Oliver Lazarus is an associate producer for The Takeaway. He comes to New York by way of St. Louis, where he graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, not to be confused with his hometown of Washington, DC. He began at the show as an intern, and his transition to full-time marked the end of a multi-year career of college internships in journalism, politics, and international affairs. At The Takeaway, Oliver produces stories and series on everything from Southern sounds, to the U.S. bail system, to smart cities.
When a US reporter got into North Vietnam for the first time, it changed the narrative of how the US was prosecuting the war.
In the run-up to the election, many in the political class portrayed supporters of Donald Trump as a block of racists. But a new book shows there's far more nuance there.
Vengeance, he says, does not make good public policy.
Wells Fargo serves a massive portion of the American population — so its fake account scandal reaches across the country. California recently imposed stiff penalties on Wells Fargo.
A group that included a number of former Rikers inmates gathered near the bridge to the island to call for changes for New York City's most well-known prison.
Collection process and scientific rigor are just two things cited as reasons to be skeptical of local law enforcement DNA databases.
This summer, a movement called #BankBlack encouraged those protesting police brutality to move their money to black-owned banks. Now, those banks are reporting a huge boost.
A veteran Russia watcher says computer hacks are just one of the many ways Moscow disrupts and influences foreign elections. Watch out, she says, for the Russian insiders around Donald Trump.
The shooting in Dallas revived conversations about how dangerous it is to be a police officer. But, data indicate that while it is undoubtedly a dangerous job, it's less dangerous now than at any point since at least the Reagan administration.
Some urban planners say the buzz around “smart cities” is an opportunity to think both enthusiastically and cautiously about the future of development. But while it's the latest trend in urban planning, the fundamental building blocks of cities haven't changed.