Full episode - January 21, 2019
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 hopeful about solving problems locally. According to the 2018 Civic Engagement Survey by the Public Religion Research Institute and The Atlantic, a majority of Americans say they are optimistic that people in their communities who hold different political views can come together to solve problems. We explore that problem solving on this hour all about civic engagement. We begin by explaining exactly what civic engagement is, how it works, and where it happens. Priya Parker is a conflict resolution facilitator, author of "The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters" and Hollie Russon Gilman is a lecturer at Columbia University and co-author of "Civic Power: Rebuilding American Democracy in an Era of Crisis." The Takeaway is then joined by Mamaroneck High School government teacher Joseph Liberti, who started a new program to get his students civically engaged in their local community. One of his students, 15-year-old sophomore Simon Worth, also speaks about his experience with the hands-on program. Then we turn and look at the Congressional Management Foundation. For decades, the CMF has researched citizen engagement with Congress. We talk to Bradford Fitch, the President, and CEO of CMF, about the huge increase in communications volume being reported by Congressional offices and in town hall meetings in the year after the election, and whether that enthusiasm and engagement persist today. Librarians across the country strive to serve the needs of their communities, but from city to city, those needs don’t always look the same. In Nashville, Tennessee, as the Black Lives Matter movement was growing across the country, librarians noticed a growing demand within their community to have honest conversations around issues of race. Since then, the library has facilitated discussions for a variety of different groups including local law enforcement, college students, and corporations. Two students from a local middle school sit at a replica lunch counter, similar to the ones where college students like Diane Nash and John Lewis would “sit in” to peacefully protest against segregation at downtown restaurants.  (Nashville Public Library ) Andrea Blackman is the director of the Civil Rights Room at the Nashville Public Library. She joins The Takeaway to explain how her library has started conversations on racial justice within the Nashville community. Does this moment of vigorous civic engagement extend to giving and philanthropy, too? In 2017, Americans gave more than four hundred billion dollars to charity. But exactly who is giving that money, where they are donating, and why they choose to give -- that’s all been changing, in recent years. Stacy Palmer, the editor of the Chronicle of Philanthropy, brings us through what we know about American charitable giving today. In practice, all this civic engagement can become pretty difficult if people can’t find common ground. And who steps in when the government can’t bridge the gap? Sometimes -- it’s religion. Alan Yarborough, the Communications Coordinator for the Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations, also created a 5-week curriculum on civil discourse for churches to use. Bill Steverson, is a member of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Signal Mountain, Tennessee near Chattanooga. Note: This segment originally aired on November 6, 2018. Click on the 'Listen' button above to hear this segment. Don't have time to listen right now? Subscribe to our podcast via iTunes, TuneIn, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts to take this segment with you on the go. Want to comment on this story? Share your thoughts on our Facebook page or Twitter.
Full episode - January 17, 2019
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 ISIS-Claimed Attack Despite Claims that the Militants have been 'Defeated The attack comes about a month after President Trump first announced that American troops would be pulling out of Syria having "won against ISIS."  Women's March: Is its Message Still Urgent in 2019? The Women's March launched a movement. Is it still alive today? Guests: Katherine Rose Brian Kirkpatrick Casey Kuhn Ben Hubbard Koa Beck You can connect with The Takeaway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or on our show page at TheTakeaway.org.
Full episode - January 16, 2019
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 for the price hike comes six months after the after the election of Emmerson Mnangagwa, who promised “radical economic reforms to attract investment” at his inauguration. How Fuel Theft Led to Mexico's Gas Crisis Fuel thieves have been tapping into pipelines throughout Mexico. The newly-elected President has a plan to stop them. Will it work? What the Gillette Ad Says About the Changing Social Landscape  Gillette said they “expected debate.” And they sure got it. Guests: Steve Liesman Andrew Meldrum Patrick McDonnell Josh Weltman You can connect with The Takeaway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or on our show page at TheTakeaway.org.
Full episode - January 15, 2019
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 unpaid wages.  When Newsrooms Aren't Representative of the Country they Report On, What is at Stake? The Takeaway has a conversation regarding people of color in newsrooms and the stories missed when newsrooms don't reflect the country. Guests:  Trish Gilbert Barbara Peterson Astead Herndon Darren Sands You can connect with The Takeaway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or on our show page at TheTakeaway.org.
Full episode - January 14, 2019
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 Party? Last week, Representative Steve King of Iowa, who has a long history of xenophobia and racism, gave an interview questioning why the term "white nationalist" became offensive. Cybersecurity Threatened by Extended Government Shutdown  Nearly half of the employees at the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency within the Department of Homeland Security have been furloughed.  Incarcerated Parents: Why Many Nonviolent Offenders Lose Their Parental Rights Many parents in prison are completely stripped of their parental rights, even if they are incarcerated for non-violent, low-level crimes.  Is President Trump Taking Liberties with the Laws Governing Shutdowns? According to the federal statute in question, during a shutdown government offices should only address “emergencies involving the safety of human life or the protection of property." Guests: Nicholas Fandos Christopher Mathias Michael Daniel Lori Lynn Adams Eli Hager Timothy Westmoreland You can connect with The Takeaway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or on our show page at TheTakeaway.org.
Full episode - January 10, 2019
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 "Hamilton" Arrives in Puerto Rico, Questions Over Access Abound On Friday, "Hamilton" kicks off a two-week run in Puerto Rico. The production aims to bring tourism and media attention back to the island, but some Puerto Ricans have reservations. In their own Words: Furloughed Workers on their First Missed Paycheck of the Shutdown They're worried about paying their mortgages, racking up debt, and the work they left behind. Do Border Residents Agree with Trump's Insistence on the Wall? There are doubts that the wall would actually make much of a difference to the already-enforced border. Guests: Marcy Wheeler Sylvia Bofill Lowell Fiet Denise Meyers Heather Ulrich Patrick, who asked that we not use his last name, is a cyber security contractor with NASA. Michel Marizco You can connect with The Takeaway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or on our show page at TheTakeaway.org.
Full episode - January 09, 2019
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 Lawyer Says They're Making America More Unequal Charged with a misdemeanor? You could be swept into a massive, unfair system. "They're Willing to Pay Such a Price": How Women Flee Saudi Arabia Although the Saudi Crown Prince has been seen as a champion for women's rights, women are fleeing his regime. Another Death at the Home of Political Donor Ed Buck Once again, a black man has been found dead inside the home of Democratic activist and donor Ed Buck. Guest: Harry Holzer Alexandra Natapoff Sarah Aziza Neal Broverman You can connect with The Takeaway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or on our show page at TheTakeaway.org.
Full episode - January 08, 2019
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 Arrives in Beijing US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has for decades seen China as an existential threat to American prosperity. How R. Kelly Built an "Ecosystem Around his Predation" For years in the music and entertainment industry, there’s been an open secret about musician R. Kelly. Everyone knows, but no one wants to talk about it. That may be changing. Guest: Roy Meyers Matt Peterson dream hampton You can connect with The Takeaway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or on our show page at TheTakeaway.org.
Full episode - January 07, 2019
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 million convicted felons should be able to register to vote on Jan. 8 but some lawmakers say legal action is needed. The Past, Present, and Future of Glossy Women's Magazines  For decades, glossy covers and pages dense with advice and ads defined mainstream fashion — and also, feminism. But now some of those magazines are folding.  Puerto Rican Women Are Fighting Back Against Systemic Violence on the Island Puerto Rico has one of the highest rates of gender-based violence in the world. Killing of 7-Year-Old Jazmine Barnes Sparks National Response Two men were arrested over the weekend in connection with the shooting. Guests: Amanda Terkel Gagi Otiasvili Ashley Tabaddor Greg Chen Vanessa de Luca  Samhita Mukhopadhyay You can connect with The Takeaway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or on our show page at TheTakeaway.org.
Full episode - January 03, 2019
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 American Tribes Have Been Left Reeling by the Government Shutdown Many tribal governments rely on federal dollars to pay police officers or to run schools and hospitals. Netflix Pulls Episode of Hasan Minhaj's Show in Saudi Arabia, Highlighting Global Tech Trend Responding to a complaint from the Saudi government, Netflix removed an episode of "Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj," a form of censorship that frequently plays out across the world. Netflix Will Produce its First-Ever Original Series in Africa This is significant, not just for opening up streaming business in Africa, but for its cultural impact. Guests: Zach Carter  Craig Garthwaite Russell Begaye Aaron Payment Jillian York Lynsey Chutel You can connect with The Takeaway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or on our show page at TheTakeaway.org.