Full episode - September 21, 2018
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 ex-husband.  Kavanaugh Confirmation: What Happens Next? A Senate hearing over an allegation of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh is still up in the air. As we approach the Monday deadline, The Takeaway breaks down what to expect. In Accusations Against Brett Kavanaugh, Echoes of Anita Hill Hearings Former Senator Dennis DeConcini, the only Democrat on the Judiciary Committee to vote for Clarence Thomas, talks about the parallels between now and 1991.  Guests: Jennie Willoughby Susan Page Elana Schor Dennis DeConcini  You can connect with The Takeaway on Twitter, Facebook, or on our show page at TheTakeaway.org.
Full episode - September 20, 2018
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 ground level. What does it mean to be Puerto Rican post Maria? And is Maria the event that could fundamentally change the trajectory of the island? The Takeaway finds out. Take a look at our coverage from this week in Puerto Rico. You can connect with The Takeaway on Twitter, Facebook, or on our show page at TheTakeaway.org.
Full episode - September 19, 2018
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 with China Hits a Fever Pitch  President Trump's escalating trade war with China ratcheted up another notch this week. Community Health Workers and Churches Band Together After Florence We talk to a director at a community health center in North Carolina, about how elderly residents and those with limited resources, have been coping after Hurricane Florence. "I Will Fight Colonialism Until My Last Breath": Longtime Political Prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera Speaks Out, One Year After Maria Oscar Lopez Rivera, long-time Puerto Rican independence activist, talks about the effects of U.S. colonialism. Guests: Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg Amber McKinney Anna Kinsey  Oscar Lopez Rivera You can connect with The Takeaway on Twitter, Facebook, or on our show page at TheTakeaway.org.
Full episode - September 18, 2018
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 levels. Sexual Assault Allegation Against Brett Kavanaugh Could Derail Confirmation Process We get the latest on how a sexual assault allegation could impact the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh and hear from listeners on how they feel about the accusation. Democratic Districts Under Scrutiny for Lucrative ICE Contracts Left-leaning counties in New Jersey rely on millions of dollars from ICE to maintain the county's jails.  Young Puerto Rican Journalists Work to Tell Their Own Story Almost one year since Hurricane Maria made landfall, we talk to a journalism student, at the University of the Sacred Heart, about the role of the media after the storm. Guests: Jennifer Chambers  Terrence Martin  Alfredo Gómez Elana Schor Matt Katz  Sofia Bozzo Gutierrez You can connect with The Takeaway on Twitter, Facebook, or on our show page at TheTakeaway.org.
Full episode - September 17, 2018
"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 as Florence Continues to Damage Carolinas Although it was downgraded from a hurricane over the weekend, Florence is still inflicting heavy rainfalls on the Carolinas. At least fifteen people have been reported dead.  Dozens Dead After Typhoon Mangkhut Tears Through Philippines and Hong Kong Over the weekend, as Hurricane Florence was making its way through the Carolinas, Typhoon Mangkhut killed dozens in the Philippines before pummeling Hong Kong.  Poll: Majority of Americans Support Diversity in Higher Education, Oppose Affirmative Action A new survey finds that the majority of Americans disagree with the Supreme Court's ruling to uphold affirmative action. But most still say that they value diversity on college campuses. Thousands of Prisoners Left Out of Obama's Effort to Soften Unfair Drug Laws While some eventually did have their sentences commuted or reduced others were denied. We take a look at the clemency initiative and who was left behind.  Guests: Rachel Barkow Lauren Cesal Colonel Wes Morrison Will Michaels Lynzy Billing Kirk Carapezza Natasha Warikoo You can connect with The Takeaway on Twitter, Facebook, or on our show page at TheTakeaway.org.
Full episode - September 14, 2018
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 and scorn for those perceived to have contributed to this environment. The Republican Party has received its share of denigration from, what has come as a surprise to many within their own party, Republican officials criticizing the direction their party is headed under President Trump. Former R.N.C. Chairman Michael Steele has described the G.O.P. as "virtually unidentifiable" from the organization that he led less than a decade ago. The Pew Research Center has been studying American’s public political values since 1994, and the gap between Democrats and Republicans is now wider than it has ever been before. Carroll Doherty, the director of political research at Pew, explains how we arrived at the current acrimony in national politics. Former Tennessee Congressman John Tanner helped found the Blue Dog Democrats in 1995 after his party's major loss to Republicans that swept the G.O.P. to power in the House of Representatives for the first time since 1952. Does the Democratic Party of today have room for "Blue Dogs" anymore? Tanner offers his perspective. As the midterm elections approach, former political actors of all stripes are lamenting the loss of bipartisan cooperation they endured in the politics of yore. Bruce Reed, former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, Helen Milby, founder and board chair of the progressive organization The New Deal, and John Murray, who served as deputy chief of staff to former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, consider whether the aisle can still be cross in 2018. You can connect with The Takeaway on Twitter, Facebook, or on our show page at TheTakeaway.org.
Full episode - September 13, 2018
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. DHS Uses FEMA Money to Pay for ICE's Migrant Crackdown Senator Jeff Merkley's release of documents showing the transfer of funds raises questions about FEMA's disaster preparedness as Hurricane Florence bears down on the East Coast. "It's About Damn Time": Venture Capitalist Looks to Help Other Black, Queer Businesspeople Arlan Hamilton is a rare black and queer venture capitalist, and she’s made it her mission to grant funding to startups with founders who are women, people of color, or LGBTQ. In Afghanistan, After 17 Years of War, Violence is an Everyday Threat In Afghanistan, the U.S. response to the September 11th attacks is still ongoing, and the threat of violence has become a daily part of life. 1985 Heist At Mexico's National Museum Subject of New Film "Museo," a new film about an unbelievable museum burglary in Mexico's capital city, stars Gael García Bernal. Guests: Sheri Fink Marc Burdiss Ron Nixon Arlan Hamilton Ali Latifi Alonso Ruizpalacios Gael García Bernal You can connect with The Takeaway on Twitter, Facebook, or on our show page at TheTakeaway.org.
Full episode - September 12, 2018
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 Shooting Death of 26-year-old Botham Shem Jean 26-year-old Botham Shem Jean was shot and killed inside his Dallas apartment by an off-duty police officer who said that she mistook Jean for an intruder in her own residence. How Smart 'Social Infrastructure' Can Mend Our Fractured Society While neighborhoods across the country have lost critical social institutions, there are still many physical spaces that serve as anchors for American communities. Guests: Rebecca Klein Phil Stinson Jeremiah Moss Eric Klinenberg You can connect with The Takeaway on Twitter, Facebook, or on our show page at TheTakeaway.org.
Full episode - September 11, 2018
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 Incarceration Electronic monitoring devices are a worrying trend for America's already broken criminal justice system. We listen to the story of a poet and educator based in Chicago named Valeria Vargas and Insha Rahman, a Program Director with the Vera Institute of Justice, who is concerned about the growing use of these devices. Feds Demand Voting Records, and North Carolina Officials Fight Back Federal Prosecutors and ICE demanded voting logs for North Carolina voters in 44 districts. The State Board of Elections is pushing for the subpoenas to be quashed.  Central America's Drought Might Get Worse, Humanitarians Sound Alarm Poor harvests caused by drought in parts of Central America could result in more than 2 million people going hungry in the region. New Book Puts Spotlight on Dino Fossil Black Market  Dinosaur fossils are a hot commodity on the private market, but some of the best specimens are illegal to sell — and people turn to the black market anyway.  Guests: Shadi Hamid Zainab Chaudry Melissa Boughton  Democratic Congressman David Price  Paige Williams Dr. Rebecca Keller You can connect with The Takeaway on Twitter, Facebook, or on our show page at TheTakeaway.org.
Full episode - September 10, 2018
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 a look at how race and archaic tennis rules shaped the backdrop for the explosive final.  Trump Administration Proposes Regulation to Detain Migrant Children Indefinitely In a bid to extend its zero-tolerance immigration policy, the Trump administration is seeking to lift court-imposed limits on how long it can hold migrant children in detention. Yeganeh Torbati, covers immigration for Reuters, joins The Takeaway to explain what the Flores settlement is and why the Trump administration wants to bypass it.  The Trump Administration Discussed Plans for a Coup in Venezuela These discussions bring Latin America grim reminders of the U.S. intervention in the region. Dramatic Increase in Social Media Use by Teens The percentage of teenagers who use social media frequently has almost doubled in the last six years, a new study finds. Colby Zintl, Vice President of External Affairs at Common Sense Media, discusses the findings of her organization’s new survey with The Takeaway. You can connect with The Takeaway on Twitter, Facebook, or on our show page at TheTakeaway.org.