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Daily news and analysis with host Tanzina Vega


A Look at the Toxic Company Culture at Away 2019-12-12
Dec 12 • 25 min
A Look at the Toxic Company Culture at Away The luggage and lifestyle brand is just the latest millennial tech company to be called out for its cutthroat work culture. Racial Discrimination in the World of Banking The New York Times has published audio…
USMCA to Become the New NAFTA 2019-12-11
Dec 11 • 38 min
USMCA to Become the New NAFTA The governments of the U.S., Mexico, and Canada, announced the passing of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement in Mexico City on Tuesday. The High Costs of Rising Seas Last Wednesday, officials in the Florida Keys said…
Explosive Investigation Shows U.S. Officials Mislead the Public About “Unwinnable” War In Afghanistan for Years 2019-12-10
Dec 10 • 39 min
Explosive Investigation Shows U.S. Officials Mislead the Public About “Unwinnable” War In Afghanistan for Years Since 2001, U.S. officials have been misleading the public with a public charade of a successful war effort, but behind the scenes, a different…
Rebroadcast: Correction Staff at ICE Jail Skirted Rules with Mentally Ill Detainee who Hanged Himself 2019-12-09
Dec 9 • 34 min
by José Olivares A warning to listeners: some of the audio in this story is disturbing and hard to listen to. An exclusive Takeaway and The Intercept investigation shows that correctional staff at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center…
The State of the Democratic Primary Field
Dec 6 • 45 min
The road to the White House is rarely a linear path. That was abundantly clear this week when Senator Kamala Harris announced that she was suspending her campaign. The announcement came as a surprise to many because at the time of launch, Senator Harris…
A New Trump Rule Could Cut Food Stamp Benefits for 700,000 2019-12-05
Dec 5 • 29 min
A New Trump Rule Could Cut Food Stamp Benefits for 700,000 The Trump administration announced a series of rule changes last year, and on Wednesday, the final rule was announced. How Does Mississippi Felony Voting Rights Compare to the Rest of the Country?…
NATO’s Struggle to Define Its Future 2019-12-04
Dec 4 • 30 min
NATO’s Struggle to Define Its Future To commemorate its 70th anniversary, leaders of the 29 member countries are gathering in London this week. “Porgy and Bess” and the Legacy of Black Opera “Porgy and Bess” is the most renowned Opera for black singers,…
Why the Framers Empowered Congress to Impeach the President 2019-12-03
Dec 3 • 32 min
Why the Framers Empowered Congress to Impeach the President With so few examples of impeachment in our history, it can become unclear what exactly impeachable conduct is, and what the framers intended with it. When Black Critics Examine Black Art A number…
The Dangers of Working in Amazon Warehouses 2019-12-02
Dec 2 • 28 min
The Dangers of Working in Amazon Warehouses New reporting found that Amazon’s average serious injury rate was more than double the national average for its industry. Are Dating App Companies Responsible for Protecting Their Users from Sex Offenders?…
Politics with Amy Walter: The Politics of Climate Change
Nov 29 • 44 min
Scientists have painted a bleak picture of the future if we fail to curb greenhouse gas emissions, but we’ve already started to witness the fallout of a warming planet. Politics with Amy Walter looks at the role climate change is playing across politics…
How Will Bloomberg News Cover Bloomberg the Candidate? 2019-11-27
Nov 27 • 28 min
How Will Bloomberg News Cover Bloomberg the Candidate? Mike Bloomberg announced he is running for president and some are worried about how Bloomberg News will cover his candidacy. Adding Indigenous Ingredients to the Thanksgiving Table There has been a…
New Initiative Seeks to Bridge Prosecution Empathy Gap 2019-11-26
Nov 26 • 32 min
New Initiative Seeks to Bridge Prosecution Empathy Gap A new initiative signed by 40 progressive district attorneys pledges to have prosecutors visit correctional centers in an effort to instill more empathy in the sentencing process. Sentencing of School…
Trump’s Recent Pardons Cause Rift within the Military 2019-11-25
Nov 25 • 28 min
Trump’s Recent Pardons Cause Rift within the Military President Donald Trump recently pardoned three military officers who were convicted or accused of war crimes. The Decline of Local News In the past 15 years, more than 2,000 newspapers have shuttered…
Politics with Amy Walter: The Divided States of Government
Nov 22 • 48 min
Not that long ago, state government was seen as one of the last places for functional governing. But, over the last 10 years, state politics have become as polarized as Washington, DC. At the same time, 2020 Democratic candidates for president are…
Two More Witnesses Testify at Public Hearings 2019-11-21
Nov 21 • 37 min
Two More Witnesses Testify at Public Hearings Fiona Hill, the former top Russia adviser to the Trump White House, and David Holmes, a political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, are at Capitol Hill this morning. The Legacy of Pay-to-Play…
Sondland Testimony Implicates Key Trump Administration Officials 2019-11-20
Nov 20 • 49 min
Sondland Testimony Implicates Key Trump Administration Officials Gordon Sondland, the former ambassador to the European Union, gave riveting testimony today in the impeachment hearing that has rocked the nations. The Legacy of Julian Assange Yesterday,…
Here Comes the Second Round of Public Impeachment Hearings 2019-11-19
Nov 19 • 41 min
Here Comes the Second Round of Public Impeachment Hearings The House Intelligence Committee will hear testimony from eight more witnesses over the next three days. As Impeachment Hearings Go On, a War Rages In Ukraine The military aid that was the subject…
Mormon Deaths In Mexico Reignite Questions About the Ongoing Drug War 2019-11-18
Nov 18 • 39 min
Mormon Deaths In Mexico Reignite Questions About the Ongoing Drug War Mexico and the United States are in an embittered battle with drug cartels, but some are calling into question its effectiveness as well as the media coverage. Mark Ruffalo and Todd…
Politics with Amy Walter: The Impeachment Will be Televised
Nov 15 • 46 min
This week marked a shift in the ongoing impeachment inquiry as the first round of televised testimony began on Wednesday. Marie Yovanovitch, the well-respected former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine until May of this year became the third televised testimony…
The Divide Within The State Department 2019-11-14
Nov 14 • 29 min
The Divide Within The State Department Wednesday’s public impeachment hearings saw the Trump administration take a two tracked-approach to foreign policy on Ukraine. What Evo Morales’s Resignation Means for Bolivia President Evo Morales, the first…
Day 1 of the Public Impeachment Hearings 2019-11-13
Nov 13 • 29 min
Day 1 of the Public Impeachment Hearings The House of Representatives kicks off the first round of televised impeachment hearings. Trump Plans to Shrink the National Security Council These latest changes to the NSC come right in the middle of impeachment…
Public Impeachment Hearings Pose New Challenge for the Media 2019-11-12
Nov 12 • 37 min
Public Impeachment Hearings Pose New Challenge for the Media On Wednesday, televised impeachment hearings begin in the House of Representatives. Flint Water Crisis Finds Its Way into the Classroom It’s been five years since the Flint water crisis was…
Politics with Amy Walter: What Did Democrats Get Wrong About Religious Voters in 2016?
Nov 8 • 45 min
A recent study from Pew Research found that white people who identify as Christians represent about two-thirds of all Republicans. Meanwhile, Americans unaffiliated with any religion, and racial minorities who identify as Christians, now each make up a…
How a Florida County Followed Trump’s Call to Cancel “Fake News” 2019-11-07
Nov 7 • 30 min
How a Florida County Followed Trump’s Call to Cancel “Fake News” The board of commissioners for Citrus County, Florida recently rejected a library’s request to renew its New York Times subscription, with one commissioner calling the daily “fake news.” Is…
OK Boomer and the Generational Divide 2019-11-06
Nov 6 • 27 min
OK Boomer and the Generational Divide Those two words have become the latest catchphrase for a younger generation expressing its frustration with their older counterparts. Democrats Win Control In Kentucky Andy Bashear won a tight vote against opponent…
How Swing State Unemployment Numbers May Help Us Understand 2020 2019-11-05
Nov 5 • 22 min
How Swing State Unemployment Numbers May Help Us Understand 2020 Is the pendulum beginning to swing towards a rise in unemployment? New HBO Documentary Highlights the 85 Year Legacy of the Apollo Theater The famous Harlem theater and its amateur night was…
Georgia’s Voter Purges Raise Voter Suppression Concerns 2019-11-04
Nov 4 • 33 min
Georgia’s Voter Purges Raise Voter Suppression Concerns State officials announced they will purge more than 300,000 names from voter rolls. How Big Business Killed Deadspin An editorial decision to “stick to sports” turned into mass exodus at Deadspin,…
Politics with Amy Walter: Prescription Drug Costs and 2020
Nov 1 • 47 min
The rocketing cost of prescription drug prices makes the burdensome healthcare landscape more difficult to navigate for the millions of Americans that rely on a prescription. One thing that voters, regardless of party, have agreed on is that the cost of…
Is There a Rift Between Trump and the Military? 2019-10-31
Oct 31 • 30 min
Is There a Rift Between Trump and the Military? This week, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman testified before Congress about his concerns that President Trump pressured the Ukrainian president to investigate Joe Biden. The Movement to Decriminalize Sex…
Understanding the Key Witnesses in the Impeachment Investigation 2019-10-30
Oct 30 • 30 min
Understanding the Key Witnesses in the Impeachment Investigation Testifying in the inquiry can mean taking on big risks and incurring high costs. The Bravery of Journalists in Ukraine Ukraine can be a difficult place for journalists. Journalists Nastya…
Wildfires are Sweeping Through Northern and Southern California 2019-10-29
Oct 29 • 38 min
Wildfires are Sweeping Through Northern and Southern California The Kincaid Fire in Sonoma County and the Getty Fire in Los Angeles are causing massive amounts of damage and forcing thousands to evacuate the area. Representative Katie Hill Resigns Amid…
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ISIS Leader, Killed in US Military Raid 2019-10-28
Oct 28 • 37 min
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ISIS Leader, Killed in US Military Raid On Sunday morning, President Trump declared Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, dead at a press conference in the White House. New York Sues Exxon in Historic Climate Change…
Politics with Amy Walter: Are Democrats Breaking Up with Big Tech?
Oct 25 • 48 min
What began as a love affair is now a relationship on the rocks. This week on Politics with Amy Walter, a look at the relationship between Democrats and big tech giants like Amazon, Facebook, and Google. When it comes to big tech, the conversation has…
The Republican Response to the Impeachment Inquiry 2019-10-24
Oct 24 • 31 min
The Republican Response to the Impeachment Inquiry We hear from a Republican strategist on the ongoing impeachment inquiry. How the Media Covered Hillary Clinton’s Emails The Clinton email scandal has been put to bed with a new State Department report,…
In the U.S., the Number of Uninsured Children is On the Rise 2019-10-23
Oct 23 • 30 min
In the U.S., the Number of Uninsured Children is On the Rise More than one million U.S. children disappeared from the rolls of Medicaid and CHIP between December 2017 and June 2019. Why Unregulated Gun Sales Flourish Online Guns and gun parts are sold…
The Key Factors for Protests Around the World 2019-10-22
Oct 22 • 36 min
The Key Factors for Protests Around the World At the heart of many of these protests are the increasing level of inequality and distrust, and disgust, with the inner workings of government. Four Pharmaceutical Companies Avoid Their Day in Federal Court…
Civil Servants, Marginalized for Years, are Pushing Back 2019-10-21
Oct 21 • 41 min
Civil Servants, Marginalized for Years, are Pushing Back The Trump administration’s attack on career diplomats and intelligence officials started as soon as he came into office. But now, civil servants are talking to Congress. California Becomes First…
Politics with Amy Walter: Will Impeachment Inspire more Republicans to Run for Office?
Oct 18 • 47 min
The midterm elections of 2018 served as a rude awakening for Republicans who watched their majority slip away in the House. Many Americans that had supported Donald Trump in 2016 decided to support moderate Democrats. In 2019, a record number of incumbent…
The Legacy of Elijah Cummings 2019-10-17
Oct 17 • 26 min
The Legacy of Elijah Cummings On Thursday, Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland died from “complications concerning longstanding health challenges.” Living at the Intersection of Domestic Violence and Immigration October marks Domestic Violence…
The Latest: Pence and Pompeo Head to Syria 2019-10-16
Oct 16 • 29 min
The Latest: Pence and Pompeo Head to Syria Yesterday, the White House announced that Vice President Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were headed to Syria, as part of a delegation to negotiate a ceasefire agreement. Evangelical Voters and Trump:…
Trump’s Rhetoric Towards the Press has Real-World Implications 2019-10-15
Oct 15 • 31 min
Trump’s Rhetoric Towards the Press has Real-World Implications The Takeaway is joined by a journalist covering Washington and the Committee to Protect Journalists to discuss the implications of President Trump’s attitude towards the press. Tensions Grow…
How Will Congress Move Forward on Impeachment, with the Trump Admin Failing to Cooperate? 2019-10-14
Oct 14 • 36 min
How Will Congress Move Forward on Impeachment, with the Trump Admin Failing to Cooperate? Some have called this a “constitutional crisis” — but are we at that moment yet? Anti-Semitism Continues to Rise Throughout the Country Acts of anti-Semitism have…
Politics with Amy Walter: Digital Campaign Advertising and 2020
Oct 11 • 46 min
Even though Congress is technically on recess, it has been a busy week in the nation’s capital. The week started with a letter from White House Counsel Patrick Cipollone to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, informing the House leader that the White House was not…
Turkey Begins Offensive in Northern Syria: What Will Happen to the Kurds? 2019-10-10
Oct 10 • 40 min
Turkey Begins Offensive in Northern Syria: What Will Happen to the Kurds? President Trump has been criticized for turning his back on the Kurdish people in the region. Millions Without Power in California The state’s largest utility, PG&E, started cutting…
Grappling with Gun Control in Washington and Kansas City 2019-10-09
Oct 9 • 37 min
Grappling with Gun Control in Washington and Kansas City Gun reform legislation in Washington stalls, and a mass shooting occurred in Kansas City, Kansas. The Expectations of Forgiveness from Black Americans in the Aftermath of Violence The end of Amber…
Peter Navarro Talks Upcoming Trade Negotiations with China 2019-10-08
Oct 8 • 38 min
Peter Navarro Talks Upcoming Trade Negotiations with China “Truly a Trump miracle,” the Assistant to the President on Trade says about the state of the U.S. economy. Separating Fact from Fiction on Tariffs with China China has hit back with its own…
Trump Administration Moves Ahead with Major Foreign Policy Overhauls Amid Impeachment Inquiry 2019-10-07
Oct 7 • 37 min
Trump Administration Moves Ahead with Major Foreign Policy Overhauls Amid Impeachment Inquiry Even as the Ukraine scandal embroils the White House, President Trump has continued to press forward with an often unpredictable approach to foreign policy. Why…
Politics with Amy Walter: Quid Pro Quo My God
Oct 4 • 47 min
This week, new information about President Trump’s interactions with foreign governments have rattled Washington, D.C. While the White House works on beating back the impeachment inquiry, members of Congress are home in their districts checking in with…
U.S. Asylum Policy is Sending Migrants to Mexico, Where They Face Kidnapping, Assault and Violence 2019-10-03
Oct 3 • 29 min
U.S. Asylum Policy is Sending Migrants to Mexico, Where They Face Kidnapping, Assault and Violence The Migrant Protection Protocols policy sends asylum seekers to Mexico to wait for their day in court. Can ‘Joker’ Turn Internet Outrage into Box Office…
Trump Inc. Explores Web of Connections Between President Trump and Ukraine 2019-10-02
Oct 2 • 39 min
Trump Inc. Explores Web of Connections Between President Trump and Ukraine Even before he became president, Donald Trump had ties with the former Soviet Republic. “It’s Fueled My Fire”: Formerly-Imprisoned Journalist Reflects One Year Since Khashoggi’s…
Impeachment Saga Puts New Spotlight on Federal Whistleblower Complaints 2019-10-01
Oct 1 • 32 min
Last week, Joseph Maguire, Acting Director of National Intelligence, testified before Congress, as part of the impeachment inquiry launched by Democrats against President Trump. “I want to stress that I believe the whistleblower and the Inspector General,…
How Should the Media Be Covering Impeachment? 2019-09-30
Sep 30 • 36 min
How Should the Media Be Covering Impeachment? The latest Trump administration scandal has pushed the impeachment news cycle into overdrive, as mainstream media and right-wing outlets battle over control of the narrative. A Growing Catalog of Hate Symbols…
Politics with Amy Walter: In Pursuit of Impeachment
Sep 27 • 45 min
This week, President Donald Trump was accused of enlisting the President of Ukraine to investigate his political rival, Vice President Joe Biden. A whistleblower’s complaint alleges that the White House tried to hide the transcript of the conversation…
The National Conversation Around Sexual Assault, One Year Since the Kavanaugh Hearings 2019-09-26
Sep 26 • 30 min
The Changing Landscape of Impeachment Today, the acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire is testifying to Congress about the whistleblower complaint that started this all. What the Republicans Think About the Push for Impeachment The…
A Historical Look at Impeachment 2019-09-25
Sep 25 • 29 min
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More Democrats Call for Impeachment Amid Whistleblower Reports 2019-09-24
Sep 24 • 40 min
More Democrats Call for Impeachment Amid Whistleblower Reports Two members of Congress join to discuss whether or not impeachment is inevitable. Athletes and Sexual Assault: Why Survivors Should be Centered in the Conversation It is a tremendous risk for…
The New Wave of Corporate Activism 2019-09-23
Sep 23 • 32 min
The New Wave of Corporate Activism More and more businesses are taking a stand on everything from gun control to climate change. Is There Anything Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Can’t Do? The Takeaway speaks to NBA legend and author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar about how…
Politics with Amy Walter: The Politics of Climate Change
Sep 20 • 45 min
Scientists have painted a bleak picture of the future if we fail to curb greenhouse gas emissions, but we’ve already started to witness the fallout of a warming planet. Politics with Amy Walter looks at the role climate change is playing across politics…
From Resilience to Resistance: The Toll of Hurricane Maria, Two Years Later 2019-09-19
Sep 19 • 31 min
From Resilience to Resistance: The Toll of Hurricane Maria, Two Years Later This Friday marks two years since Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico. The Art of Tackling Climate Change The Takeaway sits down with three artists who are working to incorporate…
How are the Concerns of Asian Americans Being Considered Ahead of the 2020 Elections? 2019-09-18
Sep 18 • 34 min
How are the Concerns of Asian Americans Being Considered Ahead of the 2020 Elections? Andrew Yang and Kamala Harris have brought Asian American identity into a new national focus. 2020 Republican Candidate Mark Sanford Condemns Primary Cancellations…
The Trump Administration’s Federal Court Strategy: 150 Judges Confirmed So Far 2019-09-17
Sep 17 • 38 min
The Trump Administration’s Federal Court Strategy: 150 Judges Confirmed So Far What does the Democrats’ strategy look like in the lead-up to 2020? Nationwide Efforts to Track Police Officers who Lie on the Job In cities like Seattle, St. Louis, and…
Climate Change is Making Children Anxious 2019-09-16
Sep 16 • 33 min
Climate Change is Making Children Anxious And they want to do something about it. Revisiting the Groundbreaking Career of Actor Raúl Juliá The PBS documentary “Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage” paints a portrait of a trailblazing Latino performer, who…
Politics with Amy Walter: Democratic Candidates Battle It Out in Houston
Sep 13 • 44 min
The third Democratic primary debate is behind us now—all three hours of it. On Thursday night, the top ten polling Democratic candidates met in Houston, Texas. And for the first time, frontrunners Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders shared a…
Why Are People Leaving Some of Biggest U.S. Metro Areas? 2019-09-12
Sep 12 • 31 min
Why Are People Leaving Some of Biggest U.S. Metro Areas? New data from the Census Bureau shows that populations are declining in some of the biggest metro areas in the country, like New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Who Was the Mysterious Spy in…
How States Are Holding Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors Accountable 2019-09-11
Sep 11 • 41 min
How States Are Holding Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors Accountable States across the country are holding manufacturers and distributors of opioids accountable for their role in creating what they say is an epidemic. U.S. Jails and Prisons Failing to…
Has a New Norm Been Broken with the NOAA Controversy? 2019-09-10
Sep 10 • 34 min
Has a New Norm Been Broken with the NOAA Controversy? Millions of Americans were looking to the federal government for life-saving information about Hurricane Dorian. They got a political fiasco. The Eleventh Hour Fight Over Fate of California’s Privacy…
U.S.-Taliban Talks Stall Days Before September 11th Anniversary 2019-09-09
Sep 9 • 33 min
U.S.-Taliban Talks Stall Days Before September 11th Anniversary On Saturday, President Trump said he was canceling a secret meeting at Camp David between U.S., Taliban, and Afghan officials. The Takeaway looks at what’s next for the negotiations. FTC…
Politics with Amy Walter: What Have We Learned on the Campaign Trail?
Sep 6 • 25 min
Amy Walter’s take: There’s something of a consensus-building within the so-called mainstream political media that it’s only a matter of time before Biden’s Teflon shield is deflated. His debate performances have been shaky. He is not as quick on his feet…
Is Vaping More Dangerous Than It Seems? 2019-09-05
Sep 5 • 32 min
Is Vaping More Dangerous Than It Seems? Hundreds of patients with severe respiratory illnesses have reported using e-cigarette products. The Legacy of Venus and Serena Williams Serena Williams won her 100th singles victory at the Open, despite reports…
What’s Happening at the NRA? 2019-09-04
Sep 4 • 40 min
What’s Happening at the NRA? For the last year, the National Rifle Association has been in turmoil, from financial uncertainty and legal disputes to leadership struggles and the shuttering of NRATV. Congressman Lacy Clay Demands Action After 12 Children…
What’s the Link Between Hurricanes and Climate Change? 2019-09-03
Sep 3 • 33 min
What’s the Link Between Hurricanes and Climate Change? Some experts say hurricanes like Dorian are becoming more intense due to global warming. Hong Kong Students are Heading Back to School, But Protesters Still Aren’t Backing Down Authorities in mainland…
EXCLUSIVE: Correction Staff at ICE Jail Skirted Rules with Mentally Ill Detainee who Hanged Himself 2019-09-02
Sep 2 • 33 min
by José Olivares A warning to listeners: some of the audio in this story is disturbing and hard to listen to. An exclusive Takeaway and The Intercept investigation shows that correctional staff at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center…
Politics with Amy Walter: Will Unions Deliver 2020 to the Democrats?
Aug 30 • 48 min
In the episode before Labor Day, we look at the rise and fall of the labor movement, particularly unions. By collectively bargaining for better work conditions, unions elevated the middle class. Over the years, many unions have watched their membership…
In Kashmir and Elsewhere, Digital Authoritarianism is on the Rise 2019-08-29
Aug 29 • 38 min
In Kashmir and Elsewhere, Digital Authoritarianism is on the Rise Kashmir’s blackout has meant that millions of people in the state have not been able to communicate with the outside world, so reports on conditions in Kashmir have been scarce. Rohingya…
Growing Concerns about U.S. Election System Ahead of 2020 2019-08-28
Aug 28 • 31 min
Growing Concerns about U.S. Election System Ahead of 2020 On Monday, vice chairman of the Federal Election Commission Matthew Petersen announced his resignation. Will Brazil’s Far-Right President Fight Raging Fires in the Amazon? Brazil’s space research…
The Rise of the Term “Identity Politics” 2019-08-27
Aug 27 • 28 min
The Rise of the Term “Identity Politics” The term “identity politics” is often reserved for when candidates talk about issues that affect minority communities, but not for coded appeals to white voters. Newark Announces Plan to Get the Lead Out of its…
Podcast: What Does Andrew Luck’s Retirement Mean for the NFL? 2019-08-26
Aug 26 • 29 min
What Does Andrew Luck’s Retirement Mean for the NFL? The Indianapolis Colts quarterback announced his retirement over the weekend. Rising Temperatures are Creating Dangerous Conditions for Workers Over 800 workers died in the U.S. from heat exposure…
Politics with Amy Walter: Should We Be Worried About a Recession?
Aug 23 • 45 min
The ongoing trade war with China, a weakened global economy, and a lack of investment by companies indicates that a recession might be looming. President Trump has spent his first term saying that the economy is in better shape than ever before, but is…
Podcast: The History Behind President Trump’s Accusations of “Disloyalty” Against Jewish Americans 2019-08-22
Aug 22 • 30 min
The History Behind President Trump’s Accusations of “Disloyalty” Against Jewish Americans On Tuesday, President Trump said that any Jewish person who votes for a Democrat is either guilty of ignorance or “great disloyalty,” an anti-Semitic trope that…
Podcast: How the Trump Administration is Affecting Women’s Health Care Beyond Abortion 2019-08-21
Aug 21 • 28 min
How the Trump Administration is Affecting Women’s Health Care Beyond Abortion The lightning rod of Planned Parenthood and access to abortion could be overshadowing more widespread cuts to programs servicing women’s health. “In God We Trust”: Louisiana…
1619: The Enduring Legacy of Slavery in the United States
Aug 20 • 42 min
1619: The Truth About 400 Years of Slavery Four hundred years ago this month, the first group of enslaved Africans were forcibly brought by British colonists to what is now the United States. 1619: The Racist Roots of the U.S. Racial Wealth Gap Sandy…
Podcast: Homelessness is on the Rise, Despite Efforts at Intervention 2019-08-19
Aug 19 • 37 min
Homelessness is on the Rise, Despite Efforts at Intervention While homelessness as a whole has been going down since 2007, in the 2017-2018 years, there was a slight increase in homelessness nationwide. The Backlash Against Jay-Z’s Partnership with the…
Politics with Amy Walter: Texodus: Can Democrats Turn the Lone Star State Blue?
Aug 16 • 45 min
A number of Republicans in the House have announced their retirements… and turns out many are in suburban districts, where the GOP’s support has been dwindling. In June, we saw one of the more high-profile Republican retirements when Congresswoman Susan…
Podcast: ICE Raids In Mississippi Last Week Left Some Children Without Parents 2019-08-15
Aug 15 • 33 min
ICE Raids In Mississippi Last Week Left Some Children Without Parents Raids like this can be scaring for many children. The Historical Precedent for Trump’s ‘Public Charge’ Rule U.S. immigration policy has long been governed by the notion of who deserves…
Podcast: Wave of Child Sex Abuse Lawsuits Expected As New York’s Child Victims Act Takes Effect 2019-08-14
Aug 14 • 45 min
Wave of Child Sex Abuse Lawsuits Expected As New York’s Child Victims Act Takes Effect For the next year, anyone who was sexually abused as a child in New York can sue people and institutions, no matter how long it has been. What a Deadly Explosion in…
Podcast: Police and Protesters Clash at Hong Kong Airport 2019-08-13
Aug 13 • 29 min
Police and Protesters Clash at Hong Kong Airport Thousands of protesters descended on the international airport in Hong Kong over the weekend and successfully shut the airport down. SoulCycle Becomes Latest Brand to Reckon with a Social Media Boycott…
Podcast: What Does Justice Look Like for Jeffrey Epstein’s Victims Now? 2019-08-12
Aug 12 • 36 min
What Does Justice Look Like for Jeffrey Epstein’s Victims Now? On Saturday morning, guards at the Metropolitan Correctional Facility discovered the body of Jeffrey Epstein, who has apparently died by suicide. Issue of Suicides in U.S. Jails Extends Far…
Ferguson: Five Years Later (A Takeaway Special Podcast)
Aug 10 • 32 min
Reflecting on Ferguson, Five Years Later It’s been five years since Michael Brown was shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri. Ferguson’s New Generation of Activists Michael Brown’s death, and the protests that followed, inspired a new generation…
Politics with Amy Walter: The Past and Present of Gun Control
Aug 9 • 48 min
Last weekend, there were two mass shootings in the span of 13 hours. In El Paso, 22 were killed in what federal authorities are considering a domestic terrorist attack. And in Dayton, nine people were killed when a gunman opened fire in the city’s Oregon…
Podcast: Rethinking Public Spaces in the Wake of Mass Shootings 2019-08-08
Aug 8 • 25 min
Rethinking Public Spaces in the Wake of Mass Shootings As mass shootings continue to happen in public spaces, many people in the United States say their sense of safety has been deeply shaken. A Leadership Crisis in Puerto Rico Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court…
Podcast: The Danger of Linking Mental Illness to Mass Shootings 2019-08-07
Aug 7 • 33 min
The Danger of Linking Mental Illness to Mass Shootings The American Psychiatric Association said that gun violence is a public health crisis and that “the overwhelming majority of people with mental illness are not violent.” Toni Morrison’s Legacy…
Podcast: The Physical and Psychological Toll of Surviving a Mass Shooting 2019-08-06
Aug 6 • 26 min
The Physical and Psychological Toll of Surviving a Mass Shooting While much of the media coverage on mass shootings is focused on death tolls, the recovery process for survivors of mass shootings tends to get overlooked. Can We Reduce Domestic Terrorism…
Podcast: Tragedy Strikes in El Paso and Dayton 2019-08-05
Aug 5 • 30 min
Tragedy Strikes in El Paso and Dayton Over the weekend, two mass shootings marked a week full of domestic terrorism in the country. “Erased from Public Memory”: The History of Anti-Latino Violence in the U.S. There is a historical precedent to the…
Politics with Amy Walter: the Upcoming 2020 Elections in the Battleground State
Aug 2 • 45 min
This week, Politics with Amy Walter is coming to you from Detroit. The city has gotten a lot of attention over the course of the week as it hosted the latest round of democratic debates. But why Detroit? Because — Michigan. President Donald Trump won…
Podcast: Coal Miners, Protesting Unpaid Wages, Block Train Tracks 2019-08-01
Aug 1 • 38 min
Coal Miners, Protesting Unpaid Wages, Block Train Tracks On July 1st, the mining company BlackJewel LLC, the 6th largest coal producer in the country, filed for bankruptcy, and the fate of its 1,700 employees remains unclear. Remembering the Red Summer,…
Podcast: How the Political Crisis in Puerto Rico is Unifying the Puerto Rican Diaspora 2019-07-31
Jul 31 • 44 min
How the Political Crisis in Puerto Rico is Unifying the Puerto Rican Diaspora The protests in Puerto Rico have served to lift up the voices of groups that were typically underrepresented on the island: LGBTQ people, women, and members of the diaspora.…
Podcast: Departure of Dan Coats Signals New Direction for Intelligence Agencies Heading into 2020 2019-07-30
Jul 30 • 31 min
Departure of Dan Coats Signals New Direction for Intelligence Agencies Heading into 2020 Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats will be stepping down next month, after a tenure that saw him clash with President Trump over Russian election meddling.…
Podcast: Muslim Politicians Hold First National Gathering As Islamophobia Continues To Rise 2019-07-29
Jul 29 • 34 min
Muslim Politicians Hold First National Gathering As Islamophobia Continues To Rise The number of Muslim candidates has risen significantly since President Trump was elected in 2016. What does the Guatemalan “Safe Third Country” Agreement Mean? Immigration…
Politics with Amy Walter: Mueller’s Testimony Underscores a Crisis of Faith in Democracy
Jul 26 • 46 min
Much of the coverage of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s congressional testimony this week focused on optics, with pundits on both sides framing the hearings as either beneficial or damaging to a particular political narrative. But where the hearings may…
Podcast: ‘The People Have Spoken’: Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló Resigns 2019-07-25
Jul 25 • 39 min
‘The People Have Spoken’: Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló Resigns The historic protests on the island have shaken the political establishment on the island. More Than 3 Million People Could Lose Food Stamps Under New USDA Rules A proposal by the Trump…
Podcast: Robert Mueller Testifies: Three Things We May Be Overlooking 2019-07-24
Jul 24 • 45 min
You can find all of our coverage of the Mueller report here. Database Shows that Drug Companies Distributed 76 Billion Opioid Pills in 7 Years As a result, major drug companies will face the first of many lawsuits in October. New US Budget Deal Avoids…
Podcast: Should 2020 Democrats Appeal to Moderates or Progressives? 2019-07-23
Jul 23 • 40 min
Should 2020 Democrats Appeal to Moderates or Progressives? Some members of the House have been calling for Democratic candidates to appeal to the center, and for outspoken progressive lawmakers to tone down their rhetoric. The State of Election Security…
Podcast: How Puerto Rico’s Colonial Roots is Influencing the Political Unrest 2019-07-22
Jul 22 • 37 min
How Puerto Rico’s Colonial Roots is Influencing the Political Unrest Today is the 10th day of demonstrations in Puerto Rico calling for the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló. How Puerto Rican Student Activists Envision the Future of the Island With…
Politics with Amy Walter: There’s a Generational Divide Upending U.S. Politics
Jul 19 • 47 min
After a bruising political week in which President Trump’s feud with “The Squad” reached a fever pitch, Amy Walter reflects on how both Republicans and Democrats could be alienating crucial voters ahead of the 2020 elections. Plus, we look at the yawning…
Podcast: The Political Crisis Continues in Puerto Rico 2019-07-18
Jul 18 • 36 min
The Political Crisis Continues in Puerto Rico Pressure is continuing to mount on Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Rosselló, following a scandal over the weekend in which nearly 900 pages of his private chat messages were leaked. Two Voices from the Puerto…
Podcast: Black Lives Matter: The State of Activism Five Years After Eric Garner’s Death 2019-07-17
Jul 17 • 43 min
Black Lives Matter: The State of Activism Five Years After Eric Garner’s Death On the fifth anniversary of Garner’s death by chokehold, a roundtable discussion on how the Black Lives Matter movement has evolved. The Inequity of Sex Offender Registries The…
Podcast: Trump Administration Makes Dramatic Change to U.S. Asylum Policy 2019-07-16
Jul 16 • 28 min
Trump Administration Makes Dramatic Change to U.S. Asylum Policy Starting today, migrants who do not seek asylum in at least one other country they cross through before reaching the U.S. cannot request asylum here. What the Media Gets Wrong About Racism…
Podcast: Political Scandals are Shaking Up Puerto Rico. What Exactly is Happening? 2019-07-15
Jul 15 • 31 min
Political Scandals are Shaking Up Puerto Rico. What Exactly is Happening? Two former top government officials were arrested and the governor is embroiled in his own scandal. We break down the situation. Centers for Unaccompanied Migrant Children Expand…
Politics with Amy Walter: Democrats Divided
Jul 13 • 47 min
The ongoing migrant crisis is getting worse, as the Department of Homeland Security is running out of room to house the increasing number of migrants detained at the border. And when evidence of the conditions dominated the news cycle earlier this month,…
Candidate Talk: Seth Moulton
Jul 12 • 13 min
Amy sits down with Representative Seth Moulton who announced in April that he is running for president. He’s one of the few combat veterans seeking the Democratic nomination, having served as a Marine in Iraq over the course of four deployments. Moulton…
Podcast: U.S. Hispanic Population is at All-Time High, But Growth is Slowing 2019-07-11
Jul 11 • 33 min
U.S. Hispanic Population is at All-Time High, But Growth is Slowing We analyze the U.S. Hispanic population demographically, economically, and politically, and look into what this means for the Latino vote in 2020. Chicago Defender Ends Print Run The…
Podcast: Native Leaders Invite 2020 Candidates to Presidential Forum 2019-07-10
Jul 10 • 35 min
Native Leaders Invite 2020 Candidates to Presidential Forum The forum will be hosted by Native organizations in Sioux County to talk about issues specifically related to Native Americans. Joy of World Cup Victory Contrasts with Fight for Equal Pay As the…
Podcast: Even With Insurance, the Cost of Health Care Remains a Crushing Burden 2019-07-09
Jul 9 • 28 min
Even With Insurance, the Cost of Health Care Remains a Crushing Burden Meanwhile, a US Circuit Court of Appeals is once again hearing arguments on the fate of Obamacare. A Look At Rising Drug Prices Prescription drugs are becoming increasingly…
Podcast: Rifts Emerge Between Progressive and Moderate Democrats Heading into 2020 2019-07-08
Jul 8 • 36 min
Recent tensions within the Democratic Party played out this weekend when Nancy Pelosi called out progressive Democratic politicians in an interview with the New York Times.
Podcast: A Former Border Patrol Agent on the Culture of CBP 2019-07-03
Jul 3 • 37 min
We speak with a former Border Patrol agent about the evolution of the agency and its culture, and how people are recruited and retained.
Podcast: What Does Responsible Tourism Look Like? 2019-07-02
Jul 2 • 28 min
Across the globe, tourism is on the rise, and our planet is feeling it. By some estimates, global tourism accounts for nearly 10 percent of the world’s carbon emissions.
Podcast: A Small Step for Trump, A Giant Leap for North Korea 2019-07-01
Jul 1 • 33 min
Donald Trump is the first sitting U.S. president to step onto North Korean soil. Was it a step toward peace and cooperation, or toward nuclear appeasement?
Politics with Amy Walter: Unpacking the Democratic Debates from the Aspen Ideas Festival
Jun 28 • 46 min
At this year’s Aspen Ideas Festival, Amy hosted back-to-back post-debate discussions with a panel of influential writers. We’ll hear excerpts from the conversation, in an effort to provide analysis of the first Democratic debates of the 2020 presidential…
Podcast: Life After Overdose, Part 4: The Future 2019-06-27
Jun 27 • 33 min
Life After Overdose, Part 4: The Future We conclude our series “Life After Overdose” with a look at what life is like today for Lauren and April, and what comes next for each of them. Comedian Ramy Youssef Finds the Humor in Stories We Aren’t Supposed to…
Podcast: Two Iranian American Voices Give Perspective to US-Iran Conflict 2019-06-26
Jun 26 • 39 min
Two Iranian American Voices Give Perspective to US-Iran Conflict Two Iranian-Americans who have witnessed how the relationship between the U.S. and Iran have impacted Iranians living in the U.S. and back in Iran gave their perspective on the conflict.…
Podcast: Plant-Based Meat Alternatives are Beefing Up in Popularity 2019-06-25
Jun 25 • 34 min
Plant-Based Meat Alternatives are Beefing Up in Popularity Plant-based meat has seen a boom in popularity but is it really all its chalked up to be? Migrants, Refugees Sent to Dangerous Mexican Border Towns to Await Hearings The U.S. is sending Central…
Podcast: “The Children are Dirty, They’re Sick”: Extreme Overcrowding and Unsanitary Conditions Reported at Migrant Detention Centers 2019-06-24
Jun 24 • 42 min
“The Children are Dirty, They’re Sick”: Extreme Overcrowding and Unsanitary Conditions Reported at Migrant Detention Centers Last week, migrant children being held in a Customs and Border Protection facility in Clint, Texas told a team of lawyers they…
Politics with Amy Walter: Digital Ads and the Wild West of Political Campaigning
Jun 23 • 46 min
As U.S. voters increasingly spend more of their lives online, political campaigns and other outside groups are trying to figure out how best to meet them on these digital spaces. But in the rush to perfect the effectiveness of digital ads, regulators have…
Podcast: Displaced Planet: UN Reports Record Number of Global Refugees 2019-06-20
Jun 20 • 39 min
Displaced Planet: UN Reports Record Number of Global Refugees 70 Million. That’s how many people around the world have been forcibly displaced by violence, natural disasters, and poverty. The Takeaway talked to some experts on the crisis. What to Know…
Podcast: Diplomats, Experts Convene in Bonn to Address Climate Change, the “Fight for Our Lives” 2019-06-19
Jun 19 • 40 min
Diplomats, Experts Convene in Bonn to Address Climate Change, the “Fight for Our Lives” The talks follow the publishing of a report that called climate change an “existential threat” to human civilization by 2050 if it is not adequately addressed. How…
Podcast: Tensions Between U.S. and Iran Heighten 2019-06-18
Jun 18 • 30 min
Tensions Between U.S. and Iran Heighten A lead architect for the Iran nuclear deal discusses what went wrong, and the current state of tensions between the U.S. and Iran. Supreme Court to Take Up Case on Race and Television Byron Allen, who is black, says…
Podcast: Prosecutors Drop Charges in Flint Water Crisis Cases, Extending Investigation 2019-06-17
Jun 17 • 36 min
Prosecutors Drop Charges in Flint Water Crisis Cases, Extending Investigation Last week, prosecutors dropped all pending criminal charges against officials involved in the Flint water crisis, creating another delay in the city’s ordeal. Exploitative Labor…
Politics with Amy Walter: Democratic Socialism is Having a Moment; Will Voters be Receptive to its Message?
Jun 14 • 44 min
Throughout most of the 20th century and beyond, the term “socialism” has carried a lot of baggage in U.S. political history. Socialism itself has deep historical roots in the U.S. But the ideology became a toxic brand thanks in part to the Cold War, as…
Podcast: Decades After Stonewall, Police Departments Struggle to Build Trust with LGBTQ Community 2019-06-13
Jun 13 • 42 min
Decades After Stonewall, Police Departments Struggle to Build Trust with LGBTQ Community Last week, the NYPD formally apologized for the 1969 raid at the Stonewall Inn. But fifty years after Stonewall, the relationship between LGBTQ people and police is…
Podcast: Border Patrol Camera Data Hacked, Released 2019-06-12
Jun 12 • 35 min
Border Patrol Camera Data Hacked, Released This week, Customs and Border Protection announced that hackers had stolen license plate images and travelers’ photos in what some inside the agency are calling a “major incident.” The Challenges of Preserving…
Podcast: Venezuelans Stream into an Uncertain Future in Colombia 2019-06-11
Jun 11 • 38 min
Venezuelans Stream into an Uncertain Future in Colombia With inflation at nearly one million percent, food and medicine have been all but impossible to purchase in Venezuela. President Trump and Auto Industry at Odds Over Future of Car Emissions Standards…
Podcast: Is the U.S. Immigration Policy ‘Inhumane?’ 2019-06-10
Jun 10 • 38 min
Is the U.S. Immigration Policy ‘Inhumane?’ Last week, the Trump administration announced that it will cut funding for soccer and education programs for unaccompanied children in federal custody. ICE Records: Ill Migrant Continued Working in ICE Custody…
Politics with Amy Walter: The Impact of Black Voters: “When We Show Up, We Transform How Power Operates”
Jun 7 • 45 min
When it comes to elections there’s always a key voting bloc that gets the media attention. If candidate X wins the FILL IN THE BLANK they’ll win the election. Over the past few years, we’ve heard a lot about the Latino vote. The white working class vote.…
Podcast: Parkland School Officer is Arrested, Forcing New Questions About Police in Schools 2019-06-06
Jun 6 • 32 min
Parkland School Officer is Arrested, Forcing New Questions About Police in Schools Critics say school resource officers heighten the chance of propelling students into the school-to-prison pipeline. Others say they are a school’s best defense against a…
Podcast: US Census in Crisis: As Supreme Court Weighs Citizenship Question, New Study Finds Key Groups May Be Overlooked 2019-06-05
Jun 5 • 30 min
US Census in Crisis: As Supreme Court Weighs Citizenship Question, New Study Finds Key Groups May Be Overlooked Black and Latino populations could be under-counted, according to a new study by the Urban Institute. The Enduring Battle Over Access to…
Podcast: Ransomware Attack Leaves Baltimore Locked out of City Hall 2019-06-04
Jun 4 • 31 min
Ransomware Attack Leaves Baltimore Locked out of City Hall Baltimore is the latest high-profile victim in a long string of attacks on soft targets like city governments and small businesses. Canadian National Inquiry: Killing and Disappearances of…
Podcast: Rethinking the Response to Mass Shootings 2019-06-03
Jun 3 • 37 min
Rethinking the Response to Mass Shootings After a mass shooting in Virginia Beach left 12 people dead, The Takeaway examines how government officials, the public, and the media respond to mass shootings in this moment. New Round of Israeli Elections…
Celebrating One Year of Amy Walter
May 31 • 45 min
Five times in history, the candidate elected president of the United States was not the winner of the national popular vote. With two of those five elections in recent memory, and a demographic shift that will likely continue the trend, the electoral…
Podcast: Robert Mueller’s Surprise Remarks Add Renewed Pressure on Congressional Democrats 2019-05-30
May 30 • 30 min
Robert Mueller’s Surprise Remarks Add Renewed Pressure on Congressional Democrats Robert Mueller chose not to add to his office’s findings, but he pointedly did not exonerate President Trump. Backlash to Documentary ‘After Maria’ Highlights Demand for…
Podcast: Mueller Speaks, Says ‘The Report Is My Testimony’ 2019-05-29
May 29 • 30 min
Mueller Speaks, Says ‘The Report Is My Testimony’ Robert Mueller gave his first and last statement as special counsel for the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Porn Literacy Courses Are Helping High School Students Understand…
Podcast: E.U. Elections Results Reveal a Continent Divided 2019-05-28
May 28 • 30 min
E.U. Elections Results Reveal a Continent Divided With the highest number of votes cast in more than 20 years, the once predominant centrist parties lost influence to smaller groups on the right and the left. Talking to Our Kids About Abortion A slew of…
Homefront: Stories from Military Families
May 27 • 47 min
Today, on Memorial Day, The Takeaway has a special hour devoted to America’s military families and the unique challenges they face and the sacrifices they make. Terry Burgess’ son, Army Staff Sgt. Bryan Burgess, was killed in Afghanistan on March 29,…
The Juggle Is Real: Navigating Life In Your 40s
May 25 • 43 min
If you’re in your 40s and more tired than you’ve ever been because you are juggling life, money, aging parents, aging yourself, not wanting to play games any more etc. raise your hand. 🖐🏼 How are you coping? — Tanzina Vega (@tanzinavega) May 9, 2019 After…
Politics with Amy Walter: The Evolution of the Executive
May 24 • 47 min
Every president leaves their mark on the office of the presidency. The office of the presidency also leaves its mark on every person who holds it. This week, we broadcast from the Presidential Ideas Festival, hosted by the University of Virginia’s Miller…
Podcast: 2019-05-23 Lack of Inclusionary Affordable Housing Leads to Segregation and Financial Disparity
May 23 • 33 min
Lack of Inclusionary Affordable Housing Leads to Segregation and Financial Disparity Connecticut’s affordable housing issues have turned parts of the state into some of the most segregated and financially disparate in the country. This is indicative of a…
Podcast: 2019-05-22 President Trump Faces First Major Blow in Effort to Stonewall House Democrats’ Subpoenas
May 22 • 37 min
President Trump Faces First Major Blow in Effort to Stonewall House Democrats’ Subpoenas President Trump is suing to block an accounting firm from handing over his financial records to Congress. But on Monday, a District Court Judge ruled against the…
Podcast: 2019-05-21 Insurance Companies Continue to Deny Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Despite Law Guaranteeing Coverage
May 21 • 29 min
Insurance Companies Continue to Deny Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Despite Law Guaranteeing Coverage When the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act was passed in 2008, it supposed to guarantee insurance coverage of mental health and…
Podcast: 2019-05-20 5th Death of a Migrant Child Since December Occurs as Border Apprehensions Continue to Rise
May 20 • 36 min
5th Death of a Migrant Child Since December Occurs as Border Apprehensions Continue to Rise Since December, five migrant children have died after being detained by U.S. immigration agencies. The Juggle: Money In Your 40s The Takeaway is tackling life your…
Politics with Amy Walter: The Political Power of Teachers
May 17 • 49 min
It feels like every day someone new announces they are running for President. But Andrew Yang, the founder of the fellowship program for recent college graduates Venture for America, was one of the first to declare. If elected, he says he would implement…
Podcast: 2019-05-16 School Segregation is Getting Worse 65 Years After Brown v. Board of Education
May 16 • 32 min
School Segregation is Getting Worse 65 Years After Brown v. Board of Education The number of intensely segregated minority schools has tripled since 1988 with New York and California having some of the highest rates of school segregation. ‘The Unsung…