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Vote, But Your Civic Engagement Doesn’t End There
Jan 21 • 46 min
Millions of Americans voted last Election Day. But millions of others participate in our democracy every day in small ways. While 7 in 10 Americans report feeling generally negative about what is going on in the country today, Americans are also more…
Communities Fill the Gaps Created by Shutdown
Jan 17 • 30 min
Communities Fill the Gaps Created by Shutdown The Takeaway hears from reporters in Arizona, Texas, and Alaska about the impact of the shutdown on their communities and how local charities and businesses are stepping up to help. American Troops Killed in…
Calculating the Costs of the Longest Government Shutdown in History
Jan 16 • 33 min
Calculating the Costs of the Longest Government Shutdown in History By some estimates, the shutdown will soon cost as much as the President has requested for his wall. Having to Pay $12 for a Gallon of Gas Sparks Deadly Protests Across Zimbabwe The outcry…
What Recourse do Federal Workers have During a Shutdown? Learning from the 1981 Air Traffic Controllers’ Strike
Jan 15 • 41 min
What Recourse do Federal Workers have During a Shutdown? Learning from the 1981 Air Traffic Controllers’ Strike The air traffic controllers’ union is one of several organizations representing federal workers who have sued the Trump administration over…
New Reports Underscore FBI’s Concern About Trump’s Links to Russia
Jan 14 • 36 min
New Reports Underscore FBI’s Concern About Trump’s Links to Russia The President was also reportedly highly secretive about his meetings with Russian President, Vladimir Putin. Does Rep. Steve King’s Racism and Xenophobia Have a Place in the Republican…
Manafort’s Links to Russian Oligarchs Under Renewed Scrutiny Amid Change in Leadership at the Department of Justice
Jan 10 • 26 min
Manafort’s Links to Russian Oligarchs Under Renewed Scrutiny Amid Change in Leadership at the Department of Justice With William P. Barr set to take over the DOJ, a Paul Manafort court filing reveals new details of Robert Mueller’s investigation. As…
As Shutdown Drags On, Can Americans Afford to Go Without a Paycheck?
Jan 9 • 30 min
As Shutdown Drags On, Can Americans Afford to Go Without a Paycheck? There isn’t good data on the number of Americans living paycheck to paycheck, but the truth is, many Americans have lived that way at some point in their lives. Misdemeanors: Why One…
Shutdowns are a Game of Chicken, But Does Anyone Actually Win?
Jan 8 • 31 min
Shutdowns are a Game of Chicken, But Does Anyone Actually Win? If no compromise is reached, the political impasse could make this the longest-running government shutdown in American history. Future of Chinese Tariffs Uncertain as American Delegation…
Stuck in Limbo: How the Government Shutdown is Affecting Immigration Courts
Jan 7 • 32 min
Stuck in Limbo: How the Government Shutdown is Affecting Immigration Courts Judges, attorneys, and migrants are only a few of the players involved. Florida Restored Voting Rights to Former Felons, But There’s Confusion Over Implementation More than a…
Big Pharma Raises Prescription Prices, Undercutting Trump’s Presidential Pledge
Jan 3 • 30 min
Big Pharma Raises Prescription Prices, Undercutting Trump’s Presidential Pledge With 28 pharmaceutical companies set to raise prices in January, Americans will continue to pay more for prescription medications than any other wealthy country. Native…
Inside the Big Business of Migrant Detention
Jan 2 • 35 min
Inside the Big Business of Migrant Detention A new investigation shows just how lucrative the big business of immigration detention is for private prisons. For Americans Over 50, Losing Work Can Mean Financial Ruin A new analysis says more than half of…
2019 News Preview: Stories to Watch in the Year Ahead
Jan 1 • 46 min
Today, on a special New Year’s day edition of The Takeaway we’ll look at what 2019 has in store when it comes to some of the biggest issues affecting our country and our world—everything from climate change to domestic politics to U.S. foreign policy.…
The Ongoing ‘Humanitarian Crisis’ on the Border, and the Community in El Paso Rallying To Help
Dec 31, 2018 • 36 min
The Ongoing ‘Humanitarian Crisis’ on the Border, and the Community in El Paso Rallying To Help More than 2,000 migrants have been released from federal custody into El Paso in the last week. U.S. Strategy Against ISIS and the Future of the Caliphate…
As Distrust Grows, Who’s Going to Lead?
Dec 28, 2018 • 47 min
As Distrust Grows, Who’s Going to Lead? An hour-long look on American leadership begins with a look at just how dire the leadership and trust crisis is, and the historical analogies. How Grassroots Leadership is Changing America As trust in national…
Wild Swings on Wall Street Have Economists Worried About Recession
Dec 27, 2018 • 28 min
Wild Swings on Wall Street Have Economists Worried About Recession The stock market is not the economy, and the economy is not the stock market. Yet the recent volatility is a troubling sign. How Pediatricians Hope to Stop More Child Deaths on US-Mexico…
New Report Says the VA Underspent on Suicide Prevention Outreach
Dec 26, 2018 • 33 min
New Report Says the VA Underspent on Suicide Prevention Outreach A new report just out from the Government Accountability Office says the VA has failed on a massive scale to address the problem of veteran suicide. Medical Foster Homes Can Be an Option for…
Making America Kinder, One Smile at a Time
Dec 25, 2018 • 48 min
For the past few weeks, The Takeaway has been featuring stories of good deeds big and small from our listeners for our series America the Kind. So we’ve gathered them all together — plus some bonus stories you haven’t heard yet — in this special episode…
Escaping D.C.’s Real Life Political Drama With a Fictional One
Dec 22, 2018 • 25 min
There are countless political dramas and comedies to choose from, but with Washington D.C. feeling a bit like a reality show is there still room for political fiction or are Americans feeling the fatigue? This week on Politics with Amy Walter from The…
Does the GOP Have a Woman Problem?
Dec 21, 2018 • 35 min
Democrats won with women by 19 points in the 2018 midterm elections. Efforts to recruit new women candidates to the Republican Party have faltered and while a record number of women will be serving in the next Congress come January, most of them are…
A Bipartisan Moment for Criminal Justice Reform
Dec 20, 2018 • 33 min
A Bipartisan Moment for Criminal Justice Reform This week we spotted that rarest of beasts in Washington: a bipartisan moment, and just in time for the holidays. The Senate has passed criminal justice reform with the First Step Act. Minneapolis Hopes to…
Trump Foundation to Shut Down After Agreement
Dec 19, 2018 • 26 min
Trump Foundation to Shut Down After Agreement The Trump Foundation is shutting down after an agreement was reached with New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood as part of an ongoing lawsuit. Goldman Sachs Faces Criminal Charges for Billion Dollar…
New Senate Reports Detail Extent of Russian Meddling Campaign
Dec 18, 2018 • 45 min
New Senate Reports Detail Extent of Russian Meddling Campaign The reports show that Russian meddlers took advantage of a deep knowledge of how to wedge American voters further apart. Budapest Erupts in Protests Over Far-Right Reforms Thousands of…
What Should Lawmakers Do in Response to the Death of the 7-Year-Old Migrant?
Dec 17, 2018 • 32 min
What Should Lawmakers Do in Response to the Death of the 7-Year-Old Migrant? We speak with New Mexico Senator Tom Udall regarding the 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died in CBP custody. Death of Guatemalan Child Points to Deep Culture of Abuse and Neglect…
Putting Together the Pieces of Mueller’s Investigation Puzzle
Dec 14, 2018 • 45 min
It’s been a rapid fire few days in special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into Russian collusion during the run-up to the 2016 presidential, with sentencing memos for Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen last week, followed by Cohen’s…
Theresa May Stays, as a Messy Brexit Continues
Dec 13, 2018 • 29 min
Theresa May Stays, as a Messy Brexit Continues On Wednesday, British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a no confidence vote called by members of her own Conservative Party, as the messy Brexit story continues to unfold. Congress Clashes Over the Way…
Trump and the NRA Are Likely to Have Violated Campaign Finance Law, New Report Shows
Dec 12, 2018 • 41 min
Trump and the NRA Are Likely to Have Violated Campaign Finance Law, New Report Shows Evidence points to an illegally coordinated effort between the NRA and the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election. What We Know About Maria Butina’s Plea…
Theresa May’s Brexit Strategy Suffers Last Minute Defeat
Dec 11, 2018 • 32 min
Theresa May’s Brexit Strategy Suffers Last Minute Defeat Prime Minister May’s decision to postpone a parliamentary vote spells further uncertainty for the global economy. What Cyntoia Brown’s Case Reveals About Juvenile Justice in America Cyntoia Brown…
Mueller Investigation and Cabinet Shakeups: A Pulse Check on Trump’s Administration
Dec 10, 2018 • 38 min
Mueller Investigation and Cabinet Shakeups: A Pulse Check on Trump’s Administration As 2018 nears its end, we check in on the latest with the Trump Administration. ‘My Worst Nightmare’: Black Gun Owners React to Killing of Emantic Bradford Following the…
Inside the Power of ICE
Dec 7, 2018 • 52 min
In this hour, we take a look at the creation of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and how in just fifteen years it’s gone from an agency with wide bipartisan support to a political lightning rod. We’ll hear from a man who has been detained at Bergen…
US Prosecutors Place Charges in Panama Papers Probe
Dec 6, 2018 • 30 min
US Prosecutors Place Charges in Panama Papers Probe It was the biggest leak in history. And it showed us how rich people hide their money. What Regulations Are Keeping Civilian Drones in Check? Following our earlier coverage from the week, we look at the…
How We Say Goodbye: Presidential Funerals and Moments of Unity
Dec 5, 2018 • 30 min
How We Say Goodbye: Presidential Funerals and Moments of Unity Presidential funerals — and the eulogies delivered at them — have made for memorable moments in the nation’s history, and have been used to call for unity in divisive times. Wisconsin and…
North Carolina Launches Investigation into Possible Election Fraud
Dec 4, 2018 • 36 min
North Carolina Launches Investigation into Possible Election Fraud A Republican victory is in limbo as an investigation is launched in North Carolina to determine whether hundreds of absentee ballots were illegally cast or destroyed. France on the Brink:…
When Police Officers Commit Crimes, How Frequently Are They Punished?
Dec 3, 2018 • 37 min
When Police Officers Commit Crimes, How Frequently Are They Punished? And what will it take for the culture within police departments to change? The Big Business of Detaining Migrant Children A report published over the weekend in The New York Times…
Politics with Amy Walter: Pentagon’s First-Ever Audit Exposes Massive Accounting Fraud
Nov 30, 2018 • 15 min
The military budget is at its highest level since World War II, but where exactly does all that money go and what wars are we even fighting these days? In this episode, Amy Walter finds out how much is being spent and how the money aligns with the…
Migrant Family Separation Continues at the Border, Despite Executive Order
Nov 29, 2018 • 33 min
Migrant Family Separation Continues at the Border, Despite Executive Order Immigration officials have yet to provide clarity on the number of children having been separated. Chemical Attack on Central American Migrants Puts America’s Relationship with…
Is Facebook Too Big? Amid Repeat Offenses, Global Regulators Suggest Breaking Up the Social Media Giant
Nov 28, 2018 • 40 min
Is Facebook Too Big? Amid Repeat Offenses, Global Regulators Suggest Breaking Up the Social Media Giant Mark Zuckerberg was noticeably absent from a meeting in the UK on Tuesday, where regulators from nine countries demanded answers. Facebook’s Sheryl…
Earlonne Woods, Co-Host of Prison Podcast, Has Sentence Commuted
Nov 27, 2018 • 41 min
General Motors Announces Big Layoffs and Plant Closures The American car manufacturer announced plans to cut more than 14,000 jobs and halt production at five plants across the United States and Canada. Ahead of G20 Summit, Violence Flares Up Between…
Migrants Tear Gassed at the Border as U.S. and Mexico Prepare Asylum Policy Change
Nov 26, 2018 • 39 min
Migrants Tear Gassed at the Border as U.S. and Mexico Prepare Asylum Policy Change Women and children were also among those on the receiving end after U.S. officials fired tear gas across the border and into Mexico. New White House Climate Report Has Some…
Politics with Amy Walter: Family, Friendship and Politics Collide on Thanksgiving
Nov 23, 2018 • 27 min
Sure, it’s nice to gather everyone to celebrate Thanksgiving. But depending on the family, there can be just as much laughter as there is screaming and tears. And politics doesn’t help. Amid our deeply polarized time, some relationships are being tested…
The History of Thanksgiving Food, from the First Venison to Your Modern Day Table
Nov 22, 2018 • 47 min
The History of Thanksgiving Food, from the First Venison to Your Modern Day Table Why do we eat what we eat on this day? Food historian and writer Sandy Oliver takes us back to the beginning, and we hear from you about what makes your Thanksgiving table…
‘Very Fortunate’: California Wildfire Survivors Remain Thankful This Thanksgiving
Nov 21, 2018 • 45 min
‘Very Fortunate’: California Wildfire Survivors Remain Thankful This Thanksgiving What do you do for Thanksgiving when your entire community is gone? Risa Johnson shares how the community is feeling gratitude in the midst of tragedy. Underneath Gun…
Caravan Migrants Face Mexican Protesters on Road to U.S. Border
Nov 20, 2018 • 40 min
Caravan Migrants Face Mexican Protesters on Road to U.S. Border Protesters shouted, “Mexico First” against caravan migrants. Fleeing Violence and Discrimination: Life for LGBTQ People in Central America Diego Molina, a volunteer for Dike LGBTI in El…
The Camp Fire Creates a Humanitarian Crisis
Nov 19, 2018 • 35 min
The Camp Fire Creates a Humanitarian Crisis A humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Northern California, where more than 10,000 families have lost their homes. ‘He’s a Champion’: The Lost and Found Pets of the Camp Fire When the Camp Fire roared through…
Politics with Amy Walter: The Money Behind the Midterms
Nov 16, 2018 • 48 min
Counting on Election Integrity in Florida Machine meltdowns, recounts and who’s responsible? The Money Behind the Midterms More than $5 billion was spent by candidates alone in this year’s midterm elections, with roughly 90 percent of Congressional…
“We Had to Drive Through a Wall of Flames”: Escaping the Camp Fire
Nov 15, 2018 • 30 min
“We Had to Drive Through a Wall of Flames”: Escaping the Camp Fire Four survivors of the devastating Camp Fire tell us their stories of escape and trying to forge ahead. Director Steve McQueen on “Widows,” A Thriller Tailor-Made for 2018 “12 Years a…
Amazon Comes to the Neighborhood
Nov 14, 2018 • 35 min
Amazon Comes to the Neighborhood On Tuesday, Amazon named Long Island City, New York, and Arlington, Virginia as the cite of their HQ2 locations. So what are the terms of the deal? Scotland Aims to Stamp Out Homophobia Through LGBTQ Education Last week,…
Doctors On Gun Violence: “This Is Our Lane”
Nov 13, 2018 • 33 min
Doctors On Gun Violence: “This Is Our Lane” The NRA told doctors to “stay in their lane,” and not take on the issue of gun violence. Doctors said: no way. How Criminal Justice Fared in the Midterms — and Why Conservative Support Mattered Criminal justice…
Devastating Fires Rage Throughout California
Nov 12, 2018 • 38 min
Devastating Fires Rage Throughout California The Camp Fire has already been marked as the deadliest fire in recent California history. Trial Over 2020 Census Citizenship Question Enters Second Week The State of New York, along with more than a dozen other…
Politics with Amy Walter: The Case for Speaker Pelosi, Again
Nov 9, 2018 • 50 min
The Case for Speaker Pelosi, Again In 2007, Nancy Pelosi became the first woman to lead the House of Representatives. She wants her job back. With Democrats in the House, Will a Divided Government Be Able to Govern? While Democrats will no longer be…
Grading The Media’s Election Performance
Nov 8, 2018 • 48 min
A New DOJ, Sans Sessions Sessions is out. We explore the decision and what it could mean for the Mueller investigation and the future of the Trump Administration. A Post-Midterm Look at the Nation’s Judicial Landscape The midterms are changing the face of…
A Night of Firsts: Women and Underrepresented Groups Make History
Nov 7, 2018 • 48 min
Election Roundup: Voters Choose Divided Government It’s the day after Election Day, so what do we know? After Losing the House, Republican Party Charts New Path Forward What does the loss of the House of Representatives mean for the Republican Party and…
Vote Today, But Your Civic Engagement Doesn’t End Here
Nov 6, 2018 • 46 min
Voting is one of the most important forms of civic engagement. But Americans have engaged with their communities in all sorts of ways. Today’s episode of The Takeaway explores the ways in which we are giving back to our communities and trying to make a…
Tallahassee Shooting: The Link Between Right Wing Extremism and Misogyny
Nov 5, 2018 • 45 min
Tallahassee Shooting: The Link Between Right-Wing Extremism and Misogyny The gunman had previously posted videos and audio files online, railing against women and people of color. Should Corporations Pay More to Fund Homeless Services? Bay Area Voters…
Politics with Amy Walter: Getting Up to Speed on All Things Midterms
Nov 2, 2018 • 56 min
This week on Politics with Amy Walter, with Election Day 2018 just days away, we look at where things stand heading into Tuesday. Also on the show, local reporters from Georgia and Florida bring us the latest on what could be historic gubernatorial…
Little Mention of Climate Change in Midterm Ads, But it Matters to Millennials
Nov 1, 2018 • 46 min
Little Mention of Climate Change in Midterm Ads, But it Matters to Millennials The Takeaway holds a roundtable discussion with three millennial voices on why climate change matters to them and their generation. Does the House of Representatives Actually…
The Role of the President as “Consoler-in-Chief”
Oct 31, 2018 • 49 min
Reflecting on Presidents as “Consolers-in-Chief” Pittsburgh’s civic leaders urged President Trump to stay away after the synagogue attack. A historian weighs in on the role of the presidency in uniting Americans after a tragedy. On the Campaign Trail,…
For Religious Communities, What Happens After an Attack?
Oct 30, 2018 • 40 min
For Religious Communities, What Happens After an Attack? We speak with three people who lost family and friends as a result of attacks at their places of worship. Montana Decides Whether to Keep Taxing to Fund Public Colleges Decreasing support for higher…
It is Time to Confront White Supremacist Violence
Oct 29, 2018 • 45 min
It is Time to Confront White Supremacist Violence In light of three horrific high-profile events from the past week, we analyze the continued rise of white supremacist violence. Brazil Elects Far-Right Bolsonaro for President Brazil is the latest country…
Politics with Amy Walter: Early Voting’s Big Impact on the Midterms
Oct 26, 2018 • 47 min
This week on Politics with Amy Walter, we examine all aspects of early voting. Early Voting’s Big Impact on the Midterms The midterms are very much underway. Over 10 million people have already cast their vote as of this week - numbers that are on par…
Attempted Bombings Point to a Widening Political Divide
Oct 25, 2018 • 42 min
Attempted Bombings Point to a Widening Political Divide Bombs sent to leaders of the Democratic Party Wednesday morning have brought the extreme partisan divide into stark relief. Ahead of Presidential Elections, Brazil Braces for the Worst With far-right…
With Midterm Elections in Sight, Record Amounts of Money Spent on Campaign Ads
Oct 24, 2018 • 46 min
With Midterm Elections in Sight, Record Amounts of Money Spent on Campaign Ads The media landscape has been dominated by a barrage of political campaign ads. Are they effective? Fact Check: Trump’s Comments on the Migrant Caravan Is there truth to the…
7,000 Migrants Continue Northbound — How Has Mexico Responded?
Oct 23, 2018 • 37 min
7,000 Migrants Continue Northbound — How Has Mexico Responded? Thousands of Central American migrants are in southern Mexico, some applying for asylum, others continuing north. Erdogan Addresses Turkish Parliament on Khashoggi’s Death The murder of the…
How United States’ Elections Work
Oct 22, 2018 • 42 min
How United States’ Elections Work 15 days ahead of the midterm elections, The Takeaway is taking a step back and looking at the infrastructure of the United States’ voting system. How the Saudi Government Uses Twitter to Attack Journalists and Dissidents…
Politics and Protest: Hitting the Streets in the Trump Era
Oct 19, 2018 • 47 min
Since the inauguration of President Donald Trump, millions of Americans have taken to the streets. Many have marched in protest of the president, some have walked out of their jobs demanding higher wages, and others have attended rallies in support of the…
Honduras Caravan: Thousands of Hondurans Fleeing Violence Head to U.S. Amid Trump’s Threats
Oct 18, 2018 • 44 min
Honduras Caravan: Thousands of Hondurans Fleeing Violence Head to the U.S. Amid Trump’s Threats President Trump has urged Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador — known as the Northern Triangle — to stop the people from traveling north, threatening to pull…
The Dangers of Being a Woman and a Journalist
Oct 17, 2018 • 39 min
Journalist’s Disappearance Puts Spotlight on Saudi Arabia’s Record of Human Rights Abuses Since seizing power in Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has escalated the Kingdom’s disregard for human rights. The Dangers of Being a Woman and a…
Recover, Rebuild: Updating Our Communities for a New Climate Reality
Oct 16, 2018 • 45 min
Recover, Rebuild: Updating Our Communities for a New Climate Reality Hurricanes like Michael reveal that our infrastructure, building codes, and preparedness protocols are based on outdated models. We consider a new way forward. The US-Saudi Relationship:…
Migrant Family Separations: The Trump Administration May Bring Back the Policy
Oct 15, 2018 • 45 min
Migrant Family Separations: The Trump Administration May Bring Back the Policy The Trump Administration is floating the idea that migrant family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border may come back. Jamal Khashoggi: Journalist’s Disappearance Reveals…
Politics with Amy Walter: Has Trump Kept His Campaign Promises?
Oct 12, 2018 • 53 min
We are less than a month away from the Midterm Elections. And that also means we are two years out from the 2016 campaign, when then-candidate Donald Trump ran on a series of promises to the American people: creating millions of new jobs, revitalizing…
Violence Against Transgender People is on the Rise
Oct 11, 2018 • 43 min
Violence Against Transgender People is On The Rise Violence against transgender people is at record high levels. And local police often fail to provide justice. Poverty in St. Louis is Exacerbated by an Affordable Housing Crisis Over a quarter of city…
“They Were Cutting My Hands”: Unaccompanied Migrant Children Encounter Problems with Asylum Policy
Oct 10, 2018 • 45 min
“They Were Cutting My Hands”: Unaccompanied Migrant Children Encounter Problems with Asylum Policy One teenager’s story illustrates the many hurdles young people face trying to secure safety in the U.S. Dissident Journalist Believed Assassinated by Saudi…
New UN Report Predicts Climate Crisis by 2040. Now What?
Oct 9, 2018 • 48 min
New UN Report Predicts Climate Crisis by 2040. Now What? A new UN climate report predicts catastrophic damage by climate change by the year 2040. So what do we do now? We talk about technological and political solutions. Trump Declares War on Poverty…
On Columbus Day, Being Undocumented in America
Oct 8, 2018 • 38 min
Senators Collins and Manchin: What Do Voters Think of their Kavanaugh Votes? Although the voting for Kavanaugh was almost entirely along party lines, there were some senators whose votes we were all watching. How the Supreme Court is Perceived with…
Politics with Amy Walter: Can Our District Attorneys Reform American Criminal Justice?
Oct 5, 2018 • 49 min
Advocates for police reform have long looked to lawmakers in hopes of addressing the social inequities baked into the criminal justice system. And even though criminal justice reform receives bipartisan lip service, our polarized legislature has yet to…
How Fair is America’s Tax Code?
Oct 4, 2018 • 40 min
How Fair is America’s Tax Code? Most American’s think they pay their fare share of taxes but the rich and corporations aren’t paying enough. Rewatching Teen Flicks of the 80s with Modern Eyes What were teenagers like Brett Kavanaugh watching in the 80s?…
Does America Have a Drinking Problem?
Oct 3, 2018 • 53 min
Does America Have a Drinking Problem? Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s teenage drinking habits came under scrutiny at last Thursday’s Senate hearing. Trump’s Father Funneled Hundreds of Millions to Son, Through Tax Evasion and Tax Fraud President Trump says he is…
Government Increasingly Uses Tent Cities as Number of Migrant Kids in Custody Surge
Oct 2, 2018 • 42 min
Government Increasingly Uses Tent Cities as Number of Migrant Kids in Custody Surge The federal government is increasing the size of tent cities in order to handle the number of unaccompanied minors in its custody. 300 Students Killed by the Government:…
What Will the Kavanaugh FBI Investigation Look Like?
Oct 1, 2018 • 41 min
What Will the Kavanaugh FBI Investigation Look Like? With all the limitations the White House has placed on the FBI, we look at how this investigation will shape out throughout the week. National Sexual Assault Hotlines Track Spike in Calls During…
Politics with Amy Walter: Kavanaugh Hearings and A Conversation with John Kerry
Sep 28, 2018 • 37 min
Rage, Fear and Unraveling at Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings The nation watched as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified under oath about an alleged sexual assault. Supreme Court Nominations are Supposed to Assuage…
Kavanaugh, Ford Testify: What To Expect
Sep 27, 2018 • 37 min
Kavanaugh, Ford Testify: What To Expect Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford are set to testify Thursday. Inside the “Boys Club”: Then and Now A look at the “boys club” of D.C. through the eyes of a pioneering Senator who built her career…
Cosby in Prison and Its Implications in the MeToo Era
Sep 26, 2018 • 46 min
Cosby in Prison and Its Implications in the MeToo Era Bill Cosby, once known to millions as “America’s Dad,” was sentenced to three to ten years in state prison for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in his home in 2004. Trump Inc. Looks at Elliott…
Women Grapple with Sexual Assault Allegations Against Kavanaugh
Sep 25, 2018 • 42 min
Women Grapple with Sexual Assault Allegations Against Kavanaugh The Takeaway talks to three women about how they are watching the Kavanaugh story unfold and what their expectations are for the future. Trump’s Speech at the United Nations Reveals Fault…
Rocky Terrain for Supreme Court Confirmation as Accusations Against Kavanaugh Mount
Sep 24, 2018 • 35 min
Rocky Terrain for Supreme Court Confirmation as Accusations Against Kavanaugh Mount More accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have emerged. Gloria Steinem and DeRay McKessen on How To Sustain Activism Tanzina Vega talks with two…
Politics with Amy Walter: Why They Speak Out: What Sexual Assault Survivors Risk When Going Public
Sep 21, 2018 • 45 min
Why They Speak Out: What Sexual Assault Survivors Risk When Going Public In light of the sexual assault accusation against Brett Kavanaugh, Jennie Willoughby, ex-wife of Rob Porter, explains why she came forward with abuse allegations against her…
After The Storm: Stories of Puerto Rican Resilience
Sep 20, 2018 • 48 min
One year after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, the island is still feeling the effects of the devastating storm. In this special episode, “After the Storm,” Tanzina Vega explores questions of status, economic resilience and activism at the…
Can There Be Redemption for the Accused in the #MeToo Movement?
Sep 19, 2018 • 40 min
Can There Be Redemption for the Accused in the #MeToo Movement? On Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, one rabbi explains what the Jewish faith can teach men trying to redeem themselves following allegations of sexual misconduct. Trump’s Trade War…
As Detroit Schools Shut Down Water Over Lead Concerns, Contamination Points to a National Crisis
Sep 18, 2018 • 37 min
As Detroit Schools Shut Down Water Over Lead Concerns, Contamination Points to a National Crisis Days before Detroit’s public schools opened for the school year, drinking water was shut off district-wide when test results showed elevated lead and copper…
“All The Bodies Started Stacking Up”: A Funeral Director Remembers the Dead from Hurricane Maria
Sep 17, 2018 • 45 min
“All The Bodies Started Stacking Up”: A Funeral Director Remembers the Dead from Hurricane Maria We talk to a general manager of a funeral home who knew the death toll exceeded what was officially being reported. Emergency Response Efforts Remain Critical…
Stuck in the Middle With You: The Plight of the Political Moderate
Sep 14, 2018 • 52 min
Over the last 20 years, American politics have reached apparent historic levels of polarization and partisanship, at least for the modern era. Today, this polarization feels more personal and intractable than in recent memory. Insults abound with blame…
As Hurricane Florence Approaches, What About the People Forced to Stay?
Sep 13, 2018 • 47 min
As Hurricane Florence Approaches, What About the People Forced to Stay? As millions leave their homes to avoid Hurricane Florence, many more will be forced to shelter in place, whether because of illness or disability that leaves them unable to evacuate.…
Do Cops in Schools Make Students Safer?
Sep 12, 2018 • 42 min
Do Cops in Schools Make Students Safer? A new HuffPost investigation highlights violence perpetrated by police officers stationed in schools, with over 120 students being tasered by school police in recent years. Off-Duty Police Violence in Focus After…
For American Muslims, 9/11 Shaped Careers, Politics, and Identity
Sep 11, 2018 • 44 min
For American Muslims, 9/11 Shaped Careers, Politics, and Identity The attacks on the Twin Towers forced American Muslims to confront from within their relationships to the broader American community. How Ankle Monitors May Not Be an Alternative to…
Serena Williams’ Emotional U.S. Open Loss Points to Broader Bias in Sport
Sep 10, 2018 • 39 min
Serena Williams’ Emotional U.S. Open Loss Points to Broader Bias in Sport Retired tennis player Rennae Stubbs and ESPN culture critic Soraya McDonald discusses Serena Williams’ emotional loss at the 2018 U.S. Open Championship Tennis final. They also take…
Politics with Amy Walter: Will Trump’s Take on the Economy Resonate With Voters?
Sep 8, 2018 • 34 min
Today we’re talking about the economy. The two big questions: 1.) Everyone says the economy is doing great. Objectively, is that true? And 2.) If it is true, why aren’t the Republicans and President better positioned going into the midterms? Guests: Lynn…
Politics with Amy Walter: With Kavanaugh Hearings Underway, Anonymous White House Letter Upends Washington
Sep 7, 2018 • 16 min
With Kavanaugh Hearings Underway, Anonymous White House Letter Upends Washington The Kavanaugh confirmation hearings should have been a win for Trump’s embattled presidency, but an op-ed penned by an executive staffer has sent the administration into…
Why America Doesn’t Value Low-Wage Work
Sep 6, 2018 • 33 min
Why America Doesn’t Value Low-Wage Work If wages are low, can the idea that “no job is better than another job” still be true? Kavanaugh Invokes Youngstown Steel, Truman Era Ruling That Defines Executive Authority In Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer,…
Supreme Court Nominee Hearing Before the Senate Continues…And it is Heated
Sep 5, 2018 • 37 min
Supreme Court Nominee Hearing Before the Senate Continues…And it is Heated It is day two for Judge Brett Kavanaugh in his Supreme Court confirmation hearing. Ayanna Pressley on Path to Become the First Black Woman Elected to Congress from Massachusetts In…
Kavanaugh Faces Senate for Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings
Sep 4, 2018 • 40 min
Kavanaugh Faces Senate for Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings The ideological balance of the Supreme Court hangs on one man, waiting to give conservatives the edge. The U.S. Government Has Denied Passports to Citizens Living on the Border, Placing Their…
Why Don’t More Americans Vote?
Sep 3, 2018 • 47 min
On the week that marked the 53rd anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act, The Takeaway explored what it was meant to do, the state of voting rights across the country, and why so many Americans who are eligible to vote are still kept from…
Politics with Amy Walter: As Distrust Grows, Who’s Going to Lead?
Aug 31, 2018 • 48 min
As Distrust Grows, Who’s Going to Lead? An hour-long look on American leadership begins with a look at just how dire the leadership and trust crisis is, and the historical analogies. How Grassroots Leadership is Changing America As trust in national…
The Troubling Emergency Response Failures After Hurricane Harvey
Aug 30, 2018 • 42 min
The Troubling Emergency Response Failures After Hurricane Harvey A year after Hurricane Harvey, a new investigation explores how failures in emergency response systems in Texas and human error led to tragedy. Defending the Environment May Get You Killed…
Inside the Fight to Reunite Families Separated at the U.S. Border
Aug 29, 2018 • 35 min
Inside the Fight to Reunite Families Separated at the U.S. Border Around 500 children separated from their parents at the border, still haven’t been reunited, a month after the deadline for reunification. California Abolishes Cash Bail as Advocates Voice…
From Indictment to Impeachment: We Answer Your Questions on Trump’s Legal Woes
Aug 28, 2018 • 42 min
From Indictment to Impeachment: We Answer Your Questions on Trump’s Legal Woes As always, the news out of President Trump’s White House is moving fast. So fast that you probably have lots of questions about exactly what’s going on. You asked, we answered.…
Reflections on the Life and Legacy of Senator John McCain
Aug 27, 2018 • 40 min
Reflections on the Life and Legacy of Senator John McCain Senator John McCain died on Saturday after a battle with brain cancer. We reflect on Senator McCain’s life, legacy and impact on the world stage. James Baldwin’s Only Children’s Book Gets Revived…
Politics with Amy Walter: Cohen, Health Care and the Midterms
Aug 24, 2018 • 46 min
Politics with Amy Walter: Will Cohen’s Plea Impact the Midterms? Now several days out from the bombshell news, we dissect what we actually know about the impact of this news. Politics with Amy Walter: Health Care and the Midterms The importance of health…
A Year After Harvey, Communities Are Still Rebuilding
Aug 23, 2018 • 30 min
1. Hurricane Harvey made landfall this week last year, when it slammed into Texas’s Gulf Coast as a Category 4 storm. Harvey killed 66 people and caused 125 billion dollars in damage, making it the second-costliest natural disaster in U.S. history. 2. The…
Crimes of the President’s Men: Cohen’s Plea and Manafort’s Verdict
Aug 22, 2018 • 33 min
President Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to several counts of bank fraud and tax evasion, in federal court in Manhattan on Tuesday. Cohen also pleaded guilty to breaking campaign finance laws and former Trump campaign…
Some Immigrants Seeking Legal Residency Through Marriage Targeted for Detention, Lawsuit Alleges
Aug 21, 2018 • 38 min
We take a look at an immigration lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. It alleges the administration targeted certain undocumented immigrants seeking legal residency through their marriage to U.S. citizens; we go to…
How Inadequate Prison Care Adds to the U.S. Opioid Epidemic
Aug 20, 2018 • 36 min
Very few state prisons offer adequate treatment for inmates who are addicted to opioids. We report on how a failure to treat those who are struggling with drug addiction in prisons is contributing to the nation’s opioid epidemic. Last spring, New Jersey…
Politics with Amy Walter: So You Want to Run for Office? Bring Cash.
Aug 17, 2018 • 50 min
Today on Politics with Amy Walter, we follow the money in the 2018 midterm elections. Where is it all coming from? And what is it doing to our democracy? The big money is spent on competitive races - and those costs get up into the tens of millions. This…
Hundreds of School Closures, Decreased Enrollment and a Brand New Charter School in Puerto Rico
Aug 16, 2018 • 38 min
Back in February, Puerto Rico’s governor announced plans to introduce a new charter school and voucher system to the island. And on Monday, Puerto Rico’s first charter school will open its doors. But it’s a controversial move, as an education reporter…
Hundreds of ‘Predator Priests’ and Decades of Sexual Abuse Covered Up in Catholic Church, Report Reveals
Aug 15, 2018 • 35 min
Pennsylvania’s Attorney General released a grand jury report on Tuesday documenting decades of child sexual abuse by over three hundred Catholic priests in the state. We discuss the findings of the report and hear from Bishop Lawrence Persico of the…
Election Security: How Vulnerable are Voting Machines to Hacking?
Aug 14, 2018 • 38 min
With the midterms right around the corner, The Takeaway has an in-depth look at the state of election security. A former government intelligence analyst weighs in on the vulnerabilities and potential threats to our nation’s voting systems. During the 2016…
At Least 40 Children Dead in Yemen after Saudi-led Airstrike
Aug 13, 2018 • 35 min
Last week a school bus carrying children in northern Yemen was struck by a Saudi-led coalition airstrike. More than 40 children are believed to have been killed and dozens injured. We discuss the attack and the latest details about the conflict in Yemen,…
Why Don’t More Americans Vote?
Aug 10, 2018 • 47 min
On this week that marks the 53rd anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act, The Takeaway looks at what it was meant to do, the state of voting rights across the country, and why so many Americans who are eligible to vote are still kept from…
Where We Are One Year After Charlottesville
Aug 9, 2018 • 34 min
This weekend marks the first anniversary of the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. We discuss the strength of hate groups and extremist organizations, with the director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project.…
Puerto Rico Signs Contract with Private Prison Company to Relocate Inmates to Arizona
Aug 8, 2018 • 41 min
We take a look at a plan underway in Puerto Rico to transfer some of the island’s prison population to a privately run prison in Arizona; a conversation with the co-vice chair of the Justice Department’s Religious Liberty Task force about why the Justice…
Yes, Climate Change is to Blame for Devastating California Wildfires. But Societal Growth is As Well.
Aug 7, 2018 • 39 min
We take a look at the factors contributing to the especially deadly nature of California’s massive wildfires this year; Chicago experienced a deadly weekend of gun violence. Dozens of shootings took place, mostly in the city’s south and west side…
Inside the Rally
Aug 6, 2018 • 42 min
President Trump has held more than two dozen political rallies since winning election. We explore the psychology and history behind these types of rallies; the trial of President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort resumed today in Alexandria,…
Politics with Amy Walter: Will 2018 Be The Year of the Military Woman?
Aug 3, 2018 • 35 min
Today’s Politics with Amy Walter: A look at the rise of female veterans running for political office. There are 32 female veterans running for both the House and Senate, and a majority of them are Democrats. If 2018 is the year of the woman, will it also…
Judge Orders a Stop to Forcibly Drugging Migrant Children
Aug 2, 2018 • 43 min
On Monday, a judge ordered the federal government to stop drugging immigrant children without proper consent and to remove them from the Shiloh Treatment Center in Texas; a look at police call logs documenting reports of sexual abuse at immigrant and non…
We Almost Fixed Climate Change. Why Couldn’t We?
Aug 1, 2018 • 38 min
2018 has been a hot, wet, fiery summer around the world. From record temperatures in China, to wildfires across the western United States, Sweden and Greece, and devastating floods in India and Japan. Today, we take a look back at the decade between 1979…
Paul Manafort’s Trial Begins as First in Mueller Investigation
Jul 31, 2018 • 41 min
Paul Manafort’s trial kicks off today in a U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia. We give you a preview of what to expect; a look at the TSA program spying on Americans during domestic flights; we hear from the Senior Science Advisor for UNAIDS…
100 Days: What is Facebook’s Plan for the 2018 Midterms?
Jul 30, 2018 • 38 min
We take a look at what Facebook says they are doing to protect their users ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, and how that effort is going; an explanation on how WhatsApp is propagating mob violence in India; a larger discussion on how the MeToo…
Michael Cohen Claims President Trump Had Prior Knowledge of Trump Tower Meeting
Jul 27, 2018 • 45 min
According to President Trump’s former personal attorney, the president knew in advance of a meeting where Russians were expected to offer dirt on Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump, Jr. We assess just how much we should take from all of this; a look at what…
As Government Rushes to Reunify Separated Families, Questions Remain About Parents Already Deported
Jul 26, 2018 • 51 min
Today, is the deadline the U.S. government set for family reunification, after implementing the family separation policy of “zero tolerance.” We take a look at where the government is in terms of family reunification; a look at whether or not the “zero…
Farmers Get Relief as Tariffs Hit Home
Jul 25, 2018 • 36 min
We take a look at the newly announced $12 billion aid package for farmers negatively impacted by tariffs; we discuss the case of an undocumented immigrant from Ecuador who was detained by ICE last month after making a food delivery to a military base in…
Senate Confirms Robert Wilkie as New Veterans Affairs Secretary
Jul 24, 2018 • 39 min
Longtime government official Robert Wilkie will head the Department of Veterans Affairs after the Senate confirmed his nomination on Monday. We take a look at the future of the Veterans Affairs in light of the confirmation; a look inside wartime prisons…
Affirmative Action Hangs in the Balance
Jul 23, 2018 • 51 min
After President Trump’s rollback of Obama-era affirmative action guidelines, and Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement, race-based college admissions could become a thing of the past. We have a big look at affirmative action, how it works, what attitudes…
Trump-Russia Summit Fallout Continues As Putin Gets Invite to D.C.
Jul 20, 2018 • 48 min
Friday host of The Takeaway Amy Walter talks with Chris Painter, the U.S’s former top cyber diplomat and General Michael Hayden, former director of the NSA and CIA, about what the implication’s of this second meeting might be for the United States;…
Mythmaking and MS-13: Americans in Fear of an Exaggerated Threat
Jul 19, 2018 • 42 min
We take a big look at MS-13 in light of new data that shows Americans fears about the street gang; a look at a new tool police departments are using that allows them to better measure resident feelings about the job they are doing; a Democratic…
Four Members of DHS Advisory Council Resign in Protest Over Treatment of Migrant Families
Jul 18, 2018 • 38 min
On Monday, four members of the Department of Homeland Security’s Advisory Council resigned over what they described as the Trump administration’s “morally repugnant” treatment of migrant families crossing the US-Mexico Border; As families that were…
Unrest in Chicago After Shooting Of Black Man on the City’s Southside
Jul 17, 2018 • 44 min
We discuss the ongoing tensions between police and residents in Chicago that have lead to clashes in the streets, and have turned violent at times; five years after Black Lives Matter coalesced into a national movement for social and racial justice, a…
Trump and Putin Meet in Helsinki
Jul 16, 2018 • 44 min
A look at President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin meeting and press conference in Helsinki today; a break down of the new Pew numbers on income inequality for Asian Americans in the U.S.; the latest on a 15-hour siege that left two…
12 Russians Indicted in the Russia Probe
Jul 13, 2018 • 54 min
Today, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced a set of indictments in the Russian collusion probe; President Trump is in Europe this week, having first been in Brussels on Tuesday and Wednesday, then heading to the UK for Thursday meetings and a…
Authorities are Tracking Your Cellphone: It’s Not Just ‘Bad Guys’
Jul 12, 2018 • 42 min
We wrap up our policing series with a look at about how authorities watch our phones; we go across the pond as Trump’s visit gets underway; as the Men’s World Cup wraps up in Russia, a look at different kind of soccer tournament — one for the workers who…
Guatemalan Mother Still Separated from Son Following Self-Deportation from the U.S.
Jul 11, 2018 • 37 min
The story of one woman who self-deported and has still not been reunited with her son; a conversation about the irony of France’s relationship with immigrants in light of the team’s big win; we continue our policing series in with a look at DNA technology…
Change the Law by Changing the Judges: Kavanaugh’s Nomination Points to Influence of The Federalist Society
Jul 10, 2018 • 38 min
At the top, we look at who the people behind the Federalist Society are and what their role is in influencing the judiciary; we speak with someone who says he is included, but does not deserve to be on the NYPD “gang database”; we are joined by an NYPD…
Phase Two of Thai Cave Rescue Underway
Jul 9, 2018 • 50 min
We talk to a cave rescue expert who explains the strategies being employed and the challenges the rescue team in Thailand is facing; at least 100 people are thought to have died after record rainfall caused flooding and landslides in western Japan; with…
As Distrust Grows, Who’s Going to Lead?
Jul 6, 2018 • 46 min
An hour-long look on American leadership begins with a look at just how dire the leadership and trust crisis is, and the historical analogies; Jelani Cobb discusses leadership on issues of race, and how the debate on gun violence is just one example of a…
An Open Seat on the Highest Court
Jul 5, 2018 • 38 min
We have a discussion on the contenders for the Supreme Court vacancy; we go to Kentucky to look at how the fight over a Medicaid overhaul is playing out; a conversation about American leadership; and we talk with Alexander Heffner about the threat to…
“Out of Many, One.” But Do We Have One American Identity?
Jul 4, 2018 • 47 min
American identity is shifting: from what we look like, to where we worship, to who we love. In this special hour, we seek to better understand how American identity is changing this country - and how much of that is self-imposed and how much is imposed by…
Yeni’s Story: A Migrant Family Reunited
Jul 3, 2018 • 39 min
On Monday night, Yeni Gonzalez-Garcia completed the 2,500-mile journey from Arizona to Harlem, New York, and finally, she was reunited with her children. We have the latest on the reunification story of Yeni and her children; a conversation Halima Aden,…
The Migrant Family Reunification Process is Confused and Muddled
Jul 2, 2018 • 42 min
A federal judge demanded all separated children be reunited with their parents but the Trump Administration and its bureaucracy does not have a solid plan or infrastructure established to accomplish this. We explore the election results in Mexico, what to…
Kennedy’s Retirement a Game Changer for Supreme Court
Jun 29, 2018 • 47 min
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed to bring that nominee to a vote by the fall, and now the pressure is on Democrats to resist a confirmation. We explore the political strategy that has evolved following the sabotage of Merrick Garland’s…
Without Kennedy as the Swing Vote, What’s the Future of the Court?
Jun 28, 2018 • 40 min
On Wednesday, on the last day of the term, Justice Kennedy announced his retirement. We look at Kennedy’s departure through the focus of his role as the swing vote; we seek to better understand why people are continuing to cross the border; we have a…
Sotomayor Invokes WWII Era Korematsu Case to Repudiate Travel Ban
Jun 27, 2018 • 41 min
In her dissent on the travel ban ruling, Justice Sotomayor invoked Korematsu v. United States, a 1944 Supreme Court decision that found it legal to hold Japanese Americans in internment camps during World War II. We look back at that decision and at…
Travel Ban Upheld: What Happens Now?
Jun 26, 2018 • 36 min
Today, the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 ruling on the third version of the travel ban. In a huge and long-awaited victory for President Trump — the court sided with the Trump administration. We look at how the Trump Administration’s policies are playing out…
Understanding Today’s ICE Through the Past
Jun 25, 2018 • 30 min
As Immigration and Customs Enforcement — better known as ICE — dominates the headlines with stories like families being separated at the border, increased deportations, and the profitability of migrant detention, it can be easy to forget that ICE is a…