Full episode - May 13, 2019
Laws Across the Country Seek to Limit Abortion to 6 Weeks The Alabama bill aims to criminalize abortion in almost all cases and would charge doctors with up to 99 years in prisons for providing abortions. How Torture Crushed Civilian Opposition in Syria  Up to hundreds of thousands of Syrians were imprisoned and tortured — and many were killed — in President Bashar al-Assad's continued campaign to stifle opposition.  Asylum Seekers May Face More Danger in Mexico as Border Patrol Begins Screenings The Remain in Mexico policy change is also placing migrants in danger. Are Video Games Encouraging Kids to Gamble? "Loot Box" Reform Would Curb In-Game Purchases Republican Senator Josh Hawley plans legislation that would prohibit game makers from selling loot boxes to minors. Other segments: Advocates, Lawmakers Push to Stop Violence Against Native Women Native women face high rates of violence and murder and go missing more often than other groups of women. 
Full episode - May 10, 2019
In his 1957 book, Citadel, journalist William White refers to the Senate as “the world’s most exclusive club.” But for many high-profile Democrats, it's a club that seems to have gone out of style. In April, Stacey Abrams, the Democrat who narrowly lost the race for governor of Georgia in 2018, announced that she is not running for Senate. Joaquin Castro in Texas, Ambassador Susan Rice in Maine, Congresswoman Cindy Axne and former Governor Tom Vilsack of Iowa have all made the same decision. Then, there's the Democrats who have decided to run for president instead: John Hickenlooper, the former governor of Colorado, and Beto O’Rourke who rose to prominence in 2018 when he challenged Texas Senator Ted Cruz.  What's going on here?  Jennifer Duffy, a political analyst covering US Senate and Governor's races for the Cook Political Report, explains why for some Democrats the Senate seems to have lost its allure. Frances Lee, a political science professor at the University of Maryland, tells us how we got a Senate in the first place.  Osita Nwanevu, a staff writer at the New Yorker covering politics and policy in Washington, D.C., and Logan Dobson, a Republican strategist and the former director of Data and Analytics for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, debate equal state representation in the U.S Senate. Alan Frumin, the Senate Parliamentarian from 1987 to 1995 and again from 2001 to 2012, answers questions from our listeners about Senate rules and procedures.  Amy's Final Take: The debate about how the Senate works - or doesn’t - is part of a bigger debate and a bigger issue that I’ve talked about a lot on this show; the breakdown of trust and faith in institutions. The whole deal in politics is that winners treat the losers fairly because they know that someday they will be on the losing side and want to be treated with respect and fairness. But, that’s not where we are now. Americans are more distrustful of the other party than ever before. But, changing the underlying structures of the system creates all kinds of unintended consequences that may only exacerbate the problems they are trying to fix.  Blowing up or reconstructing institutions like the Senate may solve a short-term problem, but in the long term our bigger problem that needs fixing is to find faith and trust in one another.
Full episode - May 09, 2019
Checking the Checks and Balances As the fight between House Democrats and the White House continues to escalate, are the checks and balances between the branches of the government working?  China Attempts to Undercut Trade Deal; Trump Promises New Tariffs Negotiations appeared to have been going well, but the Chinese reportedly reneged on a series of key promises. European Far-Right Leaders May Capitalize on the Rise of Spain's "Vox" Party It's the first time a far-right party has gained seats since the fall of the dictatorship in 1975. Other segments:  Ebola Response in the Democratic Republic of Congo: What Are the Challenges? More than 1,000 people have died from Ebola since last summer in the Democratic Republic of Congo. When You Play the Game of Spoilers, Do You Win or Lose? With spoiler warnings at an all-time high with the release of Avengers: Endgame and the final season of Game of Thrones, we took a look at how rational the fear of spoilers really is.  
Full episode - May 08, 2019
As Uber Prepares to Go Public, Drivers Across the Country Strike Drivers are demanding better pay, as the company stands to reap $10 billion after its long-awaited IPO. Treasury Secretary Refuses Congressional Request to Hand Over Trump's Tax Returns  Mnuchin said the request lacked a “legitimate legislative purpose” and that he could not authorize the release as a result.  'It's So Hard:' Military Spouses on the Challenges of Having a Career  When we asked Takeaway listeners in military families about the biggest challenges they face, many of you said finding employment as a spouse. 
Full episode - May 07, 2019
One year ago today, Tanzina Vega made her debut as the host of The Takeaway. At the time, she outlined three gaps in the United States that she felt should be part of The Takeaway's core mission: the wealth gap, the truth gap and the empathy gap. To celebrate Tanzina's one-year anniversary, The Takeaway is broadcasting live from WNYC's The Greene Space and asking, when it comes to inequality, misinformation and understanding, are we further apart today than we were then? Joining Tanzina to address the empathy gap, and what it takes to more fully imagine the perspectives of others, are Jelani Cobb, a staff writer for The New Yorker who writes about race, politics, history, and culture, Ziwe Fumudoh, a comedian and writer for Showtime’s "Desus and Mero," and Javier Zamora, a poet and writer born in El Salvador, and author of the collection "Unaccompanied." To delve into the racial wealth gap in the United States, Tanzina speaks with Andre Perry, a Brookings Institution fellow and author of the forthcoming book, "Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in American Cities." And rounding out the hour is Susan Chira, editor-in-chief of The Marshall Project, who joins Tanzina to discuss the truth gap in our changing media landscape.
Full episode - May 06, 2019
President Trump Picks Former Obama Administration Official to Lead ICE in New Direction On Sunday, President Trump named Mark Morgan as the next director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Last month, the president said he wanted to take ICE in a "tougher direction." Lila Downs Talks Immigration, Politics and Identity "Al Chile" When Downs speaks, the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter says things "al chile" — by telling it like it is. Children in Puerto Rico Suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Since Hurricane Maria A new study shows seven percent of kids are dealing with significant symptoms of PTSD.  
Full episode - May 03, 2019
"It’s the economy, stupid." James Carville is the Democratic strategist who famously coined that phrase while working on Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign in 1992. He meant people vote with their pocketbooks. In other words, when the economy is strong, the incumbent wins. That should be good news for the Trump administration because by many measures the economy is doing great. It grew at an unexpectedly high pace of 3 percent in the first-quarter of this year. The stock market is surging. Wages are up. Unemployment is down. Yet despite all this, the President's approval rating is still stuck in the low to mid-40s, putting the old cliche "it's the economy, stupid," to the test.  Kevin Hassett, the Chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers, says that he expects the economic growth we have been seeing to continue this year at an even faster rate. We get a fact-check on that from Heather Long, Washington Post's economics correspondent, who tells us about what she sees as the biggest problem facing the U.S. economy today: rising inequality. Plus, she brings us up to speed on Donald Trump's picks for the Federal Reserve.  Denise Murray, a farmer in Wisconsin, talks about selling her dairy cows because their upkeep had gotten too expensive. Mike Gallagher, a Republican congressman representing the 8th district of Wisconsin, explains how the Trump administration's tariffs on steel and aluminum have impacted farmers like Murray in his state, and whether he thinks his constituents will still support the president in 2020.  Scott Clement, the polling director at the Washington Post, tells us about a new Washington-ABC poll that shows that most people feel that our economic system benefits those in power. He says this could be a problem for the president.  Lastly, Lynn Vavreck, the co-author of "Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America," says that actually, there may be some issues that are even important to voters than the economy. Read Amy Walter's take here.
Full episode - May 02, 2019
AG William Barr Refuses to Testify Before House Panel After testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday, Attorney General William Barr is refusing to testify before the House on Thursday. Labor Dept. Offers Guidance to Gig Economy Companies Looking to Label Workers as Contractors A recent letter from the Labor Dept. informed an unknown gig economy company that they could call their workers contractors, offering guidance to other companies looking to do the same. Caster Semenya Will Have to Suppress Testosterone to Compete in Her Top Races The ruling came as a surprise to many who contend that elevated testosterone levels do not enhance performance to a level that necessitates such regulation. 
Full episode - May 01, 2019
Venezuelan Protests: A Failed Coup? The opposition hoped Maduro would be ousted — what next for their efforts? Mueller Puts a Stamp on it: Secret Letter to William Barr Overshadows AG's Congressional Testimony Attorney General Barr faces two days of hearings in Congress this week. Deteriorating, Unsanitary Conditions in Privatized Military Housing One-third of all military families live in privatized housing — that’s around 700,000 people. For many, that means facing substandard living conditions. Undocumented Workers Allege Exploitation at Trump Golf Course Undocumented workers at Trump’s country club in Westchester, New York say they were told to perform unpaid labor, according to new reporting out from The Washington Post. Social Media Was Blocked in Sri Lanka, but the Social Fissures Remained Hours after the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, the government blocked popular social media sites.
Full episode - April 30, 2019
Guantanamo Bay May Soon Need Hospice Care With no end in sight, the Pentagon is having to consider how Guantanamo Bay will provide treatment for geriatric detainees as prisoners get older. How a Wealth Gap Contributes to a Privacy Gap  Poor people tend to face far more severe repercussions from a lack of privacy online.  Who Gets to Make a Living as an Artist? The more affluent a person's family is, the greater chance they have of landing a career in the arts.