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.
On Monday, prosecutors announced they wouldn't be filing charges against the police officer who shot and killed Tamir Rice in Cleveland more than a year ago.
While US government policies bar providing aid to authoritarian states, China has no such restrictions — which has made it a powerful force in parts of Africa the US won't work with.
While Congress tries to freeze refugee resettlement in the US, leaders aren't doing anything about a much easier way for would-be terrorists to enter the US.
By 2016, US military combat roles are supposed to be integrated. But this female Marine commander says she was fired when she pushed other women to improve their training scores to reach the levels of men.
Japan's surrender happened because of a radio broadcast by the emperor — but that broadcast almost didn't make it on-air.
There are refugee crises brewing around the world — in Europe, in southeast Asia, in Africa and in Central America, to name just a few. One American — with an $8 million ship and a crew — is trying to make a difference.
Mass incarceration is a problem in the US, and everyone seems to be looking for a solution. This expert says we're looking in the wrong place. Instead of drug offenders, we should look at how we change the life trajectory of violent criminals.
People accused of committing a crime are often required to post bail in order to be let out of prison, long before they've ever gone to trial, let alone been convicted. In serious cases, bail can be a lot. Sometimes, however, the accused are innocent. And those high bails can serve to keep the innocent in prison.
The US is on the verge of a major upgrade to one of the core components of its nuclear triad: The B61 gravity bomb. Decades old, the new bombs would have selective yields and enhanced guidance systems. But does this break a promise President Barack Obama made in 2009?
Handguns and assault rifles are completely banned in Britain, and a very small percentage of the country's police officers even carry guns, something that has led to a lower number of fatal police shootings.