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.
Full episode - September 08, 2018
Today we're talking about the economy. The two big questions: 1.) Everyone says the economy is doing great. Objectively, is that true? And 2.) If it is true, why aren’t the Republicans and President better positioned going into the midterms? Guests: Lynn Vavreck, Hoffenberg Chair of American Politics at UCLA and a contributor to The Upshot at The New York Times Jim Tankersley, reporter covering economic and tax policy for the New York Times Colin Gordon, senior research consultant at the Iowa Policy Project Erika Franklin Fowler, Associate Professor of Government at Wesleyan University  You can connect with The Takeaway on Twitter, Facebook, or on our show page at TheTakeaway.org.
Full episode - September 07, 2018
With Kavanaugh Hearings Underway, Anonymous White House Letter Upends Washington The Kavanaugh confirmation hearings should have been a win for Trump's embattled presidency, but an op-ed penned by an executive staffer has sent the administration into crisis mode. With us to discuss this whirlwind of a week is Dana Bash, political correspondent for CNN and Phil Rucker, White House Bureau Chief for The Washington Post. You can connect with The Takeaway on Twitter, Facebook, or on our show page at TheTakeaway.org.
Full episode - September 06, 2018
Why America Doesn't Value Low-Wage Work If wages are low, can the idea that "no job is better than another job" still be true? Kavanaugh Invokes Youngstown Steel, Truman Era Ruling That Defines Executive Authority In Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer, the Supreme Court ruled that President Truman had exceeded his executive authority in trying to nationalize the U.S. steel industry. Surge in Inmate Deaths in Mississippi Raise Red Flags  Sixteen inmates died in state prisons in Mississippi in the month of August. Is there a “Textbook Shakedown” on College Campuses? Besides college tuition, another hefty cost that students need to worry about is the price of textbooks. Is there any relief in sight? Guests: Brittany Bronson William Howell Michelle Liu  Andre Perry You can connect with The Takeaway on Twitter, Facebook, or on our show page at TheTakeaway.org.
Full episode - September 05, 2018
Supreme Court Nominee Hearing Before the Senate Continues...And it is Heated It is day two for Judge Brett Kavanaugh in his Supreme Court confirmation hearing. Ayanna Pressley on Path to Become the First Black Woman Elected to Congress from Massachusetts  In Massachusetts 7th Congressional District, there was a big upset as Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley defeated 10-term incumbent Congressman Michael Capuano. Arizona Governor Taps Former Senator Jon Kyl to Take John McCain's Seat Governor Doug Ducey announced Jon Kyl's appointment at a press conference on Tuesday. The Four-Day School Week: A Closer Look at the Rising Trend Since the Great Recession, a number of school districts have cut back the school week from five days to four. A look at this growing trend and its consequences.  "Bisbee '17" Unearths a Deportation Buried in an Arizona Town's Past A new documentary, “Bisbee ‘17,” casts current residents of Bisbee, Arizona in reenactments of one of their town's darkest moments, the deportation of over 1,000 striking miners.  Guests:  Katie Barlow Adam Reilly Bret Jaspers Kavitha Cardoza  Robert Greene You can connect with The Takeaway on Twitter, Facebook, or on our show page at TheTakeaway.org.

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