Full episode - April 17, 2019
Measles Cases Continue to Grow. Here's How We Got Here. Public health, freedom of religion and politics converge in the history of fighting over vaccinations.  In Indonesian Elections, it's Fake News Vs. Ballot Truths Nearly 200 million Indonesians will be able to vote across 17,000 islands on Wednesday, making for the world's largest single-day election.   Death Penalty for People With Mental Illness: Should It Be Banned? Should people living with mental illness face the death penalty? Guests: Gwynne Hogan  Arthur Caplan  Rebecca Henschke Maurice Chammah
Full episode - April 16, 2019
The Challenges Women of Color Have Faced in Politics and Beyond Republicans have taken Rep. Omar's comments out of context, while Democrats have been lackluster in their defense. The Notre Dame Cathedral Fire: What it Means for France and the World The world watched as the devastating fire engulfed the cathedral on Monday. But the pain of its damage goes well beyond Paris. Facial Recognition Surveillance Targets Uighur Minority in China  This is the first instance of a government using AI for the explicit purpose of racial profiling, according to reporting from The New York Times.  Stop & Shop Workers Go on Strike 31,000 workers have been on strike since last Thursday, leaving 240 stores understaffed or closed altogether.  Guests: Congresswoman Donna Edwards Professor Andrea Benjamin Carol Krinsky Paul Mozur Jennifer Klein
Full episode - April 15, 2019
Burning of Three Black Churches Serves as Reminder of Racism's Continuing Legacy The churches were all burned in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, over the course of ten days in March. Congress Investigates the High Cost of Insulin The price of insulin has nearly tripled in the last decade. Congress is now investigating why. An Uncertain Path Forward for Transgender Troops On Friday, the Trump administration banned transgender people from openly enlisting in the military. Advocates say this marks a return to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" for transgender troops. Guests: Dr. Ibram X Kendi Dr. Randal Maurice Jelks Robin Feldman Aaron Belkin Blake Dremann
Full episode - April 12, 2019
On February 1st, the start of Black History month, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker announced he was running for president. Since then, he’s been on the campaign trail and announced that he raised $5 million. This weekend, he makes his official hometown kick off of his Justice for all Tour in Newark and then heads immediately to Iowa. Amy Walter got the chance to sit down with Senator Booker to discuss his campaign, the legislation he’s introduced in the Senate to form a commission to study the issue of reparations, and vision for the future. Reparations has come up a lot recently as the Democratic candidates have been asked to weigh in on the issue. Earlier this week, Senator Cory Booker announced that he would introduce legislation, “to form a commission for the study of reparation proposals for African-Americans.” But the idea of reparations has a long history, Amy explores that with The Takeaway’s Tanzina Vega. Plus, Amy talks to Rob O’Dell, from the Arizona Republic, about his two-year investigation with USA TODAY and the Center for Public Integrity. Over the past eight years, state lawmakers have introduced at least 10,000 bills that were written, almost entirely, by corporations, industry groups, or think tanks. O'Dell helped create the algorithm that led to this discovery, and he says these numbers are just the tip of the iceberg. To end the hour, Amy talks to Allison Anderman, the Managing Attorney at the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, about how lobbying works, in practice.  In response to Allison Anderman’s comments about what she calls “the corporate gun lobby,” we reached out to The Second Amendment Foundation, and to the NRA. The Second Amendment Foundation statement:  ''The gun prohibition lobby falsely claims that gun manufacturers are in the driver's seat when it comes to lobbying for gun rights. The fight for Constitutional Carry, the right to exercise a constitutional right without a permit, is lead by grassroots activist gun owners on a state level. Twelve states have now passed Constitutional Carry and the gun ban lobby is losing this battle. As a result, they have come unglued and make many false and outrageous claims that are simply not true." - Alan Gottlieb, Founder Second Amendment Foundation The statement from the NRA:  "It's understandable that gun control groups like the Giffords Law Center try to mislead the American public by calling NRA the corporate gun lobby, but that’s false. The NRA represents more than 5 million dues-paying members and the tens of millions of law-abiding gun owners who want nothing more than the right to protect themselves, their families, and their homes. Gun control advocates like Anderman would rather strip people of their constitutionally protected rights and put you at the mercy of criminals who don’t give a second thought to breaking in your homes and shooting you dead. We’re proud of our success in championing legislation like constitutional carry because it recognizes the rights of law-abiding people to defend themselves in the manner they see fit. Again, it’s another example of the gun control lobby trying to mislead the American public by saying constitutional carry allows anybody to carry a gun. That is a lie. It allows anyone who is legally allowed to posses a firearm to carry a firearm. They suggest it allows criminals to carry without a permit when that’s just not the case. That’s because gun control groups like these are largely composed of high-priced lobbyists and lawyers that are financed by a small handful of the country's elitist billionaires. They have no constituency, no grassroots appeal, and continue losing ground in state after state. The NRA is financed by membership dues and donations. Our constituents are every law-abiding gun owner in the country, our grassroots outreach is second to none, and we will continue defending the 2nd Amendment as long as there’s a Constitution of the United States." - Lars Dalseide, NRA spokesman
Full episode - April 11, 2019
New Tax Bill Will Make it Illegal for IRS to Offer Free E-Filing Option The Taxpayer First Act just passed the House this week. Politics and Voting in the Lone Star State First, a look at investigations into Texas's effort to remove thousands of voters from the rolls; Then a look at what Texas voters are looking for going into election season 2020. Wyatt Cenac Shakes Up Late Night with a Deep Dive on Education This season of comedian Wyatt Cenac’s "Problem Areas" explores education in the United States. Cenac spoke with The Takeaway about his show's unique spot in the late-night landscape. Guests: Hannah Levintova Mark Jones Wyatt Cenac
Full episode - April 10, 2019
Hearing on White Nationalism Gives Platform to Extreme Views Testimony on containing white nationalism got side-lined by partisan infighting that resulted in little agreement on the notion of extremism.  Georgia Bill to Regulate Journalism an 'Opportunity' for Dialogue A bill in Georgia would force reporters to turn over their notes for an ethical review. It's likely not going to pass, but it's a wake-up call for journalists. New York Islanders' Shannon Hogan on Breaking Gender Barriers in Sports Broadcasting This season, Shannon Hogan was joined on the MSG Network by an all-women team of analysts, a first for a pro-sports team. Guests: Heidi Beirich Andy Campbell Stephen Fowler Shannon Hogan
Full episode - April 09, 2019
The U.S. Label Iran's IRGC a Foreign Terrorist Organization On Monday, the United States government made an unprecedented move against Iran. The IRS Audits the Working Poor at a Higher Rate than Wealthier People The audit process itself also has immediate and long-term effects for working class people. Author Kwame Alexander Wants to Help Young People Imagine a Better World Kwame Alexander's new book, "The Undefeated," celebrates black Americans throughout history. The Takeaway spoke with Alexander about his unique approach to engaging young readers. Guests:  Robin Wright Farnaz Fassihi Paul Kiel Kwame Alexander
Full episode - April 08, 2019
Kirstjen Nielsen is Out as Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen’s time in that role has been rocky. How Much Do We Actually Know About CBD? The availability of CBD has skyrocketed in the last year, but how much do we actually know about it, and can CBD really do everything advertises say it can? Mar-a-Lago Breach Raises Questions of National Security at Trump's Private Club A woman slipped through security to illegally enter Mar-a-Lago. She was carrying a thumb drive infected with malware. Guests: Jonathan Blitzer Leon Fresco Laura Sanders David Fahrenthold
Full episode - April 05, 2019
On this week's Politics with Amy Walter: The fight over redistricting and who gets to wield the pen. “Slay the Dragon,” chronicles the challenges to congressional maps in several states that have been accused of partisan gerrymandering including Michigan and Wisconsin. In Michigan, voters approved a ballot measure in 2018 to take map-drawing power out of the hands of the legislature and put it into the hands of an independent commission. The film also follows the legal team involved in Gill v. Whitford as that case from Wisconsin makes its way to the Supreme Court of the United States.  Barak Goodman is the co-director of Slay the Dragon. The film will premiere later this month at The Tribeca Film Festival. Scott Walker was the governor of Wisconsin from 2011 to 2019. During his tenure, Republican lawmakers created new congressional districts which he then signed into law. Walker is now the Finance Chairman of The National Republican Redistricting Trust, but he's also been accused by critics of partisan gerrymandering. Amy Walter speaks to Walker about why he decided to continue to focus on an issue that has embroiled him in so much controversy. Eric Holder, the Attorney General under President Obama, recently wrote an editorial for The Washington Post in which he announced that he will not be running for president, and instead will focus his energies on the “fight to end gerrymandering.” We talk to Holder about why he thinks this is a such an important issue for Democrats to combat right now.  On March 26th, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in this term’s gerrymandering case. Amy Howe, the co-founder of SCOTUSblog, brings us up to speed on what happened and what to watch for. 
Full episode - April 04, 2019
Baltimore's Mayor Embroiled in Children's Book Scandal There are questions about Mayor Catherine Pugh's self-published kids book, and whether or not buyers were given access to government influence. The Death of the Lyell Glacier Yosemite National Park's Lyell Glacier is dying. Writer Dan Duane joined Yosemite geologist Greg Stock in a hike up to the glacier, which is now a fraction of its original size. Making Arab American Theater Muslim and Arab American theater are having a moment. But the communities at the hearts of these shows fear they will only garner attention if they are about that identity. Guests: Alec MacGillis Liz Bowie Dan Duane Greg Stock Jamil Khoury Yussef El Guindi