The Takeaway is a daily national mid-day news program that invites listeners to be part of the American conversation. Host John Hockenberry digs beneath the headlines to answer tough questions facing the world today.
Rigged Elections, Terror at Sea, Wonder Woman at...
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When asked if he would accept the results of the election, Donald Trump says he'll keep us in "suspense." But how are his claims of a rigged election resonating in countries where corruption is rampant during transitions of power? Michele Dunne, director and senior associate of the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, answers.
On Thursday in an official visit to China, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte formally announced his separation from the United States, in a turn toward China that could potentially undermine years of diplomatic relationship with the U.S. Barbara Demick, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, has the details.
The Congressional race in California's 49th district has become unexpectedly tight, as Republican incumbent Darrell Issa faces off against Democrat Doug Applegate. Steve Walsh, a reporter for San Diego public radio station KPBS, explains.
Takeaway Culture Reporter Melissa Locker fills us in on the nominees for the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which were just announced this week. Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday, drops by to review the new releases hitting the box office this weekend, including "Jack Reacher," "Keeping up with the Joneses," and "Michael Moore in Trump Land."
For a year and a half, Director Gianfranco Rosi lived in Lampedusa, a small island in the Mediterranean just north of the Libyan coast. He stayed on board Italian warships responding to distress calls from wooden boats full of migrants hoping for a new life in Europe. His experience is told in the new documentary "Fire at Sea," which is out today.
Wonder Woman may be immortal, but she's celebrating her 75th birthday today. As president of DC Entertainment, Diane Nelson oversees a pantheon of iconic superheroes like Batman and Superman. But Wonder Woman, a warrior who values compassion and peace above all, is her favorite DC hero. She joins The Takeaway to examine the evolution of this iconic superhero.
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How did the candidates fare in the third and final presidential debate last night in Las Vegas, Nevada? Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich breaks it all down, and shares reactions from our undecided voters from Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio.
How will the financial resources and networks of ISIS be affected by the operation to liberate Mosul? For answers, we turn to Jonathan Schanzer, a former terrorism finance analyst at the Treasury Department who is now with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington.
On Tuesday, the Ecuadorian government announced that it had temporarily cut Julian Assange's internet access at is embassy in London over interference in the U.S. election. David Sanger, national security correspondent for our partners at The New York Times, has the details.
A Louisiana man filed suit Tuesday claiming that the state's marriage law amended last year violates his constitutional rights after his application for a marriage license was rejected. Mary Yanik, staff attorney for the New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice, explains.
In new regulations announced Wednesday from the Obama Administration, airlines will now be required to refund baggage fees if there are delays in returning luggage to passengers after a flight. The regulations are part of a broader effort to better protect consumers. Barbara Peterson, aviation correspondent for Conde Nast Traveler, examines the new policy.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Nirvana's much-acclaimed album "Nevermind." The group changed the course of music history and paved the way for the next generation of bands. Now, Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic has become one of rock's most politically-minded musicians. In 2005, he joined the board at FairVote, an election reform organization. He joins The Takeaway today to examine the election.
The Last Undecided Voters, Medical Marijuana, Nick...
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The last presidential debate of the 2016 presidential race is set for tonight, Both presidential candidates will try to sway the roughly 6% of registered voters who plan to cast a ballot, but remain undecided. We check in with three undecided, registered voters in the swing states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko meet today in Berlin to discuss peace in eastern Ukraine. Oleh Rybachuk serves as chairman of the Ukrainian NGO Centre UA, and was formerly the chief of staff to Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko. He says it's unlikely this meeting will change Russia's aggressive behavior.
In partnership with News Deeply, we bring you a story about how South Africa's reproductive rights work in practice. Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng joins us to talk about her work as a reproductive rights advocate. She's also a medical doctor specializing in reproductive health at a woman's clinic in Johannesburg.
Legalizing medical marijuana has been an ongoing debate for Florida, and in November the state will be voting on the issue once again. Opponents fear the revised amendment on the ballot could cause a drug epidemic, while supporters feel the state must do more to help residents with severe illnesses. We're joined by Jeff Brandes, a Republican state senator of Florida's District 22, who opposed the amendment in 2014. He is now in favor of it.
Donald Trump's path to the presidency is narrowing significantly, and he's been claiming election fraud will make him lose. So how common is election fraud and has it ever determined the outcome of a campaign? Joshua A. Douglas, professor of law at The University of Kentucky, joins us to explain. He's also an election law and voting rights expert.
Nick Offerman joins us to discuss his latest book, Good Clean Fun: Misadventures in Sawdust at Offerman Woodshop, which explores the zen Offerman finds in working with his hands. Offerman recently said that "Ron has no love of career politicians. But he would certainly vote for Hillary over Trump, if he had to chose between the two. Or he would write in Merle Haggard or Willie Nelson."
A Push Towards Peace, Bilingual Education, A...
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On Tuesday, the U.N. announced that a 72-hour ceasefire will go into effect in Yemen tomorrow night. The nation's civil war has killed more than 10,000 people in the last year and a half, and more than half of the population does not have enough food. Are we seeing the beginnings of peace? For answers, we turn to Kristine Beckerle, a Yemen and Kuwait researcher for the Middle East and North Africa division of Human Rights Watch, and Barbara Bodine, former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen from 1997 to 2001.
Plans by a large chain of private Indian colleges to expand into the U.S. have not gone over well in Massachusetts. The state's attorney general, Maura Healey, tells The Takeaway that she is concerned about Amity University's expansion because the college chain is unlicensed and has no track record in the United States.
On the California ballot this November is Proposition 58, which would permit public schools to teach in languages other than English, without explicit permission. The move would undo a ballot measure passed 18 years ago that banned bilingual education in the state. Ron Unz, chairman of English for the Children, the organization that sponsored Proposition 227 back in 1998, weighs in on the new ballot measure.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has not been seen on TV defending Donald Trump against allegations of unwanted sexual contact from more than a dozen women, and that's because he's been embroiled in a political scandal in his home state. Matt Katz, a reporter for WNYC and New Jersey Public Radio, and author of "American Governor: Chris Christie's Bridge to Redemption," brings us the latest on the Bridgegate trial playing out in The Garden State.
An investigation by FairWarning into Medicare Part D finds that the drug industry is exerting its influence over insurance companies to keep costs high. Part D payments are now expected to rise 6 percent annually over the coming decade per enrollee. Stuart Silverstein, assistant editor for Fair Warning, a California-based nonprofit news organization, has the details.
The new work by author Greg Mitchell, "The Tunnels: Escapes Under the Berlin Wall and the Historic Films the JFK White House Tried to Kill," tells the story of young West Germans who risked their lives to dig escape tunnels under the Berlin Wall, and two U.S. networks who raced to cover the story. In the end, only one network would succeed. Mitchell joins The Takeaway to discuss his new work and this piece of Cold War history.
Retaking Mosul, Destruction and Tension in North...
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Three Kansas men were charged with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction on Friday, after federal law enforcement thwarted their plot to detonate a bomb near an apartment complex in Garden City, Kansas, where nearly 100 Muslim immigrants live and worship. Moussa Elbayoumy, the Kansas board chair of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, explains how the Muslim community in his state is coping.
We're less than a month away from Election Day. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich joins us to discuss what we might have missed in his weekly "State of the Race" segment.
The city of Mosul in northern Iraq is surrounded by a coalition of fighters aiming to retake the city from ISIS militants. Tim Arango, Baghdad bureau chief for our partner The New York Times, has the details.
Back in the 1970s, a California tax-cutting initiative was a saving grace for homeowners, but it has had lasting effects on the state's budget for decades. Joe Rubin, a producer with our partners at the Retro Report documentary team, examines the complicated legacy of Proposition 13.
We continue our check in on important U.S. Senate races in the lead up to Election Day with a look at the race between Republican Senator Richard Burr and Democratic challenger Deborah Ross in North Carolina. Jeff Tiberii, capitol bureau chief for North Carolina Public Radio, brings us the latest.
It's been a week since Hurricane Matthew devastated parts of Haiti and left a trail of destruction in the Carolinas. Heather Hunt, a research associate with the North Carolina Poverty Research Fund at the UNC School of Law in Chapel Hill, says that some of the poorest areas in The Tar Heel State were hit the hardest.
Democracy Now! Host and Executive Producer Amy Goodman will turn herself in to North Dakota authorities today after being charged with rioting for reporting on and broadcasting about a Dakota Access Pipeline protest. She joins The Takeaway to discuss the charges against her.
A Military Startup, Comedy Today, Republicans on...
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How are Republicans are reacting to Trump's sexual assault allegations? We're joined by Charlie Sykes, who's been a conservative talk radio host for 25 years. He believes the G.O.P. is in crisis.
The Takeaway's political reporter Todd Zwillich gives us an audio essay on why Trump's "rigged election" is the new birtherism.
In our latest installment of "Kids in Prison," a series from WNYC's Sarah Gonzalez, we look at how corrections officers' training and behavior compares between Germany and New Jersey.
Culture Reporter Melissa Locker gives us a break from the election with a round-up of new comedy specials from veterans and up-and-comers.
Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday and The Takeaway, reviews this week's big new releases, including "Kevin Hart: Now What?" and "Denial."
The Department of Defense is essentially creating a start-up that will make new, innovative military technologies: MD5 National Security Technology Accelerator. We're joined by Adam Jay Harrison, director of this project, who says that big players in Silicon Valley aren't thrilled with this development.
Before the Trump Tapes, FOX Founder, Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes was facing numerous accusations of sexual harassment. Among his accusers was Kellie Boyle, who joins us today to discuss her experience and why it's important for women to share their stories of sexual misconduct perpetrated by powerful men.
From Meme to Movement, Clinton's Emails, Machine...
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This election, memes are creating movements, and "Pussy Grabs Back" is no exception. The image and accompanying hashtag were created in response to vulgar language used by presidential candidate Donald Trump in the recently-released 2005 Trump Tape. As more and more women come forward to claim that Trump groped or assaulted them, The Takeaway talks with Amanda Duarte, a writer and performer who helped create the Pussy Grabs Back meme.
In the deep red state of Utah, Hillary Clinton is tied with Donald Trump, and third-party candidate Evan McMullin is polling just 4 points behind the leading candidates. What's going on in The Beehive State? We hear from Lisa Riley Roche, politics reporter with The Deseret News, Utah's oldest continuously published newspaper, and Independent Presidential Candidate Evan McMullin.
On Wednesday, Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf stepped down from his position. Last month, it was revealed that the bank would pay $185 million in fines as a punishment for creating nearly 2 million fraudulent accounts in its customers names. Sheelah Kolhatkar, staff writer at The New Yorker, has the details.
Construction has resumed on the 3.8 billion dollar Dakota Access Pipeline that will transport 400,000 barrels of crude oil a day. Over the weekend, a federal appeals court denied the request by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe for an injunction to block construction. Construction may be resuming, but protestors are physically trying to stop it. LaDonna Allard, landowner at site of the Sacred Stone Camp, explains.
WikiLeaks continues to release emails from Hillary Clinton's top aides this week, with the batch dropped on Wednesday putting the tally at over 7,000 emails. Julian Assange has promised 50,000 before the election. Annie Karni, a politics reporter for Politico, has been poring over the emails and shares her findings today on The Takeaway.
Jigsaw, a small subsidy of Google, has released a new set of tools called Conversation AI. It's software that uses machine learning to automatically spot and moderate hate speech online more accurately and efficiently than humans ever could. They've already partnered with The New York Times to moderate their comment section. Are we entering a new era of machine moderation? Whitney Phillips, author of "This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things: Mapping the Relationship Between Online Trolling and Mainstream Culture," answers.
Politics and Morals, Kids in Prison, A Mission to...
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After decades of being the party of "family values," has the GOP ceded their moral high ground to the Democrats in this election? Jeet Heer, senior editor of The New Republic, weighs in along with Gabe Lyons, founder of Q, a learning community to mobilize Christians.
After Hurricane Matthew, the situation in Haiti remains dire. The U.N. is seeking $120 million to halt the cholera crisis, which began when U.N. peacekeepers brought the disease to the island nation after the 2010 earthquake, and access to food and clean water is difficult to find. John Hasse, national director of World Vision Haiti, brings us the latest.
As Election Day approaches, we're checking in on key Senate races across the country. We begin in Pennsylvania, where Democratic challenger Katie McGinty is up against Republican incumbent Pat Toomey. Katie Meyer, capital bureau chief for WITF in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, has the details on this race.
Researchers at Texas State University in San Marcos found that police departments in California and Texas had failed to report hundreds of officer-involved shooting deaths as required by laws in both states. Howard Williams, a retired San Marcos police chief and lecturer in the criminal justice division of the College of Applied Arts at Texas State University, explains.
Sarah Gonzalez, a reporter at Takeaway co-producer WNYC Radio, takes you behind the bars of prisons in New Jersey and Germany to examine how minors are treated in correctional facilities around the world.
On Tuesday, in an opinion piece for CNN, President Obama endorsed efforts for humans to reach Mars and return safely to Earth by 2030. Mars and other endeavors will all be discussed tomorrow in Pittsburgh, where the president will host the first-ever White House Frontiers Conference. Jason Kendall, an adjunct professor of astronomy at William Paterson University, explains what life on Mars would really be like.
Kids and the Election, Russia Tension, Analyzing...
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How do you teach the election when it has become largely confined to personal attacks that are inappropriate for many young Americans? John Dickson, a history and social science teacher at Monomoy High School in Harwich, Massachusetts, and Joy Bock, an eighth grade social studies in Groveport Madison School District in Columbus, Ohio, weigh in.
Over the weekend, a U.S. Navy missile destroyer came under fire by Houthi rebels ? it's the first time the Houthi's have fired on an American vessel since the Yemeni civil war began in 2014. The incident followed an attack on Saturday at a funeral in Sana'a, Yemen's largest city, where more than 100 people were killed. Afrah Nasser, a Yemeni political refugee living in Sweden and a journalist and blogger focusing on human rights, brings us the latest.
After Sunday night's debate, Russia remains in the spotlight of the 2016 election cycle. Late last week, the U.S. officially blamed Russia for interfering in the election, and Secretary of State John Kerry has called for an investigation into war crimes committed by Russia by the International Criminal Court. Are U.S.-Russian relations at a new low? Maria Snegovaya, a columnist at Russian Business Daily Vedomosti, answers.
For many parents, the 2016 election has been difficult to discuss as the language of the campaign becomes less and less appropriate for children. Takeaway listeners from around the country weigh in today on the program.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a patent dispute between Samsung and Apple. Samsung has already paid $548 million for copying the iPhone's look, but today it will argue that it should not have to pay $399 million more for infringement of three patent designs. It is the first Supreme Court case involving design patents in more than 120 years. Christine Haight Farley, a professor of law at American University, has the details on this case.
At this point, we've all heard the 2005 tape of Donald Trump and Billy Bush making lewd comments about women on an Access Hollywood bus, footage that has since upended the presidential election. Deborah Cameron, a linguist at the University of Oxford and author of "The Myth of Mars and Venus: Do Men and Women Really Speak Different Languages?", says that men often resort to boasting and sexual aggressiveness when they are alone ? language that has consequences beyond the locker room.
Debate Tension, Preserving Native Languages...
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On Sunday, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump participated in a heated presidential debate hosted by Washington University in St Louis, Missouri. How do Republican women feel about Donald Trump's debate performance and the leaked Access Hollywood video tape? Kim Alfano, a Republican strategist and CEO of Alfano Communications, and Lee Snover, a Republican and former Trump delegate from Easton, Pennsylvania, weigh in.
With less than a month before the election, Trump's sexually aggressive and demeaning words about women have put his candidacy ? and party ? in jeopardy. Caitlin Huey-Burns, national political reporter with RealClearPolitics, discusses the plausibility of removing Trump from the ticket, and how this political fallout might affect down-ballot GOP candidates. Michael Ramlet, founder and CEO Morning Consult, discusses the latest polls after this weekend's video release and last night's debate.
In Haiti, more than 1,000 people have died at the hands of Hurricane Matthew, and the country is now in a national state of mourning. Tens of thousands of homes have been destroyed and humanitarian workers say there's an urgent need for assistance. M.J. Fievre, a Haitian-born writer, educator, and author of "A Sky, the Color of Chaos: A Memoir," discusses this crisis.
Over 200 indigenous languages are spoken across the U.S. and Canada, but few are taught in schools. As a result, some languages run the risk of extinction. David Baxter, member of the Ojibway Nation and president of Ogoki Learning Inc, created a Native language learning app as a solution. He weighs in today on The Takeaway.
How do you transform socio-economic realities into sound? Musician Brian Foo, an application developer for New York Public Library Labs, is experimenting with data sonification by mapping things like coastal loss and household income through simple sounds.
Debate Rewind: Live Call-In Special
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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will faced off Sunday night in a 90 minute debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
Last night's debate was crucial. Trump has been facing calls from high-level members of the GOP establishment to resign from the race after a 2005 video surfaced over the weekend showing the Republican nominee making vulgar remarks about groping women.
Trump backers, will you continue to support your candidate in light of his remarks? Republican women ? will you vote for Trump? To non-Trump supporters, does the GOP nominee's comments sway your vote towards Hillary Clinton?
Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich took your questions and comments with Lee Snover, a Republican and former Trump delegate from Easton, Pennsylvania.
After the debate, call 1-800-543-2543 to make your voice heard, and tweet us your thoughts @TheTakeaway with the hashtag #DebateRewind.
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