Full episode - September 13, 2019
The third Democratic primary debate is behind us now--all three hours of it. On Thursday night, the top ten polling Democratic candidates met in Houston, Texas. And for the first time, frontrunners Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders shared a single stage. So, did anything from the latest debate reshape the battle for the nomination? That’s the question at the center of today's show. We also look at how the caucus process works in Nevada and what we might expect in the first primary state, New Hampshire. Finally, a conversation about the Democrats and impeachment, in light of the House Judiciary Committee vote this week to move forward with an impeachment inquiry.  Guests: Claire Malone, senior politics writer for FiveThirtyEight Joel Payne, former aide to the Hillary Clinton Campaign  Issac Dovere, staff writer at The Atlantic Shelby Wiltz, caucus director for the Nevada State Democratic Party Rebecca Katz, founding partner of New Deal Strategies Karen Hicks, founder and CEO of Civix Strategy Group Kyle Cheney, Congress reporter for Politico 
Full episode - September 12, 2019
Why Are People Leaving Some of Biggest U.S. Metro Areas? New data from the Census Bureau shows that populations are declining in some of the biggest metro areas in the country, like New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Who Was the Mysterious Spy in Russia, Feeding Secrets to the CIA? The spy was removed by the CIA from Russia in 2017. How "Hustlers" Is Changing the Portrayal of Strippers in Hollywood The film's writer and director, Lorene Scafaria, hired the stripper Jacqueline Francis to consult on the movie. Jacqueline ensured that the film dealt with the subject honestly. Other segments: Benjamin Netanyahu Pledges to Annex the West Bank Israel's prime minister announced Tuesday that he will move to annex part of the occupied West Bank if he wins the election next week. Your Donations to Charities Are Lining the Pockets of a Las Vegas Telemarketer Las Vegas telemarketer Richard Zeitlin and his companies have taken nearly 90 percent of what they've raised for for charities and super PACS.
Full episode - September 11, 2019
How States Are Holding Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors Accountable States across the country are holding manufacturers and distributors of opioids accountable for their role in creating what they say is an epidemic. U.S. Jails and Prisons Failing to Provide Treatment for Opioid Addiction Incarcerated people are 40 times more likely to overdose upon release. California Bill Would Allow Student Athletes To Be Paid For Endorsements And Likeness Rights The Fair Pay To Play Act passed through the State Assembly on Monday and has already passed through the Senate. Other Segments: What North Carolina's Special Election Means for 2020 The Takeaway also looks at John Bolton's exit and what that might mean for Trump’s foreign policy and the 2020 election.
Full episode - September 10, 2019
Has a New Norm Been Broken with the NOAA Controversy? Millions of Americans were looking to the federal government for life-saving information about Hurricane Dorian. They got a political fiasco. The Eleventh Hour Fight Over Fate of California's Privacy Bill Legislators have until the end of the week to amend the California Consumer Privacy Act. What is the United States Doing About Food Waste? European countries have more effective federal legislation to reduce food waste than the U.S.   Other segments: British Parliament Suspended for Five Weeks as Halloween Brexit Deadline Looms The deadline to finalize a Brexit deal with the European Union is October 31st. But a weeks-long suspension of Parliament is now in effect, leaving little time to finalize a new plan. What Would a "Safe Third Country" Agreement Between the U.S. and Honduras Mean for the Asylum Crisis? The alleged 'Safe Third Country' agreement speaks volumes of the U.S.-Honduras relationship.
Full episode - September 09, 2019
U.S.-Taliban Talks Stall Days Before September 11th Anniversary On Saturday, President Trump said he was canceling a secret meeting at Camp David between U.S., Taliban, and Afghan officials. The Takeaway looks at what's next for the negotiations. FTC Fines YouTube for Violating Child Privacy  YouTube was collecting information from children to help target them with ads.  The One Where We Talk About Friends (Sorry, We Had To) It’s been 25 years since the world met Rachel, Ross, Chandler, Joey, Monica, and Phoebe. Other segments: The Secret Life of Credit Card Data  A single swipe of your credit card hands your data over to at least a half dozen different types of companies. Bahamas in Desperate Need of Relief After Hurricane Dorian The death toll continues to climb as the true nature of the storm's devastation comes into relief.
Full episode - September 06, 2019
Amy Walter's take: There’s something of a consensus-building within the so-called mainstream political media that it’s only a matter of time before Biden’s Teflon shield is deflated. His debate performances have been shaky. He is not as quick on his feet as the other candidates. And, he’s spent most of the campaign on defense - either explaining past votes, or changing long-held positions on policy.  But, it also seems to me that many in the political class may be underestimating the staying power of a flawed - but popular and well-known - candidate. In 2016, for example, the assumption among the political elites - me included - was that once the summer ended, so would Trump’s hold on the lead in the GOP race. Voters would start to get serious about electability and stability and would reject this unorthodox candidate. Obviously, we know that didn’t happen.  This isn’t to say that Biden’s destined to win the nomination. But, just that his staying power may be more durable than we think. He’s built up a lot of goodwill over his many years in office that no one else can claim.  Guests: Annie Linskey, National politics reporter for The Washington Post Josh Jamerson, National politics reporter for The Wall Street Journal Elaina Plott, White House correspondent for The Atlantic Matt Paul, Democratic Strategist based in Des Moines   
Full episode - September 05, 2019
Is Vaping More Dangerous Than It Seems? Hundreds of patients with severe respiratory illnesses have reported using e-cigarette products. The Legacy of Venus and Serena Williams  Serena Williams won her 100th singles victory at the Open, despite reports that she injured her ankle just days before.  Pro-Beijing Counter-Protesters in the U.S. Clash with Pro-Hong Kong Protesters What do these clashes tell us about the protests' future? Other segments:  North Carolina Judges Rule Republican-Drawn Legislative District Map Is Unconstitutional  Three North Carolina judges gave the Republican state legislature until September 18th to redraw the map.  When Can the Government Separate a Parent from Child at the Border?  Beth Fertig is a senior reporter with WNYC and she told us one father’s story.
Full episode - September 04, 2019
What's Happening at the NRA? For the last year, the National Rifle Association has been in turmoil, from financial uncertainty and legal disputes to leadership struggles and the shuttering of NRATV. Congressman Lacy Clay Demands Action After 12 Children Shot to Death in St. Louis Missouri Governor Mike Parson refused to address gun violence in a special legislative session. Domestic Workers are Still Fighting for Basic Labor Rights  Domestic workers don't have basic labor rights like paid sick time. The Domestic Workers Bill Of Rights Act, introduced in July, is trying to change that.  Need for Home Care Workers Grows, But They're Exploited These positions are among the hardest and lowest paid in the country. Other segments: Methane Regulation Rollbacks Meet Resistance from Oil and Gas Companies Environmental organizations, climate scientists and public health groups, as well as oil and gas companies, have all spoken out against this rollback. 
Full episode - September 03, 2019
What's the Link Between Hurricanes and Climate Change? Some experts say hurricanes like Dorian are becoming more intense due to global warming.   Hong Kong Students are Heading Back to School, But Protesters Still Aren't Backing Down Authorities in mainland China had hoped the demonstrations would die down by the fall. Rural Communities Struggle to Continue Providing Emergency Medical Services In the rural United States, communities depend on emergency medical services, but operating an ambulance in these areas comes with a unique set of challenges.  Why are Workplace Menopause Polices Being Pushed For in the UK and Not the US? Politicians in the UK have been calling for workplace's to have menopause policies and awareness, that's not the case in the US.  More Than a Century After 'The Jungle,' Meatpacking Industry Still Relies on Immigrants On Labor Day, the horrifying realities of being an undocumented immigrant worker in the meatpacking industry.  U.S.-Born Latinos Struggle to Gain Visibility in Hollywood A new report outlines the bleak state of Latino representation in the film industry, but the research also undersells the lack of opportunity for U.S.-born Latinos in Hollywood.
Full episode - September 02, 2019
by José Olivares A warning to listeners: some of the audio in this story is disturbing and hard to listen to. An exclusive Takeaway and The Intercept investigation shows that correctional staff at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center skirted rules when dealing with a migrant with mental illness. The detainee, a 40-year-old undocumented Mexican migrant, killed himself after spending 21 days in solitary confinement in July 2018. The investigation shows that correctional staff at the Stewart Detention Center did not follow the ICE national detention standards during the classification process, the disciplinary process and even on the night he killed himself. The migrant, Efraín Romero de la Rosa, took his own life at the Stewart Detention Facility in Georgia, which is run by the private corrections company CoreCivic. He had been previously diagnosed with schizophrenia. The solitary confinement cell in which Efraín Romero de la Rosa took his own life. (GBI Investigation Photo) While in ICE custody, Efraín was placed in solitary confinement for 15 days, was later placed on suicide watch and, separately, spent time at a mental health institution for over a month. On his return to Stewart to continue immigration proceedings, correctional staff neglected to recognize his mental illness and classify him accordingly. Staff had noted his fixation on death, repeatedly telling staff he would "die three terrible deaths," and telling other detainees he was a "prophet." Yet, CoreCivic's correctional staff sent Efraín to solitary confinement for 30 days. None of the disciplinary records released by CoreCivic in response to courtroom discovery demands and provided by family attorney Andrew Free make mention of his worsening mental illness. The Takeaway and The Intercept accessed hundreds of pages of records, photos, audio with witnesses and correctional staff, and 18 hours of security footage from within the facility. Efraín’s story helps the public gain insight at the tangled and opaque world of ICE detention. As the Trump Administration continues to round up migrants at an increasing pace, more people diagnosed with mental illness will inevitably be placed in ICE detention. You can listen to the entire investigation by clicking "play" above. You can read the detailed investigation on The Intercept here. A special thank you to Cindi Kim, Associate General Counsel at New York Public Radio. For The Takeaway, Deidre Depke, Ellen Frankman, Lee Hill, Arwa Gunja and Jim Schachter edited; Jay Cowit sound designed and composed the score. For The Intercept, Ali Ghraib edited the story, Ariel Zambelich was the visual designer, and Travis Mannon and Lauren Feeney made the accompanying film.