Full episode - May 29, 2020
The Future of the Democratic Primary At the beginning of the Democratic nominating contests, the party faced a number of challenges. The field being crowded with candidates with such varied politics demonstrated that there were different visions for the future of the party. And today, while Joe Biden is the presumed nominee, there is concern that he won't drive excitement and turnout in the way a candidate like Senator Bernie Sanders might've been able to. The Democratic Party's foremost goal is to remove President Donald Trump from office, but they'll need to respond sufficiently to questions surrounding racial and economic inequality in addition to the fault lines exposed by the coronavirus pandemic. A roundtable discussion about the future of the Democratic Party and the role progressive candidates will play within the larger institution.  Also, a conversation about the killing of George Floyd during an arrest in Minneapolis and how Trump's response demonstrates his need to exploit division. Guests: Joel Payne, former aide to Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign and host of "Here Comes the Payne" Maya King, Campaign 2020 Reporting Fellow at Politico Dave Weigel, National Political Reporter at The Washington Post Jamaal Bowman, Democratic Primary Candidate for New York’s 16th Congressional District  The Legacy of Larry Kramer with Dr. Anthony S. Fauci This week, activist and playwright Larry Kramer died at age 84. He devoted his life to advocating for the gay community during the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Kramer was an outspoken critic of the government's response to the crisis and famously criticized Dr. Anthony Fauci, who at the time was the face of the federal government's response, in the pages of the San Francisco Examiner. Dr. Fauci reflects on his friendship with Larry Kramer and how their bond influenced the rest of his career in public health.  Guest: Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Full episode - May 28, 2020
"Quarantine Fatigue" and Navigating the Risks of Expanding Our Bubbles Lockdown measures are becoming harder to follow as the weather warms up and people are increasingly feeling the mental and emotional strain of isolation. Justice Department Drops Charges on Three Senators Who Allegedly Violated Insider Trading Rules Investigations on three senators were dropped, but Sen. Burr will continue to be investigated. Birdwatching While Black Earlier this week, a viral video showed Christian Cooper, a black man, being threatened by a white woman, Amy Cooper, while he was birdwatching in Central Park. What the Viral Video in Central Park Says About White Privilege The viral video raises questions about who can or cannot weaponize the police in the U.S.   Comedian Tawny Newsome Enlists in Netflix's 'Space Force' Comedian Tawny Newsome joins The Takeaway to discuss her role on the Netflix's 'Space Force,' and what the pandemic means for her comedy going forward.
Full episode - May 27, 2020
His Name is George Floyd A deadly Minneapolis encounter between a police officer and an unarmed black person sparks calls for justice. Meat Plant Workers Are Falling Ill with Coronavirus — But We Don't Know the Scale Meat plants around the country rely on immigrant labor in their facilities. The Present and Future of Air Travel The Takeaway talks to air travel experts about how the airline industry is changing due to the pandemic. Thousands of Cruise Crew Members Stuck at Sea Because of COVID-19 Pandemic Some workers aren’t being paid, and in many cases, they don’t yet know when they can go home.  What to Read for a Great Escape This Summer With travel plans foiled for the summer because of COVID-19, many of us will be turning to novels for an escape. Vox's Constance Grady joins The Takeaway with her recommendations. 
Full episode - May 26, 2020
Coastal Communities Weigh Health Risks as Public Beaches Open As beaches and other outdoor spaces around the country open to the public, it's worth asking: is there a way to enjoy these spaces responsibly during a pandemic? What COVID-19 Looks Like in Indonesia We head over to Indonesia, where the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has been steadily growing, while cases in other parts of Southeast Asia have been decreasing.   COVID-19 Gives New Urgency to Doctors Running for Office COVID-19 has given us all a newfound appreciation for health care workers. But could that kind of enthusiasm translate into votes?
Full episode - May 25, 2020
The Military's Role During COVID-19 Can the Department of Defense effectively battle a virus while maintaining U.S combat capabilities?  How We Remember Those We've Lost The Takeaway, along with Death, Sex & Money, asked for listener memories and stories about the people they’ve lost during the COVID-19 crisis. The Art of the Obituary in the Age of COVID-19 In the absence of traditional mourning rituals like funerals, the obituary pages are becoming a communal space for us to grieve together in this moment. 
Full episode - May 22, 2020
How Political Identities Have Become About What We Hate Instead of What We Love Individual reactions to the coronavirus pandemic and the public health restrictions that have accompanied it have underscored how powerful negative partisanship can be in the formation of political opinions. In past crises, national shocks have urged partisans to put aside their personal grievances in pursuit of the greater good, but today, that doesn't seem to be the case.  A look at how the perception of risk influences our political behavior and the impact it has on public opinion. Guests: - Jonathan Haidt, social psychologist and Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School - Lynn Vavreck, Hoffenberg Professor of American Politics and Public Policy at UCLA and contributor to The Upshot at The New York Times Georgia's Reopening Last month, Georgia became one of the first states to begin easing restrictions associated with COVID-19. The decision was criticized by health officials as moving too quickly and risking a potential surge in cases. Across the state, citizens, business owners, and mayors hold mixed feelings regarding how Governor Brian Kemp has approached the public health crisis. While many governors across the U.S. have seen a bump in approval for their handling of the crisis, just 39% approved of Governor Kemp's handling of the pandemic.  A look at how Georgia residents and business owners are navigating the reopening and what they need to see before they decide to participate.  Guests: - Andra Gillespie, Associate Professor of Political Science at Emory University and Director of the James Weldon Johnson Institute - David Bradley, President and CEO of the Athens Chamber of Commerce  Back to School Parents can't go back to work if they're also responsible for co-teaching and childcare throughout the day. Any return to normalcy for families across the U.S. will be impossible without schools reopening. And while online learning has become the norm, it's exacerbated inequality as having a computer and reliable internet access have become precursors to learning from home.  A look at how schools in Colorado are approaching what a return might look like and the steps that would be necessary to get students back in the classroom.  Guest: Katy Anthes, Commissioner of Education for the State of Colorado
Full episode - May 21, 2020
Essential Workers Are Already Starting to Lose Their Hazard Pay Major companies like Amazon and Kroger will soon end the hazard pay raises they have been giving to essential workers.  Dating in the Time of COVID-19 As many parts of the country begin reopening, people are making new risk calculations in the name of love. What does dating look like in the age of COVID-19? EPA Rushing to Finalize Rule Change on Lead in Drinking Water The Environmental Protection Agency is rushing to finalize a major regulation that could leave millions of Americans exposed to potentially hazardous levels of lead. "All We Can Do Is Stay Positive": How Chicano Batman Connects with Fans in Quarantine The L.A.-based band, Chicano Batman, discusses their new album "Invisible People."
Full episode - May 20, 2020
Is COVID-19 Complicating Disaster Preparedness? As the U.S. struggles to get the coronavirus pandemic under control, experts worry about the impact on disaster preparedness as hurricane and wildfire seasons approach.   Why Are Insurers Denying Claims from Struggling Businesses? Business interruption insurance claims are being denied by insurers causing business owners to file lawsuits and look to state governments for help. How Contact Tracing Can Help Contain the Spread of COVID-19 Health officials have stressed that in order to reopen states safely, the number of contact tracers in the U.S. needs to increase drastically. Understanding New Zealand's Effective COVID-19 Response New Zealand has been heralded as a success story in how it's handled COVID-19, but its success is hard to replicate elsewhere.
Full episode - May 19, 2020
Can the Restaurant Industry Recover from COVID-19? Restaurants in some states are reopening for dine-in service, but ongoing shifts in how they do business are resulting in massive losses for the food service industry. What Images Will Define the COVID-19 Pandemic? Each day, we’re confronted by numbers, information, and images reminding us of the infectious disease’s toll around the world.  Locusts, Floods, and Coronavirus: The Crises in East Africa The swarms of locusts are leading to fears of famine in the region, where response to COVID-19 is already stretched thin. Treating Patients and Engaging in Activism: A Doctor's Balancing Act Activists, attorneys, and doctors ring the alarm on dangerous conditions in ICE custody.
Full episode - May 18, 2020
Trump Administration Puts a Strain on Health Care Systems Abroad by Continuing Deportations Even as immigration into the U.S. has virtually ground to a halt, the Trump administration has continued deporting large numbers of ICE detainees. How Quarantine Could Be Affecting Your Sleep Changes in your circadian rhythm, anxiety, sense of isolation, and lack of a normal routine could all be leading to your irregular sleep. The Loved Ones Supporting Essential Workers As essential workers continue to keep us all going, we hear from a few people who are supporting them. Sweden's Coronavirus Strategy Sweden has taken a different approach than most countries to the coronavirus  outbreak and has avoided large shutdowns. How is that strategy working?