Full episode - June 05, 2020
How a Legacy of Racist Policies and Police Brutality Contributed to the Mass Disenfranchisement of Black People The death of George Floyd, an African American man, at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis has ignited protests and conversations surrounding the mistreatment of Black Americans at the hands of the state against the backdrop of a pandemic that is disproportionately affecting Black people. Americans in every state have taken to the streets to protest police brutality and chant "Black Lives Matter." A look at the history of Black disenfranchisement, failures in leadership and policy, and the role ongoing protests will play in the general election.   Guests: Adam Serwer, Staff Writer at The Atlantic covering politics Elizabeth Hinton, incoming Professor of History, law and African-American studies at Yale and the author of “From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America” Carol Anderson, Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University and author of "White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide" Mayors, Past and Present Since George Floyd was killed by police officers in Minneapolis, demonstrations against police brutality have taken place across the United States. For mayors, listening to the protester's grievances and balancing them against the responsibility of engaging with police chiefs is a challenging task.  A conversation with Michael Tubbs, the first Black Mayor of Stockton, California, about addressing police brutality at the local level and what he hopes will come from the protests. Plus, a conversation with former San Antonio Mayor, Julián Castro. As a candidate for the Democratic nomination, Castro spoke often about the pattern of police brutality and how bias in the criminal justice system disproportionately impacts Black Americans. He reflects on his time as mayor, ending police brutality, and the future of the movement.  Guests:  Michael Tubbs, Mayor of Stockton, California Julián Castro, former Mayor of San Antonio and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development How Demonstrations Across the U.S. have changed the Vice Presidential Selection Process A national conversation about race and the lack of police accountability has shifted the trajectory of the VP selection process for the Biden campaign. With the disparities in health care that coronavirus has underscored and the brutal killing of George Floyd, the selection process faces heightened scrutiny.  Guests:  David Siders, National Political Correspondent at Politico
Full episode - June 04, 2020
The Toll of Covering Police Brutality as a Black Journalist For black journalists, this moment is especially complex, with the weight of having to cover the brutality they’re seeing while also being black in America. The Lack of Attention for Violence Against Black Trans People As people around the country protest the killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others, another case of alleged police brutality is emerging in Tallahassee, Florida. Are Corporate Statements of Solidarity More Than Just PR? There has been an outpouring of corporate support for Black Lives Matter and racial equality, but are any of these companies actually helping to institute change?
Full episode - June 03, 2020
How Police Are Responding to Uprisings Across the Country For the past week, protests against police violence following the killing of George Floyd have been taking place around the country.  Why Police Unions Have So Much Power In some cases, these unions have pushed back against reforms meant to increase transparency. Momentum Builds in New York to Overhaul One of the Nation's Strictest Police Privacy Laws In New York, state legislators appear to have the votes to overhaul one of the strictest police privacy laws in the country, a decades-old statute known as 50-A.  Despite Rising Death Toll, Mexico is Beginning to Reopen, Placing Workers at Risk In the north of the country, Mexican factory workers are dying at a disproportionate rate. Hundreds of Minor League Baseball Players Released Amid Pandemic COVID-19 could alter baseball for years to come. 
Full episode - June 02, 2020
President Trump Deflects Attention from Racial Justice Demonstrations by Invoking Far Left Groups  President Trump has pushed the inaccurate message that far left activists are leading demonstrations around the country to distract from the real issues behind the uprisings. How QAnon Conspiracy Theorists Are Influencing U.S. Politics On May 19th, Jo Rae Perkins, an avowed supporter of the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory, won the Republican primary race for U.S. Senate in Oregon, with nearly 50 percent of the vote.  Former Felons in Florida May Finally Have Their Voting Rights Restored A recent ruling by a federal judge declared a Florida law restricting former felons from registering unconstitutional. After Nearly Three Decades, a Florida Man's Voting Rights Will Be Restored Eugene Williams was released from prison in 2011 after serving 18 years in Florida’s Department of Corrections for armed robbery. What Does White Allyship Look Like at this Moment? As uprisings spread across the U.S, white people are trying to figure out their role in the fight against police brutality and racism more broadly.
Full episode - June 01, 2020
Understanding the Pain Fueling Nationwide Demonstrations While George Floyd’s killing galvanized many of this weekend's protests, his death was the latest in a series of events that make this such a painful moment for black Americans. How Do We Mourn as a Nation? President Trump has yet to suggest any kind of official collective grieving or day of remembrance. 
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.