get to the bottom of Hayat's activity in Pakistan. In order to do this, the judge is employing video conferencing technology to swear in witnesses and obtain testimony. But how much weight does an American oath carry on foreign soil?</p> <p>— Drag queens are a really big deal. The hit reality TV show "RuPaul’s Drag Race" helped make drag mainstream, and there’s serious love for the queens. But what about the <em>kings</em>? Drag kings have a rich history too, but they don’t have nearly the same pop culture status or recognition.</p>
Mar 15, 2018
Students helped end the Vietnam War. Can they help end mass shootings?
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— A national movement is brewing. After the slaughter in Parkland, Fla., students nationwide are taking to the streets to demand action. We speak with three student-organizers on this growing movement.</p> <p>— President Trump's pick for CIA director is most well known for her role in running a CIA "black site" where she oversaw torture-based interrogations in the aftermath of 9/11. A look at how the agency may change under Gina Haspel's leadership.</p> <p>— John McEntee, personal assistant to the president, was fired and removed from the White House grounds on Monday. Now, he's on Trump's re-election campaign. We examine the potential implications of McEntee's sudden departure.</p> <p>—In a "60 Minutes" interview that aired Sunday night, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos failed to answer basic questions about the schools in her home state of Michigan. DeVos was confirmed as secretary a little over a year ago. So what has she accomplished since then, and what is the impact on students?</p> <p>—For nearly 25 years, a radio program has broadcast calls from families of Colombia’s kidnapped, sending messages of love and support to missing loved ones who might be listening. Now, the show has been taken off the air. </p> <p>—Cosmology's most famous scholar, Stephen Hawking, passed away at the age of 76. His analysis of celestial bodies radiated across the fields of mathematics, physics, and philosophy. The Takeaway looks back on his life and legacy. </p>
Mar 14, 2018
Trump Ousts Tillerson: What's Next for The State Department?
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>— A decade after the 2008 financial crisis, there could be changes to major regulatory policy designed to prevent another crisis from happening.</p> <p>— President Donald Trump announced via Twitter on Tuesday that he is replacing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with current CIA Chief Mike Pompeo.</p> <p>— Three separate explosions from suspicious packages have residents of Austin, Texas, on edge. Are the cases related? And what are authorities doing to find the perpetrator?</p> <p>— Lake Mead is the main source of water for about <a href="">20 million people</a> in Arizona, California, and Nevada. But water levels have teetered near critical lows for several years. Now, leaders in the three states <a href="">must agree to a drought plan</a> that lowers water usage, or face drastic cuts in water supplies. Plus, after a three-year drought, Cape Town, South Africa, is facing its worst water crisis in history. Some four million residents may soon confront "Day Zero" — the day the city is expected to run out of water.</p> <p>— The woman who introduced tennis to the United States never got an obituary in The New York Times. While on vacation in Bermuda, Mary Ewing Outerbridge (b. 1852) observed something she had never seen before: Englishmen playing tennis. <span>Outerbridge's </span>fascination with the game drove her to purchase rackets, balls and bring the sport back to the U.S.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p>
Mar 13, 2018
A Litmus Test for The Midterm Election
<p>Here's what you'll find on today's show:</p> <p>—  A daring story of escape from the Syrian city of Eastern Ghouta. More than 1,000 people have died in the rebel-held city this year, including 220 children.</p> <p>— Former Russian spy Sergei V. Skripal and his daughter Yulia were victims of a poison attack in the United Kingdom that has investigators looking to Moscow for answers. How will the U.K. respond?</p> <p>— For decades during the Cold War, the U.S. Army carried out chemical and biological testing experiments on more than 7,000 of its own soldiers at the Edgewood Arsenal in Maryland. The service members — all volunteers — were sworn to secrecy and told they would experience no long-term health effects. </p> <p>— Public school teachers in Oklahoma are the lowest paid in the country and they are now planning a walkout on April 2nd to demand higher wages. The demands include a $10,000 pay raise for teachers over three years, and $2 million in increased funding for schools.</p> <p>— Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District has become a litmus test for midterm races across the country as they hold their special election Tuesday, ahead of midterms in November. President Trump won the district by 20 percent, but he has seen his favorability drop since election day, and a loss by Republican candidate Rick Saccone will signal a warning for the GOP that they may be losing their hold locally and potentially nationally.</p> <p>—  Rebecca Carroll discusses “An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones with our listener book club. This is the final installment of our series “Reading the Reckoning.”  </p> <p> </p> <p> </p>
Mar 12, 2018
After Parkland: How Gun Laws Are Changing Across America
<p>Here's what you'll find in today's podcast:</p> <p>— How state gun laws are changing in the wake of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida.</p> <p>— What's next for the global economy following President Trump's new steel and aluminum tariffs.</p> <p>— Why the EPA is facing new charges of environmental racism.</p> <p>— Reviews of the films to catch and skip at the box office this weekend.</p> <p>— Why the new sci-fi novel "Children of Blood and Bone" is taking the book world by storm.</p> <p>— A poignant conversation on "Black 14," a new documentary on race, sports, protest, and history. </p> <p><em>Want to comment on this episode? Join the conversation <a href="">on our Facebook page</a>.</em></p>
Mar 09, 2018
Making Sure No Woman Is Left Behind
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <p>— Thursday, March 8th is International Women’s Day, a day marked by the United Nations to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievement of women. The Takeaway talks with the head of the U.N. Women’s organization, Executive Director<strong> <a href="">Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka</a></strong>, about the plight of rural women around the world, and the executive director’s work with Rohingya women.</p> <p>— The majority of obituaries at The New York Times, like so many outlets, have been for white men. The Times is trying to change that with a new project called "<strong><a href="">Overlooked</a></strong>". It's creating new obituaries for women throughout history who never got one, but should have. New York Times Gender Editor <strong><a href="">Jessica Bennett</a></strong> sits down with Jezebel Editor-in-Chief <strong><a href="">Koa Beck</a> </strong>to explain what’s behind the effort, and to share two stories of women they say deserve their long-awaited spotlight.</p> <p>— About 100 million Americans live with chronic pain everyday, according to the American Academy of Pain Medicine. For years, doctors have prescribed opioids as the go-to for pain medication. But are opioids really the best solution to pain? <strong>Dr. Erin Krebs</strong>, a primary care physician and Researcher at the Minneapolis VA and the lead author of a study comparing the use of opioid and non-opioid medications, weighs in.</p> <p>— Upcoming primaries in states like Illinois, Arizona, and Mississippi will indicate whether Democrats can rally around the future of their party and retake seats held by Republicans. <strong><a href="">Elaine Kamarck</a>, </strong>the director of the Center for Effective Public Management at the Brookings Institution, discusses what to expect in the upcoming primary season.</p> <p>— The Winter Paralympics begin tomorrow in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and <strong><a href="">Amira Rose Davis</a></strong>, co-host of the<a href=""> Burn It All Down podcast</a>, is <a href="">back on the show</a> to talk about the Games. Davis, who is also assistant professor of History and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies at Penn State, starts by discussing the athletes she’s most excited to watch.</p>
Mar 08, 2018
Nationalism Vs. Globalism: Cohn's Departure Shows 'America First' is Winning
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li>White House officials said Tuesday that Gary Cohn, President Trump’s chief economic adviser, will resign. While no official reason was given, there’s speculation that it’s related to an internal struggle over Trump’s plans to put in place large tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. <strong><a href="">Gary Rivlin</a></strong>, an investigative fellow at the Investigative Fund, and <strong><a href="">Alex Lawson</a></strong>, senior reporter on international trade at Law360, discuss the significance of Cohn's departure. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Public school students in West Virginia head back to school today after a statewide teacher strike that spanned three weeks finally ended on Tuesday. Educators and other state employees finally struck a deal on a pay increase with lawmakers in Charleston. Two teachers from the state —<strong> Brianne Solomon</strong> and<strong> Jeff Haught</strong> — give their assessment of the deal. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Voters in Texas went to the polls on Tuesday for the nation’s first statewide primaries in the 2018 midterm election season. <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Christopher Connelly</a>,</strong> a reporter at KERA News, discusses the results of several key primary races in the Lone Star State.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>The Trump Administration is suing California over its so-called sanctuary state laws, saying the state is making it impossible for the federal government to enforce federal immigration policies.<strong> <a href="">Scott Shafer</a></strong>, senior editor on KQED's California politics and government desk, has the details. </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>Former President Barack Obama’s presidential library is supposed to cement his community organizing roots. However local organizers, from the very same side of town where Obama got his start, are fighting the project to get a community benefits agreement. <strong><a href="">Jeanette Taylor</a></strong>, education organizer of the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, explains. </p> </li> <li>Science writer<strong> <a href="">Abby Norman</a></strong> documents her struggle to get help, medical care, and a diagnosis in a new book called “<a href="">Ask Me About My Uterus: A Quest to Make Doctor’s Believe in Women’s Pain</a>.” She shared her story with Takeaway producer <strong><a href="">Alexandra Botti</a></strong>.</li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Mar 07, 2018
Police Evict Trump Organization from Panama Hotel
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li>Nearly 3,000 delegates from across China are gathering in Beijing for the nation's annual parliamentary meeting. The biggest news out of the National People’s Congress is the abolition of term limits for the presidency, a move that could undermine the Chinese Communist Party. But there are other signs of how China is shifting towards the future. <strong><a href="">Mary Gallagher</a></strong>,<strong> </strong>professor of political science and director of the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan, explains. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>On Monday, police officers and a judge arrived at the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Panama City to help the property's majority owner wrestle control of the hotel. <strong><a href="">Jeff Horwitz</a></strong>, an investigative reporter for The Associated Press, has the details. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Firearms manufacturer Taurus has sold an estimated 955,796 defective guns that fire unintentionally when they're dropped, bumped, or when the safety is on. A new Bloomberg investigation looks at Taurus, and what happened when one family lost their son to a misfiring gun. <a href=""><strong>Polly Mosendz</strong></a>, firearms industry reporter for Bloomberg, weighs in.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>New York is one of three states with laws to help keep police misconduct secret from the public. A new look at some of these files reveals the criminal behavior tolerated by the NYPD. <strong><a href="">Kendall Taggart</a> </strong>is an investigative reporter with BuzzFeed News, and she joins the program to talk about her piece, “<a href="">Secret NYPD Files: Officers Can Lie And Brutally Beat People - And Still Keep Their Jobs</a>.”</li> </ul> <ul> <li>In 2015, 15 year old <strong><a href="">Chessy Prout</a></strong> was sexually assaulted at her elite private high school, St. Paul’s in New Hampshire. Her attacker only got a one year sentence for the crime. Since then, she's become an activist, and is looking to raise awareness about sexual abuse that happens in school settings. Her new book, written with Boston Globe Spotlight Investigative Journalist<strong> <a href="">Jen Abelson</a></strong>, is out this week. It’s called “<a href="">I Have the Right To.</a>”</li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Mar 06, 2018
A Family On the Verge of Being Torn Apart
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li>The Pukri family has been in the United States for 17 years. Now, they may be forced to return to Albania, or risk having their family split up across more than 5,000 miles. Takeaway Producer<strong> <a href="">Oliver Lazarus</a> </strong>went to Clifton, New Jersey, to speak with the Pukri family.</li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>Many important safety rules for cars, trains, airplanes, commercial buses, trucks, and more have been rolled back or sidelined under President Trump’s direction, an recent investigation finds. <strong><a href="">Joan Lowy</a></strong> transportation reporter for The Associated Press, explains.</p> </li> <li>Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with President Trump in Washington ahead of the The American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference. But a corruption investigation back home is hanging over his head. <strong><a href="">Ruth Eglash</a>,</strong> the Jerusalem correspondent for the Washington Post, is traveling with the prime minister this week, and she joins The Takeaway from Washington. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>It’s another day off for students across West Virginia, as teachers and staff continue their strike which began on February 22nd. School union representatives say they are unified in the strike and vow to hold out until the government honors an agreement to raise salaries by five percent.<strong> <a href="">Jake Jarvis</a></strong>,<strong> </strong>staff writer at The State Journal, has been following the negotiations and brings us the latest. </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>The East Mississippi Correctional Facility has been plagued for years by allegations of abuse, neglect, and corruption among correctional officers. In 2014, a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of the prisoners by civil rights groups was brought against the privately-run prison, and on Monday, that case goes to trial. <strong><a href="">Arielle Dreher</a></strong>,<strong> </strong>news reporter at the Jackson Free Press, discusses the issue at the heart of this case. </p> </li> <li> <p>"An American Marriage," by<strong> <a href="">Tayari Jones</a></strong> tells the story of a newly-married young African American couple, and what happens to their relationship after the husband, Roy, is wrongly accused and convicted of a crime. Jones joined WNYC’s<strong> <a href="">Rebecca Carroll</a></strong> in conversation as part of our book club series, “<a href="">Reading the Reckoning</a>.”</p> </li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Mar 05, 2018
Scandals Swirl Around Jared Kushner
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Jared Kushner is under fire this week for the multiple meetings conducted in 2017 with the financial institutions Apollo and Citigroup. The companies gave hundreds of millions of dollars of loans to Kushner Companies, his family business. The loans raise questions about the appearance of conflicts of interest, and the news comes alongside a downgrade of Kushner’s security clearance. <strong><a href="">Andrea Bernstein</a></strong>, senior editor for politics and policy for WNYC News has been following Kushner’s business dealings for months and brings us the latest. </p> </li> <li> <p>HUD Secretary Ben Carson was in the headlines this week because of reports of lavish spending on dining furniture and other home decorations. But since taking office in March of last year, the secretary has maintained a low profile. What changes are underway at HUD as the agency faces major budget cuts and a lack of leadership? For answers, The Takeaway turns to <strong><a href="">Vincent Reina</a></strong>, assistant professor of city and regional planning at the University of Pennsylvania.</p> </li> <li>Over the weekend, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf warned the community that ICE was planning raids in the area. Since then, legal advocates say they have confirmed more than 150 arrests across Northern California, and ICE officials have criticized the mayor’s warning. <strong><a href="">Tyche Hendricks</a></strong>, Immigration and Criminal Justice Editor for KQED in San Francisco, has more on how the raids played out and how the community is reacting.  </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>Some ICE detention proceedings begin with dramatic raids, like the kind happening in Oakland. But others begin more quietly, when immigrants least expect they might be taken in. <strong>Mikel Purki</strong>, a 21-year-old living in New Jersey whose father and mother were taken into ICE custody when they thought they were going in for a green card, shares his story. And <strong><a href="">Leon Fresco</a></strong>, an immigration attorney and former head of the Office of Immigration Litigation during the Obama Administration, explains how U.S. immigration policy has shifted over time. </p> </li> <li> <p>The 90th Annual Academy Awards are coming up this Sunday, and some of the most exciting nominees this year can't be seen on screen, only heard. <strong><a href="">Melissa Locker</a>,</strong> culture reporter for The Takeaway, joins the program to talk about some of the heavy hitters in this year’s musical Oscar categories.</p> </li> <li> <p>Critics are calling this an unpredictable year for the Oscars. Guillermo del Toro's aquatic romance, "The Shape of Water," garnered 13 nominations, the most of any film. <span> We review the most stunning, surprising and dramatic films with</span><strong> <a href="">Alison Willmore</a></strong>, a film critic for BuzzFeed, and our regular film critic <strong><a href="">Rafer Guzman</a></strong>.</p> </li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p> <p> </p>
Mar 02, 2018
Throwing Away the Key on ICE Detentions
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li>Earlier this week, the Supreme Court ruled that detained immigrants can be held for longer than six months. The decision was a result of class-action lawsuit brought by immigrants who’ve spent long periods in custody. We look at the ramifications of the case with <strong><a href="">Anil Kalhan</a></strong>, a law professor at Drexel University. <strong>Daniel Maher</strong>, an immigrant who has been detained for an extended period of time, also weighs in. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>In a special episode, the radio program Snap Judgement profiled all 77 people who were killed in Oakland, California in 2017. <strong><a href="">Adizah Eghan</a></strong> was the lead producer for the episode, and <strong>Daryle</strong> <strong>Allums</strong>,<strong> </strong>an Oakland resident <a href="">and community activist</a> who was a big part of the story, became the co-host of “Counted: An Oakland Story.” They discuss their project today on The Takeaway. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Jury selection begins for Noor Salman, the widow of the Pulse nightclub gunman that killed 49 people in Orlando, Florida in 2016. Salman is facing two charges, including obstruction of justice and helping a terrorist organization. Experts say the trial hinges on a confession given to the FBI. <strong><a href="">Nadeen Yanes</a></strong>, a reporter at NEWS 6 WKMG-TV in Orlando, brings us the latest. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>North Korea has been shipping supplies to Syria that could be used to make chemical weapons. That’s according to the New York Times, which <a href="">outlined details</a> of a leaked report written by a United Nations panel. <strong><a href="">Christine Wormuth</a></strong>,<strong> </strong>former under secretary of defense for policy at the Department of Defense from 2014-2016, has the details. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>"<a href="" target="_blank">Last Men in Aleppo</a>" is one of this year’s <a href="" target="_blank">Oscar nominees</a> for Best Documentary Feature. The film tells the story of the life-saving work of the volunteer Syrian emergency recovery group, the White Helmets, through the experiences of two of its members, Khaled and Mahmoud. We speak with the film's director,<strong> <a href="">Feras Fayyad</a></strong>.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>In the months since the #MeToo movement erupted, men accused of harassment have lost their jobs across industries. Now, those vacancies are being filled by women. <strong><a href="">Koa Beck</a></strong> of Jezebel and <strong><a href="">Jessica Bennett</a></strong> of The New York Times reflect on what it means for women to step into roles left open by men accused of harassment.</li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Mar 01, 2018
The Long Evolution of the NRA
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li>The National Rifle Association (NRA) was founded in the aftermath of the Civil War in 1871. It's mission has varied over generations, from firearm training and safety, to pushing for moderate gun control and gun rights. But in the late 20th century, something about the organization changed, and it became increasingly radical. <strong><a href="">Adam Winkler</a></strong>, a professor at UCLA Law School and author of "<a href="">Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America</a>," looks at the history and evolution of the NRA.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Georgia Lt. Governor Casey Cagel is threatening to nix any legislation that includes a tax break for Delta after the company ended its NRA discount program. The company will receive a $40 million exemption on jet fuel under a proposal making its way through the Georgia Assembly. Georgia State Senator and gubernatorial candidate<strong> <a href="">Michael Williams</a> </strong>has been against the tax break from the beginning, and he joins The Takeaway to explain what's at stake. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Some 20,000 teachers hit the picket lines last week in West Virginia.<strong> Josh Nelson</strong> was one of them. He teaches English and Spanish at Huntington High School in Huntington, West Virginia and he walked out of the classroom to fight for more pay and better benefits. <strong><a href="">Jake Jarvis</a></strong>, staff writer at The State Journal, also brings us the latest on the strike.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Around 700,000 Rohingya people have escaped from Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh in the past six months, fleeing brutal violence by Myanmar’s military, something that the U.N. has described as ethnic cleansing. Now, recent satellite images appear to show that Myanmar authorities have completely destroyed at least 55 abandoned Rohingya villages. <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Farah Kabir</a>, </strong>country director in Bangladesh for the charity <a href="" target="_blank">ActionAid</a>, discusses the <a href="" target="_blank">latest plight</a> of the Muslim minority ethnic group.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Every week, The Takeaway checks in with The Science of Happiness, a new podcast from PRI and the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley. This week, we're looking at their "Three Funny Things" exercise. The idea is simple: At the end of the day, write down three funny things that happened to you or that you saw, and then reflect on them. <span><a href=""><strong>Dacher Keltner</strong>,</a> host of the podcast, explains. </span></li> </ul> <p><span><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></span></p>
Feb 28, 2018
What We Can Learn From the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li> <p>The last time Congress passed significant gun control legislation was in 1994, when President Clinton signed into law the "Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act." The Takeaway looks back at the tenuous legislative process that ultimately lead to the bill’s passage with <a href=""><strong>Dr. Patrick Griffin</strong></a>, then legislative affairs director for President Clinton and <strong>Dennis DeConcini</strong>, a retired U.S. Senator from Arizona.</p> </li> <li>How effective would an assault weapons ban be in 2018?  And what can we learn from the assault weapons ban of 1994? Professor<strong> <a href="">Daniel Webster</a></strong>, director of the Center for Gun Policy and Research at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, weighs in. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>At least 110 girls are believed to have been abducted by the terror group Boko Haram in the town of Dapchi in Northern Nigeria, late last week. This comes nearly four years after the kidnapping of 276 girls from a school in Chibok. We get analysis and the latest on the situation from <strong><a href="">Dionne Searcey</a></strong>, West Africa bureau chief for the New York Times.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>The ongoing war in Syria has hit the enclave of Eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of Damascus, where more than 390,000 civilians have been trapped after intense bombing strikes by Russia-backed government troops. Today, a ceasefire imposed by Russian President Vladimir Putin went into effect, for a period of five hours a day. <strong><a href="">Raf Sanchez</a>, </strong>Middle East reporter for The Daily Telegraph, discusses the ceasefire and the crisis in Syria. </li> </ul> <ul> <li><span>David Ganek says he lost his company after a raid by federal prosecutors was based on a flawed search warrant affidavit. Last fall he lost a lawsuit, too, intended to hold federal officials accountable.</span><span> <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Andrew Cohen</a></strong>, senior editor at The Marshall Project, argues that Ganek’s ordeal “is an invitation to cops and prosecutors: You can omit important information from warrants without fear of jeopardizing your cases.”</span></li> </ul> <ul> <li><span><span>What happens when a very white city, in the whitest state in the country<em>, </em>gets an influx of thousands of refugees from Somalia? T</span></span>he city of Lewiston, Maine had one thing that could bring people together: Soccer. <strong><a href="">Amy Bass</a></strong> chronicles the story of the Lewiston High School boys soccer team in the new book, “<a href="">One Goal: A Coach, A Team, and the Game That Brought Together a Divided Town</a>."</li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Feb 27, 2018
Changing the NRA from Within
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li> <p>On Saturday, Democrats from the House Intelligence Committee released a rebuttal to the disputed memo that had been presented by Chairman Devin Nunes. Democrats claimed that the Nunes memo only told part of the story. And two weeks after President Trump blocked the release of their memo, Democrats released their version. <strong><a href="">Ryan Goodman</a></strong><a href=""></a>, former special counsel at the Department of Defense and co-editor-in-chief of <a href="">Just Security</a>, discusses what's in the Democrats' memo, and what it means for the future of the Russia investigation. </p> </li> <li> <p>A week after the deadly school shooting in Parkland Florida, National Rifle Association head Wayne La Pierre made his first public <a href=";start=79">remarks</a> at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland. The NRA is a long time sponsor of CPAC and had a booth at the event, but there are signs that support for their all-or-nothing anti-gun control stance may be waning among some supporters. <strong>Marty Lenzini Murray </strong>is a retired teacher and public school administrator in Florida. She recently re-upped her membership in the NRA because, she says, she wants to see <a href="">change</a> from within.  </p> </li> <li> <p>Today, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Back in 2007, Mark Janus, an Illinois employee, noticed a deduction in his paycheck for union dues. Janus is arguing that since he does not belong to a union that he shouldn’t have to pay the fees. But AFSCME says it has to advocate for Janus whether he wants it to or not<em>. </em><strong><a href="">Joseph McCartin</a>, </strong>a professor of history at Georgetown University and executive director of the <a href="">Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor</a>, discusses the case, and what it means for unions. </p> </li> <li> <p>There’s just one week before the March 5th deadline set by President Trump for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, or DACA. With their futures uncertain, DACA recipients living in conservative states face a tough environment - states like Texas, where politicians oppose the program.<strong> <a href="">Kirk Carapezza</a></strong> manages our partner WGBH’s <a href="">higher education desk</a> in Boston. He recently visited a college campus in El Paso, Texas, right on the US-Mexico border, to take a closer look at DACA in a red state, and how the situation compares with college students living in blue states.</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>Detroit is a city whose arc is well known: a sensational, prosperous rise followed by a stunning decline that left the city bankrupt and its people with few options. But there’s much more to Detroit’s story, says <strong><a href="">Tiya Miles</a></strong>. She's<strong> </strong>a<strong> </strong>professor at the University of Michigan and author of <em>“<a href="">The Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straits</a>."</em> Miles sat down with WNYC's <strong>Rebecca Carroll</strong> for this week's installment of our conversation series, "<a href="">Reading the Reckoning</a>." </p> </li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a>.</em></p>
Feb 26, 2018
How Do We Keep a School Safe?
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li> <p>As the country collectively considers how to prevent shootings like the one in Parkland, Florida, possible safety measures that can be implemented at schools are at the top of the agenda. We explore some of the most seriously considered changes to policy and school infrastructure with <strong><a href="">Rebecca Klein</a></strong>, education reporter at Huff Post. <strong><a href="">Rebecca Berlin Field</a></strong>, an art and art history teacher in Richmond, Virginia, and says she did not sign on to a job that was potentially life threatening, and shares her perspective as an educator. </p> </li> <li> <p>A new <a href="">report</a> from the ACLU examines the practices of private debt collection agencies. It found that courts and district attorneys' offices nationwide are cooperating in issuing arrest warrants against debtors with the threat of imprisonment.  <strong><a href="">Jennifer Turner</a>,</strong> principal human rights researcher at the ACLU and author of the report, says in over 90 percent of cases, debt collectors are winning judgments because they count on people who might not be aware of the debt to not show up in court to defend themselves.   </p> </li> <li> <p>The Olympics will wrap up this weekend, with Ivanka Trump heading to Pyeongchang for the closing ceremonies — perhaps to <a href="">rival the star power of Kim Yo-jong</a>, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. To get a sense about how South Koreans have been feeling during the Winter Games, we have a dispatch from the ground from journalist <strong><a href="">Jillian Weinberger</a></strong>, who's in PyeongChang for <a href="">The Podium, a podcast from NBC Sports and Vox Media</a>. </p> </li> <li>The 21st annual New York International Children’s Film Festival begins Friday, <span>and this year the content appeals to more than just kids. <strong><a href="">Rebecca Pahle</a></strong>, an associate editor at Film Journal International, has seen many of the films the festival brought together this year, and says there’s a lot to learn from children’s films these days, no matter your age.</span></li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>"Black Panther" is the latest film to come from the multi-billion dollar Marvel universe. Thanks to a groundswell of grassroots support and international appeal, the film blew past industry expectations by more than $200 million. Aside from box office success, some say the film has reset expectations for what black films, with black casts, can achieve. <strong><a href="">Jonathan Gray</a></strong>, a professor of English at the City University of New York and editor of the Journal of Comics and Culture, weighs in. </p> </li> <li><span>Since Sunday, over 270 civilians in Syria have been killed in eastern Ghouta, a rebel-held area outside of Damascus. <a href=""><strong>Wendy Pearlman</strong></a> is a professor at Northwestern University. From 2012 to 2016, Pearlman spoke with over 300 Syrian refugees, and started to piece together a narrative of Syria, one that she published last year in the book, “<a href="">We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria</a>.” She weighs in amid the growing violence.</span></li> </ul> <p><span><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></span></p>
Feb 23, 2018
What An Effective Gun Control Plan Would Really Look Like
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li>There are dozens of gun control measures to choose from, but could they pass, and would they actually help curb violence if they did? <strong><a href="">Lois Beckett</a>,</strong> senior reporter for The Guardian US covering guns and gun violence, discusses the different proposals, their viability, what they could accomplish, and how much they actually address America's problem with gun violence. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>An investigation by BuzzFeed News discovered that the pharmacy that supplied the state of Missouri with drugs used to execute 17 inmates over a two year period has a track record of providing contaminated drugs and is considered a “high-risk” pharmacy. <strong><a href="">Chris McDaniel</a>,</strong> investigative reporter for BuzzFeed News, explains. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>The synthetic opioid fentanyl kills tens of thousands a year. But the off-label use of a test strip can detect its presence in heroin. Can the little strip save lives in big numbers? The Takeaway puts that question to<strong> <a href="">Leo Beletsky</a></strong>, an associate professor of Law and Health Sciences at Northeastern, whose work focuses on drug policy. </li> </ul> <ul> <li><span>The Pennsylvania Supreme Court tapped Nathaniel Persily of Stanford Law School to help redraw the state's gerrymandered districts. Why him? <strong><a href="">Justin Levitt</a></strong>, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles who runs the website "<a href="">All About Redistricting</a>," explains why the court chose Persily, and how redistricting like this works.</span></li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>Each week this month, The Takeaway is partnering with PRI's podcast "<a href="" target="_blank">The Science of Happiness.</a>" <strong><a href="">Dacher Keltner</a></strong> is professor of psychology at UC Berkeley, director of Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, and the host of the show. This week, Professor Keltner talks about the <a href="" target="_blank">"Self-Compassionate Letter</a>" as a practice for accepting parts of yourself that you dislike. </p> </li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Feb 22, 2018
The Parkland Shooting: A Rallying Cry for Students
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li>Since news of last week's shooting broke, teenagers and students have been leading the charge in calling for stronger gun legislation. <strong><a href="">Ryan Deitsch</a> </strong>and <strong><a href="">Jaylene Kennedy</a> </strong>are two of those students. Deitsch<strong> </strong>is a senior and student journalist at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and Kennedy<strong> </strong>is a senior and the class president of Coral Glades High School, which is about a 10 minute drive from Marjory Stoneman Douglas. They weigh in today on The Takeaway. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Trump Inc., the new podcast from WNYC and ProPublcia, seeks to untangle the intricate web of President Trump’s business dealings. Their latest episode looks at what was uncovered by Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS.  <strong><a href="">Andrea Bernstein</a></strong>, senior editor for politics and policy for WNYC News and one of the hosts of the new podcast, shares her reporting. </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>Billy Graham, one of the nation’s most famous Evangelical preachers, died Wednesday at the age of 99. Graham was a leading religious figure, spreading his gospel around the country, and not just from the pew: He was a savvy media figure with TV and radio shows, and more than 30 books. <a href="">Laurie Goodstein</a>, national religion correspondent for The New York Times, remembers him today. </p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li>At least 250 civilians have been killed by pro-regime forces in an intense bombardment of an area controlled by rebels outside the Syrian capital of Damascus, according to monitors. <strong><a href="">Anne Barnard</a></strong>, Beirut bureau chief for The New York Times, brings us the latest <a href="" target="_blank">on the situation</a> in eastern Ghouta.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>As violence against Syrian civilians continues, one journalist give her perspective on what it means to be Syrian when your home comes apart at the seams. <strong><a href="">Alia Malek</a> </strong>is a journalist and former human rights attorney who was born in the U.S. to Syrian parents. In 2011, she used her Syrian national identity card to move into a family home in Damascus.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Men, what do you want to know about the #MeToo movement?<strong> </strong><a href=""><strong>Koa Beck</strong>,</a><span> editor-in-chief of Jezebel, and<strong> </strong></span><strong><a href="">Jessica Bennett</a></strong>, <span>gender editor at The New York Times,</span>  respond to questions and thoughts from male listeners.</li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Feb 21, 2018
Bots and The Battle for American Democracy
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li>Last Friday, the Justice Department indicted 13 Russian nationals for conspiring to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. The Takeaway looks at the meaning behind the charges, and what Special Counsel Robert Mueller's larger plan may be, with <strong><a href="">Betsy Woodruff</a>,</strong> a political reporter for The Daily Beast. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>U.S. intelligence leaders testified before Congress last week and stated that non-state actors are utilizing bots and fake news to subvert American democracy. But how big is the threat? <strong><a href="">Molly McKew</a></strong> is an expert on information warfare, and <strong><a href="">Brendan Nyhan</a></strong>, a professor in the department of government at Dartmouth College, answer. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>On Monday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court released a new congressional district map after saying that the previous versions were unconstitutional. The map could help Democrats win the U.S. House of Representatives this fall. <strong><a href="">Katie Meyer</a>, </strong>WITF’s Capitol bureau chief, joins The Takeaway from Harrisburg to explain along with <span><a href=""><strong>Mira Bernstein</strong>,</a> a mathematician and</span><span> a member of the Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering group at Tufts University.</span></li> </ul> <ul> <li><span><span>There are an estimated 45-60 remaining red wolves left in the wild. Once <a href="">ranging</a> from Pennsylvania to Florida and as far west as Texas, the only red wolves you can find in the wild are now in North Carolina. <strong><a href="">DeLene Beeland</a></strong>, a science and nature writer and author of “The Secret World of Red Wolves," discusses a 30 year old program under the </span></span>Endangered Species Act that was supposed to help red wolves, but now may be in danger. </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>The “Loving Generation” is a <a href="">four-part digital documentary series</a> focusing on the generation of children born to one black and one white parent from the mid-1960s thru the mid 80s. Based on the landmark Supreme Court case Loving vs. Virginia in 1967, which made interracial marriage legal, the series directed by Lacey Schwartz and Mehret Mandefro<strong> </strong>explores the lives of biracial children, including WNYC’s own <strong><a href="">Rebecca Carroll</a></strong>, who spoke with director<strong> <a href="">Lacey Schwartz</a></strong> about the series and shares her conversation today on The Takeaway. </p> </li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="" target="_blank">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Feb 20, 2018
Parsing the Science on Mental Illness and Mass Shootings
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li>Very little right now is known about the Parkland, Florida shooter, and some say that the focus on mental health doesn't do anything to prevent these types of shootings <strong><a href="">Jonathan Metzl</a></strong>,<strong> </strong>director of Vanderbilt University’s Center for Medicine, Health and Society and research director of the Safe Tennessee Project and co-author of “<a href="" target="_blank">Mental Illness, Mass Shootings, and the Politics of American Firearms</a>,” explains.</li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>According to the U.S. Census, <a href="">20 percent of the population in Parkland is foreign born.</a> Many are from nations that have been racked by violence, but rarely see mass shootings. <strong><a href="">Keyvan Antonio Heydari</a></strong>, a reporter with Reporters Without Borders covering the Caribbean and Florida, shares how immigrant families are reacting to the shooting. </p> </li> <li>Arrests made by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) went up by 30 percent in 2017, but deportations decreased by 6 percent. <strong><a href="">Jackie Stevens</a></strong>, professor and director of Northwestern University's Deportation Research Clinic, discusses what's behind the trend. </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>Oklahoma Attorney General <strong><a href="">Mike Hunter</a></strong> says drug makers are largely to blame for the opioid crisis. Oklahoma is one of a number<em> </em>of states that have filed lawsuits against opioid manufacturers, alleging misleading marketing. But it’s the only state to see its suit move ahead, with a trial date set for 2019. AG Hunter weighs in today on The Takeaway. </p> </li> <li> <p>A baby born to a woman addicted to opioids can experience tremors, muscle stiffness, and other withdrawal symptoms. Nationwide, there is no consistent method of treating these babies. But Greenville, South Carolina, is taking a different approach: Giving babies tiny doses of methadone. <strong><a href="">Jennifer Hudson</a></strong>,<strong> </strong>medical director for newborn services for Greenville Health Systems, explains. </p> </li> <li><strong><a href="" target="_blank">George Marshall</a></strong>,<strong> </strong>the co-founder of the U.K.-based climate change communication organization Climate Outreach, and the author of “<a href="" target="_blank">Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains are Wired to Ignore Climate Change</a>,” and WGBH Correspondent <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Arun Rath</a></strong>, say that our brains can hinder us when it comes to dealing with the challenges related to climate change.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>In South Korea, Team USA is 92 percent white — and that's actually the most diverse squad ever sent to the Winter Olympics. <strong><a href="">Amira Rose Davis</a></strong>,assistant professor of history and women’s, gender and sexuality studies at Penn State and co-host of the <a href="">Burn It All Down</a> podcast, explores ways to make the Olympics more diverse. </li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Tanzina Vega</a></em></p> <p> </p>
Feb 19, 2018
Drawn Out: The Value of a Vote, From Pennsylvania to the Supreme Court
<p>Pennsylvania finds itself at the turning point in a major national fight over redistricting.</p> <p>In January, the state Supreme Court ruled that the congressional districts drawn by the state legislature after the 2010 Census were unconstitutional because they intentionally favored the Republican Party. The court gave the Republican legislature just three weeks to draw a new map. Now, a February 19th deadline looms over the state. The state Supreme Court says if the legislature and governor can’t come to an agreement on a new map, the court will draw one themselves.</p> <p>In this special podcast, "Drawn Out: The Value of a Vote, From Pennsylvania to the Supreme Court," The Takeaway travels to some of the most gerrymandered districts in the state to find out how voters are feeling, and what’s being done to fix the map.</p> <p>C<span>lick on the 'Listen' button above to hear this episode. Don't have time to listen right now? Subscribe to our podcast </span><a href="">via iTunes</a><span>, </span><a href="">TuneIn</a><span>, </span><a href="">Stitcher</a><span>, or wherever you get your podcasts to take this story with you on the go.</span></p> <div class="embedded-image" style="max-width: 800px;"><img class="mcePuppyImage" src="" alt=""> <div class="image-metadata"> <div class="image-caption">Pennsylvania's congressional map.</div> <div class="image-credit">(<a href="">National Atlas</a>)</div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Here are some of the voices you'll find in this special episode:</strong></p> <p><strong>Cindy Blair Miller</strong> is a voter in the gerrymandered 6th district who started paying attention to the contorted maps two years ago. <strong>Beth Lawn</strong> is a resident of Pennsylvania’s 7th district, and one of the petitioners in the case that was brought to the State Supreme Court.</p> <p><strong><a href="">Drew Crompton</a> </strong>is the general counsel to Senate Republicans, and Chief of Staff to <strong><a href="">Joe Scarnati</a></strong>, the president pro tempore of the Pennsylvania state Senate. He was involved in 2011 when the maps were drawn, and is fighting it out with the court now on behalf of Republicans.</p> <p><strong><a href="">Tom Corbett</a> </strong>was elected governor of Pennsylvania in 2010 and signed the partisan maps into law in 2011. And <strong><a href="">Terry Madonna</a></strong> is director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College. He’s a longtime political strategist in the state and is watching all of this play out from afar.</p> <p><strong>David Daley </strong>is the author of "<a href="">Ratf**Ked: Why Your Vote Doesn’t Count</a>," and he tells the story of the strategy that allowed Republicans to take control of state legislatures in 2010, and thereby take control of the map making process.<strong> <a href="">Keesha Gaskins-Nathan</a></strong>, director of the Democratic Practice Program for the United States at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, explains why your district matters, and what some people are doing to monitor the district-drawing process.</p> <p><strong><a href="">Mira Bernstein</a></strong> is one of the mathematicians trying to figure standards for drawing districts. She is a member of the Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering group at Tufts University.</p> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="" target="_blank">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Feb 16, 2018
After Horror in South Florida, Rep. Says America 'Will Do Nothing'
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li>At least 17 people were shot dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday. <strong><a href="">David Smiley</a></strong>, a reporter for the Miami Herald, brings us the latest. <strong><a href="">Jared Moskowitz</a></strong>, a Democratic member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 97th District, which includes Parkland in northern Broward County, and an alumni of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, also reflects on the tragedy. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Embattled and defiant South African President Jacob Zuma has resigned after two months of pressure from his party, the African National Congress, for him to step down. <strong><a href="">Douglas Foster</a></strong>, an associate professor at Northwestern University and author of the book "<a href="">After Mandela: The Struggle for Freedom in Post Apartheid South Africa</a>," looks at what's next for the country. <br><br></li> <li>About 1.9 million people live in the 141 square mile area of the Gaza strip. And while conditions in the strip have been bad for some time, many are warning of a near breaking point. <strong><a href="">David Halbfinger</a></strong>, Jerusalem bureau chief for The New York Times, recently traveled to Gaza. He says that the situation has become increasingly dire. </li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Najwa Sheikh-Ahmad</strong> is a Palestinian refugee who has lived in Gaza her whole life. She’s also the mother of five children, and currently works for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in Gaza. We spoke to Najwa about what life is like for her and her family right now.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>The new superhero movie “Black Panther” comes out this Friday, and the buzz surrounding the film has reached a fever pitch. Ahead of the release, author <strong><a href="">Roxane Gay</a> </strong>discusses her time writing for the Marvel universe. </li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Dr. Jeremy Richman</strong><span> and his wife Jennifer Hensel lost their daughter, six year old Avielle Rose, in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012. As a parent who lost a child in a school shooting, Dr. Richman reflects on the shooting at <span>Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and discusses </span><span>what violence looks like in the brain — and how we can treat it.</span></span></li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Tanzina Vega</a></em></p>
Feb 15, 2018
College Campuses: The New Recruiting Ground for White Supremacists
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Earlier this month, the Anti-Defamation League released a <a href="">report</a> that found that white supremacist propaganda on college campuses increased by 258 percent between fall 2016 and fall 2017. <strong><a href="">Jonathan Greenblatt</a>, </strong>national director and CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, contextualizes the rise in white supremacist activity on college campuses nationwide. Journalist <a href=""><strong>Candice Bernd</strong></a> has been <a href="">examining</a> specific incidents, and how universities are toeing the line between free speech, while students and the college community are demanding a more proactive approach. </p> </li> <li> <p>The 142nd annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog show crowned a winner last night in New York City. Flynn, a bichon frisé, was named Best in Show. <strong><a href="">Sarah Montague</a>, </strong>co-host of the podcast<em> </em>Dog Story and The Takeaway’s resident Westminster reporter, brings us the highs and lows of this year's competition.</p> </li> <li>Dating sites aren’t just for humans. An advanced algorithm matches gorillas for mating, and has proved to be a central piece of helping western lowland gorillas survive. <strong><a href="">Dr. Kristen Lukas</a> </strong>joins The Takeaway to explain. She's<strong> </strong>the chair of the gorilla-survival plan and the director of conservation and science at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>“<a href="">The Heart is a Shifting Sea: Love and Marriage in Mumbai</a>” is the product of a decade's worth of immersive reporting, told through the eyes of three couples in Mumbai. The author, <strong><a href="">Elizabeth Flock</a></strong>, provides an intimate look at marriage in a country that is undergoing extraordinary change, especially for women. She shares with us what she discovered about marriage and love in India and beyond.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong><a href="">Dacher Keltner</a></strong>, a professor of psychology at UC Berkeley and the director of Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, and the host of PRI's podcast <a href="">The Science of Happiness</a>, explores how 36 questions can foster intimacy, and even break barriers between people of different racial backgrounds.</li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Tanzina Vega</a></em></p>
Feb 14, 2018
Competing Against Sexism at The Olympics
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li>One fast, one slow: What do China and the United States look like side-by-side when it comes to infrastructure? And what can the U.S. learn about getting our own infrastructure on track? As President Trump unveils his $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan, The Takeaway puts that question to <strong><a href="">Jon Hillman</a></strong>, director of the Reconnecting Asia Project with the Center for Strategic &amp; International Studies, and <strong><a href="">Otis Rolley</a></strong>, the Regional Director for North America at 100 Resilient Cities with the The Rockefeller Foundation. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>On Monday, a jury found two former Baltimore police detectives guilty on charges of racketeering, robbery and fraud, in a trial that has captivated the city with details of the extent of the corruption. <strong><a href="">Dr. Lawrence Brown</a></strong>, assistant professor in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University, joins The Takeaway for reaction to the verdict.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Post-conviction DNA testing laws vary around the country, and New York has one of the least stringent statutes. Prosecutors in the Empire State have been reluctant to reauthorize the testing for Renay Lynch, who was convicted of murder in 1998 but says she was innocent and believes DNA can prove it. <strong><a href="">Andrew Cohen</a></strong>, senior editor at The Marshall Project, looks at her case along with <strong><a href="">Susan Friedman</a></strong>, staff attorney at the Innocence Project.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Almost half of the athletes in the 2018 Winter Olympics are women, and they often face sexism from news broadcasters. <strong><a href="">Jessica Luther</a></strong><a href=""></a>, a freelance journalist covering sports and culture and co-host of the podcast <a href="">Burn It All Down</a>, says the biggest problem is that female competitors are "so rarely first seen as athletes. They are always positioned in some way as a woman, and then second they get to be athletes." </li> </ul> <ul> <li>The official portraits of former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were unveiled yesterday at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. The Obamas, who were known for displaying artwork from black artists in the White House, chose two African-American artists for the commission, a first for presidential portraits.<strong> <a href="">Isolde Brielmaier</a></strong>, a scholar, curator and assistant professor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, reflects on these artistic interpretations of the former first family. </li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Tanzina Vega</a></em></p>
Feb 13, 2018
Another #MeToo Scandal Hits the White House
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li>White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter resigned last week after allegations of domestic abuse surfaced from each of his two ex-wives. This story hits close to home for one psychological abuse survivor, <strong>Caryn St. James </strong>(not her real name). She shares her story today on The Takeaway, and <strong><a href="">Julie Goldscheid</a></strong>,<strong> </strong>a<strong> <a href="">CUNY Law School</a></strong> professor who works on issues of gender violence, discusses how due process applies in situations like these. </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>The Olympics are often framed as a beautiful display of world unity, and a moment for countries to come together to cheer on their top athletes. But <strong><a href="">Dave Zirin</a></strong>, sports editor for The Nation magazine and host of "The Edge of Sports" podcast, <a href="">has a different view</a>. He weighs in today on The Takeaway. </p> </li> <li>Every 10 years since 1790, the United States has taken a census. Nowadays, the U.S. Conference of Mayors says we should be seriously concerned that the census is underfunded ahead of 2020, and doesn’t have a director. The last Census Bureau head left in May, and no replacement has yet been named. <a href=""><strong>Diane Schanzenbach</strong></a>, director of the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University, and <a href="">Ann Morning</a>, an associate professor of sociology at New York University, and a member of the Census Bureau’s National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations, weigh in. </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>The entertainment industry is booming with TV revivals. But when you revive old sitcoms or dramas, you’re also often reviving all white casts. <strong><a href="">Jeff Yang</a></strong>, a journalist and co-host of the podcast “<a href="">They Call Us Bruce</a>,” says it's an easy way for networks to score big nostalgia wins with audiences, without addressing pressure to present more diverse casts and plot lines. </p> </li> <li> <p>It's week two of our book club series, "Reading The Reckoning," with <a href=""><strong>Rebecca Carroll</strong></a>. This week's book is a collection of essays by <a href=""><strong>Morgan Jerkins</strong></a> called, "<a href="">This Will Be My Undoing</a>." This New York Times best seller takes on a central question: What does it mean to “be” — to live as, to exist as — a black woman today</p> </li> </ul> <p><span>Click on the 'Listen' button above to hear this episode. Don't have time to listen right now? Subscribe to our podcast </span><a href="">via iTunes</a><span>, </span><a href="">TuneIn</a><span>, </span><a href="">Stitcher</a><span>, or wherever you get your podcasts to take this episode with you on the go.</span></p> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Tanzina Vega</a></em></p>
Feb 12, 2018
Disappointment with Democrats as Spending Bill Passes
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Yesterday, Congress passed a spending bill to avoid another government shutdown. But many people feel there was one glaring issue left out of that deal: Immigration. <strong><a href="">Erika Andiola</a></strong>, a DACA recipient and former press secretary for Senator Bernie Sanders, discusses why she and many other DACA recipients feel that the Democrats let them down. And<strong> <a href="">Elise Foley</a></strong>, immigration reporter at Huff Post, joins us for the latest from Capitol Hill. </p> </li> <li>The “male ally.” We’ve seen the pins, the flowers, the outward shows of solidarity by men at awards shows. But what about behind the scenes? We talk with <a href="">Koa Beck</a> and <a href="">Jessica Bennett</a> about what it means to be a <em>real</em> ally to the #MeToo movement and the women at its heart.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>The NHL is sitting out the Olympics this year, and attention is turning to the women’s team. <strong><a href="">Kate Cimini</a></strong>, a journalist who has covered hockey extensively, and <a href=""><strong>Jocelyne Lamoureaux-Davidson</strong>,</a><strong> </strong>a forward for the U.S. National Hockey Team, explain what to watch for. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>A meeting set for Saturday between the South Korean president and the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un represents the highest-level contact between the two Koreas in decades. <strong><a href="">Sung-Yoon Lee</a>,</strong> a professor in Korean Studies at The Fletcher School at Tufts University, joins The Takeaway to discuss what to expect from the meeting. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>The entire population of the island of Barbuda was forced to evacuate after it was decimated by Hurricane Irma last fall. Six months later, vital services have yet to be restored. Takeaway Producer <strong><a href="">Rob Gunther</a></strong> has been following the recovery on the island and brings us an update. </li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Feb 09, 2018
Dark Crossings: Life and Death Along the U.S.-Mexico Border
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li> <p>The U.S. Border Patrol apprehended <a href="">341,084</a> people along the border between the U.S. and Mexico in 2017, and the number of migrant deaths increased, up to 412 from 398. <strong><a href="">Michel Marizco</a></strong>,<strong> </strong>senior editor of the Fronteras Desk for KJZZ in Tucson, Arizona, discusses the reasons behind the shift, and why the border is more dangerous than ever, and <strong><a href="">Francisco Cantu</a> </strong>reflects on his time spent along the border as a border patrol agent.</p> </li> <li><span>As reports of continued chemical warfare emerge from southern Syria, a recent outbreak of violence has erupted along the northern border with Turkey. </span><a href=""><strong>Jamal Elshayyal</strong></a> is a correspondent for Al Jazeera. He joins the program to talk about the latest developments.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Kenya has been in turmoil after three of the country’s largest, privately-owned television stations were shut down by the government last week and forced to remain off air for days.  <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Wairimu Gitahi</a></strong>,<strong> </strong>the founder of <a href="" target="_blank">Mediatwenty Productions</a> in Nairobi, discusses the recent challenges to media freedom and democracy in her country, and the ongoing divisions created by last year’s turbulent elections.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Esmond Bradley Martin, a well-known investigator known for his ground-breaking work in exposing the ivory and rhino horn trades, was killed at his home in Kenya this weekend. <strong><a href="">Jani Actman</a>,</strong> wildlife trade reporter for National Geographic’s Wildlife Watch Blog, says Martin's death has been a blow to the animal conservation community, and that his decades-long legacy leaves behind big shoes to fill. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>The EPA is getting ready to clean up a radioactive site along the Missouri River. While environmentalists are applauding the agency's commitment to the cleanup effort, there are lingering questions about Pruitt's long term vision, for the superfund program, and for the EPA. <a href=""><strong>Kara Cook-Schultz</strong></a> is toxics director for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. She joins the program to talk about this project's lasting implications.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>As traditional crimes reach historic lows, cyber crimes are on the rise and often go unreported. Now, police are struggling to fight these new types of crimes. <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Dr. Gregory Michaelidis</a> </strong>is a cyber-security communications consultant and a former Obama Administration staffer with the Department of Homeland Security. He joins The Takeaway to discuss what types of cyber crimes exist and how to achieve digital security. </li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Feb 08, 2018
Federal Trial Unravels Years of Police Corruption in Baltimore
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li><span>Closing arguments are scheduled to begin today in the federal corruption trial of two Baltimore police officers. This week, new revelations emerged in the case: On Monday, a convicted detective testified that he used to steal money with Det. Sean Suiter, who was killed a day before he was set to testify before a federal grand jury in November. The Takeaway gets the latest on the trial from <strong><a href="">Jayne Miller</a></strong>, an investigative reporter with WBAL-TV. And <strong><a href="">Kathryn Frey-Balter</a>,</strong><span> a former Maryland public defender, joins to discuss how police corruption in Baltimore reflects larger systemic injustices in our country and culture.</span></span></li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p><span>This week, the Supreme Court denied a request by Pennsylvania Republicans to stay a ruling ordering the state to redraw its congressional districts for the 2018 elections. That leaves lawmakers with just days to get a new map through the legislature; if they fail, the courts will draw the map instead. <strong><a href="">Emily Bazelon</a></strong>, a staff writer for the New York Times Magazine, provides a look at what this all means for Pennsylvania -- and what it could mean for other states -- ahead of 2018.</span></p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p><span>On Tuesday, the House passed a pair of measures intended to revamp the way sexual harassment complaints are handled in Congress. One is a bill that includes a provision requiring lawmakers to pay for workplace misconduct settlements involving their personal liability. <strong><a href="">Elana Schor</a></strong></span><strong><span>, </span></strong>a<strong><span> </span></strong><span>congressional reporter for Politico, explains</span> what these changes could mean for a process that has been shown to be out-of-date, difficult-to-navigate, and deters people from coming forward.</p> </li> <li> <p><span>Amtrak is experiencing record high ridership, but the rail service has had a number of fatal accidents over the past few months. The incidents raise questions about investment in infrastructure, and whether the safety of passengers and crew is being prioritized by Amtrak.<strong> <a href="">Bart Jansen</a></strong>, a transportation reporter for USA Today, separates myth from reality when it comes to passenger safety, and gives us a sense of what Amtrak might do next to improve its record.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>Beginning in April, Israel plans to start deporting tens of thousands of African migrants, mostly from Eritrea and Sudan, if they do not meet a deadline to leave the country. The government has already pushed tens of thousands of people out, but 40,000 still remain. Now an intense liberal backlash is emerging to the plan to expel those who've stayed, with a message that Israel shouldn’t be turning anyone away. <strong><a href="">Ilan Lior</a></strong><span>, an immigration correspondent for Haaretz, explains the situation. </span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>Every week this month, we’re teaming up with PRI’s podcast, “<a href="">The Science of Happiness</a>,” for a look at the research behind what can make us happy and successful. For this installment, we focus on an exercise called “Three Good Things.” That’s the practice of writing down and reflecting on three good things that happened to you during the day. Host <strong><a href="">Dacher Keltner</a></strong>’s “happiness guinea pig” for this episode is freelance journalist <strong><a href="">Shuka Kalantari</a></strong>. Dacher discusses Shuka’s experience trying out the exercise, and explains psychology professor <strong><a href="">Sonja Lyubomirsky</a></strong>’s thoughts about how and why the exercise actually works.</span></p> </li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a>.</em></p>
Feb 07, 2018
Overhauling Puerto Rico's Education System
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li> <p><span><strong><a href="">Governor Ricardo Rosselló</a></strong> has presided over Puerto Rico during the worst natural disaster in the island’s history. On Monday, he announced plans to drastically overhaul Puerto Rico's public school system and move towards charter schools. Today, Governor Rosselló joins The Takeaway to discuss his education agenda and the economic future of Puerto Rico, which was bankrupt even before the storm.</span></p> </li> <li><span>On Tuesday, Girl Scouts will descend on the Georgia State Capitol to help formally introduce a proposal to rename the Eugene Talmadge Memorial Bridge in Savannah, Georgia, for Juliette Gordon Low, a Savannah native and the founder of the <a href="">Girl Scouts</a>. Talmadge was a segregationist governor of Georgia, and many in the state say it’s time for change. <strong>Sydnie Roberds,</strong> a<strong> </strong>15-year-old Girl Scout from Savannah, explains why the Girl Scouts hope to honor Low. </span></li> </ul> <ul> <li>Last week, a federal judge ruled that Florida Governor Rick Scott’s requirements for felons attempting to gain the right to vote were unconstitutional. <span><span>The decision was a direct criticism of Governor Scott, the lead defendant in the case, and the Governor is expected to appeal.<span> <strong><a href="">Congressman Charlie Crist</a></strong></span></span></span><strong><span>, </span></strong>a<strong><span> </span></strong><span><span>Democratic Congressman representing Florida’s 13th district, and former Republican Governor of Florida from 2007 to 2011, discusses why, as governor, he</span></span> made it possible for felons who met their probation obligations to have their voting rights restored, and <strong>Richard A. Harrison, </strong>executive director for <a href="">Floridians for a Sensible Voting Rights Policy</a>, explains why he is against the judge's ruling.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><span><span>Restrictions on immigration under the Trump administration are causing concerns about the future of the labor pool for nursing homes, home care agencies, and assisted living facilities. <strong><a href="">Stephen Campbell</a>, </strong>a policy<span> research associate for PHI, </span></span></span>a nonprofit research and consulting group, weighs in on how immigration policy affects the direct-care workforce. And <strong><span>Mary DiGangi, </span></strong>a<span>ssistant vice president at the <a href="">Menorah Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care</a>, discusses the changing demands of the industry and how immigration restrictions factor into the shifting landscape.</span></li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a>. </em></p>
Feb 06, 2018
After the Memo, Where Does the FBI Stand?
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li> <p>On Friday, Representative Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, released a four-page memo detailing aspects of the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election. The release raises concerns that the Trump administration and its congressional allies are trying to discredit special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into collusion and obstruction of justice. Could these attacks on the FBI by members of the GOP discredit an institution committed to investigative oversight? <strong><a href="">Douglas Charles</a><span>, </span></strong>an<strong><span> </span></strong>a<span><span>ssociate professor of history at Penn State University, joins The Takeaway to provide some historical perspective.</span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen served her final day on Friday after four years in the position. Yellen's departure is marked by record lows in unemployment rates and wage growth, and is a break with tradition, as new administrations usually hold over Fed chair appointments. <strong><a href="">Diane Swonk</a>, </strong>c<span>hief economist at Grant Thornton, looks back at Yellen's tenure. </span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>A migrant boat capsized off the Libyan coast last week and 90 migrants are feared drowned. The majority of those aboard were Pakistani, a departure from the migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa that most frequently have attempted this journey. <strong><a href="">Kathleen Newland</a></strong><span>, co-founder of the <a href="">Migration Policy Institute</a>,</span> discusses the situation in Pakistan that is contributing to this uptick in crossings.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>Last week, Republican Jeff Colyer took the oath of office  to become the new Governor of Kansas. Colyer replaces Sam Brownback, who is now the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. So, who is Jeff Colyer?  And what will his strategy be as he attempts to govern the state while also courting the GOP nomination in the fall? <strong><a href="">Stephen Koranda</a></strong></span><span>, a statehouse reporter for Kansas Public Radio, explains. </span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>Kansas has been facing legal battles over education funding, and as governor, settling the funding issue will be one of the first challenges Colyer faces. The state collected $165 million in taxes in January, raising some legislators’ hopes that they will have the money to increase spending on public schools. <strong>Dayna Miller,</strong><span> president of the <a href="">Kansas Association of School Boards Board of Directors</a>, explains what's next for school funding in her state.</span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>On Thursday, a federal judge ruled that Florida’s system requiring felons to wait at least five years to apply for the right to vote, after they complete their sentences, serve probation and pay all restitution, was unconstitutional. The decision was a direct criticism of Governor Rick Scott, the lead defendant in the case, and the governor is expected to appeal. </span><strong><span>Congressman <a href="">Charlie Crist</a>, </span></strong>a<strong><span> </span></strong><span>Democratic Congressman representing Florida’s 13th district and former Republican Governor of Florida from 2007 to 2011, joins The Takeaway to weigh in on the court's decision.</span></p> </li> <li><span>During the month of February, WNYC's <strong><a href="">Rebecca Carroll</a></strong> is hosting a special book club for The Takeaway called, “Reading the Reckoning.” Over the next few weeks, she'll speak to a number of women authors who are expressing their strength, conviction, rage and joy through writing. For part one of "Reading the Reckoning," Carroll sits down with <strong><a href="">Ijeoma Oluo</a></strong>, editor at large for The Establishment and author of "<a href="">So You Want to Talk About Race</a>." </span></li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a>. </em></p>
Feb 05, 2018
A Move Back to the End of the Line for Thousands of Asylum Seekers
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li> <p><span>On Wednesday, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that the agency will focus on processing recently filed asylum applications, a “last in, first out” approach, rather than on the order in which they were received, potentially complicating the system for people who have been waiting in line for years. <strong><a href="">Dara Lind</a></strong></span><span>, a senior reporter covering immigration for Vox, weighs in on what the policy change could mean for thousands of immigrants. </span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>As the U.S. escalates an anti-immigration agenda, Canada is taking steps to avoid misinformation about the process of seeking asylum within its borders. In 2017, an estimated 15,000 people crossed the border irregularly to claim refugee status in Canada. <strong><a href="">Vilma Filici</a></strong><span>, an immigration consultant and lawyer at Filici-Palacio Immigration Services in Toronto, breaks down the Canadian immigration process.   </span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>Controversy surrounding the special counsel’s Russia investigation continues to spiral, as Robert Mueller’s team zeroes in on the handling of a meeting in Trump Tower by Trump personnel, and the FBI pushes back against the release of the classified GOP memo. <strong><a href="">Betsy Woodruff</a></strong></span><strong><span>, </span></strong>a p<span>olitical reporter for The Daily Beast, brings us the latest in the investigation.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>For the month of February, The Takeaway will be partnering with <a href="">The Science of Happiness</a> podcast from PRI. Each week, we’ll take a look at how the <a href="">Greater Good Science Center</a> at UC Berkeley is developing research-based exercises that promote happiness, resilience, kindness, or connection. We’ll invite our listeners to try these practices at home, and then share their experiences as we talk with<strong> <a href="">Dacher Keltner</a></strong>, professor of psychology, and the center’s director.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>What if you don’t care about the Patriots or the Eagles, but you want some football in your weekend anyway? <strong><a href="">Rafer Guzman</a></strong></span><strong><span>,</span></strong> film critic for Newsday and The Takeaway,<strong> </strong>is here with a few of his all-time favorite football movies.</p> </li> <li> <p><span>The latest in The Takeaway's weekly series of conversations between <strong><a href="">Jessica Bennett</a> </strong>of The New York Times and<strong> <a href="">Koa Beck</a> </strong>of Jezebel, on gender issues and the #MeToo movement. This week, with many of the season’s awards behind us, Koa and Jessica look at how sexual harassment has been covered on the red carpet and within the awards show environment. Plus, they explain how they<em> </em>would cover this moment, if they were dropped on the carpet for the upcoming Academy Awards.</span></p> </li> <li><span>English soul and R&amp;B singer <strong><a href="">James Hunter</a> </strong>showcases 10 original songs on a new album, out today, entitled, “<a href="">Whatever it Takes</a>.” The Takeaway sits down with Hunter to speak about the inspiration behind his musical style.</span></li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a>.</em></p> <p> </p>
Feb 02, 2018
Running the Numbers on Black Unemployment
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li>As workers in white-collar industries are increasingly unionizing, organizing efforts in lower wage industries have failed. What does this revelation say about the state of the divided American economy? <strong><a href="">Ruth Milkman</a></strong>, a sociologist of labor and labor movements at the City University of New York, discusses the divergent trends in union efforts. <br><br></li> <li>An investigation by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce has found that drug wholesalers sent nearly 21 million prescription opioids to Williamson, West Virginia between 2006 and 2016. Williamson is a town of only 3,000 people. This was first reported by the Charleston Gazette-Mail in West Virginia, a local paper that won a Pulitzer for its opioids reporting, and<strong> <a href="">Eric Eyre</a> </strong>is behind all that.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>On Monday, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Charleston Gazette-Mail announced it was headed into Chapter 11 bankruptcy. But it's not the only news outlet in trouble. The Los Angeles Times has undergone a period of turmoil in the newsroom, where a fight over unionization and tensions between managers and journalists have spiked. <strong><a href="">Christopher Ali</a></strong>, assistant professor in the Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia, and<strong> <a href="">Jim Newton</a></strong>, a former Los Angeles Times journalist who spent 25 years at the paper, weigh in. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>During the president’s State of the Union speech, President Trump claimed that black unemployment is the lowest in recorded history because of his policies. But the numbers don’t really explain why African Americans are still two times more likely to be jobless than white Americans. To help make sense of this all, The Takeaway turns to <strong><a href="">William "Sandy" Darity</a> </strong>is the Samuel DuBois Cook professor of public policy. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>On February 1, 1968 Echol Cole and Robert Walker, both sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee were crushed to death in the back of a trash truck. Their deaths became a flashpoint in Memphis. <strong>Cleophus Smith</strong> was a sanitation worker in Memphis back in 1968, and he discusses the dangers that faced them, the abuses they suffered, and the low pay they received. </li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Feb 01, 2018
The State of The Union: Our New American Moment
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li>On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress and to the nation. Here to help us understand how the speech resonated with people across the country, and what communities large and small are looking for from the Trump Administration are reporters <a href=""><strong>Jean Guerrero</strong></a> of KPBS, <strong><a href="">Michael Pope</a></strong> of Virginia Public Radio, and <a href=""><strong>Adrian Ma</strong></a> of WCPN Ideastream.  </li> </ul> <ul> <li>On Wednesday, FEMA will end its distribution of humanitarian emergency supplies of food and water to the people Puerto Rico. But some local officials in Puerto Rico think that FEMA's decision is <a href="" target="_blank">premature</a>, since an estimated <a href="">1 million people</a> still remain without power and roughly 118,000 don’t have access to clean water. <a href="">Juan Giusti-Cordero</a>,<strong> </strong>a professor of Caribbean history at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, discusses recovery efforts on the island and <a href="" target="_blank">FEMA’s recent announcement</a>.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>In Yemen, secessionist fighters in the southern part of the country have <a href="">taken over</a> the government’s de facto capital of Aden, forcing the internationally-recognized and Saudi-supported government to flee. Since Sunday, at least 35 people have been killed, with over 180 wounded. <strong><a href="">Iona Craig</a></strong>, an investigative journalist who has covered the conflict in the country extensively, brings us the latest. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Back in July, Congress overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan sanctions bill against Russia. But this week, just ahead of a deadline for imposing the new sanctions, the Trump Administration said it would not impose them after all. <strong><a href="">Elana Schor</a>,</strong> congressional reporter for Politico, has the details. </li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href=""><strong>Leon Neyfakh</strong></a> is a reporter for Slate, and he's the host of Slate's Watergate podcast, <a href="">Slow Burn</a>. Neyfakh joins the program to explain how the lead-up to the eventual resignation of President Nixon can help inform us about today's climate of <a href="">political tribalism</a>.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Today, space fans are experiencing a <a href="">cosmic trifecta:</a> A blue moon, a supermoon, and a total lunar eclipse. <strong><a href="">Jason Kendall</a> </strong>is an<strong> </strong>adjunct professor of astronomy at William Paterson University. He joins The Takeaway to tell us everything we need to know about this lunar lunacy.</li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Jan 31, 2018
Harassment Captured On Screen
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li>On Monday, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe abruptly quit his post. The move has raised questions about the impact of the President Trump’s influence on the DOJ and FBI. <a href="">Zack Beauchamp</a> is a senior reporter at Vox and host of the podcast Worldly. He joins the program to talk about the implications of McCabe's ouster.</li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>More than 300 million people visited the National Parks in 2016, but access to public lands is under threat.  From government sell off and transfer of federal lands, to deteriorating infrastructure and an administration that has already downsized two national monuments, park supporters are concerned.  <strong><a href="">Alastair Gee</a></strong>, public lands editor for The Guardian, and <strong><a href="">Carolyn Finney</a></strong><a href="">,</a> a member of  the National Park System Advisory Board, weigh in.</p> </li> <li>Sometimes capital punishment is just the luck of the draw. This week's <a href="">Case in Point</a> from <a href="">The Marshall Project</a> examines the case of Renard Marcel Daniel. <a href=""><strong>Andrew Cohen</strong></a>, senior editor at The Marshall Project, explains what drew him to the case. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Actor <strong><a href="">David Schwimmer</a> </strong>and director and screenwriter <strong><a href="">Sigal Avin</a> </strong>are behind six short films that depict harassment in the workplace, each based on real events. It’s part of an Ad Council campaign called #ThatsHarassment. Three of these films will be distributed nationally as PSAs by the Ad Council. We talk with Schwimmer and Avin about why they took on this project, and what they hope it achieves.</li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Jan 30, 2018
Wynn, Lose and Draw For the RNC
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li>On Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported that billionaire hotel and casino mogul Steve Wynn is now the subject of sexual misconduct allegations that stretch back decades. On Saturday, Wynn stepped down from his post as the finance chair of the Republican National Committee, and now the RNC and GOP politicians are now under pressure to return Wynn’s donations.<strong> <a href="">Rebecca Ballhaus</a></strong>, a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, explains what you need to know. <br><br></li> <li>In 1996, Dominique Moceanu became the youngest American gymnast to win the Olympic gold medal at age 14. About a decade later, she spoke out about a dangerous culture in the world of gymnastics, and publicly accused two coaches of abuse. <strong><a href="">Jasmine Garsd</a></strong>, a reporter for Takeaway co-producer Public Radio International, spoke with Moceanu, who had been sounding the alarm about abuse in professional gymnastics long before <a href="">Larry Nassar</a> became a household name. </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>On Saturday in Afghanistan, a suicide bomber killed more than 100 people and injured roughly 235 others.  Joining The Takeaway to make some sense of the violence is <strong><a href="">Barnett Rubin</a></strong>, director of the Afghanistan Pakistan Regional Program at NYU’s Center on International Cooperation, and former adviser to both the U.S. State Department and the United Nations.</p> </li> <li> <p>China takes <a href="" target="_blank">half of the world’s recyclables,</a> but last year the nation declared it no longer wanted to be the “world’s garbage dump.” <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Kate O’Neill</a> </strong>is associate professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at the University of California, Berkeley. She joins The Takeaway to discuss where our recyclables really go, and the impact of China’s new policies. </p> </li> <li>Approximately 4.7 million people are in the U.S. parole and probation systems. Today, Columbia University’s Justice Lab is releasing two reports focusing on a radical parole system overhaul and how reform can reduce the rate of revocation and mass incarceration. <strong><a href="">Vincent Schiraldi</a></strong>, senior research scientist at <a href="">Columbia Justice Lab</a> at Columbia University and former New York City probation commissioner under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has the details. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>The Comedy Central series "Another Period" takes place during the turn of century, and the stars and creators of the show call a cross between "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" and "Downton Abbey." With a new season having recently premiered, we talk with <strong><a href="">Riki Lindhome</a> </strong>and <strong><a href="">Natasha Leggero,</a></strong> the creators, stars, and showrunners of "Another Period," about how they tackle modern-day issues with the series.</li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Jan 29, 2018
Getting Up to Speed on the Russia Investigation
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li> <p>On Thursday, <a href=";action=click&amp;pgtype=Homepage&amp;clickSource=story-heading&amp;module=span-ab-top-region&amp;region=top-news&amp;WT.nav=top-news">The New York Times reported</a> that President Trump ordered the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller last June. The report is the latest in a series of developments around the Russia investigation that escalated this week, including revelations that President Trump asked the acting FBI director how he voted and the President’s statement that he would speak to Special Counsel Mueller. <strong><a href="">Ryan Goodman</a>, </strong>a professor at NYU School of Law and <strong><a href="">Tom LoBianco</a>,</strong> a<strong> </strong>national political reporter covering the Trump-Russia investigations for the Associated Press, join The Takeaway to make sense of the Russia investigation as it currently stands. </p> </li> <li> <p>In 2017, President Trump <a href="">signed 55 executive orders</a>. <strong><a href="">David Dayen</a></strong><span><strong>, </strong>a contributor to The Nation and The Intercept, joins The Takeaway to</span> discuss what areas Trump focused on the most, which ones had the greatest impact, and how they shaped the first year of the Trump presidency. <strong> </strong></p> </li> <li> <p><span>Every Friday,<strong> </strong></span><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Rafer Guzman</a></strong><span>, film critic for </span><a href="" target="_blank">Newsday</a><span> and The Takeaway, drops by to review the new releases hitting the box office. Today, Rafer weighs in on</span> "Maze Runner: The Death Cure" and "Den of Thieves." </p> </li> <li> <p><span><a href=""><strong>Jessica Bennett</strong> </a>of the New York Times and <a href=""><strong>Koa Beck</strong></a> of Jezebel</span> continue their conversation about art and representation in the #MeToo movement with a look at a historically celebrated photo that belies a story of assault.</p> </li> <li><span>The new novel "<strong><a href="">Red Clocks</a></strong>," is set in an America where abortion is once again outlawed and in vitro fertilization has been banned. <strong><a href="">Leni Zumas</a></strong>, author of "Red Clocks," joins The Takeaway to discuss her work. </span></li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p><strong><a href="">PJ Morton</a>, </strong>R&amp;B vocalist and keyboardist for Maroon 5, is out with his first solo album, “<strong><a href="">Gumbo</a></strong>,” for which he landed two Grammy nominations. Ahead of this Sunday's Grammy Awards, Morton speaks with The Takeaway about his music and how politics is shaping his sound.</p> </li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a>.</em></p> <p> </p>
Jan 26, 2018
Families Reckon with Abuse After Nassar's Sentencing
<p><span>Coming up on today's show:</span></p> <ul> <li> <p>On Wednesday, former Michigan State and USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for his abuse of gymnasts over a span of years. The grueling testimony period over the course of the past week also included the voices of parents, many of whom are grieving along with their children over the abuse. The Takeaway speaks with <strong><a href="">Courtney Kiehl</a>, </strong>a<strong> </strong>survivor, sexual abuse attorney and executive director of the A.C.H.E. Foundation, a nonprofit supporting survivors of sexual abuse. Courtney's mother, <strong>Joyce Kiehl, </strong>also joins the conversation. </p> </li> <li> <p>The International Trade Commission, based on a complaint filed by two U.S.-based, foreign-owned solar manufacturers, gave the Trump administration several options on how to retaliate against China for unfairly propping up its solar industry. The Trump administration chose tariffs that could lead to a growing trade war with China. <strong><a href="">Madison Freeman</a>,</strong> fellow at the Clean Energy Leadership Institute, weighs in on the Trump administration's approach. </p> </li> <li> <p>What actions has President Trump taken in regards to national security during his first year, and is America legitimately safer as a result? <strong><a href="">Juliette Kayyem</a></strong>, former assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security, joins The Takeaway to evaluate national security under the Trump administration. </p> </li> <li><span><span>A shooting at a Kentucky school on Tuesday injured more than a dozen people and left two dead. It’s the 11th school shooting of the year, less than a month into 2018. <strong><a href="">Julie Webber</a></strong></span></span><strong>, </strong>professor of Politics and Government  at Illinois State University and author of, "<a href="">Beyond Columbine</a>," explains the security of schools in a time of commonplace gun violence and mass shootings.</li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>The gold mining trade in Latin America, specifically Colombia and Peru, makes its way to the U.S. through the city of Miami. It’s a massive industry that funds cartels in Latin America and destroys the environment in the Amazon. The Pope condemned the region's mining industry during a visit last week to Peru. <strong><a href="">Nicholas Nehamas</a></strong>, investigative reporter for the Miami Herald, provides a look at the global effects of the gold mining industry. </p> </li> <li> <p>Is it still okay to appreciate films, music and television that may depict harassment? In the wake of #MeToo, iconic images, songs, and movies can be seen in a different light. As part of The Takeaway's <span>weekly conversation about women and gender issues, </span><strong><a href="">Jessica Bennett</a> </strong><span>of The New York Times and </span><strong><a href="">Koa Beck</a></strong><span><strong> </strong>of Jezebel</span> discuss how people are being forced to rethink cultural narratives around consent and courtship.</p> </li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a>. </em></p>
Jan 25, 2018
Shocking Cop Corruption Trial Kicks Off in Baltimore
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li> <p>In 2017, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reported that they removed more than <a href="">81,000</a> people living inside the United States — a figure that represents a 37 percent increase from the year before. Ravi Ragbir, the executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York, was detained on January 11th during a regular check-in with ICE. His wife, <strong><a href="">Amy Gottlieb</a></strong>, shares his story. She’s also an immigrant rights activist and attorney with the American Friends Service Committee Northeast Region.</p> </li> <li>The Baltimore Police Task Force trial begins this week for two former members of the Gun Trace Task Force. Six officers have pleaded guilty and four are expected to testify for the government. <strong><a href="">Brian Kuebler</a> </strong>is<strong> </strong>an investigative reporter for <a href="">ABC affiliate WMAR-TV</a> in Baltimore and was in the courtroom as the police detective described shocking details behind their corrupt operation. He provides an update today on The Takeaway. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>We’re now a year into the Trump presidency, and this week we’ve been cataloging the effects of the administration's first year in office. So far, we’ve looked at the <a href="">economy</a> and the <a href="">courts</a>, and today we turn to the environment. <strong><a href="">Kendra Pierre-Louis</a></strong>, a climate reporter for The New York Times, weighs in.</li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>It’s been four months since Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, and today around a third of the island is <em>still </em>without power. Many blame that slow and uneven recovery on PREPA, Puerto Rico’s power utility. It’s been accused of mismanagement and corruption for years, and this week Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rossello announced a plan to privatize PREPA, but not everyone’s on board. Journalist <strong><a href="">Kate Aronoff</a></strong> joins The Takeaway for the latest.</p> </li> <li>Thousands of illicit massage parlors operate across the country, generating billions of dollars. <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Phillip Martin</a>, </strong>senior investigative reporter at WGBH News, <a href="" target="_blank">in collaboration</a> with the <a href="" target="_blank">New England Center for Investigative Reporting</a>, has been <a href="" target="_blank">looking into the lucrative business</a> of erotic massage parlors in Massachusetts and elsewhere for a new series, and discusses the challenges that law enforcement face when it comes to prosecuting the alleged sex-traffickers behind them.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>As part of our ongoing coverage of the 45th anniversary of Roe V. Wade, we talk to <strong><a href="">Wendi Kent</a></strong>, an artist, photojournalist, and activist who has volunteered as a clinic escort and takes photos of protesters outside abortion clinics. Wendi became pregnant when she was 13 years old, and after visiting a clinic hoping to get counseling about abortion, she was given prenatal vitamins and wound up carrying her child to term. She was harassed on subsequent visits to the clinic to get prenatal care.</li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Jan 24, 2018
Moral Ambiguity in the Age of Trump
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li>Americans haven't heard much about the ongoing war in Syria lately, but there’s a new front in the conflict with complicated and high stakes for the U.S. <strong><a href="">Sarah El Deeb</a></strong>,<strong> </strong>an Associated Press correspondent covering Syria and Lebanon, and <strong><a href="">Ambassador Frederic Hof</a></strong>, a former special adviser for transition in Syria at the U.S. State Department, explain. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Under the Trump Administration, dramatic changes to policy mean that the United States is on track to receive the lowest amount of refugees in decades. WNYC Reporter <a href=""><strong>Matt Katz</strong></a> shares part II of his story on a Congolese husband and wife who are currently separated due to the White House's steep changes to U.S. refugee policy.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>On Monday, the Trump Administration approved a deal that would allow for a proposed road to run through Alaska’s Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.  Previous administrations have blocked the move, but Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed the land swap between the federal government and King Cove Corporation, paving the way for the 30-mile road.  <strong>Della Trumble</strong>, a lifelong Aleut resident and King Cove Corporation finance manager, weighs in. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>All this week, The Takeaway is looking at President Trump’s first year in office, and the effects it’s had on the government, and on people's lives. When Trump came into office, he inherited around 100 judicial vacancies, nearly twice as many as President Obama had in his first year. <strong><a href="">Russell Wheeler</a>,</strong> a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution's Governance Studies Program, explores how the 45th president is shaping America's court system. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>This week marks 45 years since the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Roe v. Wade. For 33 of those 45 years, <strong><a href="">Clarke Forsythe</a></strong> has worked with Americans United for Life in the courts and state legislatures to restrict abortion, always with an eye on the ultimate win: Overturning Roe V. Wade. He explains how anti-abortion activists are working to roll back abortion rights around the country. </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p><a href="">Allegations</a> that President Donald Trump paid off — just weeks before the election —  an adult film actor he slept with have not been making headlines. Could the story have an impact with Trump’s base? Data tells us that’s unlikely, and that white evangelicals are less likely to condemn politicians for seemingly immoral acts than in the past. We dig into this evolution with <strong><a href="">Barry Hankins</a></strong>, professor and chair of Department of History and scholar at the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University.</p> </li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Jan 23, 2018
Voices of the Fight: 45 Years Since Roe V. Wade
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li><span><span>Monday marks 45 years since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling in the case Roe V. Wade, which guarantees a woman's right to an abortion.</span></span> Though it's still the law of the land, Roe V. Wade has been significantly rolled back in recent years, says <strong><a href="">Elizabeth Nash</a></strong>, senior state issues manager at the Guttmacher Institute, a research organization that advocates for reproductive health rights and policy in the United States. These rollbacks, she says, have made it much more difficult for women, particularly in the midwest and south, to access an abortion.</li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>It’s been a year of the Trump presidency, and all this week, The Takeaway will be looking at the tangible effects of the administration, and how it’s impacted people's lives — from immigration, to the courts, the environment and more. First up: The economy. To get the facts of where President Trump has actually affected the economy, and most importantly, the lives of everyday Americans, The Takeaway speaks with <strong><a href="">Annie Lowrey</a>, </strong>economic policy writer for The Atlantic.</p> </li> <li> <p>The federal government shutdown this weekend, after Congress was unable to pass a stopgap budget measure on Friday night. We take a look at the Senate's efforts to find a solution with <a href=""><strong>Lissandra Villa</strong></a>, a congressional reporter for BuzzFeed News, who joins the program to give an update on the ongoing situation.</p> </li> <li>A year after the original Women’s March, <strong><a href="">Dana Fisher</a></strong>, who surveyed participants at that and other major demonstrations over the last year, shares her findings. They show meaningful increases in civic engagement over the course of 2017, with more people contacting elected officials, attending town halls, and getting involved in other ways beyond just voting. Fisher is a professor of sociology and director of the Program for Society and the Environment at the University of Maryland.</li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>The sentencing phase for the trial of USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar is still going in Lansing, Michigan. Overall, 140 women and girls have come forward saying that Nassar abused them. Parents and athletes at all levels of gymnastics are looking for accountability. Who knew what and when, and will anyone else be held accountable for the decades of abuse?<strong> <a href="">L</a></strong><span><a href=""><strong>indsay Gibbs</strong>,</a> </span><span>sports reporter at ThinkProgress and host of the sports and feminism podcast "</span><a href="">Burn It All Down</a>," weighs in. </p> </li> <li> <p>Under the Trump Administration, the United States this year is on track to receive the lowest number of refugees since the 1970s, despite the fact that the world is facing the worst refugee crisis since World War II. <a href=""><strong>Matt Katz</strong></a> is a reporter for WNYC, and he recently spent some time examining how the U.S. government's sweeping changes to refugee policy have affected the lives of a Congolese husband and wife.</p> </li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Jan 22, 2018
Reflecting on a Year of Trump
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li>President Trump says that a government shutdown would hurt the military, accusing Democrats of putting service members and American national security at risk. But are those claims accurate? <strong><a href="">Joe Gould</a></strong>, a reporter for Defense News, looks at the effect of a government shutdown on the military. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>About a year ago, hours after President Trump was sworn into office, The Takeaway traveled to Oklahoma and <a href="">sat down</a> with one family of Republicans, The McConnells, who were divided in their support for Donald Trump. A year into the Trump Administration, The Takeaway hears from <strong><strong>Wayne McConnell</strong></strong>.<strong><strong> </strong></strong>He says that he and the other McConnells have been pleasantly surprised by the 45th president. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Every Friday, <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Rafer Guzman</a></strong>, film critic for <a href="" target="_blank">Newsday</a> and The Takeaway, drops by to review the new releases hitting the box office.  Today, a look at two films: "Forever My Girl," starring Alex Roe and Jessica Rothe, and "12 Strong," with Chris Hemsworth, Rob Riggle, and Michael Peña.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>The BBC spent <a href="">22 years negotiating</a> with Buckingham Palace for an interview with Queen Elizabeth II. And they finally got it. Here to explain why this is such a big deal, <strong><a href="">Kristen Meinzer</a></strong>, director of nonfiction programming at Panoply and co-host of the podcast “<a href="">When Meghan Met Harry: A Royal Weddingcast</a>.”</li> </ul> <ul> <li>On Thursday, Acting Health and Human Services Director Eric Hargan announced a new office within the administration’s civil rights division. The new Conscience and Religious Freedom division will now tasked with handling complaints from healthcare workers who object to procedures due to religious or moral reasons. The move has advocates worried. <strong><a href="">Holly Fernandez Lynch</a></strong>, an attorney and bioethicist, explains.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>As anti-abortion demonstrators descend on Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life, The Takeaway looks to Chile, El Salvador, and Oklahoma, to find out what happens when restrictive abortion laws jeopardize women's access to reproductive healthcare. <a href=";rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0ahUKEwi6s4u6seLYAhUBulMKHdR5BA0QFggoMAA&amp;;usg=AOvVaw2CrbQMno7v1qc2BwBWimy6"><strong>Michelle Oberman</strong></a>, a professor of law at Santa Clara University and the author of "<a href="">Her Body, Our Laws,</a>" weighs in. </li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Jan 19, 2018
Ashes to Ashes? Trump Administration Rethinks Nuclear Strategy
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li>The government will run out of money on Friday. Republicans have introduced a stopgap funding measure, but Democrats say they won't vote for anything without protection for DACA recipients. <strong><a href="">Rachael Bade</a> </strong>is a congressional reporter for Politico. She joins The Takeaway to talk about the latest in the government shutdown showdown. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>In Hannepin County, Minnesota, local officials are responding to an increase in immigration arrests by spending tens of thousands of dollars on legal defense. <a href=""><strong>Brandt Williams</strong></a> is a reporter for Minnesota Public Radio. He discusses one county's efforts to push back against the Trump administration's increasingly aggressive stance toward undocumented immigrants.</li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>From the jungles of Colombia to the suburbs of Ohio, the illegal gold mining trade can be found all over the world. <strong><a href="">Nicholas Nehamas</a></strong>, an investigative reporter for The Miami Herald, looked into the gold trade for the new series, “<a href="">Dirty Gold, Clean Cash</a>.” It’s a deep dive on the illegal gold trade, which has been going on for decades.</p> </li> <li>Yemen is suffering from the worst hunger crisis in the world, but a port used to bring in much needed food and supplies could be closed by Friday. <strong><a href="">Stephen Anderson</a></strong>, country director for the U.N. World Food Program in Yemen, discusses the humanitarian crisis in the country and concerns about the Port of Hodeidah’s possible closure.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>The first group of Rohingya Muslims are set to be sent back to Myanmar next week, as part of an agreement between Bangladesh and Myanmar governments. <strong><a href="">Eric Schwartz</a>,</strong> is president of Refugees International and former U.S. assistant secretary of state for population, refugees and migration. He says that moving refugees now is premature, dangerous and potentially deadly for the Rohingya.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>A new strategy memo drafted by the Pentagon and awaiting approval from the White House calls for the development of low-yield nuclear weapons. It would also expand the circumstances under which nuclear weapons could be used, including possibly in retaliation for major cyberattacks.<strong> <a href="">Michèle Flournoy</a> </strong>served as<strong> </strong>under secretary of defense for policy from February 2009 to February 2012. She joins us to explain.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>A <em>massive </em>pool of genetic information, 1 million strong: That’s the goal of a new initiative from the National Institutes of Health, called “All of Us.” It would give scientists and medical researchers a huge amount of data to study and learn from. And starting this spring, Americans are invited to participate. NIH Director <strong><a href="">Dr. Francis Collins</a></strong> has the details. </li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Jan 18, 2018
Seeking Accountability for 'The Monster'
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li>Former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar is due to be sentenced for sexually abusing young, female gymnasts. All told, more than 140 female athletes say Nassar assaulted them. <a href=""><strong>L</strong><strong>indsay Gibbs</strong></a> is sports reporter at ThinkProgress and host of the sports and feminism podcast "Burn It All Down." She joins The Takeaway for with the latest. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>After a video went viral of a Baltimore hospital abandoning a mentally ill woman on the street, the practice of "patient dumping" has come under renewed scrutiny. <strong><a href="">Dr. Arthur Caplan</a> </strong>is the director of the division of medical ethics at New York University School of Medicine. He joins The Takeaway to talk about what the practice means for health and housing equity.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>There’s a massive cloud of a colorless, toxic, highly flammable substance in the East China Sea, and <a href="">it’s getting bigger</a>. When the Iranian oil tanker Sanchi sunk this weekend off the coast of China, it brought up to one million barrels of highly flammable oil condensate along with it. <strong><a href="">Andrew Freedman</a>,</strong> is the senior science editor at Mashable, explains. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Cape Town is <a href=";utm_content=5a5e2d3b04d3014c1a974e3a&amp;utm_medium=trueAnthem&amp;utm_source=twitter">running</a> out of water, and quickly. The latest projection of Day Zero, or the date the water taps are set to run dry, has been moved up a week to April 22nd. <strong><a href="">Wendell Roelf</a></strong>, Cape Town correspondent for Reuters, discusses the dwindling water in the city. </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>Representatives from 20 nations met in Vancouver on Tuesday to discuss a nuclear deterrence strategy for North Korea. On Tuesday, The Takeaway heard the argument for tougher sanctions. Today, <strong><a href="">Dr. Kee B. Park</a></strong>, a Harvard Medical School global surgery scholar and the director of the North Korean program at the Korean American Medical Association, argues against sanctions and the humanitarian consequences of this strategy.</p> </li> <li>The South African group <a href="">Ladysmith Black Mambazo</a> has been around for generations. The group's <a href="">North American tour</a> begins today in Washington State. We talked with two long-time members <strong>Thulani Shabalala</strong>, son of founder Joseph Shabalala; <strong>Albert</strong> <strong>Mazibuko</strong>, the longest-standing member since 1969;<strong> </strong>and their manager <strong>Mitch Goldstein </strong>about their music, their U.S. tour and what it feels like to be nominated for a Grammy again.</li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a>.</em></p>
Jan 17, 2018
Are Sanctions The Best Way Forward With North Korea?
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li>In Congress, the <a href="">push</a> for a full fix to DACA could mean a government shutdown this Friday. President Trump's inflammatory comments <a href="">recently torpedoed</a> potential legislation from the Senate, but it's <a href="">unclear whether Speaker Paul Ryan</a> will be willing to bring a bipartisan bill to the floor of the House. <a href=""><strong>Rachael Bade</strong></a> is a Congressional reporter for Politico. She brings us the latest from Capitol Hill. And <strong><a href="">Andrea Bonilla</a></strong>,<strong> </strong>a DACA recipient<strong> </strong>who came to the U.S. from Ecuador when she was 5 years old, shares her story. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Canada and the U.S. are hosting a <a href="" target="_blank">meeting</a> of foreign ministers in Vancouver today to discuss how best to contain North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. <strong><a href="">Anthony Ruggiero</a></strong>,<strong> </strong>a<strong> </strong><a href="" target="_blank">senior fellow</a> at the foundation for the Defense of Democracies and a former government expert on sanctions and nuclear proliferation, explains why sanctions are the best strategy when it comes to North Korea, and how they could be used more effectively. <strong>   </strong></li> </ul> <ul> <li>As Chris Christie says goodbye to the Garden State, Democrat Phil Murphy is stepping into the governor's office in New Jersey, and Republicans around the country are watching. <strong><a href="">Dave Weigel</a></strong>, national political correspondent for the Washington Post, explains. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>In recent weeks, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has come under scrutiny for an extramarital affair, and now allegations of blackmail and abuse have surfaced. But despite being considered an up-and-coming star in the party, Greitens doesn’t have a perfect track record in the state. For details, The Takeaway turns to <strong><a href="">Jason Rosenbaum</a>, </strong>a political reporter for <a href="">St. Louis Public Radio</a> and co-host of the podcast “<a href="">Politically Speaking</a>.”</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Under a federal law from 1986, social media companies claim to be forbidden from providing the same information to defense attorneys that they are obligated to turn over to prosecutors. <strong><a href="">Andrew Cohen</a>, </strong>senior editor at The Marshall Project and author of Case in Point, joins The Takeaway to explain how this decades old law has created a potential legal disparity in the 21st century.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong><a href="">Jessica Bennett</a> </strong>of The New York Times and <strong><a href="">Koa Beck</a></strong> of Jezebel join The Takeaway every week to discuss the #MeToo movement. Following allegations against actor Aziz Ansari, Koa and Jessica look at the concept of “eventual consent.” </li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Jan 16, 2018
Fighting For The Dream of Economic Justice
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li> <p>There is a new effort underway to <a href="" target="_blank">renew</a> Dr. Martin Luther King’s campaign against poverty. On this holiday honoring the late civil rights icon, <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis</strong></a>, co-director of the Kairos Center and co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, discusses the new poverty campaign. <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Shaun King</a></strong>, a columnist at The Intercept and a social justice activist, reflects on the movement in <a href="" target="_blank">the wake</a> of <a href=";action=click&amp;pgtype=Homepage&amp;clickSource=story-heading&amp;module=first-column-region&amp;region=top-news&amp;WT.nav=top-news" target="_blank">recent racialized statements</a> made by President Trump.</p> </li> <li>A number of detainees taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) allege that they have been threatened with solitary confinement for refusing to work in for-profit ICE facilities. <strong><a href="">Spencer Woodman</a> </strong>is a reporter for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, and wrote about the growing practice of solitary confinement in ICE facilities for The Intercept.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>On Saturday, a false missile alert caused panic in Hawaii.  Within roughly 10 minutes, state officials were informing residents via social media that the alert was a false alarm, but it took 38 minutes before the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency formally take action to revoke the alert. <strong><a href="">Ankit Panda</a></strong>, senior editor at The Diplomat, an online news publication focusing on the Asia-Pacific region, joins The Takeaway to put Saturday's false alarm into perspective. </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>A New York City program is taking a controversial approach to the opioid epidemic. They're practicing “harm reduction” — a non-punitive approach to reducing the consequences of drug use. That means giving access to sterile needles, and, in the case of The Washington Heights Corner Project, providing a bathroom where users can safely inject drugs. Takeaway Producer <strong><a href="">Alexandra Botti</a> </strong>takes us to Washington Heights, Manhattan, for a look at how it works.</p> </li> <li> <p>The 6th Annual Black Comic Book Festival took place over the weekend in New York City. Thousands attended the two day festival — some were drawn in by the upcoming Black Panther movie, while others were seeking to find deeper stories through comics. <strong><a href="">Sheena Howard</a></strong>, associate professor of communications at Rider University and author of the "<a href="">Encyclopedia of Black Comics</a>," explores how black comics have evolved since the civil rights era. </p> </li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Jan 15, 2018
In California, A Family's Struggle for Recovery
<p>Coming up on today's show: </p> <ul> <li> <p>In California, mudslides have blanketed the coast and killed at least 17 people. We hear from a father who, along with his son and dog, had to be rescued, and a school superintendent who is trying to keep the community informed. <strong>Ben Hyatt</strong>, a Montecito resident, and <strong>Anthony Ranii</strong>, superintendent for the Montecito Union School District, weigh in. </p> </li> <li> <p>The Trump Administration announced Thursday that states could impose a work requirement on many Americans who rely on Medicaid. It's the <a href="">first time in the plan’s history</a> that people would have to work to be eligible to keep their Medicaid coverage. <strong><a href="">Mary Harris</a></strong>, managing editor at WNYC’s health desk, has the details. </p> </li> <li> <p>Every Friday, <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Rafer Guzman</a></strong>, film critic for <a href="" target="_blank">Newsday</a> and The Takeaway, drops by to review the new releases hitting the box office. This week, Rafer weighs in on the action movie "The Commuter," starring Liam Neeson, and the animated children's film "Paddington 2."</p> </li> <li> <p>The International Consumer Electronics Show concludes Friday in Las Vegas. Tech companies from around the world are showcasing new products and designs at the trade show. We look at some of worst gadgets and innovations to emerge from the show this year with <strong><a href="">Taylor Lorenz</a></strong>, tech reporter for The Daily Beast.</p> </li> <li>Walmart announced Thursday that it will be doling out raises, bonuses, and new benefits to many of its 1.4 million U.S. employees. But the same day, the company also announced it would lay off thousands of workers after <a href="">closing 63 Sam's Club stores</a>. Here to talk about what these developments mean for the future of retail work is <strong><a href="">Charles Fishman</a></strong>,<strong> </strong>author of "<a href="">The Walmart Effect: How the World's Most Powerful Company Really Works</a><em>."</em></li> </ul> <ul> <li>Last week, author <strong><a href="">Jacqueline Woodson</a></strong> was named by the Library of Congress as the next National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. As ambassador, she’ll be traveling across the country and talking to kids about ways that reading can drive change. We talk to her about what she envisions doing during her time in the role, and some of the books that she thinks younger readers can learn from.</li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Jan 12, 2018
Kids and Smartphones: A Constant Battle
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li>It's been 114 days since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, but 40 percent of residents are still without power. Hospitals are <a href="">struggling</a> with a shortage of supplies, and thousands of police officers have called in sick to protest a lack of overtime pay. <strong><a href="">Danica Coto</a></strong>,<strong> </strong>a reporter for the Associated Press on the island, discusses the ongoing crisis on the island.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>When Hurricane Maria crippled the Caribbean, it also dealt a devastating blow to the daily supply of intravenous fluid bags, which are manufactured in Puerto Rico and stockpiled in hospitals across America. <strong><a href=";ssopc=1">Deborah Pasko</a></strong>, director of medication safety and quality at the <a href="">American Society of Health System Pharmacists</a>, explains. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>This year's flu season is shaping up to be an especially nasty one. Data suggest that this year's vaccine might only be 10 percent effective. <a href=""><strong>Dr. Tom Frieden</strong></a>, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, joins the show to talk about this year's flu, and what action we might take in order to more effectively protect ourselves from a global pandemic.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>In Europe, insurance companies are increasingly debating whether they should be insuring industries that heavily pollute and contribute to climate change. Are U.S. insurers likely to follow their lead anytime soon? <strong><a href="">Oliver Ralph</a></strong>, insurance correspondent with the Financial Times, answers.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Over the course of 2017, the Dakota Access Pipeline leaked at least five times, according to <a href="">a recent report from The Intercept</a>. These spills were relatively small by some standards, but they're starting to add up. <strong><a href="">Alleen Brown</a></strong>,<strong> </strong>reporter for The Intercept, joins The Takeaway to give a closer look at the impact of these spills. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Last week, music streaming giant Spotify <a href="">filed paperwork to be listed as a publicly traded company</a> on the New York Stock Exchange. What does this move mean for the future of the music industry? <a href=""><strong>Marc Hogan</strong></a>, a senior staff writer for <a href="">Pitchfork</a>, has the details. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Big investors have called on Apple to invest in software limiting time children spend using its smartphones. Is it needed? And could it work? <strong><a href="">Manoush Zomorodi</a></strong>, host of <a href="">Note to Self</a> from WNYC Studios, and author of<em> "</em><a href="">Bored and Brilliant.</a>"</li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <em><a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></em></p>
Jan 11, 2018
America: The Most Dangerous Wealthy Nation for Kids
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li>Yesterday, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein released the transcript of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s interview with Glen Simpson. His firm, Fusion GPS, commissioned the <a href="">Steele dossier</a>, which contained sordid details about President Donald Trump's alleged ties to Russia. <strong><a href="">Byron Tau</a></strong>, a congressional reporter for The Wall Street Journal, discusses what was revealed in the testimony. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>As Congress scrambles to find a fix for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, on Tuesday, a federal district judge in San Francisco issued an injunction against the Trump Administration’s plan to roll back the protections for the 800,000 DACA recipients who came to the country illegally when they were children.<strong> <a href="">Leon Fresco</a></strong>, former head of the Office of Immigration Litigation under the Obama Administration, explains what the ruling means. </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p><a href="">Tens of millions of registered voters</a> didn’t vote in the last presidential election. Maybe you were one of them. But if you don’t vote for a couple years, does that mean you should lose your registration status? The Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments today on a case from Ohio that seeks to answer that question. <a href=""><strong>M.L. Schultze</strong>,</a> digital editor for WKSU in Northeastern Ohio, explains the case.</p> </li> <li> <p>More than a dozen people have been killed after heavy rains caused mudslides to wipe away homes and close roads in Southern California. Rescue workers are scrambling to find people trapped by the debris. KCLU News Director and Field Reporter <strong><a href="">Lance Orozco</a></strong> joins us on the ground for the latest on the situation, and how the recent wildfires may have played a role.</p> </li> <li> <p>Six months ago, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback announced he was leaving office to take a post in the Trump Administration. Brownback still hasn’t been confirmed, and the Lt.Governor Jeff Colyer has been functioning as an interim governor. Now, a growing number of state lawmakers say Brownback needs to resign. <strong><a href="">State Senator Barbara Bollier</a></strong>, who<strong> </strong>represents Kansas’ 7th District, explains. </p> </li> <li>At the end of 2017, Congress passed a stopgap spending bill for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). But it's already clear that the funding is not enough. Republican <strong><a href="">Congressman Greg Walden</a></strong> is the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which oversees CHIP. He explains why Congress has so far been <a href="">unable to reauthorize funding</a>.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>A new study out this week finds that a child born in the United States has a 70 percent greater chance of dying before adulthood as compared to 19 other wealthy, democratic countries. <strong><a href="">Ashish Thakrar</a> </strong>is the lead author on that study. He’s an internal medicine resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and he discusses who the most vulnerable groups are and why, and what needs to happen to fix the trend.</li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by </em><em><a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Jan 10, 2018
Banned Books: A Tool For Prison Control
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li> <p>On Monday, the Trump Administration reversed more than decade of U.S. immigration policy by ending temporary protected status, or TPS, for Salvadoran immigrants. It’s the latest crackdown by the Department of Homeland Security.<strong> <a href="">Mark Curnutte</a></strong>, the race and community reporter for the Cincinnati Enquirer, and <strong><a href="">Andrew Selee</a></strong>, president of the Migration Policy Institute, explain. </p> </li> <li> <p>On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments over whether a driver should have an expectation of privacy in a rental car when his or her name isn’t listed on the agreement as an authorized driver.<strong> <a href="">Adam Liptak</a></strong>, Supreme Court reporter for The New York Times, says that this case could have major implications for poor Americans, particularly African Americans who are more likely to have rental transactions.</p> </li> <li>A Michigan judge began preliminary exam hearings for four state environmental regulators who are accused of crimes related to the Flint water crisis, from involuntary manslaughter to misconduct and willful neglect. <strong><a href="">Quinn Klinefelter</a></strong>, senior news editor for Detroit public radio station <a href="">WDET</a>, has the details. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>About 60 Baltimore schools have had heating issues this winter, forcing a number of schools to close last week. It’s an issue that has plagued the school system for years, says<strong> <a href="">Kimberly Mooney</a></strong>, a teacher at Roland Park Elementary/Middle School, who has worked in the Baltimore City Public School System for 13 years, and a member of the Baltimore Caucus of Educators for Democracy and Equity. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>The ACLU of New Jersey got its hands on a list of banned books this week. <a href="">According to their report</a>, the New Jersey Department of Corrections (DOC) had banned "<a href="">The New Jim Crow</a>"<em> </em>from some state prisons — it's a pivotal work that addresses mass incarceration. <a href=""><strong>Georgia Lerner</strong></a> is executive director of the <a href="">Women’s Prison Association</a>. She argues that prisons ban books to impose control without making a serious effort at rehabilitation.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>What happens to women who speak up about sexual harassment and assault in the workplace? In the latest installment of #MeToo conversations between <strong><a href="">Koa Beck</a> </strong>and <a href=""><strong>Jessica Bennett</strong>,</a> The Takeaway explores the phenomenon of "<a href="">dream crushers</a>," and a look at past and present cases.</li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by </em><em><a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Jan 09, 2018
The Oceans Are Suffocating
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li>For the first time in two years, the two governments that occupy the Korean peninsula will hold high-level talks in advance of February’s Olympic games in the South. <a href=""><strong>Sung-Yoon Lee</strong></a> is a Korean Studies professor at the <a href="">Fletcher School</a> at Tufts University, and <strong><a href="">David Sanger</a></strong>, National Security Correspondent for The New York Times, explain what you should expect. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>On Sunday, the Israeli government released a list of 20 international organizations whose members it intends to ban from entering the country due to their support for boycotting Israel. Sunday’s list follows <a href=";utm_term=.5936b8d0e1eb">a law</a> passed by Israel’s Parliament in March 2017, which denies entry visas to foreign nationals who call for boycotts against Israel or its West Bank settlements. <strong><a href="">Ruth Eglash</a></strong>, reporter for The Washington Post, joins The Takeaway from Jerusalem to weigh in. </li> </ul> <ul> <li> Americans' support for the death penalty has dipped to its lowest point in decades, with just <a href="">55 percent</a> supporting capital punishment. But the president’s support for it could undermine efforts to phase it out entirely. <strong><a href="">Maurice Chammah</a></strong> of The Marshall Project looks for four places to watch out the death penalty plays out in 2018. </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>As of August 2017, records obtained by ProPublica show that 102 defendants in Mississippi — accused, but not yet convicted of various crimes — were waiting in county jails for forensic mental health evaluations. One had waited as long as 1,249 days. Former ProPublica reporting fellow <strong><a href="">Sarah Smith</a></strong> says it's a “statewide scandal.”</p> </li> <li> <p>A new <a href="">analysis</a> by the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, published in the journal<em> <a href="">Science</a>, </em>has discovered that ocean dead zones with zero oxygen have quadrupled in size since 1950. <strong><a href="">Denise Breitburg</a></strong>, senior scientist at the <a href="">Smithsonian Environmental Research Center</a> and one of the researchers of the analysis, explains. </p> </li> <li>For the first time in a century, humpback whales have returned to the waters of New York City. The first sightings began around 2010, and one tour group has been taking passengers out to see them. In addition to whale-watching tours, <a href="">Gotham Whale</a>, led by president and founder <strong><a href="">Paul Sieswerda</a></strong>, and his crew of researchers and citizen scientists have made it their mission to document all the whales that come into New York Harbor. Takeaway Producer <strong><a href="">Oliver Lazarus</a> </strong>went on Gotham Whale's last outing of the 2017 season, and shares his findings today. </li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by </em><em><a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Jan 08, 2018
Inside the Right-Wing Campaign Against Robert Mueller
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li>There are about four million Americans who have some kind of housing assistance, either through a section eight voucher or some other program. Now, those families have an opportunity to move into more affluent areas. <strong><a href="">Susan Popkins</a></strong>, a senior fellow at The Urban Institute, and <strong>Suree Barnes</strong>, a mother of three who has relied on vouchers and moved from a poor neighborhood to a more affluent community, discuss the shift. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller has charged four Trump aides in his investigation into Russian collusion in the campaign — but if you’re following conservative media, you may not know it.  <strong><a href="">Max Kutner</a></strong>, senior writer at Newsweek who covers the Department of Justice, the FBI and the Russia investigations, says there's an expanding effort to delegitimize the investigation and its consequences by undermining the FBI, and Mueller himself.</li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>Right now in Berlin, there’s at least one person piecing together what could be the world’s largest puzzle. Millions of documents shredded in 1990 by the Stasi, the state security service of East Germany, who spied on its citizens for more than 40 years with a single mission: To protect the ruling party. <strong>Dagmar Hovestädt </strong>is a spokesperson for the Stasi Records Agency. She explains the process, and why the technology isn't quite up to the task of stitching these documents together. </p> </li> <li>The Golden Globes are this Sunday, but watchers are talking more about the politics around the awards ceremony and the #MeToo movement than who the winners and losers might be. <strong><a href="">Rafer Guzman</a></strong>, film critic for Newsday and The Takeaway, has the details. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>On Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the reversal of an Obama-era directive that paved the way for marijuana legalization in states. <strong><a href="">Pat Jehlen</a> </strong>has served as a Democratic Massachusetts State Senator of the 2nd Middlesex District since 2005, and is chairperson of the Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy. She discusses the impact this could have in Massachusetts, which is set to open legal marijuana shops this July. </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p><strong><a href="">Megan Clement</a></strong> is managing editor of News Deeply’s “Women and Girls” site, and she says 2017 brought some large victories for women. She has rounded up <a href="">some of the changes</a> brought to countries like Lebanon, Jordan and Tunisia, which this year abolished what are known as “marry your rapist” laws. Those allowed rapists to escape punishment by wedding their victims. </p> </li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by </em><em><a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Jan 05, 2018
States Could See More Election Hacking in 2018
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li> <p>In some parts of the United States, midterm primaries are just eight weeks away, and voter turnout is expected to be high. But there are concerns about the vulnerability of the American election system after Russian hacking in 2016. How prepared are we to elect new leaders in November? <a href=""><strong>Lily Hay Newman</strong></a>, security reporter for WIRED, and <strong><a href="">Marian Schneider</a></strong>, the president of <a href="">Verified Voting</a>, an election-integrity advocacy group, answer.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Dave Philipps</a></strong>, military veterans correspondent for The New York Times, discusses <a href="" target="_blank">his new investigation</a>, which found that administrators at an Oregon-base VA hospital apparently tried to improve its ratings by deliberately limiting both the numbers and the types of patients that it admitted, along with other tactics — against the wishes of doctors. The hospital and the VA have denied the practice.</p> </li> <li> <p>Up and down the eastern seaboard, a powerful winter storm known as a <a href="">bomb cyclone</a> has caused freezing temperatures and record snowfalls from Texas to Maine this week. It’s one of many extreme weather events Americans have felt in the past year - like Hurricanes Harvey and Maria, and wildfires out West. And they always beg the question: is this caused by climate change? <strong><a href="">Chelsea Harvey</a></strong>, a climate science reporter for E &amp; E News, discusses the field of <a href="">extreme attribution</a>. </p> </li> <li>President Trump, who claimed that millions voted illegally during the 2016 election, made a seemingly abrupt decision on Wednesday to disband his commission on voter fraud. <strong><a href="">Zoe Tillman</a></strong>, a legal reporter with BuzzFeed news, is here to explain the White House's decision to raze the commission. </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p><strong>James Risen</strong>, a former New York Times reporter, says the erosion of press freedom can be traced back a decade, but most recently in thanks in part to the attitude of the Obama Administration. <span>Risen recounts his battles with the government and his editors at the paper, who he says</span> suppressed a story at the government's request.</p> </li> <li>What are you reading in the new year? <strong><a href="">Ron Charles</a></strong>, editor of Book World at The Washington Post, joins The Takeaway to share his picks for the very best books to read right now and in the weeks ahead, from those coming out now to others dropping soon. </li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by </em><em><a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Jan 04, 2018
As Tension Grows With the United States, North Korea Looks South
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Protests in Iran continued into Wednesday, and at least 21 people have died amid the demonstrations. Yesterday, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei used Twitter to blame Iran’s “enemies” for the unrest. <strong><a href="">Thomas Erdbrink</a></strong>, Tehran bureau chief for The New York Times, and <strong><a href="">Borzou Daragahi</a></strong>, Middle East correspondent for BuzzFeed News, share the latest updates from on the ground and discuss how the current tension could potentially impact the stability of the region. </p> </li> <li> <p>As the divisions between the U.S. and North Korea continue to deepen, it appears that Kim Jong-un is ready to look to his long-estranged neighbor: South Korea. <strong><a href="">Curtis Melvin</a></strong>, a researcher at the U.S. Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University, explains. </p> </li> <li> <p>President Donald Trump has pledged to end “American carnage,” but the U.S. remains an outlier when it comes to gun violence. In the first week of 2018, we dig into gun deaths and injuries with <strong><a href="">Alex Yablon</a></strong>, a reporter at The Trace, a non-profit, independent news outlet reporting on gun incidents.</p> </li> <li>There were more than 650 homicides in the city of Chicago in 2017, down from 771 in 2016. The police department is taking credit for the drop in murders, but not everyone in Chicago sees the declining figure as something to celebrate. <strong><a href="">Shari Runner</a></strong>, president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League, explains. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>In Germany, a new law says big social media companies must swiftly take down posts containing hate speech or face huge fines. Some are concerned that the law could lead to greater censorship, and inspire other more restrictive countries to do the same. <strong><a href="">David Kaye</a></strong>, a law professor at UC Irvine and the U.N. special rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, weighs in. </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>As Congressional leaders meet with the White House to discuss a legislative solution for DACA recipients, it's unclear how family-based "chain migration" will fit into negotiations. <a href=""><strong>Dara Lind</strong></a> is a senior reporter for Vox. She joins The Takeaway to talk about the <a href="">realities of family-based migration</a>.</p> </li> </ul> <p><em>This segment is hosted by </em><em><a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Jan 03, 2018
The Top Risks Facing the World in 2018
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Every year,<strong> <a href="">Ian Bremmer</a></strong>, president and founder of the <a href="">Eurasia Group</a>, releases his top 10 risk predictions for the year ahead. Today on The Takeaway, Bremmer reviews his predictions from last year, and tells us what he is most concerned about for 2018. </p> </li> <li>Spontaneous protests broke out on the streets of Iran late last week, and have now spread all over the country. <strong><a href="">Trita Parsi</a></strong>, the author of "<a href="">Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy</a>"<em> </em>and<em> </em>the president of the <a href="">National Iranian American Council</a>, has been talking to people on the ground in Iran about the unrest, and shares what he's hearing. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Republicans raised the federal deficit by nearly $1.5 trillion after passing their sweeping tax legislation. Paul Ryan and many House conservatives are aiming to offset those costs by making drastic cuts to entitlement programs like Medicare and food stamps. But Mitch McConnell says that the Senate is not on board. <a href=""><strong>Seung Min Kim</strong></a>, a Senate reporter for Politico, explains. </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>Workers across the country rang in the New Year with a pay bump after 18 states raised the minimum wage on Monday.  Here to help us understand the significance is <strong><a href="">David Cooper</a></strong>, senior economic analyst at the Economic Policy Institute. </p> </li> <li> <p>California legalized recreational marijuana on January 1st. The new state law could allow hundreds of thousands to wipe their criminal record clean of their drug convictions. <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Summer Stephan</a></strong>, San Diego County district attorney, has the details. </p> </li> <li><strong><a href="">Jessica Bennett</a> </strong>of The New York Times and<strong> <a href="">Koa Beck</a> </strong>of Jezebel discuss their hopes — and fears — for the future of the #MeToo movement in 2018. </li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by </em><span><em><a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></span></p>
Jan 02, 2018
Are You There Siri? It's Me, Margaret: A Look at The Rapidly Changing World of AI
<p>As we take our first steps into the year 2018, we are diving into a rapidly changing technology that has the ability to completely reshape our future: Artificial intelligence. Here’s what you’ll find during this special podcast episode:</p> <ul> <li>Queena visits the artificial intelligence lab for the Chinese tech giant<a href=""> Baidu</a> in the heart of Silicon Valley to find out what their AI lead researcher, <a href=""><strong>Gregory Diamos</strong></a>, is up to.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>What exactly is artificial intelligence (AI), and how is it becoming integrated into our daily lives? For a brief history of AI, and for a look at where it might be headed, we turn to <a href=""><strong>Joanna Bryson</strong></a>. She’s an associate professor at University of Bath and an affiliate at Princeton University.  </li> </ul> <ul> <li>As we rely more and more on AI and machine learning, what do we have to worry about, and how can we mitigate these risks? <a href=""><strong>Sam Harris</strong></a>, a neuroscientist, author, and host of the <a href="">Waking Up Podcast</a>, says artificial intelligence presents one of the most important questions of our time, and might not be the great solution of the future.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>In the world of artificial intelligence, there’s an idea that’s captured the imagination of everyone from Elon Musk to Stephen Hawking: Singularity. <a href=""><strong>Rob Nail</strong></a>, CEO of <a href="">Singularity University</a>, explains what singularity is, and why the bigwigs in Silicon Valley are taken so taken with it.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>What does the future look like? The Takeaway has been exploring that question in our special series, “<a href="">Earth: 2067</a>.” We’ve asked science fiction writers to imagine what the world will look like 50 years into the future, and today we hear <a href=""><strong>Saci Lloyd</strong></a>. She’s the author of satirical science fiction works like “<a href="">Momentum</a>” and “<a href="">The Carbon Diaries</a>.”</li> </ul> <ul> <li>We interact with different human-presenting AI interfaces more and more. Siri, Alexa, Google Home, Cortana all have a female voice as their default. How do these AI personal assistants <a href="">respond to harassing language</a>? Not very well, according to <a href=""><strong>Leah Fessler</strong></a>, a reporter for Quartz.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>How will AI change the way we are as humans? How has it already changed us? We delve into questions of relationships, love, kindness, and what art can teach us about how we should interact with AI with <a href=""><strong>Charlie Yu</strong></a>, a science fiction writer who was a story editor for season one of the HBO hit series “<a href="">Westworld</a>.”</li> </ul> <p><span>Click on the 'Listen' button above to hear this episode. Don't have time to listen right now? Subscribe to our podcast </span><a href="">via iTunes</a><span>, </span><a href="">TuneIn</a><span>, </span><a href="">Stitcher</a><span>, or wherever you get your podcasts to take this story with you on the go.</span></p> <p><em>This episode is hosted by </em><a href=""><strong><em>Queena Kim</em></strong></a> <em>and </em><strong><em><a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></strong></p>
Jan 01, 2018
How Technology Changed the World in 2017
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li> <p><span>A look back at the intersection of technology, information security and privacy in 2017, including information breaches like Equifax, scrutiny of gig economy companies like Uber and several cool new gadgets designed to make your life better. <strong><a href="">Stan Horaczek</a></strong></span><strong><span>,</span></strong><span> technology editor at Popular Science, joins The Takeaway to review 2017's biggest technological hits and misses. </span></p> </li> <li><span><span><span>In Appalachia, efforts are underway to retrain workers, and one group is optimistic about the potential for an economic recovery outside of the coal industry.<strong> <a href="">Zack Colman</a></strong></span></span></span><span>, White House Correspondent for E&amp;E News, discusses the story. </span></li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p><span><a href="">An Associated Press analysis</a> of flood zone maps, census data, and E.P.A. records revealed that 2 million Americans live within a mile of 327 Superfund sites in areas that are vulnerable due to climate change. <strong><a href="">Kara Cook-Schultz</a></strong></span><span>, toxics director at the U.S. Public Interest Group, joins The Takeaway to weigh in on</span> the risks that highly contaminated areas pose as extreme weather events become more prevalent. </p> </li> <li> <p><span>This week, a 2-1 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that within 90 days the Environmental Protection Agency must propose a new rule on acceptable levels of lead exposure for children. The decision is a rebuff to the Trump administration, which had requested six years to reconsider the standards. <strong><a href="">Tom Neltner</a>, </strong>c<span>hemicals policy director at the Environmental Defense Fund, explains</span> what speeding up the revisions will likely mean.</span></p> </li> <li><span>In day two of The Takeaway's coverage of the private pension system, an employee who planned to receive a pension through a private company, but then learned that the benefits she had been counting on were not as expected for retirement, tells her story. </span></li> </ul> <ul> <li><span><strong><a href="">Rafer Guzman</a></strong>, film critic for Newsday, joins The Takeaway to discuss the week's big film releases, including "Molly’s Game," "Phantom Thread," and "All the Money in the World."</span></li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a>. </em></p> <p> </p>
Dec 29, 2017
Looking Back at the Year in Media
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li> <p><span>2017 saw repeated attacks on the media, some groundbreaking work, the shuttering of local news outlets, reporting failures and a new level of insecurity for many journalists operating around the world. <strong><a href="">Bill Adair</a></strong></span><strong><span>, </span></strong><span>Knight Professor of Journalism and Public Policy at Duke University and founder of Politifact and <strong><a href="">Joanne Lipman</a>, </strong>Chief Content Officer and Editor-in-Chief of USA Today, join The Takeaway to look back on the year in media and journalism. </span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>Two Reuters journalists covering the Rohingya crisis have been charged with illegally obtaining information. They were detained on December 12 and this week a court ruled that they will remain in custody for two more weeks. <strong><a href="">Phil Robertson</a></strong>, deputy director of Human Rights Watch's Asia division and <strong><a href="">Reg Chua</a></strong>, </span>executive editor for editorial operations at Thomson Reuters, discuss the ongoing detention. </p> </li> <li> <p><span>Liberia is getting a new president in what is expected to be the country's first peaceful transfer of power in more than 70 years. Officials are still counting votes after Tuesday’s election, but George Weah, a former international soccer star and Liberian senator, is favored to win the presidency. Weah would replace Africa’s first elected female head of state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. <strong><a href="">Ibrahim Al-bakri Nyei</a></strong></span>, Liberian researcher, activist and political commentator, weighs in on the election.  </p> </li> <li> <p><span>Eight class-action lawsuits filed across federal courts this week allege that Apple defrauded iPhone users by slowing devices without warning to compensate for poor battery performance. While the lawsuits blame the tech giant, some technology experts say this issue gets into a gray area of consumer protection laws when it comes to aging technology. <strong><a href="">Rory Van Loo</a></strong></span><strong><span>, </span></strong><span>Boston University Law professor, joins The Takeaway to break down the story. </span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>Cristo Rey New York is a Catholic high school in Harlem that sends its students out to work in the corporate world for a full day each week. As part of The Takeaway’s ongoing series, “America’s New Credentials: The Future of American Higher Education,” Takeaway producer <strong><a href="">Rob Gunther</a></strong> visited the school to see how the system works and what it means for students, teachers, and job site supervisors.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>Pensions became popularized in the mid-20th century. Now, excluding government employees, pensions have become far less common and many workers who expected to receive pensions at retirement age are finding that their benefits have changed. <strong><a href="">Olivia Mitchell</a>, </strong><span>executive director of the Pension Research Council at the Wharton School of Business, joins The Takeaway to explain the state of private pensions in America. </span></span></p> </li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a>.</em></p>
Dec 28, 2017
How Sports and Politics Collided in 2017
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li>From the "Take a Knee" movement in the NFL to racism at Fenway Park, it was nearly impossible to keep politics off the field in 2017. Today, <strong><a href="">Jelani Cobb</a></strong>, staff writer for The New Yorker, joins The Takeaway to break down what made 2017 a landmark year in sports activism. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Last Friday, President Trump signed the Republican tax bill into law. Now, the burden shifts to the IRS to determine how to interpret and implement the new changes to the tax code. <strong><a href="">Nina Olson</a>,</strong> National Taxpayer Advocate, who serves as the voice of the taxpayer within the IRS and before Congress, explains how the agency plans to tackle the new legislation. </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>On Sunday, the U.N. agreed to a reduced budget for the coming fiscal year. U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley took credit for negotiating the smaller budget and said in a statement it would help with the organization’s "bloated management." <span>But how much of a say did the U.S. actually have in the slimmed down U.N. budget?</span> <strong><a href="">Alynna Lyon</a>,</strong> author of "U.S. Politics and the United Nations: A Tale of Dysfunctional Dynamics," weighs in. </p> </li> <li> <p><span>Earlier this month, almost a hundred Somali immigrants who had been living in the U.S. were shackled on an airplane and forced to stay in their seats during a 48 hour attempted deportation journey, according to a lawsuit filed on December 18 against Immigration and Customs Enforcement. <strong><a href="">Rebecca Sharpless</a></strong></span><strong><span>, </span></strong><span>immigration attorney and director of the Immigration Clinic at the University of Miami School of Law, joins The Takeaway to discuss the case. </span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>In Seattle, immigrant advocates have created a hotline for people to report ICE activity and get help. Today, KOUW’s <strong><a href="">Liz Jones</a> </strong>speaks with Jose, who recently used the hotline when ICE agents were attempting to get access to the building he manages.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>An <a href="">18-month investigation by The Guardian</a> looks at the process of homeless relocation, when homeless people are provided free transportation to relocate elsewhere. It’s been happening for more than three decades, and little to no research has been conducted on the consequences for the individuals and the cities that receive them. <strong><a href="">Alastair Gee</a></strong></span><strong><span>, </span></strong><span>homelessness editor at The Guardian, breaks down his team's reporting. </span></p> </li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a>.</em></p>
Dec 27, 2017
The Future of FEMA After a Year of Disasters
<p>After Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and massive wildfires out west, we look at the future of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) following one of its most challenging years ever. Here’s what you’ll find in this special podcast episode:</p> <ul> <li><a href=""><strong>Brock Long</strong></a>, the administrator of FEMA, says a lot has changed about the agency since Hurricane Katrina. He explains how FEMA’s mission has shifted in recent years, and what its primary focus is now.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>As the U.S. Virgin Islands struggles to clean up the wreckage from Hurricanes Maria and Irma, there’s a debate about how best to dispose of the mountains of debris left in the storms’ wake. <a href=""><strong>Judith Enck</strong></a>, former U.S. EPA regional administrator for New York State, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, explains.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>It’s been four months since Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, and some of the Gulf’s most vulnerable residents are making the hard choice to leave their homes behind and start new lives in new cities. <a href=""><strong>Courtney Collins</strong></a> is the lead reporter for KERA’s “<a href="">One Crisis Away</a>” project. She’s been following some of these families as they resettle in North Texas, and shares her reporting today on The Takeaway.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href=""><strong>Justin Wood</strong></a> is a mixed media artist who lives in the Florida Keys. Though his life and community were disrupted by hurricanes this year, he also saw it as an opportunity to send a message about destruction. Here, he discusses his projection mapping art project.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>While many Puerto Rican residents are still trying to secure food and clean water, businesses on the island are facing existential crises. Puerto Rico’s dairy industry is <a href="">facing an uphill climb toward normalcy</a> as the continued lack of electricity makes day-to-day business a challenge. <a href=""><strong>Lizzie O’Leary</strong>,</a> host of Marketplace Weekend, explains.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>California is still reeling from one of the deadliest fire seasons in the state’s history. From Santa Barbara to Napa, residents across the Golden State have faced staggering losses. <a href=""><strong>Kenneth Klein</strong></a> is a law professor at California Western School of Law and a legal expert on natural disasters. He explains what steps citizens need to take as they begin to cope with the long-term consequences of the 2017 fire season.</li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by </em><em><a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p> <p> </p>
Dec 26, 2017
Christmas With Leslie Odom Jr.
<p>Coming up on today’s show:</p> <ul> <li>For many, Christianity is a key part of Puerto Rican culture. Christmas celebrations on the island typically start just after Thanksgiving and extend well into January. But with the island still in crisis following Hurricane Maria, how will Puerto Ricans celebrate this year? <strong><a href="">Pastor Bert Pizarro</a></strong> of Connected Life Church in San Juan, weighs in.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Veterans make up <a href="">just over nine percent of all homeless adults</a> in the U.S. Identifying and connecting homeless veterans to the services they need can be a challenge, especially for those in rural communities, according to <a href=""><strong>Sarah Harris</strong></a>, a contributor to North Country Public Radio. She visits a small town in upstate New York to see how veterans and their advocates cope with this reality. This story was produced by the American Homefront Project, a public media collaboration that reports on American military life and veterans. Funding comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Bob Woodruff Foundation.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>For the first time since 2010, there was an increase in the number of homeless people in the United States. That’s according to a <a href="">report</a> from the Department of Housing and Urban Affairs. <a href=""><strong>Julie Watson</strong></a> has been part of a reporting project on homelessness from The Associated Press, called “Crisis on the Coast.” She says there’s been a dramatic increase in America’s homeless population, particularly on the West Coast.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Conversations about gender and the treatment of women entered the forefront of the American conversation in 2017. Which is why we hear from <a href=""><strong>Koa Beck</strong></a>, editor-in-chief of Jezebel, and <a href=""><strong>Jessica Bennett</strong></a>, gender editor at The New York Times, each week. Together, they talk about one piece of this #MeToo moment.  We revisit our first conversation with them today on The Takeaway.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Mark Twain died in 1910, and since then he’s had numerous posthumous works published. The latest book that’s been added to that list is the children's book “<a href="">The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine</a>.” <a href=""><strong>Mythili Rao</strong></a>, a producer at The New Yorker Radio Hour, has the details.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Most actors wait an entire lifetime for a role that allows them to showcase their full range as a performer. For <a href=""><strong>Leslie Odom Jr.</strong></a>, that chance came at the relatively young age of 34 when he first starred as Aaron Burr in the groundbreaking musical “Hamilton.” Right now, Odom Jr. is tackling film and music, appearing in the movie "<a href="">Murder on the Orient Express</a>," and releasing the deluxe edition of his album "<a href="">Simply Christmas</a>."</li> </ul> <p><span><em>This episode is hosted by </em><a href=""><em>Todd Zwillich</em></a></span></p>
Dec 25, 2017
The Search for U.F.O.s
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li>After allowing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to expire in September, Congress pledged that they would fund the program that serves 9 million children before the end of the year. That now appears increasingly unlikely. For details, The Takeaway turns to <strong><a href="">Jeffrey Young</a></strong>, senior reporter for Huff Post, and <strong><a href="">Erin Miller</a></strong>, vice president of Health Initiatives for the Colorado Children's Campaign, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and advocacy organization. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>A recent <a href="">article</a> in The New York Times reveals the Pentagon's mysterious U.F.O. program. <strong><a href="">Don Lincoln</a></strong>, a physics professor at the University of Notre Dame, and author of “Alien Universe: Extraterrestrials in our Minds and in the Cosmos," <a href="">discusses</a> what the report found, and what we know about the government’s search for U.F.O.s. </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>The International Dark Sky Association has established its first reserve in the United States, and it's in Idaho. <a href="" target="_blank">The dark sky reserve</a> — just one of 12 in the world— is made up of 1,400 square miles of remote area in central Idaho, and it's so dark that people can see the Milky Way. <strong><a href="">John Barentine</a></strong>, the International Dark Sky Association Program Manager, joins The Takeaway to talk about conserving the night sky and why this particular designation in Idaho is significant.</p> </li> <li> <p>Every Friday,<strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Rafer Guzman</a></strong>, film critic for <a href="" target="_blank">Newsday</a> and The Takeaway, drops by to review the new releases hitting the box office. Today, a look at the satire "Downsizing," starring Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, and Jason Sudeikis; the biographical drama "The Post," starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks; and the musical comedy "Pitch Perfect 3," starring Rebel Wilson and Anna Kendrick.</p> </li> <li>Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has announced a change in Obama-era guidelines on loan forgiveness for defrauded borrowers. Some say it's far from fair. <strong><a href="">Danielle Douglas-Gabriel</a></strong>, an education reporter for The Washington Post, joins us to explain the change.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Yesterday, we brought you an update on <strong>Aaron Glasscock</strong>, who we’ve been following as part of our series, "<a href="">Commuted: Life After Prison</a>." Aaron’s sentence was commuted by President Obama after 18 years behind bars. Despite having the unfailing support of family and friends, the adjustment has not been seamless. We bring you part II of Aaron's story today. </li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Dec 22, 2017
What Life Looks Like Nine Months After Prison
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li> <p>The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has protected about 800,000 people brought the the U.S. illegally as children. After pledging to get a DACA fix in before the end of the year, senators now say the deal will be voted on in January. We talk to<strong> <a href="">Congressman Luis Gutierrez</a></strong> of (D-IL) about the future of the program. </p> </li> <li> <p>The race for Virginia’s House of Delegates was thought to have been won by one vote in favor of the Democratic candidate, but is now a tie. The future of the race will be “determined by lot." Virginia Public Radio Reporter <a href="" target="_blank">Michael Pope</a> explains what this all means. </p> </li> <li>Between 9,000 and 11,000 Iraqi civilians lost their lives in the battle to liberate Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul. The rate is almost 10 times greater than previously reported. <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Lori Hinnant</a></strong>, an international security correspondent with The Associated Press, and <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Chris Woods</a></strong>, the director of Airwars, discuss the civilian deaths in Mosul.</li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>Today, Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski will appear before Congress with 60 minutes to defend himself against impeachment. Kuczynski is charged with improperly receiving $782,000 from the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht. <strong><a href="">Mitra Taj</a></strong>, Reuters correspondent in Lima, fills us in. </p> </li> <li> <p>The economic crisis in Venezuela has led to severe malnutrition, and doctors are seeing hundreds of deaths due to starvation. But the Venezuelan government is allegedly participating in a cover up of the crisis by blacking out health statistics. We look at what the numbers really show with <strong><a href="">Mariana Zuniga</a></strong>, a journalist in Caracas, Venezuela.</p> </li> <li> <p>The European Union's highest court has ruled that Uber should be classified like a transportation service and regulated like taxi operators. It’s a blow to the company that has long fought to be treated solely like a digital platform. We find out what this decision could mean for Uber and the gig economy worldwide from<strong> <a href="">Arun Sundararajan</a></strong>, a professor of business at New York University.</p> </li> <li> <p>After 18 years in prison, <strong>Aaron Glasscock</strong> had his sentence commuted by President Obama. Takeaway Producer <strong><a href="">Dana Roberson</a></strong> was with him when he was released. Now, nearly a year later, we check in on Aaron to find out more about his transition to the outside world, and what his experience with the halfway house was like.</p> </li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Dec 21, 2017
Fact-Checking the GOP Tax Plan
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li> <p>There’s been a lot said about the Republican tax plan over the past few weeks and months, and today we’re tackling those claims head on. <strong><a href="">Daniel Shaviro</a></strong> is Wayne Perry professor of taxation at New York University School of Law. He’s tells us what’s true and what’s false when it comes to the tax plan.</p> </li> <li>Conversations about gaps in health insurance coverage often focus on urban and rural communities. But a recent study found that 40 percent of uninsured Americans live in the suburbs. <strong><a href="">Alina Schnake-Mahl</a></strong>, a doctoral candidate at the Harvard School of Public Health and co-author of the recent study, joins The Takeaway to discuss her research.</li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>Cardinal Bernard Law, the archbishop of Boston who resigned in disgrace, died today in Vatican City. He was 86 years old. Law is most remembered today for his role in covering up the child sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. <strong><a href="">Mike Rezendes</a></strong>, an investigative reporter for the Boston Globe Spotlight Team who helped break the story on the Catholic Church’s cover-up, looks at Cardinal Law's life and legacy.</p> </li> <li>A legal case involving 200 people who participated in protests during President Trump's inauguration could have major implications on future protests and free speech. <strong><a href="">Sam Adler-Bell</a></strong>,<strong> </strong>a policy associate at the Century Foundation, discusses the arguments the government is using in the case, and the precedent it could set.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>New Jersey’s fragmented medical examiner system has long been plagued by dysfunction and a lack of oversight. A new investigation reveals the scale of the problem. <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Sean Sullivan</a></strong>, statehouse reporter for NJ Advance Media, explains.</li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>Since 1923, the Scholastic Art andWriting Awards have recognized the work of young people around the country. Queens-based poet and playwright <strong><a href="">Trace DePass</a></strong> joins the program to talk about some of the best teen writing to emerge in 2017. He says it’s been a year full of political passion, unique takes on form, and work that gets at the heart of issues of national significance.</p> </li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Dec 20, 2017
Crime and Corruption in The Charm City
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li> <p>It’s been three months since Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico. The storm wiped out structures across the island and caused massive flooding. Now, the death toll for the deadly storm is being called into question.<strong> <a href="">Frances Robles</a></strong>, a reporter for the New York Times, has the details. <strong>Ricardo Ramos Gonzalez</strong>, a professor with the Legal Aid Clinic of the University of Puerto Rico’s School of Law, looks at the foreclosure crisis that's overcome the island. </p> </li> <li>Ohio Governor <strong><a href="">John Kasich</a></strong> has been in office since 2011. He discusses his plans after 2018, and his future in politics, and the changing shape and nature of the Republican Party.  </li> </ul> <ul> <li>An Amtrak train on inaugural trip from Seattle, Washington to Portland, Oregon derailed on Monday, spilling over the track and onto Interstate 5 killing at least three people. <strong><a href="" target="_blank">John Ryan</a></strong>, a reporter with Seattle public radio station KUOW, brings us the latest. </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>One smaller element of the Republican tax bill includes a plan to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration and drilling. It’s something lawmakers in Alaska have wanted for decades, but environmental groups are fighting back. <strong><a href="">Andrew Kitchenman</a></strong>, state government and politics reporter at KTOO and Alaska Public Media, explains. </p> </li> <li> <p>Last week, the Navajo Nation announced that it’s suing Wells Fargo for engaging in predatory lending and unlawful banking practices that specifically target tribal members, including the opening of unauthorized savings and credit accounts. <strong><a href="">Ethel Branch</a></strong>, attorney general of the Navajo Nation, has the details. </p> </li> <li> <p>In the conclusion of our policing series, "Life Behind the Blue Line," we talk to <strong><a href="">Michael Wood Jr.</a></strong>, who served in the Baltimore Police Department for 13 years, from 2001 to 2014. He said he saw a corrupt system when he was on the job. </p> </li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Dec 19, 2017
Mueller: In the Cross Hairs of Conservative Media
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li>Pass-through businesses were in the headlines last week as industry representatives fought to get a better tax deal under the GOP plan.<strong> <a href="">Martin Sullivan</a></strong>, chief economist and contributing editor for Tax Analysts' daily and weekly publications and blog, and an expert on federal tax reform, explains. </li> </ul> <ul> <li><span>Policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control were given a list of seven “forbidden” words to avoid when presenting their budget proposals, according to </span><a href="">a report</a><span> by The Washington Post. <strong><a href="">Michael Halpern</a></strong> <span>is deputy director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the </span><a href="">Union of Concerned Scientists.</a><span>  In a recent </span><a href="">article</a><span>, he said this shift actually represents an assault on the science.</span></span></li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>Bitcoin reached another all-time high on Friday. The cryptocurrency has risen more than 1,700 percent since the start of the year, raising concerns about a bubble. <strong><a href="">Izabella Kaminska</a></strong>, editor of the Alphaville blog at The Financial Times, discusses how Bitcoin works, what accounts for the price rise, and what the future of the currency is.</p> </li> <li>FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller has obtained thousands of documents and emails from the Trump transition team as part of his investigation into Russian collusion during the 2016 election. Conservative media outlets, along with President Trump, continue to question Mueller and the credibility of the FBI. <strong><a href="">Nicole Hemmer</a></strong>, assistant professor at UVA Miller Center and author of "Messengers of the Right: Conservative Media and the Transformation of American Politics," weighs in.</li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>The NFL has been slow to adopt new guidelines to prevent and <a href="">help identify concussions</a>, but the NFL’s neighbor to the north, the Canadian Football League, is <a href="">taking a different approach.</a> <strong><a href="">Dave Zirin,</a></strong> sports editor for The Nation magazine and host of "The Edge of Sports" podcast, analyzes what the CFL is doing.</p> </li> <li> <p>As sea level rise and more powerful storms begin to affect a growing number of areas along U.S. coasts, how can coastal communities plan and prepare for what lies ahead? <strong><a href="">Nicholas Kusnetz</a></strong>, a reporter with Inside Climate News, explains. </p> </li> <li>Journalists ask victims of harassment and assault: "Who did you tell after it happened?" But what if that’s not the best way to corroborate a victim’s story? Each week <strong><a href="">Koa Beck</a></strong>, editor-in-chief of Jezebel, sits down with <strong><a href="">Jessica Bennett</a></strong>, gender editor at The New York Times, to talk about one piece of this #MeToo moment.</li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Dec 18, 2017
Talking to 100 Rapists
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Senator Marco Rubio has threatened to vote “no” on the GOP tax bill unless the child tax credit is expanded, a change he introduced to the Senate version of the bill alongside Senator Mike Lee of Utah. Will this be the sticking point in the final vote on the bill? For answers, The Takeaway turns to<strong> <a href="">Chye-Ching Huang</a></strong>,<strong> </strong>deputy director of Federal Tax Policy at the non partisan Center on Budget and Policies Priority.</p> </li> <li>President Bill Clinton had a mandate to offer healthcare to every American. Then he angered Republicans, supporters turned their backs, and he learned that history wasn't on his side. <strong><a href="">Christopher Johnson</a></strong><span>, a reporter with WNYC’s health desk, brings us this story as part of our series, "</span><a href="">Your Healthcare: What Happened?</a><span>"</span></li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>Mexican journalist Emilio Gutierrez sought asylum in the U.S. in 2008 after receiving death threats in Mexico. But he is now on the verge of being deported. <a href=""><strong>Kathy Kiely</strong></a>, press freedom fellow at the National Press Club Journalism Institute, and a professor at the University of New Hampshire, discusses Gutierrez's case, why it's received national attention, and what's at stake. </p> </li> <li> <p>The <a href="">Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team</a> has been looking into the city's contentious relationship with race and power. The team has investigated the lack of diversity in the city’s  <a href="">Seaport district</a>, accessibility issues for blacks at elite Boston area <a href="">hospitals</a> and <a href="">colleges</a>, and racism in <a href="">sports</a>.  Today, they explore <a href="">Boston’s power brokers</a> and how blacks are continually shut out of the city’s political and economic hierarchy. <strong><a href="">Akilah Johnson</a></strong>, a reporter with The Boston Globe, explains. </p> </li> <li> <p>It’s been five years since a gang rape in New Delhi caught the attention of the world. India has struggled with sexual violence for years, but the stigma around it remains strong. Doctoral candidate <strong>Madhumita Pandey</strong> spoke to 100 convicted rapists in Indian prisons and her experience surprised her. She joins us to explain what motivated her to pursue this work.</p> </li> <li> <p>Every Friday,<strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Rafer Guzman</a></strong>, film critic for <a href="" target="_blank">Newsday</a> and The Takeaway, drops by to review the new releases hitting the box office. This week, Rafer weighs in on the most hotly anticipated movie of the holiday season, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." Plus, Rafer gives his take on "Call Me By Your Name," a queer romance starring Armie Hammer that's expected to be a major Oscar contender.</p> </li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a>.</em></p>
Dec 15, 2017
Five Years After Sandy Hook, The National Tragedy Still Stings
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li>It's been five years since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. We look back and explore how that day became burned into our consciousness, and we take time to remember the 26 victims. </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to vote to roll back net neutrality regulations. <strong><a href="">April Glaser</a></strong>, technology writer for Slate, explores what the internet will be like without these guidelines in place, and what the impact has been in other countries around the world.</p> </li> <li> <p>On Wednesday, Governor Mark Dayton announced that Lt. Governor Tina Smith will replace Senator Al Franken when he formally resigns. Her appointment has several implications for politics in Minnesota. <strong><a href="">Brian Bakst</a></strong>, capital correspondent for Minnesota Public Radio, explains. </p> </li> <li> <p>Open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act closes Friday. As Republicans continue efforts to undermine the law through tax reform,<strong> <a href="">Mary Agnes Carey</a></strong>, partnerships editor and senior correspondent for Kaiser Health News, brings us up to speed on where enrollment numbers are this time around.</p> </li> <li>How did Canada end up with a system of universal healthcare? To understand, we have to go back to 1962, when Canadian healthcare was born. At the time, the United States was also considering expanding healthcare. Both political fights were vicious. <span> </span><strong><a href="">Mary Harris</a></strong><span>, host and managing editor for WNYC’s health desk, brings us this story as part of our series, "</span><a href="">Your Healthcare: What Happened?</a><span>" </span></li> </ul> <ul> <li><span>Other countries are looking to take advantage of our surplus of scientists. Could that mean a significant climate science “brain drain” in the United States, especially under the Trump Administration? Journalist <strong><a href="">Sean Mowbray</a></strong> and<strong> <a href="">Tripti Bhattacharya</a></strong>, a postdoctoral climate scientist at the University of Arizona, weigh in. </span></li> </ul> <p><span><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></span></p>
Dec 14, 2017
In Surprise Upset, Alabama Picks a Democrat
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li> <p>After a heated and very close special election in Alabama, Democratic candidate Doug Jones will be the state's next U.S. senator. <strong><a href="">Pat Duggins</a></strong>, news director for Alabama Public Radio, reviews the race and what it tells us about the future of the Republican Party, and <strong><a href="">Vann Newkirk</a></strong>, a staff writer at The Atlantic, discusses the racial breakdown in the race.</p> </li> <li><strong><a href="">Adam Federman</a></strong>, a reporter with the Investigative Fund, explains how the Department of the Interior is aggressively enacting an agenda that will have lasting effects on America’s federally protected lands.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Journalist <strong><a href="">Ruth Tam</a></strong> spent her childhood vacations traveling to national parks. Her father, a Chinese-American immigrant, saw the parks as window into his new country. Now, the National Park Service is proposing a major entry fee hike at 17 popular national parks. Tam says this would make parks inaccessible to families like hers.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>The Rock &amp; Roll Hall of Fame will announce new inductees on Wednesday. Bon Jovi led the fan vote, and is likely a shoe-in, but who else will get a spot — and who will be left out? Culture reporter <strong><a href="">Melissa Locker</a> </strong>joins The Takeaway to weigh in. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Deby Provost of Stockton, California has one question: If her drug for multiple sclerosis has been around for 20 years, why does it cost so much? It's a question that Congress is asking, too. <strong><a href="">Mary Harris</a></strong>, host and managing editor for WNYC’s health desk, brings us Deby's story as part of our series, "<a href="">Your Healthcare: What Happened?</a>" </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Each week we speak to two female journalists focused on gender issues in the news, and this #MeToo moment:<strong> <a href="">Koa Beck</a></strong>, editor in chief of Jezebel, and <strong><a href="">Jessica Bennett</a></strong>, gender editor of The New York Times. Today, they sit down to talk about a now viral story in The New Yorker, "Cat Person," and why it rings true for many women. </li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Dec 13, 2017
FCC Commissioner: The Internet Shouldn't Be a 'Partisan Pinball'
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li> <p>On Thursday, the FCC is expected to vote to roll back net neutrality rules. <strong><a href="">Jessica Rosenworcel</a> </strong>will be one of the FCC commissioners casting a vote. She discusses what's at stake, and how it will impact all Americans' lives. </p> </li> <li>We continue to look at the future of the Republican Party with Republican Governor<strong> <a href="">Bill Haslam</a></strong> of Tennessee. Haslam is also the head of the Republican Governors Association. He explains why he didn’t vote for President Trump, and how the party is positioning itself to woo minorities, young people, and white married women.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>The Mayor of San Francisco, Ed Lee, died suddenly Tuesday morning. He was 65 years old, a former civil rights lawyer, and a housing activist. <strong><a href="">Scott Shafer</a></strong>, senior editor of California politics and government at public radio station KQED, looks back at Lee's life and legacy. </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>As Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party prepares to hold its "<a href="" target="_blank">extraordinary Congress</a>" this week, The Takeaway speaks with U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe, <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Harry Thomas Jr.</a></strong>,<strong> </strong>about the transition currently taking place, and America’s ability to encourage Zimbabwe to bring in democratic and fiscal reforms.</p> </li> <li>Half of all Americans are insured through their workplace. But millions don't seek new opportunities because they're afraid to go without benefits. How did we end up with a system that many say isn't working? <strong>Christopher Johnson</strong>, a reporter with WNYC’s health desk, explores that question as part of our series, "<a href="">Your Healthcare: What Happened?</a>"</li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>Experts say some language can actually change how a person struggling with addiction is perceived and thus treated medically. The Takeaway sits down with <a href="">John F. Kelly</a>, associate professor of psychiatry in the field of addiction medicine at Harvard Medical School, whose <a href="">2010 research</a> tested two different ways of referring to someone dealing with addiction. His work turned up important results for our understanding of language and addiction.</p> </li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Dec 12, 2017
Your Healthcare: What Happened?
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li> <p>At the end of September, Congress allowed the deadline for refunding the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to expire. Nearly 9 million children rely on CHIP. <a href=""><strong>Myra Gregory</strong></a> is a mother of three boys in St. Louis who are all on CHIP. <strong><a href="">Joan Alker</a> </strong>is executive director of the Center for Children and Families (CCF) and a research professor at the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy. They discuss the program, and the political fight over CHIP.</p> </li> <li>Thousands of firefighters are continuing to battle wildfires in Southern California that are burning through tens of thousands of acres and destroying property and forcing thousands to evacuate. <strong>Fiorella Calderoni</strong>,communications manager at Visit Ventura in Ventura, California, and <strong>John Choi</strong>, a paramedic at North County Fire Protection District in San Diego County, weigh in on the blazes in The Golden State. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Tomorrow, voters in Alabama will head to the polls to settle a highly controversial special election between Roy Moore, a Republican who has been accused of sexual assaulting teenage girls, and Democrat Doug Jones. We go to Alabama Public Radio to speak with News Director <strong><a href="">Pat Duggins</a> </strong>to find out how voters are feeling in the final hours of the campaign. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>At least 14 U.N. peacekeepers were killed and dozens more were injured on Friday in an attack in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The U.N. Secretary General called it the worst attack on U.N. peacekeepers in recent history. <strong><a href="">Kevin Sieff</a></strong>, Africa bureau chief for The Washington Post, explains what you need to know. </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p><span>Healthcare is the mess we keep failing to fix. But perhaps there’s a way to learn from our mistakes. "</span><a href=""><em>Your Healthcare: What Happened?</em></a><span><a href=""> </a>"— a new series from WNYC’s Health Team and The Takeaway — travels to pivotal moments in the life of American healthcare to figure out where we went wrong, and we might get it right. Today we hear from <strong><a href="">Mary Harris</a></strong>, host and managing editor for WNYC’s health desk.</span></p> </li> <li> <p>As part of our series, "<a href="">New Credentials: The Future of American Higher Education</a>," The Takeaway looks at the ways the for-profit college industry is continuing to thrive under Betsy DeVos’s education department with <strong><a href="">Eileen Conner</a></strong>, director of litigation at Harvard’s Project on Predatory Student Lending.</p> </li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Dec 11, 2017
Belle & Sebastian Want to Solve Our Human Problems
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li>Congressman <strong><a href="">Charlie Dent</a></strong> is considered a moderate Republican, and announced in early September that he will not seek re-election in 2018. Dent has been very critical of the Trump administration, and credits the Trump brand of politics and his supporters as the reason for his retirement. We speak to him about the future of the Republican Party today on The Takeaway. </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>While Congressman Dent says that at least part of his retirement is for personal reasons, it’s also the case that there’s been a big change in Pennsylvania’s 15th District. Shifts like that happen as a result of on the ground organizers, like <strong><a href="">Mary Barket</a></strong>. She’s a longtime Republican activist in Pennsylvania, and an elected Republican county and state committee member for Northampton County, which includes Representative Dent’s 15th district.</p> </li> <li>Around <a href="">10 million women</a> in the U.S. use oral contraceptives every day, and now a new study out of Denmark says hormonal birth control may increase the risk of breast cancer. But many doctors and experts are urging users to keep this study in perspective, like <strong><a href="">Dr. Nancy Stanwood</a></strong>, an<strong> </strong>associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Yale School of Medicine.</li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>President Trump's decision on Wednesday to move the U.S. embassy in Israel was met with sharp criticism. <strong><a href="">Scott R. Anderson</a></strong>,<strong> </strong>the David M. Rubenstein fellow in governance studies at the <a href="">Brookings Institution</a>, and Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Daoud Kuttab</a></strong>, explains how we got here, and the potential geopolitical implications of this decision.</p> </li> <li>For years, former figure skating champion Tonya Harding has been the butt of jokes.  Her involvement — or not, depending on who you believe — in the attack on her rival skater Nancy Kerrigan took over the news cycle in 1993. For those of you out there who still think Tonya is America’s villain, director <strong><a href="">Craig Gillespie</a></strong> of the new movie "I, Tonya" wants to change your mind. He discusses his new film today on The Takeaway. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Indie darlings Belle &amp; Sebastian have a new trilogy of EPs out, and this time they're doing something special for their fans. <strong><a href="">Stuart Murdoch</a></strong>, Belle &amp; Sebastian frontman and co-founder, and <strong><a href="">Sarah Martin</a></strong>, who sings and plays violin and other instruments in the group, join The Takeaway to discuss their new project.  <p> </p> </li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="" target="_blank">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Dec 08, 2017
After 'Hamilton,' Leslie Odom Jr. Tackles Film and Music
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li>Mass evacuations are happening across Southern California, where a series of wind-driven wildfires have destroyed structures and forced people from their homes.<strong> <a href="">John Sepulvado</a></strong>, host of The California Report, joins The Takeaway with the latest. </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>Day laborers are often relied upon for construction work following natural disasters. But the undocumented status of many of those workers makes them vulnerable to exploitation. <strong><a href="">Nik Theodore</a></strong>, professor of Urban Planning at the University of Illinois at Chicago, explains. </p> </li> <li>As part of the series on the future of the GOP, a look at the anti-establishment sentiment within the party, and where it's headed, with <strong><a href="">Joe Walsh</a>,</strong> a former congressman from Illinois between 2011 and 2013, a supporter of President Trump, and the current radio host of The Joe Walsh Program. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Why is it taking so long for the case against alleged 9/11 “mastermind” Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his co-defendants to come to trial?<strong> <a href="">Arun Rath</a>, </strong>a correspondent with our partner WGBH, has covered many of the pretrial hearings for this case at Guantanamo Bay and is <a href="" target="_blank">reporting on the current one.</a> He tells The Takeaway that the big issue of the week is whether the war court has the authority to try the five defendants.</li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>For years, there have not been enough available livers across the United States for those who need transplants, but the problem is far worse in some areas. Earlier this week, the organization that oversees the allocation of livers for transplants put forward new guidelines to address geographic disparities. <strong><a href="">Lenny Bernstein</a></strong>, who<strong> </strong>covers health and medicine for The Washington Post, has the details. </p> </li> <li><strong><a href="">Farai Chideya</a> </strong>says former Takeaway Host John Hockenberry's bullying behavior was well known in the industry before she joined this program, and that she knew what she was walking into when she accepted a role on our show as guest host. After she came to the program in 2009, she says it wasn't long before he called her a "diversity hire" and told her she needed to lose weight. She says her experience was devastating, both emotionally and financially, but there are lessons to be learned.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Most actors wait an entire lifetime for a role that allows them to showcase their full range as a performer. For <strong><a href="">Leslie Odom Jr.</a></strong>, that chance came at the relatively young age of 34 when he first starred as Aaron Burr in the groundbreaking musical “Hamilton.” Right now, Odom Jr. is tackling film and music, appearing in the movie "<a href="">Murder on the Orient Express</a>," and releasing the deluxe edition of his album "<a href="">Simply Christmas</a>."</li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="" target="_blank">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Dec 07, 2017
The Dreamers: The Key to Keeping The Government Open?
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li>House and Senate negotiations are moving forward in order to come up with one tax overhaul plan. But there are a handful of big sticking points between the House and Senate bills, including the estate tax and debate over state and local taxes.<strong> <a href="">Richard Rubin</a>,</strong> a U.S. tax policy reporter for The Wall Street Journal, explains. </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>In September, President Trump announced that he was rescinding of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a move that is putting the onus on Congress to make a decision by March 5th. <a href="" target="_blank">Adriana Gomez Licon</a>, Hispanic Affairs Reporter for the AP, joins The Takeaway to discuss the fate of DACA and immigration reform. </p> </li> <li> <p>This week, The Takeaway is looking at the future of the Republican Party and its many factions - from the #NeverTrump camp to the vocal anti-establishment wing of the party. And today we continue with the former head of the GOP, <strong><a href="">Michael Steele</a></strong>, chair of the Republican National Committee between 2009 and 2011. </p> </li> <li>Representative Al Green, a Democratic lawmaker from Texas, will force a vote in the House tomorrow on whether or not to impeach President Donald Trump.<strong> <a href="">Cristina Marcos</a></strong> covers the House for The Hill, and she joins The Takeaway to talk about the potential repercussions of this maneuver.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>On Wednesday, President Trump is expected to announce that he will officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will allow the U.S. Embassy to relocate to the city. The move is expected to set off demonstrations and potentially halt any chance of peace between Israel and Palestine. <strong><a href="">Ambassador Dennis Ross</a></strong>, former Middle East peace negotiator under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, weighs in. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>The International Olympic Committee has barred Russia’s Olympic team from the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, as punishment for its systematic, state-backed doping.<strong> <a href="">Rebecca Ruiz</a> </strong>is domestic correspondent covering the Justice Department for The New York Times, and she got exclusive access to a key piece of evidence against Russia: The detailed journals of a chemist who helped Russian athletes use banned substances. She joins The Takeaway from Lausanne, Switzerland, where the IOC is headquartered.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong><a href="">Kristen Meinzer</a></strong>, a former Takeaway producer who came forward this week with allegations of sexual harassment by former host John Hockenberry, shares her experience. </li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="" target="_blank">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Dec 06, 2017
Covering Gender in the Age of #MeToo
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li>We continue our coverage of allegations of sexual harassment, assault and workplace bullying with <strong><a href="">Ilya Marritz</a></strong>, a WNYC reporter who is covering the issues that used to exist at The Takeaway and within WNYC more broadly.</li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>The details surrounding the death of the former leader of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh are still emerging this week. Saleh was reportedly killed on Monday in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a. <strong><a href="">Iona Craig</a></strong>, an investigative journalist who has covered the conflict in Yemen extensively, brings us the latest on Saleh's death and the civil war in Yemen. </p> </li> <li>In 2012, a baker in Colorado refused to make a cake for a gay couple’s wedding. The couple sued setting the stage for a legal drama that, after a series of appeals, has lead all the way to the United States Supreme Court. <strong>David Gans</strong>, a director at <a href="">Constitutional Accountability Center,</a> and <strong>Ilya Shapiro </strong>of the <a href="">Cato Institute</a>, join us to debate the issues at hand. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Our latest installment of the Case in Point series with The Marshall Project looks at “C” pleas. Named for the procedural rule on which it is based, a “C” plea leaves the trial judge presiding over the case with a stark choice: Either accept the deal and all of its terms as negotiated by the parties, or reject the deal outright. <a href="">Andrew Cohen</a>, senior editor at The Marshall Project, explains. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>On Monday, President Trump announced that his administration will be drastically scaling down the size of two national monuments located in Utah — Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante. The move represents the largest reduction of federal land protection in U.S. history. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>As the demographics shift, young Republicans are trying to reshape the GOP, according to <strong><a href="">Alexandra Smith</a></strong>, the executive director of the America Rising PAC, and the former chair of the College Republican National Committee, or the CRNC. </li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong><a href="">Koa Beck</a></strong>, editor-in-chief of Jezebel, and<strong> <a href="">Jessica Bennett</a></strong>, gender editor of The New York Times, talk about the pressures and possibilities of covering gender at this historic moment.</li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Dec 05, 2017
#MeToo Hits Home: John Hockenberry Accused of Harassment, Bullying
<p>Coming up on today's show: </p> <ul> <li><span>Late Friday night, </span><a href="">New York Magazine reported</a><span> that several women say they were sexually harassed by ​former Takeaway Host John Hockenberry. Many of the women who came forward are former producers (and in some cases interns) of The Takeaway. In addition, at least two of his former co-hosts told New York Magazine they were bullied by Hockenberry. <strong><a href="">Suki Kim</a></strong>, the journalist who broke this story, shares her reporting today on The Takeaway. </span></li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>The severity of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen has caught the attention of Congress. In mid-November, the House adopted a resolution to increase humanitarian access and prevent further civilian casualties. Congressman <strong><a href="">Ro Khanna</a></strong>, a sponsor of the measure, weighs in on the conflict and America's role. </p> </li> <li>Republicans moved their tax bill through the Senate over the weekend, passing the legislation with a vote that fell along party lines. <strong><a href="">Jason Furman</a></strong>, a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Barack Obama, says this bill could increase income inequality in America. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>In July 2012, a gay couple tried to buy a wedding cake from a bakery in Colorado, but the owner of the establishment refused to serve the couple, citing deeply held religious beliefs. The couple sued, and now their five year legal drama has reached the Supreme Court with the case <a href="">Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission</a>.<strong> <a href="">Steven Schwinn</a></strong>, an associate professor of law at John Marshall Law School and co-editor of <a href="">Constitutional Law Prof Blog</a> explains the history of public accommodation law ahead of tomorrow's oral arguments. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>This week, The Takeaway looks at the future of the Republican Party and whether President Donald Trump will be its savior or its downfall. We begin part II of our series, "The Road Ahead," with <strong><a href="">Doug Heye</a>,</strong> former communications director for the Republican National Committee, former deputy chief of staff for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and a "never Trump" Republican. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>In light of the allegations facing Hockenberry, how does a cultural institution like WNYC Radio, co-producer of The Takeaway, move forward? How do we reckon with this ugly but very real reality that now confronts us? <strong><a href="">Rebecca Carroll</a></strong>, special projects producer for WNYC, weighs in.</li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Dec 04, 2017
John Hockenberry Accused of Sexual Harassment
<p>Late last night, <a href="">New York Magazine reported</a> that several women are alleging that ​they were sexually harassed by ​former Takeaway host John Hockenberry. Many of the women who came forward are former producers (and in some cases, interns) of The Takeaway. In addition, at least two of his former co-hosts told New York Magazine they were bullied by Hockenberry.</p> <p>We asked New York Public Radio and Public Radio International, the co-producers of The Takeaway, for comment. In a statement NYPR told us, "we are now challenging ourselves to do more to ensure that our New York Public Radio community can thrive and excel in an inclusive and diverse environment in which they are treated with respect. We have committed to providing more training for employees, including managers, hosts and other persons in authority, and more support for those who come forward. This may also mean more severe and immediate consequences for misconduct than was the norm in American workplaces a year ago." (See their full statement below.)</p> <p>PRI sent us the following statement, "We find these allegations deeply unsettling and we take them with the utmost seriousness. PRI holds itself and our production partners to the highest standards with respect to positive work environments, and we recognize that WNYC is also committed to best in class processes to have a positive workplace."</p> <p>We, the current staff at The Takeaway, ​take these allegations extremely seriously and are very disturbed by this report. There is a buffer between our journalism and the companies who own and distribute the show. We plan to report this story as we would any other ​and intend to bring you updates when we're back on the air on Monday.</p> <p><strong>Full statement from NYPR: </strong></p> <p>We don’t, as a matter of policy, comment on confidential personnel issues. However, since Suki Kim chose to waive her right to confidentiality in asking NYPR for an on-the-record response about her allegation against John Hockenberry, we wanted to acknowledge her decision and respond to her question to the best of our ability. Accordingly, we sent her this statement (reproduced below in its entirety):<br> <br>A key fact in this story is that John Hockenberry is no longer employed by NYPR. Together with Public Radio International (PRI), our co-producer on The Takeaway, we did not renew his contract when it expired on 6/30/17.<br> <br>As with other organizations across America, we do not disclose confidential employment actions. This policy often leads people who’ve complained to HR to conclude — in good faith, yet erroneously — that no action was taken against a wrongdoer.<br> <br>NYPR promptly investigates every complaint we receive, including the one described by Suki Kim in her article, and we take any and all remedial actions warranted. These actions include: training, referral to counseling, disciplinary action up to and including suspension with or without pay, termination of employment, and/or other measures.<br> <br>We also make every effort to protect the confidentiality of complainants, because, as was Suki Kim, they are concerned about their identity becoming known to the person being investigated. That is one of the reasons why personnel matters are kept confidential.<br> <br>Except for outright termination, which is self-evident, the imposition of any of these sanctions is not something that is disclosed to — or observable by — employees or others who raise a complaint, including the complainant. And this is the conundrum employers face — how to reassure people who raise a complaint that complaints are taken seriously while at the same time protecting confidentiality for all parties involved. It’s a paradox we are attempting to address as we work to make it easier — for those who’ve experienced inappropriate behavior as well as those who witness it — to come forward.<br> <br>As part of a long overdue national conversation, we are now challenging ourselves to do more to ensure that our New York Public Radio community can thrive and excel in an inclusive and diverse environment in which they are treated with respect. We have committed to providing more training for employees, including managers, hosts and other persons in authority, and more support for those who come forward. This may also mean more severe and immediate consequences for misconduct than was the norm in American workplaces a year ago.</p> <p><strong>Below is Statement from Laura Walker, president and CEO of NYPR:</strong></p> <p>I am deeply disturbed by allegations reported recently in the media against the former host of The Takeaway, John Hockenberry.</p> <p>Some of the behaviors described in the media were known to NYPR, and we investigated and took action at the time. We learned about other allegations some time after he left the show following the decision by NYPR and PRI to not renew his contract. And some, we learned about for the first time in media reports.</p> <p>The offensive conduct as reported would clearly violate NYPR's standards and workplace practices. As CEO, I deeply regret that our culture and protocols did not work as they should, such that the full nature and extent of the allegations are just now coming to light. I apologize, we can do better, and I give our employees and the entire NYPR community my word that the senior team and I will do our utmost to ensure that NYPR will safeguard all employees, provide an equitable, respectful, inclusive and harassment-free environment, and take prompt action when necessary.</p>
Dec 02, 2017
Flynn Pleads Guilty to Lying to the FBI
<p>Coming up on today's show: </p> <ul> <li>The DNC’s Unity Reform Commission was formed in July 2016 at the Democratic National Convention to review the party’s nominating process. We look at commission's ambitions with <strong><a href="">Jorge Neri</a></strong>, who was the Nevada state director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, and<strong> <a href=",%20who%20does%20not%20think%20that%20surface%20level%20changes%20will%20be%20enough%20to%20reform%20what%20she%20says%20is%20at%20this%20point%20a%20corrupt%20party">Nomiki Konst</a></strong>, who was a national surrogate for the Sanders campaign.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>The White House may force out Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The shake-up could add even more instability to the department, which is already in disarray. <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Daniel Benjamin</a></strong>, ambassador-at-large and coordinator for counterterrorism at the U.S. State Department, weighs in.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>As Puerto Ricans continue recovery efforts following Hurricane Maria, officials say the House tax bill would further hurt the island because it would apply a 20 percent excise tax on products and services for Puerto Rico. <strong><a href="">Cate Long</a></strong>, founder of Puerto Rico Clearing House, a research firm for bond holders, has the details. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Every Friday, <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Rafer Guzman</a></strong>, film critic for <a href="" target="_blank">Newsday</a> and The Takeaway, drops by to review the new releases hitting the box office. This week, Rafer reviews "The Shape of Water," a monster film from director Guillermo del Toro that's picking up awards buzz, and "The Disaster Artist," a new movie directed by and starring James Franco, which tells the behind-the-scenes story of one of the worst films of all time, "The Room."</li> </ul> <ul> <li><span>Kate Steinle was killed on July 1, 2015 by </span><span>Jose Inez Garcia Zarate, an undocumented immigrant who had been deported five times. President Trump seized on the story during his campaign, using it as a case against sanctuary city policies. On Thursday, Garcia Zarate was acquitted of murder and manslaughter charges linked to Steinle's death after a trial that lasted more than five weeks.<strong> <a href="">Marisa Lagos</a></strong>, politics and government reporter for KQED in San Francisco, she’s been following the story for months and brings us the details. </span></li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Dec 01, 2017
The Other @realDonaldTrump
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li>As Republicans move forward with their tax legislation, we explore what the Senate bill would look like for middle class families across America with <strong><a href="">Ben Casselman</a></strong>, economic, business, and data reporter for The New York Times.  </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Congressman <strong><a href="">Keith Ellison</a></strong> was an early backer of Bernie Sanders, and has been critical of the more centrist Democratic Party line, advocating for stronger and more robust economic programs. He ran to be the Democratic National Committee chairman earlier in the year, but lost to Tom Perez, and his decision to accept deputy chair position at the DNC was controversial. Today on The Takeaway, he examines the future of the Democratic Party. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>A presidential election held this past Sunday in Honduras has thrown the country into political disarray. <strong><a href="">Elisabeth Malkin</a>,</strong> correspondent for The New York Times, was recently in Honduras to observe the election and she joins The Takeaway to break down the election results. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>After a two month pause, North Korea launched another inter-continental ballistic missile on Tuesday. <strong><a href="">Christopher Hill</a></strong> is a four-time ambassador and was a chief negotiator with North Korea during the Six Party Talks, aimed at ending North Korea’s nuclear program.  He’s currently dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the <a href="">University of Denver</a>, and discusses the escalating tension between the DPRK and the U.S. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>As White House Director of Social Media, Dan Scavino has done little to rein in the president's tweeting habits, and has added to the controversy in the past. How much influence does he have with the president's social media? <strong><a href="">Ashley Feinberg</a>,</strong> Senior Reporter at HuffPost, explains. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>International travel to the U.S. is down this year. Is it because of a "Trump slump"? <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Laura Mandala</strong></a>, the CEO of Mandala Research and founder of Women in Travel and Tourism International, and <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Jake Haupert</a>, </strong>the founder of an adventure travel company based in Seattle, Washington called <a href="" target="_blank">Evergreen Escapes</a>, explore the dip in international travel. </li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Nov 30, 2017
Conservative Christians Watch GOP Tax Bill With Hopeful Eyes
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li>The GOP's tax overhaul could lead to the repeal of the Johnson Amendment, which would allow churches and non-profits to donate to and endorse political campaigns. <strong>Laurie Goodstein</strong>, national religion correspondent for The New York Times, examines the proposed repeal.<strong> Ray Madoff</strong>, a law professor at Boston College, discusses how provisions in both the House and Senate tax bills <a href="" target="_blank">could hinder donations </a>to <a href=",-new-study-finds.html?id=227" target="_blank">charities and non-profits</a>.</li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>We all know that the Fourth Amendment protects every American from unreasonable search and seizure. But that was written <em>long </em>before our modern digital age. So what does it say about search and seizure of, say, your cell phone data? The Supreme Court will take up that question today.<strong> Jeffrey Rosen</strong>, president of the National Constitution Center, explains the case and what’s at stake.</p> </li> <li>Today Alex Azar, President Trump's nominee to head the Department of Health and Human Services, appears for his Senate confirmation hearing. <strong>Juliet Eilperin</strong>, senior national affairs correspondent with The Washington Post, joins The Takeaway to discuss what Azar's confirmation could mean for the American healthcare. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>In April 2016, dozens of Virginia voters were reassigned to the wrong district, an error that went unnoticed until this month, when a state house race was decided by just 82 votes. <strong>Michael Pope</strong>, reporter at Virginia Public Radio, joins The Takeaway to break down the electoral confusion in Virginia. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>The Takeaway continues its week-long look at the future of the Democratic Party with someone who has been involved in the party’s decision-making process for decades: <strong>Howard Dean</strong>, former chairman of  the Democratic National Committee from 2005 to 2009, a six-term governor of Vermont, and a former presidential candidate.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>When it comes to the opioid crisis, the state of Ohio has the <a href="">highest overdose death rates</a> in the country, something that has devastated families. <strong>Scott Britton, </strong>assistant director of Public Children Services Association of Ohio, and <a href=""><strong>Cassandra Holtzmann</strong></a>, Crawford County JFS Child Services Directo, join The Takeaway for a look at how the opioid crisis is affecting children and the foster care system in Ohio.</li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by Todd Zwillich</em></p>
Nov 29, 2017
Is it Time to Change Age-of-Consent Laws?
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li>The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is in chaos this week following a leadership showdown. <strong><a href="">Pete Schroeder</a></strong>,<strong> </strong>financial regulation and legislation reporter for <a href="">Reuters</a>, has been reporting on the CFPB since its inception. He looks at the history of the CFPB, and why the agency is in turmoil. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>All this week, The Takeaway is looking at the current state and future of the Democratic Party. Today, The Takeaway hears from <strong><a href="">Andrea Jenkins</a></strong>, the first openly transgender African-American woman elected in U.S. history. She <a href="">won</a> a seat on the Minneapolis City Council earlier this month, and discusses the challenges facing Democrats in 2017 and beyond. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Is the Democratic Party adequately responding to sexual harassment allegations against Minnesota Senator Al Franken and Representative John Conyers? <strong><a href="">Marcy Stech</a>, </strong>a Democratic Party strategist,joins The Takeaway to weigh in on how the party has handled the recent allegations. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Baltimore homicide detective Sean Suiter was killed last week in The Charm City. The timing of the murder is raising eyebrows. Suiter died a day before he was scheduled to testify before a federal jury that's investigating an elite city task force.<strong> <a href="">Justin Fenton</a></strong>,<strong> </strong>a reporter for The Baltimore Sun, has the details. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Many police departments are grappling with how best to effectively do their jobs, while at the same time not alienating the people they are sworn to protect. In Hartford, Connecticut, cops are aggressively seeking to engage their community through open dialogue and transparency. <a href=""><strong>Deputy Chief Brian Foley</strong></a> tells us about his department's efforts.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong><a href="">Jennifer Drobac</a></strong> is a professor of sexual harassment law at Indiana University, and author of "<a href="">Sexual Exploitation of Teenagers: Adolescent Development, Discrimination &amp; Consent Law</a>." She says we need a radical change to our consent laws: let teens offer “assent," which they can subsequently revoke. This, she argues, would protect teens legally, and keep men like Roy Moore from going after them in the first place.</li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Nov 28, 2017
Bernie Sanders: The Democratic Party Needs Sweeping Reform
<p>Coming up on today's show:</p> <ul> <li>Over the course of the next two weeks, The Takeaway's new original series, "The Future of the Parties," will examine what Democrats and Republicans learned from the 2016 election, and how each party is making internal changes that could pave the way for the 2018 and even 2020 elections. The series begins today with a conversation with <strong><a href="">U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders</a></strong>.</li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>The chaos that has come in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria has not only taken a toll on Puerto Rico’s infrastructure, but also on the physical and mental health of its residents. Uncertainty about the future is causing depression and anxiety, and access to mental health services is dwindling.<strong> <a href="">Alana Casanova-Burgess</a></strong>, a producer for WNYC who is on the ground in Puerto Rico, explains. </p> </li> <li>On Friday, terrorists attacked a crowded mosque in the Sinai peninsula, killing at least 300 people and injuring scores more. It was a rare attack on a mosque and was directed against the Sufi Muslim population. <strong><a href="">Declan Walsh</a></strong>, Cairo bureau chief for The New York Times, brings us the latest on the attack, and explains what Egypt is doing to fight terrorism. </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>At the center of the Republican tax plan is a proposal to cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent. But what exactly do corporations do with the extra cash on hand? <strong><a href="">Rebecca Kysar</a></strong>,<strong> </strong>visiting professor at Fordham University School of Law and a professor at Brooklyn Law School, joins The Takeaway to break down how the corporate tax rate works in practice. </p> </li> <li>Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya’s from Myanmar have been forced from their homes amid violent crackdowns by the Burmese military. Documentarian <strong><a href="">Shafiur Rahman</a></strong> is a British Bangladeshi filmmaker who has been working on two films about the crisis in Myanmar, which he says have been overlooked by mainstream media. He discusses his work today on The Takeaway. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>There are very few women in audio production — professionals, dabblers, or otherwise — and <strong><a href="">Amy Millan</a> </strong>has taken notice. She's a member of the bands Broken Social Scene and Stars, and she's been working to raise awareness about the issue, and bring audio production classes geared to women and girls to her hometown Montreal, with the help of the San Francisco-based <a href="">Women's Audio Mission</a>.</li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p>
Nov 27, 2017
Addiction Nation: Understanding America's Opioid Crisis
<p>Some 77 million Americans are personally affected in some way by the opioid epidemic, and at least 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. During this special episode, The Takeaway dives deep into the crisis. Here’s what you’ll find:</p> <ul> <li>An estimated 50 million people in the United States suffer from chronic pain, and as doctors struggle to figure out how to treat it, the opioid epidemic has grown in its wake. <a href="">Keith Wailoo</a>, an expert on pain and author of “Pain: A Political History,” explains.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="">Dr. Andrew Kolodny</a>,  co-director of opioid policy research at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, says America is in the throes of an enormous crisis of addiction, and at the heart of this crisis lies the medical industry and pharmaceutical companies. He talks about the pressure he and other doctors felt in the ‘90s to turn to prescribing opioids, arguing that many medical professionals have been duped by marketing campaigns that actually drive addiction and death.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>From the pain pills that someone is prescribed, to the heroin that can be bought on the street, where do these drugs come from and how are they made? <a href="">Darren Foster</a>, co-founder of Muck Media and a Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker who has focused on the opioid epidemic, answers.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Kimber is a 26-year-old woman from Lynn, Massachusetts. She first used opioids for pleasure at age 13 or 14 after undergoing dental surgery, but became addicted to percocet and then heroin in her early 20s. After many tries at beating her addiction, she’s now more than 80 days clean, and tells us about what being an addict feels like, what she had to do to support her habit, and the moment she says changed her perspective.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>When it comes to tackling the opioid crisis in America, people in recovery are the missing link, according to <a href=""><strong>Ryan Hampton</strong></a>, a national addiction recovery activist and a recovering heroin addict. He says we need a movement like the one we saw during the AIDS epidemic, arguing that recovery activists need a seat at the table with politicians in order to properly address this crisis.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="">Beth Kane-Davidson</a> is the director of the Johns Hopkins Suburban Hospital addiction treatment center. She’s been treating addicts for more than 30 years. She sits down with Jessica Jeffery, an addict in recovery, and Deborah Gafner, a mother of son who died of a heroin overdose. Together, they reflect on their experiences, and the importance of confronting this epidemic head on with treatment and prevention.</li> </ul> <hr> <p> </p> <p>From September 26-28, 2017, The Takeaway and <a href="">The Harris Poll</a> surveyed 2,261 U.S. adults ages 18 and older to gain insight into the American opioid epidemic. Here’s what we found:</p> <ul> <li>Nearly half of Americans report to have taken prescription-based opioids, and about 1 in 3 Americans (31 percent) has personally experienced opioid dependency or abuse, whether it be themselves, a friend or family member who has or is currently struggling.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>About 77 million Americans are personally affected in some way by the opioid epidemic.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>About 1 in 10 Americans (9 percent) knows someone who has died as a result of opioid addiction.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Nearly half of Americans (47 percent) feel the opioid epidemic can affect them personally and the majority (52 percent) of Americans feel that opioid overdoses and deaths are a far bigger crisis in America than reported on by the media. 62 percent agree that police are not doctors and that he opioid crisis cannot be solved in the streets of America.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Nearly half of Americans saying they feel prescription opioids are the same as heroin. Additionally, the majority (57 percent) of Americans feel that opioids are as big of a problem as heroin and (54 percent) feel that opioid abusers deserve to be treated the same as heroin users.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>There is still a lack of knowledge regarding opioids and heroin -- 49 percent do not know if opioids and heroin are similar or different, and 11 percent believe the two to be different.</li> </ul> <p> </p> <p><em>This episode is hosted by <a href="">Todd Zwillich</a>.</em></p>
Nov 24, 2017
Is the Doctor In? Fighting to Access the American Healthcare System
<p>What does access to healthcare mean in a country where coverage isn't guaranteed? This Thanksgiving Day, The Takeaway explores healthcare access in America — what does it mean, who has it, and what does it cost? Here’s what you’ll find in this special episode:</p> <ul> <li>Access to healthcare — what does it mean, who has it, and what does it cost? <a href=""><strong>Nancy Tomes</strong></a>, distinguished professor of history at Stony Brook University and the author of “<a href="">Remaking the American Patient: How Madison Avenue and Modern Medicine Turned Patients Into Consumers</a>,” weighs in.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Roughly 50 million Americans live in places where it’s difficult to get routine dental care. Even for those that do, dental pricing and insurance is a complicated web of exceptions, and state laws that can raise barriers to proper care. Journalist <a href=""><strong>Mary Otto</strong></a> traveled around the country to examine the state of American dental care. She wrote about it in her book, “<a href="">Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America</a>,” and shares her findings on The Takeaway.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Two drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration in August have marked a turning point for many researchers who’ve been chasing gene therapies for decades. <a href=""><strong>Dr. Cynthia Dunbar</strong></a> works in the hematology branch at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, which is part of the National Institutes of Health. She joins The Takeaway to explain how gene therapy works, and why it can offer relief for rare, debilitating, and often deadly diseases.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href=""><strong>Emily Mullin</strong></a>, associate editor of biomedicine at MIT Technology Review, says that gene therapy represents “a complete shift in thinking about how we treat disease.”  But gene therapy treatments can cost patients hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars. What is a cure worth, and who should pay? Mullin explores that question today on The Takeaway.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>According to the 2016 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s <a href="">County Health Rankings report</a>, “nearly one in five rural counties has experienced worsening premature death rates over the past decade.” <a href=""><strong>Maggie Elehwany</strong></a>, government affairs and policy vice president at the National Rural Health Association, says rural America is experiencing a crisis that is overwhelming small communities.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>In 2015, a report from the <a href="">National Center for Health Statistics</a> found that in order to save money, “nearly 8 percent of U.S. adults did not take their medication as prescribed.” This can have catastrophic effects on the mental and physical well being of patients. It’s a story that’s all too familiar for<strong> Deby Provost</strong>, who was diagnosed with MS in the early 2000s. She tells her story to WNYC’s <a href=""><strong>Mary Harris</strong></a>.</li> </ul> <p><em>This episode is hosted by </em><em><a href="">Todd Zwillich</a></em></p> <p> </p>
Nov 23, 2017