It's no kind of overstatement to say that CBS News legend Don Hewitt invented television news. To talk about the life and legacy of Don Hewitt, The Takeaway talks to New York Times reporter Jacques Steinberg and former CBS producer Jeff Gralnick.
As voting gets underway in Afghanistan's presidential election, The Takeaway talks to Martin Patience, an Afghan correspondent for the BBC. The threat of violence is being taken seriously; 300,000 troops are protecting an estimated 17 million voters.
It is now revealed that the CIA hired and trained contractors from Blackwater USA to assassinate top al Qaeda operatives, an act that was never revealed to lawmakers. The Takeaway talks to Mark Mazzetti, the New York Times reporter who broke the story.
Afghan authorities are keeping the polls open for an extra hour to allow more people to vote during the presidential election. The Takeaway talks to Sarah Chayes, advisor to Stanley McChrystal, and Charlie Sennott, executive editor of GlobalPost.
A Scottish judge will release convicted plane bomber Abdel Baset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi from prison today on compassionate grounds, due to his terminal prostate cancer. The Takeaway is joined by Susan Cohen, whose daughter Theodora died in the bombing.
The new generation of Internet scams is harder to spot. The Takeaway is joined by Ryan LaBarge, who was nearly taken by a scam on craigslist, Jacqui Cheng of Ars Technica, and Amir Orad, executive vice president of Actimize.
The BBC's Glen Campbell joins The Takeaway with Scottish reaction to the impending release of convicted bomber Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi. We also talk to The New York Times' Alan Cowell about the American opposition to al-Megrahi's release.
In light of the contentious debate on health care reform, The Takeaway is hosting a Republican strategy session with Fred Barnes, the executive editor of the Weekly Standard, and Reihan Salam, a fellow at the New America Foundation.
A new study is raising concerns about Gardasil, a vaccine that protects against human papillomaviruses. The Takeaway speaks with Diane Harper, researcher for the clinical trials, Sheila Rothman of Columbia University, and parent Kenye Jones-Downing.
The Takeaway is looking at how Afghanistan's election results are playing out in the region and beyond. We are joined by special advisor Sarah Chayes, Afghan-American journalist Fariba Nawa, and GlobalPost editor Charlie Sennott.