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Politics with Amy Walter: The Political Power of TeachersMay 17, 2019 49:26
It feels like every day someone new announces they are running for President. But Andrew Yang, the founder of the fellowship program for recent college graduates Venture for America, was one of the first to declare. If elected, he says he would implement a universal basic income, meaning that every American citizen over 18 years of age would get $1,000 a month. We speak to him about how that would actually work, and how he would pay for it.
Also, the teachers’ strikes across the country that began in 2018 are a sign that teachers’ unions are stronger than ever. As the 2020 Democratic candidates compete for their support, they are laying out ambitious education proposals. Will this be the election that people vote on education? Or is this still largely viewed as a state issue, not a federal one?
Andrew Yang, Democratic presidential candidate
Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers
Sarah Reckhow, Associate Professor of Political Science at Michigan State University
Jeffrey Henig, Professor of Political Science at Teachers College, Columbia University
Linda Tillman, Ph.D., Professor Emerita at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Podcast: 2019-05-16 School Segregation is Getting Worse 65 Years After Brown v. Board of EducationMay 16, 2019 32:12
The number of intensely segregated minority schools has tripled since 1988 with New York and California having some of the highest rates of school segregation.
Common realities of being in a military family, like having a parent deployed or moving around a lot, can be stressors for children.
KQED's podcast "Truth Be Told" is an advice show designed to give people of color a space to talk among themselves that’s not framed through whiteness.
Disney announced Tuesday that they will be taking Comcast's stake in Hulu, adding another property to what is quickly becoming the most powerful entertainment company in history.
The federal government can still use facial recognition technology in the jurisdiction.
Podcast: 2019-05-15 Where Do U.S.-Russia Relations Stand Following Pompeo's Meeting with Putin?May 15, 2019 28:23
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went to Russia on Tuesday to meet with Vladimir Putin. The leaders discussed several issues on which the two countries remain sharply opposed.
Gracie Murphree has been running a refugee center in Honduras for women and children escaping violence.
A recent episode of Arthur, where Arthur's teacher gets married to his partner Patrick, is emblematic of the rise of LGBTQ representation in children's entertainment.
This past Sunday, a terrorist attack at a Catholic church left six dead. This is just the latest in a surge of attacks over the last few years.
The hack affected 1.5 billion WhatsApp users.
Podcast: 2019-05-14 Hospitals in Rural America are Closing, Leading to Devastating ConsequencesMay 14, 2019 38:53
Patients are having to travel long distances to access the care they need.
China announced retaliatory tariffs on Monday, promising to "never surrender" in the trade war with the US.
On Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo canceled a planned trip to Moscow and instead met With E.U. diplomats, with hopes of finding common ground over Iran.
Students in Warwick, RI who owed money for past meals were to be served cold sunflower butter and jelly sandwiches until a national backlash caused the district to scrap its plan.
Podcast: 2019-05-13 Laws Across the Country Seek to Limit Abortion to 6 WeeksMay 13, 2019 40:36
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.
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.
The Remain in Mexico policy change is also placing migrants in danger.
Republican Senator Josh Hawley plans legislation that would prohibit game makers from selling loot boxes to minors.
Native women face high rates of violence and murder and go missing more often than other groups of women.
Politics with Amy Walter: "The World's Most Exclusive Club"May 10, 2019 47:23
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.
Podcast: 2019-05-09 Checking the Checks and BalancesMay 9, 2019 28:14
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?
Negotiations appeared to have been going well, but the Chinese reportedly reneged on a series of key promises.
It's the first time a far-right party has gained seats since the fall of the dictatorship in 1975.
More than 1,000 people have died from Ebola since last summer in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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.
Podcast: 2019-05-08 As Uber Prepares to Go Public, Drivers Across the Country StrikeMay 8, 2019 38:35
Drivers are demanding better pay, as the company stands to reap $10 billion after its long-awaited IPO.
Mnuchin said the request lacked a “legitimate legislative purpose” and that he could not authorize the release as a result.
When we asked Takeaway listeners in military families about the biggest challenges they face, many of you said finding employment as a spouse.
Podcast: 2019-05-07 Celebrating One Year of Tanzina VegaMay 7, 2019 45:40
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.
Podcast: 2019-05-06 President Trump Picks Former Obama Administration Official to Lead ICE in New DirectionMay 6, 2019 32:12
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."
When Downs speaks, the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter says things "al chile" — by telling it like it is.
A new study shows seven percent of kids are dealing with significant symptoms of PTSD.
Politics with Amy Walter: The Trump Administration Hopes "It's the Economy, Stupid" Holds True in 2020May 3, 2019 46:56
"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.
Podcast: 5/2 AG William Barr Refuses to Testify Before House PanelMay 2, 2019 29:39
After testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday, Attorney General William Barr is refusing to testify before the House on Thursday.
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.
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.
Podcast: 5/1 Venezuelan Protests: A Failed Coup?May 1, 2019 31:50
The opposition hoped Maduro would be ousted — what next for their efforts?
Attorney General Barr faces two days of hearings in Congress this week.
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 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.
Hours after the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, the government blocked popular social media sites.
Podcast: 4/30 Guantanamo Bay May Soon Need Hospice CareApr 30, 2019 26:38
With no end in sight, the Pentagon is having to consider how Guantanamo Bay will provide treatment for geriatric detainees as prisoners get older.
Poor people tend to face far more severe repercussions from a lack of privacy online.
The more affluent a person's family is, the greater chance they have of landing a career in the arts.
Podcast: 4/29 Addressing the Threat of White Nationalism OnlineApr 29, 2019 30:10
Politics with Amy Walter: "The X Factor": Will Joe Biden Reshape the Race?Apr 26, 2019 46:36
Joe Biden officially announced that he is running for the nation's top job on Thursday. As candidate number 20, he is entering a historically crowded race. Does he have what it takes to stand out from the pack?
We check in with two campaign reporters, Juana Summers from The Associated Press, and Annie Linskey from The Washington Post, who tell us about what voters seem to be looking for when trying to choose between the candidates.
For our Biden digest, we turn to Mike Memoli, of NBC News, who has been following Biden's career on the national stage for over a decade. He explains what he thinks we can expect from Biden’s third attempt to reach the highest office. Borys Krawczeniuk, of the Scranton Times-Tribune, gives us the view from Biden's hometown. And Aimee Allison, the founder of the political group She the People, says he has some serious obstacles to overcome if he wants to do well with black women voters.
Plus, Bloomberg's Joshua Green has been out on the campaign trail trying to gauge where voters stand on the issue of impeachment. His verdict? They are pretty ambivalent.
Amy's Final Take:
After the 2016 election, the media was criticized for spending too much time in D.C. absorbed in our Twitter bubbles. Voters were telling us the story of the election, but we weren’t listening to it.
Three years later, the Washington, D.C. and Twitter echo chambers are obsessed with talk of "impeachment" and "Russia" yet that’s not what voters or presidential candidates are talking about out in the states.
My sense, from listening to voters and to the reporters who are on the ground covering them, is that Democratic voters are more pragmatic than prescriptive. The grassroots demand for Congress to start impeachment just doesn't seem to be there. Now, should Trump win re-election, I'd expect that pragmatism to give way to all out panic and push-back.
That may change, but for now, we should take the lessons of 2016 to heart and stop trying to make the narrative fit neatly into a box we have already pre-built. The race for 2020 has a LONG way to go. The best way to understand where it’s headed is to watch it unfold at its own pace, not the one being set by cable TV.
Podcast: Thursday, April 25Apr 25, 2019 32:28
The debate over felon disenfranchisement is playing out across the country, where a patchwork map of state laws means things look different in Maine than they do in Iowa or in Wisconsin.
Children in Malawi began to be immunized against malaria with the world's first licensed vaccine this week.
"Avengers: Endgame" is expected to make more than $260 million this weekend. "Fast Color," an indie superhero movie that centers around women of color, has struggled to find an audience.
Can Social Security Be Saved?Apr 24, 2019 30:55
A new report has extended Social Security's lifetime by one year, but the program is still on track to become insolvent in 2035.
Just six months after Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was, according to U.S. intelligence agencies, assassinated by Saudi Arabia, American businesses are starting to return.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks in Sri Lanka that have killed at least 300 people.
Citizenship Question on the Census: What is the Potential Impact?Apr 23, 2019 31:07
Series of Deadly Suicide Bombings in Sri Lanka Target Churches and HotelsApr 22, 2019 31:32
On Sunday, a series of coordinated bombings in Sri Lanka killed more than 250 people. Three of the attacks were carried out at churches.
"If there were controls in place that had closed the loophole on him...he would not have been able to inflict as much harm as he did, that his behavior would have been hastened."
School principals dealing with gun violence in their classrooms are relying on the support of others who have already walked that path.
Politics with Amy Walter: The Mueller Report is Not the End, It's Just the BeginningApr 19, 2019 46:01
It’s been a long (almost) two years but the Special Counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, possible coordination between the Trump Campaign and Russia, and obstruction of justice has reached its final culmination. The redacted report was released on Thursday. The end.
Or is it just the beginning?
Well, like a lot of things...it’s both.
Katie Benner, a Justice Department reporter at The New York Times, discusses the new and revealing pieces of the redacted Mueller report and if Robert Mueller did anything that sets precedent for the next special counsel. Nicholas Fandos, who covers Congress for the New York Times, brings us up to speed on the investigations that are being conducted by several congressional committees.
Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi is the Democratic representative from Illinois’s 8th congressional district. He also serves on two key congressional committees with their own investigations into President Donald Trump: The Committee on Oversight and Reform and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. We talk to him about how those investigations will or won’t change now that we have the redacted Mueller report.
For a conservative take on the redacted Mueller report, we speak to Noah Rothman, a political commentator, and editor at Commentary.
Finally, what impact could the release of the redacted Mueller report have on Donald Trump and his presidency? We talk to Carrie Dann, a politics editor at NBC, who has been analyzing what impact the Mueller investigation has had on public opinion.
The Mueller Report: What We Know So FarApr 18, 2019 46:27
Initial analysis from reporter Max Kutner and legal expert Caroline Fredrickson.
The Democrat from Maryland joins us to discuss his immediate thoughts.
In 1989, he provided a summary that gave cover to President George H.W. Bush's abduction of Manuel Noriega from Panama.
Measles Cases Continue to Grow. Here's How We Got Here.Apr 17, 2019 30:57
Public health, freedom of religion and politics converge in the history of fighting over vaccinations.
Nearly 200 million Indonesians will be able to vote across 17,000 islands on Wednesday, making for the world's largest single-day election.
Should people living with mental illness face the death penalty?
The Challenges Women of Color Have Faced in Politics and BeyondApr 16, 2019 37:34
Republicans have taken Rep. Omar's comments out of context, while Democrats have been lackluster in their defense.
The world watched as the devastating fire engulfed the cathedral on Monday. But the pain of its damage goes well beyond Paris.
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.
31,000 workers have been on strike since last Thursday, leaving 240 stores understaffed or closed altogether.
Burning of Three Black Churches Serves as Reminder of Racism's Continuing LegacyApr 15, 2019 32:27
The churches were all burned in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, over the course of ten days in March.
The price of insulin has nearly tripled in the last decade. Congress is now investigating why.
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.
Candidate Talk: Cory BookerApr 12, 2019 47:21
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
New Tax Bill Will Make it Illegal for IRS to Offer Free E-Filing OptionApr 11, 2019 33:17
The Taxpayer First Act just passed the House this week.
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.
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.
Hearing on White Nationalism Gives Platform to Extreme ViewsApr 10, 2019 30:44
Testimony on containing white nationalism got side-lined by partisan infighting that resulted in little agreement on the notion of extremism.
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.
This season, Shannon Hogan was joined on the MSG Network by an all-women team of analysts, a first for a pro-sports team.
The U.S. Label Iran's IRGC a Foreign Terrorist OrganizationApr 9, 2019 32:43
On Monday, the United States government made an unprecedented move against Iran.
The audit process itself also has immediate and long-term effects for working class people.
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.
Kirstjen Nielsen is Out as Homeland Security SecretaryApr 8, 2019 33:29
Nielsen’s time in that role has been rocky.
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?
A woman slipped through security to illegally enter Mar-a-Lago. She was carrying a thumb drive infected with malware.
Politics with Amy Walter: Those Who Draw the Lines...Have the PowerApr 5, 2019 45:30
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.
Baltimore's Mayor Embroiled in Children's Book ScandalApr 4, 2019 31:53
There are questions about Mayor Catherine Pugh's self-published kids book, and whether or not buyers were given access to government influence.
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.
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.
Making Reparations Work in AmericaApr 3, 2019 37:51
2020 candidates are speaking up about reparations. But this debate goes far beyond being a political talking point.
Puerto Rico's government recently had to cut food stamp benefits, adding further insecurity to an already vulnerable population.
Mitch McConnell’s latest push to fill the courts with young conservative judges involves a rule change that would limit floor debate over nominations to two hours total.
On Tuesday, Chicago became the largest U.S. city to elect an African American woman as mayor. Now, all eyes are on how Lori Lightfoot will address issues from gun violence to policing.
The election of Fran Griffin means that the city council now has an even split between black and white representatives for a majority black city that’s rife with racial tension.
Facebook Promises To Combat Divisiveness and Improve Privacy. Again.Apr 2, 2019 31:36
Mark Zuckerberg called for increased oversight to help reign in harmful content and fake news, as well as improve privacy.
Virginia's Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General all faced scandal, yet all remain in their jobs. What happens from here and how do Virginian's feel about it?
Shrill, based on the Lindy West memoir of the same name, explores the personal story of a self-described fat woman in pursuit of her own lost power.
Trump Administration's Immigration Policies May Be To Blame for the Current Border Crisis`Apr 1, 2019 31:14
Your immigration news roundup: migrant family surge, Central American aid cut, and threats to shut the border.
Last month, Billboard removed the country-trap song, “Old Town Road,” from its country chart. The decision has highlighted how music genres are often classified along racial lines.
The UN's World Food Programme has equated the challenges to those of the humanitarian crises in Yemen, Syria, and South Sudan.
How to Win WisconsinMar 29, 2019 45:00
In 2016, Donald Trump cracked the so-called blue wall in the industrial Midwest winning Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. This week on Politics with Amy Walter, what will it take for Democrats to win back Wisconsin? Plus a conversation with presidential candidate Julián Castro.
To begin the hour, Craig Gilbert, Washington Bureau Chief at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, explores what tipped the state to President Trump’s favor in 2016 and what it will take for Democrats to win it back in 2020.
Republican Congressman Sean Duffy represents Wisconsin’s 7th district in a rural part of the state. Congressman Duffy talks to Amy Walter about why President Trump performed so well in rural areas in 2016 and weighs in on whether or not Trump’s trade policy and tariffs will hurt him there in 2020.
Congresswoman Gwen Moore joins Amy Walter to reflect on 2016 and the course correction Democrats have made in the state. And Senator Tammy Baldwin, who won re-election in 2018, has been offering advice to some of the 2020 candidates who have asked her the secret to running as a liberal Democrat in the state.
To end the hour, we talk to Julian Castro. Castro served as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development during the Obama administration. He was also the mayor of San Antonio. He announced he was running for president on January 12, 2019.
It's Not Just the Special Olympics, Betsy DeVos Takes Heat for Special Ed CutsMar 28, 2019 30:02
The Education Secretary has called for cuts to the Special Olympics, as well as programs to help students who are blind, deaf, and otherwise require special education services.
Consumer credit-reporting company Equifax and credit score company FICO are partnering to sell consumer data to banks. But how secure is that data following the 2017 Equifax data breach?
Facing budget cuts, colleges across the country are hiring less full-time professors and more adjuncts.
Supreme Court Weighs Arguments Over Partisan GerrymanderingMar 27, 2019 41:40
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard two cases involving the design of congressional maps. The Takeaway looks at how gerrymandering has shaped national politics, particularly since 2010.
The Department of Justice announced support of a district court ruling that argued the entire ACA was unconstitutional just as Democrats announce new health care legislation.
Part of the rise in violence against the Fulani herding population has come because of charges that the nomadic herding group has ties to Islamist militant groups.
Recent suicides have drawn attention to the impacts of witnessing a mass shooting, especially in young people. Exposure to any kind of gun violence can have an impact on mental health.
Will the Mueller Report Shift Public Trust in American Institutions?Mar 26, 2019 33:33
Following the release of a summary of the Mueller Report, what has the investigation meant for Americans’ trust in our institutions, from the Department of Justice to the media?
The Department of Justice exonerated President Trump at a time when House Democrats are ramping up their investigations into the president.
The federal regulation set to go into effect Tuesday is based mostly on the honor system.
Although crime has gone down overall in Miami-Dade County, gun violence disproportionately affects black neighborhoods.
The Mueller Report is In; What Does it Mean?Mar 25, 2019 30:47
Attorney General William Barr released a letter to Congress detailing the Mueller Report's key findings.
Amy Walter joins us to talk about the Democratic response to Barr’s summary.
Robert Mueller must stay silent, says former independent counsel Ken Starr. So who is entitled to what information about the Mueller report, and what's behind the rules surrounding him?
Politics with Amy Walter: The Democratic National Committee's 2020 TransformationMar 22, 2019
After all the drama in 2016, the Democratic National Committee has reformed the nomination process. Today on Politics with Amy Walter from The Takeaway, a look at the new rules and what impact they could have both intended and unintended.
Tom Perez was elected as chairman of the DNC in 2017. Perez's mission is to insure that 2020 isn’t a repeat of 2016. That doesn’t just mean winning, it means re-instilling faith in the system for Democrats. And the DNC has done a lot of work on this front. Amy Walter talks with chairman Perez about the reforms the DNC has undertaken.
Also: we look into the potential unintended consequence of the new superdelegate rule with Dave Wasserman from the Cook Political Report. Julia Azari, an associate professor of political science at Marquette University, gives us the rundown on the new and confusing debate rules. Jeff Link, a longtime Iowa Democratic strategist, explains what’s new for the first caucus state and the role that Iowa plays in the presidential nominating process. We also tackle the unwritten rules on money and fundraising with Maggie Severns of Politico and try to figure out what the role of the DNC actually is these days, and how it’s changed in the last 25 years with Jamal Simmons of HillTV.
Amy's Final Take:
When it comes to covering a primary, the media spends most of its time focused on candidates - their personalities, their policies, and their blunders. But, winning candidates spend a lot of their time focused on the unsexy stuff - how to leverage the rules to their advantage. For example, Barack Obama’s campaign in 2008 realized early on that the delegate rules meant that caucuses were going to win him a lot of delegates - even if they didn’t garner as much media attention as big primary states like Pennsylvania or Texas.
This year, Democrats have lots of new written and unwritten rules to figure out. How to raise lots of money without looking beholden to corportists and one percenters. How to get on the debate stage - and make the most of that opportunity. And, how to convince primary voters that they won the process fair and square. As we saw in 2016, winning the primary is only one part of the challenge for the nominee. He or she has to keep the party unified and inspired all through the general election too.
Read her latest Cook Political Report here.
No Tap or Toilet: Over One Million Americans Lack Access to Running WaterMar 21, 2019 38:59
Most Americans take access to water for granted.
Last week, an intense winter storm swept the Midwest. The floods that followed were the worst in 50 years. What can farmers do to protect themselves from extreme weather?
Last November, Floridians voted to give the right to vote back to felons who had served their sentences. But new bills threaten to disenfranchise almost half of of them again.
Peele tackles race, class, and psycho-doppelgangers from a parallel universe in his follow-up to "Get Out."
Who Wins When Public Schools Have Selective Admissions Policies?Mar 20, 2019 37:36
A disproportionately small number of black and Latino students were admitted to New York City’s most elite public high schools.
In apparent violation of rules on caring for and holding migrant children with special needs, 'secret' treatment centers were not disclosed, even to the minors’ attorneys.
Los Angeles Angels star outfielder, Mike Trout, is set to become the highest paid athlete in the history of American sports.
Curtis Flowers was convicted of murdering four people, and has been tried for that same crime 6 times. Did the D.A. unlawfully strike more prospective black jurors than white?
How Transportation Can be a Means for SegregationMar 19, 2019 27:04
Voters will decide whether to add a train line from Atlanta to Gwinnett county, a suburban area northeast of the city. The referendum raises issues of race and access.
Young people have been leading protests against Algeria's ruling government for weeks. The longtime president has agreed not to run for a fifth term, but has canceled the elections.
Netflix decision to cancel "One Day at a Time" has been met with criticism and a renewed discussion of the lack of representation in film and television.
"I Don’t See How Anyone Can Feel Safe Anywhere": Mosque Shootings in New Zealand Shake the WorldMar 18, 2019 42:15
The victims range between three and 71-years-old, shedding a light at the horrors of the attack in New Zealand.
Last January, ICE paid over $6 million to get access to a privately maintained database of license plates, and the movements of the cars they’re registered to.
Deal or no deal? Or no no-deal?
What the now-disgraced founder of the defunct blood testing company Theranos teaches us about the the dark side of Silicon Valley.
Senate Republicans Split From Trump, What Does This Moment Mean for the Future of the GOP?Mar 15, 2019 46:33
Two things happened on the Hill this week. The most high profile of course came on Thursday when the Republican-controlled Senate voted with Democrats, in a rebuke of President Trump’s national emergency declaration for funding of the border wall.
But here’s something that might have gotten lost: The day before seven Republican senators voted along with Democrats to end U.S. support of the Saudi led war in Yemen.
What does this split tell us about President Trump’s relationship with Republicans in congress? Eliana Johnson is a White House Reporter for Politico. She’s been following this and is here to help us make sense of it all.
We also hear from former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld who is considering a primary challenge to President Trump.
Henry Olsen, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and an opinion columnist at the Washington Post, thinks Governor Weld or any other ‘moderate’ Republican considering a challenge to President Trump is on a fool’s errand.
This month, Jay Inslee, the Democratic governor of Washington state, declared he is running for President, and climate change is his number one issue.
According to a recent Pew Research Survey, about 67 percent of Democrats see climate change as a top priority, but only 21 percent of Republicans feel that way. Amy asked Governor Inslee how he plans to bring the country together over an issue that only half of the country views as a priority.
Amy's Final Take:
Since that day in 2015 when he descended the golden escalator in Trump tower, people like me have wondered whether the GOP would split apart over Donald Trump. His populist, pro-tariff views would alienate business-friendly GOP types. His past support for abortion rights and his multiple divorces would scare off evangelical voters. And, his anti-immigration rhetoric went against the advice of establishment Republicans who warned that unless the GOP expanded its appeal beyond white voters, it would find itself in a demographic death-spiral. Yet, here we are - almost four years later - and the president is as popular with the GOP base as ever.
What keeps the GOP together? The president has given Republicans what they wanted - and avoided (for now) the things they worried about him doing. Many don’t like the steel and aluminum tariffs. But, back in 2016 he warned of imposing a 45 percent tariff on Chinese-made goods. Instead of unilaterally pulling out of NAFTA, as he once warned he’d do, he re-negotiated the trade deal. And, he’s not wavered on cultural or social issues that are important to evangelical voters. In other words, he’s giving most Republicans what they wanted.
Another unifying factor for the GOP: the 2020 democratic candidates. Even if you don’t like Trump, well, the potential Democratic nominee could be much, much worse. This is why the president is spending so much time and energy labeling Democrats as the party of socialism.
So, the GOP sticks with Trump because he’s giving them most of what they want, but also because the Democratic choice is unpalatable. We should stop asking if Trump is going to lose support from Republicans - he probably won’t. Instead, what we should be looking for is whether he can keep GOPers as motivated to turn out and vote. Trump had an enthusiasm advantage over Clinton in 2016. In 2018, it was Democrats who were more motivated. Let’s see what 2020 brings.
Read Amy's latest Cook Political report here.
"To Me, This Is The Right Thing To Do": California Governor Halts State's ExecutionsMar 14, 2019 41:04
California Governor Gavin Newsom announced a moratorium on executions in the state, which holds one quarter of the nation's death row inmates.
For years now, lethal injection has been a major point of contention in Ohio. And this month, executions in the state ground to a temporary halt.
Friday's Youth Climate Strike will see students from nearly 100 countries walk out of school to demand bold environmental action.
Marwan Hisham called for the end of the Assad regime. He could never have imagined what has transpired since.
CEO of Company Housing Migrant Children Detainees Steps DownMar 13, 2019 37:03
The C.E.O. of Southwest Key, a private company that houses the plurality of migrant children in U.S. shelters, has resigned after facing scrutiny from a financial probe.
According to new data, the black stillbirth rate in Ohio is twice the white stillbirth rate.
Widespread power outages have escalated the tumultuous situation in Venezuela, where the U.S.-backed opposition has been attempting to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro since January.
A new FBI investigation takes cutthroat college admissions to a whole new level, but the 1% shelling out big bucks to get their kids into college is nothing new.
Companies Might Have to 'Lean In' to Transparency by Reporting SalariesMar 12, 2019 28:27
For all the leaning in, women still made 82 cents on the dollar in 2017. Women of color fared even worse.
After the biggest nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, Japan is continuing its clean-up of Fukushima. And it's getting a little assistance from an unlikely helper: robots.
"I Felt the System Was Raping Me All Over Again": Senator McSally Reveals Sexual Assault in the MilitaryMar 11, 2019 34:46
Republican Senator Martha McSally from Arizona shared her story of assault in the military. Reports show things have not changed much since her rape by a superior officer.
As more high school students come out as trans, their experience as athletes can vary greatly depending on where they live.
President Trump rolled back an Obama-era measure that requires the military and CIA to publish data on drone strikes carried out in non-combat zones.
Divide Over Israel Remains After House Passes Generic "Anti-Hate" MeasureMar 8, 2019 47:17
After initial plans to condemn anti-Semitism more specifically were scrapped, the U.S. House of Representatives' Democratic leadership opted for a more generic "anti-hate" measure.
Amy Walter examines why Democrats and Republicans no longer agree about which issues demand the greatest urgency.
"Is this person a citizen of the United States?" That question has not been asked as part of the full, once-a-decade census since 1950.
Border Crossings Swell as Resources for Migrants DiminishMar 7, 2019 40:22
U.S. Customs and Border Protection released new data on migrant crossings at the border, revealing a system overwhelmed by more unauthorized crossings than seen in over a decade.
The Alabama tornadoes blew through a low-income communities and left many mobile homes mangled.
A man detained by ICE in New Jersey told WNYC's Matt Katz that in 2018, while on a hunger strike, ICE transferred him from New Jersey to El Paso, where he was force-fed.
“Gloria Bell,” a new movie starring Julianne Moore, opens this Friday. It’s an English-language remake of the 2013 Chilean film, “Gloria,” but both are made by director Sebastián Lelio.
Medical Breakthrough Prompts Reflection for People Living with HIVMar 6, 2019 24:19
For only the second time since the AIDS epidemic began, a patient is in long-term remission from H.I.V.
The anonymous “London patient” appears to have been infection-free for the past year and a half, after receiving a bone marrow transplant for cancer. This comes nearly 12-years after the first patient -- Timothy Ray Brown -- went into remission by the same method.
Joining The Takeaway to discuss this breakthrough and what it means for AIDS research going forward is Dr. Timothy J. Henrich, an AIDS specialist at the University of California, San Francisco.
Also joining the show to give their perspectives on this news are two people living with HIV, David Gebel, administrative assistant for WNYC Studios and The Takeaway, and Michael, a chef based in New York City. Michael asked The Takeaway not to use his full name.
Music used in this episode was composed and produced by j. cowit.
Voices from Alabama: Working Through the Aftermath of a Deadly StormMar 5, 2019 35:00
23 are confirmed dead after tornadoes struck Alabama on Sunday. The Takeaway hears from local leaders on how the community is working together in the aftermath of the storm.
A week after Jared Kushner's trip to the Middle East, we provide a closer look at his relationship with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The U.S. has thrown its support behind the self-declared president of Venezuela, Juan Guaido. But who, exactly, is he?
According to a new investigation, the World Wildlife Fund is funding guards in Africa and Asia who have committed gross human rights abuses, including torture and murder.
Pastor Jeff Meyers
Dr. Mac McCoy
Thousands of Children Complained of Sexual Abuse in Immigrant DetentionMar 4, 2019 35:05
A total of 178 sexual harassment complaints elevated to the Department of Justice alleged that adult staff members sexually assaulted immigrant children in HHS custody.
A new series from the podcast Nancy, "Queer Money Matters" explores how queer folks navigate an economy built for straight, cisgender people.
Israeli elections are just over a month away, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s political future may be more in jeopardy now than ever before.
The Sacramento district attorney announced this weekend that no charges would be filed against two officers who killed Stephon Clark in his grandmother's backyard last year.
Politics with Amy Walter: To Impeach or Not to Impeach?Mar 1, 2019 37:18
Amy Walter talked to Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, a Democrat from Illinois, who serves on both the Committee On Oversight And Reform and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, he was in both the public Cohen hearing on Wednesday and the closed door hearing on Thursday.
Congressman Krishnamoorthi told Amy he does not believe that now is the right time to start impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump. He wants to wait until after the Mueller investigation is over.
Yoni Appelbaum, a senior editor at The Atlantic, and the author of their March cover story, IMPEACH, disagrees with Congressman Krishnamoorthi's assessment. He says the legislators saying wait have got it wrong. We speak to journalist Yoni Appelbaum about why he thinks it’s time to impeach President Trump.
But what about the argument against?
For that we turn to Don Calloway, a Democratic strategist.
Throughout history only two presidents have actually faced impeachment, what can we learn about the circumstances then and how it could impact the decision to impeach President Trump or not? For that we talk to Leah Wright Rigueur, an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
How Deutsche Bank Became Trump's Biggest LenderFeb 28, 2019 35:40
Examining Michael Jackson's Legacy Through the Lens of His Accusers
A new HBO documentary chronicles the lives of two men who say that Michael Jackson abused them as children.
Mayoral Elections Set the Stage for a New Chapter in Chicago
Tuesday was Election Day in Chicago as voters went to the polls to elect a new mayor. Two candidates, both African-American women, are now heading into a runoff election in April.
Leaving a Crisis in Washington, Trump Meets Kim in Hanoi
In the shadows of Cohen’s testimony, President Trump shook hands with Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, Vietnam for the start of his second official summit with the North Korean leader.
Tensions Rise Between India and Pakistan
A look at the longstanding tension between India and Pakistan in Kashmir and what further escalation could mean for the region.
How Michael Cohen Went from Loyal Attorney to Key Trump CriticFeb 27, 2019 44:10
Michael Cohen was once one of Donald Trump's fiercest supporters. Today, he's expected to bring revelations to the House Oversight Committee. What led to his unexpected turn?
Beyond Michael Cohen, a number of other figures have emerged as targets of the Mueller investigation. The Takeaway breaks down the key players, from Paul Manafort to Roger Stone.
With the focus on Michael Cohen, we remember what's going on with the president's children and the Trump Organization.
From the latest on the investigation to the possibility of impeachment, we took your questions.
Local Communities Feel the Effect of Change in Global Recycling PoliciesFeb 26, 2019 37:59
On January 1, 2018, China stopped accepting any recycled plastic and unsorted scrap paper from overseas. Now, communities around the U.S. are seeing the consequences.
In the years since the court’s decision, 39 residents have returned to adult homes and 33 have died, according to the New York State Office of Mental Health.
The Military Times reports that 25 percent of service members have been exposed to white nationalism in the ranks.
Roller rinks continue to be one of the most segregated spaces in the country.
Venezuela: After a Tense Weekend, What is the Way Forward?Feb 25, 2019 28:47
We hear two radically differing perspectives on the way forward for Venezuela.
The Oscar-winning documentary, "Period. End of Sentence," tells the story of what happened when a group of teens raised money to send a pad maker to a small village outside New Delhi.
Kraft was arrested last week on charges of soliciting prostitutes in Florida.
Residents from Toledo, Ohio will vote on a ballot measure to grant Lake Erie legal rights, in attempts to prevent future pollution.
Clarence Thomas Questions Landmark Libel Case, Raising Concerns About Press FreedomsFeb 21, 2019 32:16
Thomas took issue with the landmark Times v Sullivan case from 1964, which provides a broad framework for press freedoms enjoyed today.
Saturday, February 23rd makes a month since Guaido declared himself interim president and the opposition said it must bring aid into the country.
The 91st Academy Awards will be held this Sunday, but in the run up to this year’s ceremony, the focus has been less on the nominees, and more on several missteps made by the Academy.
On Wednesday, Jussie Smollett, the openly gay black actor known for his role in the TV series “Empire,” was charged with staging his own assault.
President Trump's National Emergency Draws Multi-State Challenge; Does the Lawsuit Have Standing?Feb 20, 2019 29:55
16 states are challenging President Trump's declared national emergency, in what's likely to be a long legal battle.
Los Angeles can't spend the money quickly or effectively enough to help the city's tens of thousands of homeless residents.
Fewer Americans are learning a foreign language in school. That could have major implication for our communities and the country.
What Regulation Rollbacks at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Means for ConsumersFeb 19, 2019 29:02
In the Trump administration's latest effort to undermine regulation, the CFPB proposed a significant role back on Obama-era rules governing payday lending.
Last week, Colin Kaepernick settled a grievance with the NFL in which he alleged that NFL owners colluded to bar him from the league. Exact details of the settlement remain confidential.
Violent protests in Haiti have revealed the depth of discontent in the nation over corruption and economic conditions.
Hail to the Veep: Unpacking Vice Presidential HistoryFeb 18, 2019 36:55
On this President’s Day, The Takeaway looks at the role of the vice president in U.S. history and how Mike Pence has interpreted the job compared to past second-in-commands.
Migrants have criticized the conditions within the facility, but human rights organizations and journalists have not been allowed in.
Two women who've written about life over 40, and the surprising joys it can bring.
"We Are Here to Tell the Stories of Our Fallen Peers": Teen Journalists Documenting Gun ViolenceFeb 14, 2019 39:10
Hundreds of student journalists have documented every life lost to gun violence in the year since the Parkland shooting.
School shootings from Sandy Hook to Parkland have opened new conversations about the best ways to take trauma into account in the classroom. But the issue goes well beyond shootings.
NASA is saying a bittersweet goodbye to its Opportunity rover, declaring it dead this week.
Facing steep political opposition, Amazon decided it wouldn't be worth the $3 billion in subsidies to build a campus in Long Island City.
On Valentine's Day, Nishta J. Mehra, a memoirist, reflects on the expansive role love has played in her life.
The Next Chapter for the Mexican Drug WarFeb 13, 2019 28:45
El Chapo has been convicted. But will it matter for Mexico's drug war?
In Starr County, Texas, where a section of wall is scheduled to be built in September, residents and representatives are worried about potential flooding.
Ahead of Valentine’s Day, we talk about the value of female friendships in 2019.
Some Are Striking, Some Are Leaving: One Teacher on the State of His Profession TodayFeb 12, 2019 36:01
President Trump may not accept the deal, but it outlines a potential compromise only three weeks after furloughed federal employees returned to work.
Teachers are striking, and many are leaving the profession. One says teachers are recognizing their worth, even as the country continues to devalue them.
A look at the teacher strike in Denver — its history, what it is looking like on the ground right now, and how it fits into the broader, national teachers’ movement.
With the future of Virginia's top statewide officials in disarray, The Takeaway hears from a city councilor who governed through the Charlottesville Unite the Right rally.
The story of how three young men landed behind bars for a crime they didn't commit has as much to do with a scared 12-year-old boy as it does with a police who twisted his testimony.
Over 700 Victims: New Report Exposes Sexual Abuse in Southern Baptist ChurchesFeb 11, 2019 35:01
An investigation from the Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News shines a light at disturbing sexual abuse in Southern Baptist churches.
One former nun shares her story of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, days after the Pope acknowledged that nuns, too, have been victimized.
Trump's Investigatory Troubles Extend Far Beyond Robert MuellerFeb 7, 2019 39:59
The Southern District of New York is pursuing criminal charges against the President's inaugural committee.
Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon joins the show to discuss his proposed bill to make this more difficult.
The Takeaway sits down with screenwriter Tarell Alvin McCraney and actor André Holland, to discuss their new movie, “High Flying Bird,” which was shot on an iPhone in just 13 days.
The Biggest Threats to America Today, According to YouFeb 6, 2019 33:34
What are the major threats facing America today? You told us: they don't necessarily match those that President Trump outlined in his State of the Union.
The earliest political caricatures date back as far as the 18th century. But the job is changing, and the people with the pen are also changing.
Rao, who has never been a judge, is reportedly on President Trump's radar for future Supreme Court nominations.
ICE Force-Feeding Immigrant Detainees, In Seemingly Unprecedented MoveFeb 5, 2019 38:33
Last week, ICE confirmed that their agency is force-feeding nine detainees in El Paso, as a result of a hunger strike to protest conditions and treatment inside the facility.
37-year-old Nayib Bukele the former mayor of San Salvador, the country’s capital city, won the election in a landslide.
Nima Elbagir recently spent 11 days in Yemen, and her reporting reveals how UAE and Saudi Arabia, both US allies, are enabling arms to wind up in the hands of Iranian backed militias.
The going rate is $0.10 a page but some experts estimate it costs only half of one ten-thousandth of a penny to send out a page.
Freezing Conditions in Federal Detention Facility Raise AlarmFeb 4, 2019 29:29
According to the detainees, attorneys and media reports, the more than 1,600 inmates were largely confined to their freezing, dark cells.
Democratic colleagues have called for Governor Northam to resign. But his case does not exist in a vacuum.
The Takeaway speaks with wide receiver Doug Baldwin, a member of the Players Coalition, about pushing the league to donate money to causes addressing racial disparities in the U.S.
How a Hate Crime Reverberates Through a CommunityJan 31, 2019 37:53
Empire star Jussie Smollett told police that his attackers shouted “this is MAGA country," referencing President Trump’s campaign slogan.
Although there has not been as much coverage, NFL players are still actively involved in social justice activism.
Several high profile billionaires have come out against transformational social programs like Medicare for All, arguing the country does not have enough money.
The Takeaway sits down with the executive producer of Netflix’s "One Day at a Time," to discuss Latinx representation and balancing everyday realities with humor on the sitcom.
Polar Vortex Has Midwest Temperatures Plunging to Near Record LowsJan 30, 2019 28:28
Cold snaps like this were more common in generations past, but climate change is making these events rarer.
"Hispanics should work harder at assimilation," said former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw. But assimilate to what, exactly?
As the trial draws to a close, we recap various anecdotes from the trial.
Two Years Later, So-Called "Muslim Ban" Continues To Separate FamiliesJan 29, 2019 34:37
According to information obtained from the State Department, very few people from the blocked countries have received waivers to enter the U.S.
Not since 1986, when the Challenger tragedy occurred, has the State of the Union been delayed.
A look at why payday lenders and pawnbrokers emerged as winners in the shutdown.
After 35 days of the shutdown, the nation's busiest immigration court reopened. One judge called the government shutdown "a disaster" for the court's backlog.
Joshua Moody and Sahar Al-Gabri
Chef José Andrés Talks Food Insecurity, the Federal Shutdown, and the Joys of Discovering New CuisinesJan 28, 2019 49:07
Through his non-profit, World Central Kitchen, José Andrés hopes to lead a revolution in disaster relief.
While the West turns on Maduro's government, Russia, China, and Turkey speak out against foreign interference in Venezuela.
Growing Protests and Cries of 'Coup' in VenezuelaJan 24, 2019 31:17
In Venezuela, protests to unseat President Nicolas Maduro continue to spread after President Trump and Vice President Pence came out against his government.
The federally-administered Indian Health Service serves 2.2 million American Indians across the country.
Two years after the inauguration of Donald Trump, KCRW's "Left, Right, and Center" examines how national politics plays out in our daily lives.
The Shutdown's Effect on the Opioid EpidemicJan 23, 2019 37:34
It's the 33rd day of the partial government shutdown. Across the country, the lack of federal funding has affected government employees, Native communities, Americans relying on food stamps and more. And the next victims of the month-long crisis could be Americans suffering from opioid addiction, as the money that funds treatment programs across the country dries up.
Since 2016, the city of Newark has been grappling with a growing crisis around the city’s drinking water and elevated levels of lead. Newark Mayor Ras Baraka discusses how his government is responding, and his pleas to President Trump.
After a pause in ice loss in 2013, scientists report that Greenland’s ice sheet is now melting at such an accelerated rate that it may have reached a “tipping point.”
Insect populations all around the globe are being decimated, with big effects on the environment.
Two months after the midterms, there is still no one in Washington representing voters in North Carolina’s 9th district.
The film "Green Book" scored five Oscar nominations on Tuesday after winning the Producers Guild Award on Friday. But many people feel the film traffics in stereotypes.
Government Shutdown: Where Negotiations Stand on its 32nd DayJan 22, 2019 33:12
Workers will miss a second paycheck if the shutdown continues through the end of the week.
A new document showed that Trump administration officials considered family separation as early as 2017, months before the zero-tolerance policy was announced.
The father of gynecology made important discoveries for the field. But he made them in part by experimenting on enslaved black women.
In a 5 to 4 vote, the Supreme Court revived the Trump Administration's policy of barring transgender people from serving in the military.
Officials have known about the lead since 2016, but new testing shows the problem is getting worse.
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey alleges that Purdue Pharma executives knew that the prescription narcotics they sold were highly addictive.
Charly Evon Simpson
Vote, But Your Civic Engagement Doesn't End ThereJan 21, 2019 46:01
Millions of Americans voted last Election Day. But millions of others participate in our democracy every day in small ways. While 7 in 10 Americans report feeling generally negative about what is going on in the country today, Americans are also more hopeful about solving problems locally. According to the 2018 Civic Engagement Survey by the Public Religion Research Institute and The Atlantic, a majority of Americans say they are optimistic that people in their communities who hold different political views can come together to solve problems.
We explore that problem solving on this hour all about civic engagement. We begin by explaining exactly what civic engagement is, how it works, and where it happens. Priya Parker is a conflict resolution facilitator, author of "The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters" and Hollie Russon Gilman is a lecturer at Columbia University and co-author of "Civic Power: Rebuilding American Democracy in an Era of Crisis."
The Takeaway is then joined by Mamaroneck High School government teacher Joseph Liberti, who started a new program to get his students civically engaged in their local community. One of his students, 15-year-old sophomore Simon Worth, also speaks about his experience with the hands-on program.
Then we turn and look at the Congressional Management Foundation. For decades, the CMF has researched citizen engagement with Congress. We talk to Bradford Fitch, the President, and CEO of CMF, about the huge increase in communications volume being reported by Congressional offices and in town hall meetings in the year after the election, and whether that enthusiasm and engagement persist today.
Librarians across the country strive to serve the needs of their communities, but from city to city, those needs don’t always look the same.
In Nashville, Tennessee, as the Black Lives Matter movement was growing across the country, librarians noticed a growing demand within their community to have honest conversations around issues of race. Since then, the library has facilitated discussions for a variety of different groups including local law enforcement, college students, and corporations.Two students from a local middle school sit at a replica lunch counter, similar to the ones where college students like Diane Nash and John Lewis would “sit in” to peacefully protest against segregation at downtown restaurants. (Nashville Public Library )
Andrea Blackman is the director of the Civil Rights Room at the Nashville Public Library. She joins The Takeaway to explain how her library has started conversations on racial justice within the Nashville community.
Does this moment of vigorous civic engagement extend to giving and philanthropy, too? In 2017, Americans gave more than four hundred billion dollars to charity. But exactly who is giving that money, where they are donating, and why they choose to give -- that’s all been changing, in recent years. Stacy Palmer, the editor of the Chronicle of Philanthropy, brings us through what we know about American charitable giving today.
In practice, all this civic engagement can become pretty difficult if people can’t find common ground. And who steps in when the government can’t bridge the gap? Sometimes -- it’s religion.
Alan Yarborough, the Communications Coordinator for the Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations, also created a 5-week curriculum on civil discourse for churches to use.
Bill Steverson, is a member of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Signal Mountain, Tennessee near Chattanooga.
Note: This segment originally aired on November 6, 2018.
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Communities Fill the Gaps Created by ShutdownJan 17, 2019 30:59
The Takeaway hears from reporters in Arizona, Texas, and Alaska about the impact of the shutdown on their communities and how local charities and businesses are stepping up to help.
The attack comes about a month after President Trump first announced that American troops would be pulling out of Syria having "won against ISIS."
The Women's March launched a movement. Is it still alive today?
Calculating the Costs of the Longest Government Shutdown in HistoryJan 16, 2019 33:26
By some estimates, the shutdown will soon cost as much as the President has requested for his wall.
The outcry for the price hike comes six months after the after the election of Emmerson Mnangagwa, who promised “radical economic reforms to attract investment” at his inauguration.
Fuel thieves have been tapping into pipelines throughout Mexico. The newly-elected President has a plan to stop them. Will it work?
Gillette said they “expected debate.” And they sure got it.
What Recourse do Federal Workers have During a Shutdown? Learning from the 1981 Air Traffic Controllers' StrikeJan 15, 2019 41:41
The air traffic controllers' union is one of several organizations representing federal workers who have sued the Trump administration over unpaid wages.
The Takeaway has a conversation regarding people of color in newsrooms and the stories missed when newsrooms don't reflect the country.
New Reports Underscore FBI's Concern About Trump's Links to RussiaJan 14, 2019 36:07
The President was also reportedly highly secretive about his meetings with Russian President, Vladimir Putin.
Last week, Representative Steve King of Iowa, who has a long history of xenophobia and racism, gave an interview questioning why the term "white nationalist" became offensive.
Nearly half of the employees at the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency within the Department of Homeland Security have been furloughed.
Many parents in prison are completely stripped of their parental rights, even if they are incarcerated for non-violent, low-level crimes.
According to the federal statute in question, during a shutdown government offices should only address “emergencies involving the safety of human life or the protection of property."
Lori Lynn Adams
Manafort's Links to Russian Oligarchs Under Renewed Scrutiny Amid Change in Leadership at the Department of JusticeJan 10, 2019 26:06
With William P. Barr set to take over the DOJ, a Paul Manafort court filing reveals new details of Robert Mueller's investigation.
On Friday, "Hamilton" kicks off a two-week run in Puerto Rico. The production aims to bring tourism and media attention back to the island, but some Puerto Ricans have reservations.
They're worried about paying their mortgages, racking up debt, and the work they left behind.
There are doubts that the wall would actually make much of a difference to the already-enforced border.
Patrick, who asked that we not use his last name, is a cyber security contractor with NASA.
As Shutdown Drags On, Can Americans Afford to Go Without a Paycheck?Jan 9, 2019 30:42
There isn't good data on the number of Americans living paycheck to paycheck, but the truth is, many Americans have lived that way at some point in their lives.
Charged with a misdemeanor? You could be swept into a massive, unfair system.
Although the Saudi Crown Prince has been seen as a champion for women's rights, women are fleeing his regime.
Once again, a black man has been found dead inside the home of Democratic activist and donor Ed Buck.
Shutdowns are a Game of Chicken, But Does Anyone Actually Win?Jan 8, 2019 31:45
If no compromise is reached, the political impasse could make this the longest-running government shutdown in American history.
US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has for decades seen China as an existential threat to American prosperity.
For years in the music and entertainment industry, there’s been an open secret about musician R. Kelly. Everyone knows, but no one wants to talk about it. That may be changing.
Stuck in Limbo: How the Government Shutdown is Affecting Immigration CourtsJan 7, 2019 32:46
Judges, attorneys, and migrants are only a few of the players involved.
More than a million convicted felons should be able to register to vote on Jan. 8 but some lawmakers say legal action is needed.
For decades, glossy covers and pages dense with advice and ads defined mainstream fashion — and also, feminism. But now some of those magazines are folding.
Puerto Rico has one of the highest rates of gender-based violence in the world.
Two men were arrested over the weekend in connection with the shooting.
Big Pharma Raises Prescription Prices, Undercutting Trump's Presidential PledgeJan 3, 2019 30:31
With 28 pharmaceutical companies set to raise prices in January, Americans will continue to pay more for prescription medications than any other wealthy country.
Many tribal governments rely on federal dollars to pay police officers or to run schools and hospitals.
Responding to a complaint from the Saudi government, Netflix removed an episode of "Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj," a form of censorship that frequently plays out across the world.
This is significant, not just for opening up streaming business in Africa, but for its cultural impact.
Inside the Big Business of Migrant DetentionJan 2, 2019 35:32
A new investigation shows just how lucrative the big business of immigration detention is for private prisons.
A new analysis says more than half of U.S. workers over 50 get pushed out of their longtime jobs, and often suffer permanent financial setbacks.
The New Horizons space probe flew by a tiny space rock called MU69 — the farthest object humanity has flown by.
Now, just about two years into the Trump presidency, Trump has appointed two Supreme Court judges known for their anti-abortion stances.
2019 News Preview: Stories to Watch in the Year AheadJan 1, 2019 46:24
Today, on a special New Year's day edition of The Takeaway we’ll look at what 2019 has in store when it comes to some of the biggest issues affecting our country and our world—everything from climate change to domestic politics to U.S. foreign policy.
Sarah Wildman is a deputy editor at Foreign Policy magazine and host of the First Person podcast.
Kendra Pierre-Louis is a climate reporter for The New York Times.
Vann R. Newkirk II is a staff writer for The Atlantic who covers politics.
We'll also look back at some of our favorite segments from 2018.
Morgan Neville is the director of “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” a documentary on Fred Rogers that was released in 2018.
Arlan Hamilton is a venture capitalist and founder of Backstage Capital.
Gloria Steinem is a feminist writer and activist.
DeRay Mckesson is a civil rights activist and the author of “On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope.”
The Ongoing 'Humanitarian Crisis' on the Border, and the Community in El Paso Rallying To HelpDec 31, 2018 36:11
More than 2,000 migrants have been released from federal custody into El Paso in the last week.
Rukmini Callimachi discusses American strategy against ISIS and what we know about the strength and organization of the group as we head into 2019.
Oscar Grant was shot and killed on January 1, 2009 by a police officer as he lay on the ground. Ten years later, KQED is gathering messages about what Oscar has meant to people.
Across the country, #MeToo has moved from a hashtag to the basis for new laws to combat sexual misconduct.
As Distrust Grows, Who's Going to Lead?Dec 28, 2018 47:18
An hour-long look on American leadership begins with a look at just how dire the leadership and trust crisis is, and the historical analogies.
As trust in national leadership wanes, local leaders are filling the void, says one activist.
Conversations about race are perhaps more honest than they have been in decades, but how does talk translate to a shift in behavior?
While the party has more power than ever, conservatives still question the leadership of the party, and who's in charge.
One institution that Americans have really lost faith in - the media. But journalism is crucial for our democracy. So how do we fix this?
Note: This episode originally aired on July 6, 2018.
Wild Swings on Wall Street Have Economists Worried About RecessionDec 27, 2018 28:20
The stock market is not the economy, and the economy is not the stock market. Yet the recent volatility is a troubling sign.
Pediatrics professor Dr. Marsha Griffin has researched conditions in federal custody along the border.
Kristen and Jolenta share the advice that's stuck with them, and the advice they've ignored over the past year.
Correction: Dr. Marsha Griffin states that none of the medical personnel at Customs and Border Patrol processing centers have pediatric training. Dr. Griffin has since clarified that pediatric experience is not a requirement of this staff, to the knowledge of the American Association of Pediatrics. It is possible, however, that some of that personnel may have been trained in pediatric care.
New Report Says the VA Underspent on Suicide Prevention OutreachDec 26, 2018 33:01
A new report just out from the Government Accountability Office says the VA has failed on a massive scale to address the problem of veteran suicide.
If the bill passes, more than 328,000 veterans in the first year might be able to take advantage of medical foster homes.
Nationally, over the past 5 years, an average of 300 people died in drunk driving crashes in the week between Christmas and New Year alone.
Last week, the Federal Reserve announced an increase in interest rates to a range of 2.25 to 2.5 percent.
Making America Kinder, One Smile at a TimeDec 25, 2018 48:06
For the past few weeks, The Takeaway has been featuring stories of good deeds big and small from our listeners for our series America the Kind. So we’ve gathered them all together — plus some bonus stories you haven’t heard yet — in this special episode dedicated to kindness.
We connect a commuter from California with the thoughtful conductor who brightens her day, and hear from middle schoolers bringing undercover acts of kindness to their classmates. There’s stories of kindness from neighbors old and new, kindness from strangers, and kindness given during hard times — sometimes all three.
Get inspired by the town who made Christmas come almost two months early for a grandmother whose cancer made her worried she couldn’t celebrate her favorite holiday while she still felt strong enough.
We also talk about the science of altruism, with Stanford psychology professor Jamil Zaki, who explains why kindness is literally contagious, and Jay Phelan, a biology professor at UCLA, who gives the evolutionary reason for why humans are nice.
Do us a favor and listen — and be kind out there.
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Escaping D.C.'s Real Life Political Drama With a Fictional OneDec 22, 2018 25:16
There are countless political dramas and comedies to choose from, but with Washington D.C. feeling a bit like a reality show is there still room for political fiction or are Americans feeling the fatigue?
This week on Politics with Amy Walter from The Takeaway we talk to showrunners and screenwriters to see why they think there’s still a role for political fiction.
Paul Redford is the writer for The West Wing, Designated Survivor, Alpha House, and Madam Secretary.
Barbara Hall is the showrunner for Madam Secretary.
Garry Trudeau is the showrunner for Alpha House.
Does the GOP Have a Woman Problem?Dec 21, 2018 35:14
Democrats won with women by 19 points in the 2018 midterm elections. Efforts to recruit new women candidates to the Republican Party have faltered and while a record number of women will be serving in the next Congress come January, most of them are Democrats. There will actually be fewer Republican women on the Hill in 2019 than there were this year. So does the GOP have a gender problem and what might that mean leading up to the 2020 presidential election?
This week on Politics with Amy Walter from The Takeaway, we'll examine the growing divide among Republican leadership and the electorate and we visit Kansas, where a handful of Republican women in the statehouse have defected from the GOP.
Kansas State Senator Barbara Bollier and Representative Stephanie Clayton represent suburban districts where a majority of voters went for Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Kim Alfano is a Republican strategist and CEO of Alfano Communications.
Robert P. Jones is the CEO of the public religion research institute and the author the End of White Christian America.
A Bipartisan Moment for Criminal Justice ReformDec 20, 2018 33:26
This week we spotted that rarest of beasts in Washington: a bipartisan moment, and just in time for the holidays. The Senate has passed criminal justice reform with the First Step Act.
The rezoning effort is part of Minneapolis's broader 2040 plan.
The DRC's general elections are happening to a backdrop of the Ebola outbreak.
For our series "America The Kind," we connected a train conductor in California with one of his commuters.
Trump Foundation to Shut Down After AgreementDec 19, 2018 26:18
The Trump Foundation is shutting down after an agreement was reached with New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood as part of an ongoing lawsuit.
The firm is being accused of conspiracy to launder $2.7 billion from a Malaysian infrastructure fund.
Aparicio is not the first woman of color to portray a servant.
By buying up land in California's wine country, the Harvard Management Company is looking to make money off of the region's limited water.
New Senate Reports Detail Extent of Russian Meddling CampaignDec 18, 2018 45:48
The reports show that Russian meddlers took advantage of a deep knowledge of how to wedge American voters further apart.
Thousands of Hungarians have taken to the frigid streets of Budapest over the last five days to protest the government of far-right prime minister, Viktor Orban.
There’s another job opening in President Trump’s cabinet following the resignation of Secretary of Ryan Zinke, who's facing multiple ethics probes.
"These priests abused in Native villages for years. They retired on Gonzaga’s campus."
Lisa Holden was worried people would think she was crazy for putting up her Christmas decorations right after Halloween. But when people found out why, the whole town joined in.
Heather de Palma
What Should Lawmakers Do in Response to the Death of the 7-Year-Old Migrant?Dec 17, 2018 32:19
We speak with New Mexico Senator Tom Udall regarding the 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died in CBP custody.
A May 2018 report from the ACLU shows that, between 2009 - 2014, border patrol was routinely ignoring its own rules regarding treatment of migrant children and adults.
As Congress debates the US's continued effort in the war, a Michigan State professor collected hundreds of Yemeni testimonials.
Barbara McIver and Tony Gilham have been neighbors in Red Bluff, Calif. for 36 years. Barbara says she's spent that whole time playing catch-up to Tony's neighborly acts of kindness.
A new Spider-Man movie premiered this weekend, featuring Miles Morales, the first Afro-Latino Spider-Man. The Takeaway speaks with a reporter who identifies closely with Morales's story.
Putting Together the Pieces of Mueller's Investigation PuzzleDec 14, 2018 45:43
It's been a rapid fire few days in special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into Russian collusion during the run-up to the 2016 presidential, with sentencing memos for Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen last week, followed by Cohen's sentencing this week. Also this week, we learned from federal prosecutors that the National Enquirer’s parent company, American Media Inc. has admitted to paying hush money to silence a woman who alleged an affair with Donald Trump in “concert with” the Trump Campaign, corroborating Cohen's account.
And in a separate investigation, Maria Butina pleaded guilty to conspiracy, admitting that she tried to influence high profile Republicans and National Rifle Association members on behalf of Russia. All the while, President Donald Trump has doubled down, again referring to the investigation as a "witch hunt."
But how do these latest developments fit into the larger picture of Mueller's investigation, and are we anywhere near the end?
This week on Politics with Amy Walter from The Takeaway, we attempt to break it all down and examine what we know from all different angles, hearing from a reporter, a former FBI agent, a historian, a Democratic Congressman, and a conservative publisher during the course of the hour.
Mark Mazzetti is the New York Times' Washington Investigative Correspondent.
Asha Rangappa is a discussing Senior lecturer at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and a former FBI special agent.
Julian Zelizer is a professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University.
Congressman Adam Schiff is on track to become the Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
Chris Buskirk is the publisher and editor of the conservative publication American Greatness.
All other music composed by Jay Cowit.
Theresa May Stays, as a Messy Brexit ContinuesDec 13, 2018 29:45
On Wednesday, British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a no confidence vote called by members of her own Conservative Party, as the messy Brexit story continues to unfold.
Tens of thousands of civilians have died in Yemen’s civil war. The House and the Senate are addressing the U.S. role in the conflict in very different ways.
What are labor conditions like for the millions of undocumented workers around the U.S.?
Alfonso Cuarón’s new movie “Roma” chronicles a year in the life a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s. The film centers on perspectives rarely seen in Hollywood movies.
Trump and the NRA Are Likely to Have Violated Campaign Finance Law, New Report ShowsDec 12, 2018 41:50
Evidence points to an illegally coordinated effort between the NRA and the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election.
On Monday, it was made public that Maria Butina will plead guilty to conspiring to act as a foreign agent, for her work infiltrating the National Rifle Association and the GOP.
Plans for a Green New Deal are still in their early stages among Democrats: a plan to drastically overhaul the United States economy and infrastructure in order to combat climate change.
The Senate overwhelmingly voted in favor of the Farm Bill, which is expected to be signed into law by President Trump.
There's tax relief available to wrongfully convicted people who are awarded money through lawsuits or state statutes. But few exonerees actually know about it.
Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former personal attorney, has been sentenced to three years in prison.
Theresa May's Brexit Strategy Suffers Last Minute DefeatDec 11, 2018 32:04
Prime Minister May's decision to postpone a parliamentary vote spells further uncertainty for the global economy.
Cyntoia Brown was a 16-year-old trafficking victim when she shot and killed a man who solicited her for sex. She must serve 51 years in prison for her crime. Is that justice?
Cambodians have been deported under every administration since 2003, but there’s been an uptick under the Trump Administration.
Mueller Investigation and Cabinet Shakeups: A Pulse Check on Trump's AdministrationDec 10, 2018 38:27
As 2018 nears its end, we check in on the latest with the Trump Administration.
Following the killing of Emantic Bradford Jr. in Alabama, Black gun owners are weighing the risks and challenges of owning firearms in America.
Seventh grade Language Arts teacher Justin Parmenter launched a program worthy of the recognition of our series, America the Kind.
Reverend Kenn Blanchard
Inside the Power of ICEDec 7, 2018 52:22
In this hour, we take a look at the creation of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and how in just fifteen years it’s gone from an agency with wide bipartisan support to a political lightning rod. We’ll hear from a man who has been detained at Bergen County Jail for nearly a year. We’ll talk to people who work at a non-profit organization where ICE had an informant. Plus a retired agent with the Immigration and Naturalization Service explains why he thinks border security should be a priority and ICE needs more resources to do its job.
Eric Jurek is a 38-year-old Slovakian immigrant who has been detained in Bergen County jail for about a year for overstaying his visa.
Dr. Aviva Chomsky, a Professor of History and coordinator of Latin American Studies at Salem State University and author of Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal
Enrique Balcazar, an advocate for Migrant Justice
Will Lambek, Communications Director for Migrant Justice
Michael Cutler, a retired Senior Special Agent of the former INS
Dara Lind, Vox Senior reporter
Cameron Easley, Editor for Washington at Morning Consult
US Prosecutors Place Charges in Panama Papers ProbeDec 6, 2018 30:51
It was the biggest leak in history. And it showed us how rich people hide their money.
Following our earlier coverage from the week, we look at the various efforts to increase drone enforcement.
Parking in the Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles is a nightmare. But for two neighbors, a note on left on a door has eased the headaches.
After decades of black babies dying at twice the rate of other racial groups in Sacramento, a new report finds a 45 percent decrease in black infant deaths between 2013 and 2016.
How We Say Goodbye: Presidential Funerals and Moments of UnityDec 5, 2018 30:25
Presidential funerals — and the eulogies delivered at them — have made for memorable moments in the nation’s history, and have been used to call for unity in divisive times.
Before the incoming Democratic governors take their seats, Republicans are rushing to pass legislation.
By many measures, Wisconsin is one the worst places for black Americans to live.
Dr. Alex Gee
North Carolina Launches Investigation into Possible Election FraudDec 4, 2018 36:29
A Republican victory is in limbo as an investigation is launched in North Carolina to determine whether hundreds of absentee ballots were illegally cast or destroyed.
The demonstrations may be a symptom of larger social discontent and anger towards President Macron.
A new investigation by Reveal and the Center for Investigating Reporting suggests that wildfires are leaving behind profound health concerns for people in the state.
In Alabama, black women are dying of cervical cancer at more than twice the national average. And this trend only seems to be increasing.
While there are many convenient uses for civilian drones, what are the potential dangers?
Dr. Evelyn Reynolds
When Police Officers Commit Crimes, How Frequently Are They Punished?Dec 3, 2018 37:09
And what will it take for the culture within police departments to change?
A report published over the weekend in The New York Times details how non-profit organization Southwest Key has made millions detaining migrant children for the federal government.
The U.S. stood out for standing its ground on pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement.
A New York City Councilmember proposed new legislation to require businesses to accept cash, saying that the recent wave of cashless businesses excludes low-income consumers.
For the first story in our series "America the Kind," we hear from a retiree going through a terrible loss who found solace in regular conversations with the receptionist at his gym.
Politics with Amy Walter: Pentagon's First-Ever Audit Exposes Massive Accounting FraudNov 30, 2018 15:16
The military budget is at its highest level since World War II, but where exactly does all that money go and what wars are we even fighting these days? In this episode, Amy Walter finds out how much is being spent and how the money aligns with the military's strategic goals for the future of warfare. Plus, a look at how active duty service members feel about their commander-in-chief. And one retired colonel raises concerns about the way President Trump is politicizing the military.
Staff Sergeant Patricia King
Ambassador Eric Edelman
Dave Lindorff, an investigative reporter and a contributor to The Nation
Meghann Myers, a Senior Reporter for Army Times
Neta C. Crawford, Professor of Political Science, Boston University and co-director of the Costs of War Project at Brown University
Dr. Isaiah Wilson III, a retired Army colonel, and a senior lecturer with Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs
Note: Mark Skidmore reached out directly to us to clarify his position: "My opinion is that the reports from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) are too vague to draw any conclusions and we need access to the underlying data. I am unable to determine whether these massive adjustments are "plugs" or potentially large amounts of money flowing in and out of the DOD financial system. For reasons described here, I do not dismiss the possibility that these unverified transactions could represent more than made up numbers or plugs."
Migrant Family Separation Continues at the Border, Despite Executive OrderNov 29, 2018 33:51
Immigration officials have yet to provide clarity on the number of children having been separated.
The United States has a reputation for being a beacon of human rights. Is that reputation deserved?
Director Barry Jenkins and actor KiKi Layne discuss balancing the romance at the heart of "If Beale Street Could Talk," with broader issues of racism and mass incarceration.
Is Facebook Too Big? Amid Repeat Offenses, Global Regulators Suggest Breaking Up the Social Media GiantNov 28, 2018 40:57
Mark Zuckerberg was noticeably absent from a meeting in the UK on Tuesday, where regulators from nine countries demanded answers.
Facebook's number two executive Sheryl Sandberg is coming under increasing criticism from multiple directions.
On Monday, President Trump threatened more tariffs if a trade deal is not reached.
A huge inflatable sculpture is headed for orbit. But does art belong in space? Astronomers say no. We hear why.
Earlonne Woods, Co-Host of Prison Podcast, Has Sentence CommutedNov 27, 2018 41:43
The American car manufacturer announced plans to cut more than 14,000 jobs and halt production at five plants across the United States and Canada.
On Sunday, the Russian coast guard fired at three Ukrainian vessels in the Kerch Strait.
Gov. Jerry Brown commuted Woods' sentence after having spent 21 years behind bars.
Hoover, Alabama police said they killed an active shooter. But they got it very wrong. Now a community is demanding justice.
Activists have been responding to the economic pressures migrant workers face despite safety and health concerns.
Migrants Tear Gassed at the Border as U.S. and Mexico Prepare Asylum Policy ChangeNov 26, 2018 39:34
Women and children were also among those on the receiving end after U.S. officials fired tear gas across the border and into Mexico.
Thirteen federal agencies contributed to a report that's at odds with President Trump's rhetoric on climate.
The rule would have made farmers test their water for E. coli, but the Trump administration delayed the regulation by at least four more years.
The California fires also mean a loss of employment for those who depend on service work for their livelihood.
Heading to the runoff, Hyde-Smith gets flack for comments about "public hanging."
Politics with Amy Walter: Family, Friendship and Politics Collide on ThanksgivingNov 23, 2018 27:10
Sure, it’s nice to gather everyone to celebrate Thanksgiving. But depending on the family, there can be just as much laughter as there is screaming and tears. And politics doesn’t help. Amid our deeply polarized time, some relationships are being tested like never before.
Amy Walter explores the ways in which relationships have been strained by political discord.
The History of Thanksgiving Food, from the First Venison to Your Modern Day TableNov 22, 2018 47:22
Why do we eat what we eat on this day? Food historian and writer Sandy Oliver takes us back to the beginning, and we hear from you about what makes your Thanksgiving table unique.
One chef is reclaiming Thanksgiving for Native Americans like himself, with a focus on Native foods.
A look at the ways in which Americans’ relationship with food has changed over the past couple of decades.
'Very Fortunate': California Wildfire Survivors Remain Thankful This ThanksgivingNov 21, 2018 45:46
What do you do for Thanksgiving when your entire community is gone? Risa Johnson shares how the community is feeling gratitude in the midst of tragedy.
One in four women have been the victim of intimate partner violence in this country, and black women have the highest death rate from domestic violence incidents.
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation government repealed a 2015 law granting autonomy to the tribe's news media.
At what point does economic interest outweigh human rights?
In the years after the Civil War, Texas and other states used the "convict lease" program to keep Black men in servitude.
What can you watch this holiday season to forget about current events? Film critic Rafer Guzman joins The Takeaway to give his picks for relaxing things to check out.
Caravan Migrants Face Mexican Protesters on Road to U.S. BorderNov 20, 2018 40:25
Protesters shouted, "Mexico First" against caravan migrants.
Diego Molina, a volunteer for Dike LGBTI in El Salvador, describes what it's like for LGBTQ+ people in El Salvador and throughout Central America.
One anthropologist and emergency responder talk about working on the border, and what it revealed about the people crossing, and then those tasked with coming to their aid.
How has the Mexican government been dealing with the War on Drugs?
Officials are investigating whether power lines owned by the state’s largest utility started the fires.
The Camp Fire Creates a Humanitarian CrisisNov 19, 2018 35:25
A humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Northern California, where more than 10,000 families have lost their homes.
When the Camp Fire roared through Paradise in Northern California, many had to leave their pets behind as they fled. Some lucky families have gotten them back.
Orange County had been the birthplace of modern American conservatism.
Incidents of hate crimes jumped 17 percent between 2016 and 2017.
Soul Fire Farm is a people of color-led organization, serving communities outside Albany, New York.
Laura and Chris Smith
Politics with Amy Walter: The Money Behind the MidtermsNov 16, 2018 48:12
Machine meltdowns, recounts and who's responsible?
More than $5 billion was spent by candidates alone in this year's midterm elections, with roughly 90 percent of Congressional elections going to the candidate who spent the most.
As the state’s “top lawyer,” the stakes are high for an attorney general — but the cost of running a successful election is even higher.
"We Had to Drive Through a Wall of Flames": Escaping the Camp FireNov 15, 2018 30:41
Four survivors of the devastating Camp Fire tell us their stories of escape and trying to forge ahead.
“12 Years a Slave,” director Steve McQueen sits down with The Takeaway to discuss “Widows," his new movie that balances an action-heavy plot with heavier themes.
Hundreds have fled a government crackdown on the nation’s queer community.
Although British Prime Minister Theresa May has convinced her Cabinet to back her Brexit deal, she’s in for the fight of her life to do the same with Parliament.
Amazon Comes to the NeighborhoodNov 14, 2018 35:32
On Tuesday, Amazon named Long Island City, New York, and Arlington, Virginia as the cite of their HQ2 locations. So what are the terms of the deal?
Last week, Scotland became the first country in the world to mandate the teaching of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex rights in the school curriculum.
The Camp Fire in Northern California killed dozens of people and wiped out the entire town of Paradise in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
With wildfires, nothing is certain. Preparing ahead of time, while important, only increases your chance of a successful evacuation because every fire is different.
Doctors On Gun Violence: "This Is Our Lane"Nov 13, 2018 33:19
The NRA told doctors to "stay in their lane," and not take on the issue of gun violence. Doctors said: no way.
Criminal justice reform was on the ballot in at least a dozen states, and conservative support was crucial in several victories.
In her memoir, Michelle Obama opens up about her experience with a miscarriage and IVF. It has placed a focus on the issues that black women deal with when it comes to fertility.
Dr. Desiree McCarthy-Keith
Devastating Fires Rage Throughout CaliforniaNov 12, 2018 38:34
Devastating Fires Rage Throughout California
The Camp Fire has already been marked as the deadliest fire in recent California history.
Trial Over 2020 Census Citizenship Question Enters Second Week
The State of New York, along with more than a dozen other states and cities, is suing the Commerce Department, arguing that a citizenship question was added improperly to the census.
Counts and Recounts: Contested Races and How We Decide Them
An update on the tightest midterm races that still don't have an official winner, and a look at the rules that govern our process of counting and recounting votes in the U.S.
One Hundred Years After Armistice, What Lessons Can Be Learned From World War I?
Millions of lives were lost in World War I, and with no clear outcome, Armistice Day reminds us of the dangers of nationalism and imperialism.
How are Veterans and Members of the Military Reacting to Trump?
With President Trump missing out on a WWI commemoration event, how are members of the military responding to him?
The Takeaway-2018-11-10Nov 10, 2018
Politics with Amy Walter: The Case for Speaker Pelosi, AgainNov 9, 2018 50:14
In 2007, Nancy Pelosi became the first woman to lead the House of Representatives. She wants her job back.
While Democrats will no longer be locked out of power completely, it's unclear what they'll be able to accomplish with Republicans still in control of the White House and Senate.
Amy Walter talks with Angie Craig about being the first openly gay person elected to Congress from Minnesota.
After President Trump's sprawling post-election news conference, there are questions about the effectiveness of the White House Press Corps.
The 2020 campaign may take place under the shadow of deepening partisan divisions.
Grading The Media's Election PerformanceNov 8, 2018 48:22
Sessions is out. We explore the decision and what it could mean for the Mueller investigation and the future of the Trump Administration.
The midterms are changing the face of America's courts, from the local level all the way up.
The dead included the gunman and a sheriff’s sergeant who was the first officer inside the bar.
Voters in Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah all approved ballot measures to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
Some states in the Midwest did experience a "blue wave" of their own.
Did journalists get the midterm elections story right?
A Night of Firsts: Women and Underrepresented Groups Make HistoryNov 7, 2018 48:27
It’s the day after Election Day, so what do we know?
What does the loss of the House of Representatives mean for the Republican Party and President Trump's agenda?
We get an update on various ballot measures from states around the country.
Over million people in Florida regained the right to vote, the largest single enfranchisement since the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
We explore reports of voter suppression and intimidation and the impact these tactics may have had on the outcome of the vote.
Native American women and Muslim women are among the groups to be represented in Congress for the first time.
Vote Today, But Your Civic Engagement Doesn't End HereNov 6, 2018 46:44
Voting is one of the most important forms of civic engagement. But Americans have engaged with their communities in all sorts of ways. Today's episode of The Takeaway explores the ways in which we are giving back to our communities and trying to make a change at the local level.
Tallahassee Shooting: The Link Between Right Wing Extremism and MisogynyNov 5, 2018 45:20
The gunman had previously posted videos and audio files online, railing against women and people of color.
Three city ballot initiatives in California on raising corporate taxes to pay for homeless services have split the tech industry and local politicians.
The measure attempts to limit carbon emissions. But the amount of money opposing this initiative is making it the most expensive ballot measure in state history.
War correspondent Marie Colvin braved war zones to show the world the human toll of conflict. We remember her legacy and hear about a new film bringing her story back to life.
The writer argues there is too much at stake to sit this election out.
Politics with Amy Walter: Getting Up to Speed on All Things MidtermsNov 2, 2018 56:00
This week on Politics with Amy Walter, with Election Day 2018 just days away, we look at where things stand heading into Tuesday.
Jonathan Martin, a national political correspondent for The New York Times, breaks down the Senate races and whether or not the Democrats have what it takes to gain the majority.
Adam Smith, the political editor for The Tampa Bay Times, discusses the latest in Florida's gubernatorial race between former Congressman Ron DeSantis, a Republican and Andrew Gillum, the current mayor of Tallahassee. If he wins, Gillum would become Florida’s first black governor.
Tia Mitchell, a reporter for The Atlanta Journal Constitution, brings us up to speed on Georgia's race for governor between Stacey Abrams, a Democrat and former minority leader in the Georgia House of Representatives and Brian Kemp, Georgia’s current Secretary of State.
Clare Malone, a senior political writer for FiveThirtyEight, weighs in on what the polls are saying this time around and whether or not we can and should trust them.
Little Mention of Climate Change in Midterm Ads, But it Matters to MillennialsNov 1, 2018 46:02
The Takeaway holds a roundtable discussion with three millennial voices on why climate change matters to them and their generation.
With changing population numbers and urbanization, does the House of Representatives still represent people proportionally?
The Role of the President as "Consoler-in-Chief"Oct 31, 2018 49:05
Pittsburgh's civic leaders urged President Trump to stay away after the synagogue attack. A historian weighs in on the role of the presidency in uniting Americans after a tragedy.
The President has largely stuck to issues intended to motivate his core supporters, like immigration, while downplaying the economy and his tax reform legislation.
A new report from the International Rescue Committee looks at how cities around the world are integrating refugees.
New York Times staff photographer Tyler Hicks is behind the devastating new photos of starving children in war-torn Yemen. He shares his experience documenting their brutal reality.
The new "Halloween" boasts the biggest movie opening ever for a female lead over 55, with Jamie Lee Curtis. But unlike the original, the new movie was written by three men.
For Religious Communities, What Happens After an Attack?Oct 30, 2018 40:38
We speak with three people who lost family and friends as a result of attacks at their places of worship.
Decreasing support for higher education in Montana could mean the first "no" vote for using property taxes to support public colleges.
Alaskan voters will be deciding to whether to better protect salmon habitats on Election Day.
Taylor Energy has sued the federal government to end its responsibility to stop the Gulf of Mexico spill, which began in 2004.
If parents have trouble facing the reality of what happened, it can seem especially challenging to broach the subject with children.
It is Time to Confront White Supremacist ViolenceOct 29, 2018 45:14
In light of three horrific high-profile events from the past week, we analyze the continued rise of white supremacist violence.
Brazil is the latest country to elect a far-right leader to the presidency.
Aurelia Skipwith has already been working in the Department of the Interior for more than a year. At Monsanto, she oversaw a group researching agricultural products.
National groups have their eyes on Congressional redistricting, a process largely controlled by state governors and legislators, which takes place every ten years.
Politics with Amy Walter: Early Voting's Big Impact on the MidtermsOct 26, 2018 47:18
This week on Politics with Amy Walter, we examine all aspects of early voting.
The midterms are very much underway. Over 10 million people have already cast their vote as of this week - numbers that are on par with presidential elections.
This year's midterms have generated the most money in history. And Democrats are winning the money battle.
While the state broke for Trump in 2016, there are questions over the enthusiasm for the GOP ticket this midterm.
In some states, hundreds of thousands of voters have been purged from the rolls. We analyze the changes in voting laws that have affected this year's midterms.
Attempted Bombings Point to a Widening Political DivideOct 25, 2018 42:12
Bombs sent to leaders of the Democratic Party Wednesday morning have brought the extreme partisan divide into stark relief.
With far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro leading in the polls, many in Brazil wonder how the country came to such a dangerous point.
We asked the experts: what will improve our voting infrastructure in the future? And is technology at the heart of it? They said: it's time to get back to basics.
This week, the National Museum of African American History hosts its first African American Film Festival, highlighting work that pushes back against harmful Hollywood tropes.
With Midterm Elections in Sight, Record Amounts of Money Spent on Campaign AdsOct 24, 2018 46:53
The media landscape has been dominated by a barrage of political campaign ads. Are they effective?
Is there truth to the claims being made by President Trump regarding the migrant caravan in southern Mexico?
Climate change has caused an explosion in the population of purple sea urchins off the coast of Northern California, to devastating effect for the regions important kelp forests.
Massachusetts voters are considering ballot Question 3 that currently protects transgender people from discrimination in public places.
7,000 Migrants Continue Northbound — How Has Mexico Responded?Oct 23, 2018 37:27
Thousands of Central American migrants are in southern Mexico, some applying for asylum, others continuing north.
The murder of the dissident Saudi has provided the Turkish president with ammunition against his country's rival, Saudi Arabia.
It is 2018 and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act is failing to protect women in physically demanding jobs.
What are the gaps in our election systems? We explore everything from technological glitches, to cybersecurity holes, to flaws in policy.
How United States' Elections WorkOct 22, 2018 42:54
15 days ahead of the midterm elections, The Takeaway is taking a step back and looking at the infrastructure of the United States' voting system.
A Saudi Twitter employee was also allegedly groomed by the Saudi government to spy on dissidents.
According to the new report, black families fare worse under the tax bill at every level of income.
On Saturday, millions of Afghan voters went to the polls for a parliamentary election. The vote came at a moment of extraordinary violence for the country.
One attorney says the law's emphasis on criminalization actually makes the problem worse.
Politics and Protest: Hitting the Streets in the Trump EraOct 19, 2018 47:34
Since the inauguration of President Donald Trump, millions of Americans have taken to the streets. Many have marched in protest of the president, some have walked out of their jobs demanding higher wages, and others have attended rallies in support of the president. This hour, Amy Walter takes a look at the impact of these movements and whether or not the energy they’ve produced will transfer to the polls in November.
David S. Meyer is the Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine and the author of Politics of Protest: Social Movements in America and The Resistance: The Dawn of the Anti-Trump Opposition Movement. He begins the hour with a look at the role of protest in American history and politics.
Moriah Balingit is a National Education Reporter for the Washington Post. She spoke to Amy Walter about why the teacher strikes began and how they are affecting the midterms.
Emily Wendler, an Education Reporter for KOSU, says that educators in Oklahoma are part of a new wave that are shaking up politics in the state this fall.
Katie Rogers is a White House correspondent for The New York Times. She estimates she’s been to about 15 to 20 Trump rallies in the past year. Amy Walter spoke with her about how the rallies have become a political statement for many Trump supporters.
Matt Deitsch is a Co-Founder and the Chief Strategist for March For Our Lives. And Ramon Contreras is the National Field Strategist for March For Our Lives and Co-Founder of Youth Over Guns. These are two incredibly enthusiastic young men, and they believe we’re in the midst of a major cultural shift.
Honduras Caravan: Thousands of Hondurans Fleeing Violence Head to U.S. Amid Trump's ThreatsOct 18, 2018 44:24
President Trump has urged Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador — known as the Northern Triangle — to stop the people from traveling north, threatening to pull aid to the countries.
This season, the Houston Astros traded for a player after he was suspended for domestic violence allegations. Now, the team is announcing efforts to combat domestic violence.
Canada is just the second country to legalize recreational marijuana.
The apparent slaying of Jamal Khashoggi has exposed the geopolitical risks inherent in the U.S.'s relationship with Saudi Arabia.
A booming labor market means it’s also a great time for employees to ask for more money in their current role, or to find new, better work. But who is left out of this prosperous moment?
The Dangers of Being a Woman and a JournalistOct 17, 2018 39:21
Since seizing power in Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has escalated the Kingdom's disregard for human rights.
Last week Viktoria Marinova, an investigative television journalist in Bulgaria, was brutally murdered. Journalism seems as dangerous as ever for women in Europe. Why?
As Maine's health commissioner, Mary Mayhew was instrumental in opposing the popular effort to expand Medicaid. Now she's been elevated to a national post.
Lapses in communication not only affect the county’s deaf and hard-of-hearing population, but also the millions of other Americans living with disabilities.
At one small, all-black private school in Maryland, 32 high school football players have agreed as a team to take a knee before every single game, with their coach's support.
Richard Johnson II
Recover, Rebuild: Updating Our Communities for a New Climate RealityOct 16, 2018 45:40
Hurricanes like Michael reveal that our infrastructure, building codes, and preparedness protocols are based on outdated models. We consider a new way forward.
The economic ties are strong and may prevent the U.S. from taking any meaningful action in response to the targeting of the journalist.
The voter ID law upheld in North Dakota last week shines a light on the broader issue of disenfranchisement of Native Americans.
Until this week, Elizabeth Warren had refused to participate in DNA testing. And many native communities see her decision to do so as offensive and one that plays to stereotypes.
After Gavin McInnes spoke at the Metropolitan Republican Club in Manhattan last weekend, right-wing Proud Boys clashed with protesters after the event.
Migrant Family Separations: The Trump Administration May Bring Back the PolicyOct 15, 2018 45:12
The Trump Administration is floating the idea that migrant family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border may come back.
Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's mysterious disappearance has caused shockwaves throughout the world, with many now looking at Saudi Arabia’s crackdown on dissenters.
The voter ID law is expected to influence the tight senate race between Democratic incumbent Heidi Heitkamp and her challenger Kevin Cramer.
Georgia Secretary of State and GOP gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp is being accused of disenfranchising voters ahead of the midterm elections.
A lawsuit accusing Harvard of using admissions practices that discriminate against Asian-American applicants goes to trial today. It could end race-based affirmative action nationwide.
Politics with Amy Walter: Has Trump Kept His Campaign Promises?Oct 12, 2018 53:44
We are less than a month away from the Midterm Elections. And that also means we are two years out from the 2016 campaign, when then-candidate Donald Trump ran on a series of promises to the American people: creating millions of new jobs, revitalizing manufacturing, renegotiating NAFTA, and of course, building the wall.
For this hour of Politics with Amy Walter, we analyze President Trump's top promises that he made in his campaign, and whether or not he's followed through on them. We break these promises into six distinct sections: foreign policy, trade, jobs, the Supreme Court, Obamacare, and the southern border wall.
Here are ten of them, with the results so far:
1. Respect for America on the World Stage
Susan Glasser, a staff writer for The New Yorker, says President Trump has failed on this: "This is probably his biggest failure. By the numbers, by any objective standard, the United States has plummeted in world opinion."
2. Withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Deal
In May, President Trump finalized plans to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. "If you didn't think he was going to withdraw from the Iran deal, which is what some serious foreign policy people thought or convinced themselves of, you were wrong," says Susan Glasser.
3. Make NATO Allies Pay More
"It's not fair to say that as Trump has claimed, that he's gotten European allies to pay millions more," says Susan Glasser. "However, if you want to grade on a curve, you definitely could say that the threats or the bullying, or the blustering, or however you want to characterize it, have produced a new awareness in Europe that they ought to ante up more for their common defense in NATO than they felt pressured to do in the past."
4. Withdraw from The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Renegotiate NAFTA
President Trump followed through on withdrawing from TPP with an Executive Order on January 23rd. But he revived parts of the TPP to renegotiate NAFTA, which the administration finished just this month. According to Alex Lawson, Law360’s senior reporter on international trade, "[The new NAFTA] is an improvement," but the guidelines for the renegotiation were already drawn up by the Obama administration. "It's a little disingenuous for Trump to say that none of this happens without me...That's just not the case."
5. GDP Growth of Over 3.5 Percent Over 10 Years
GDP growth was over 4 percent in the second quarter of 2018, but Jim Tankersley, tax and economics reporter for The New York Times, says, "It's not what President Trump promised. It's not the supercharged sustained 3.5, 4 percent, which is really hard to do at this point in an economic cycle, but it's better than it was, and I do think he gets some credit for that."
6. Create 25 Million Jobs Over 10 Years
"We're right around 4 million jobs from the start of his presidency," says Jim Tankersley. "I will say that is a straight line continuation of the job creation pace we were on for the average of the last several years before his presidency." As for the question of creating 25 million jobs in 10 years? "You are unlikely to see that level of job creation."
7. Appoint Conservative Justices to the Supreme Court Who Support the Second Amendment and Oppose Abortion
Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch are certainly considered conservative justices. It remains to be seen how they will vote on Second Amendment issues, as well as on a potential Roe v. Wade debate. "The jury is still out," says Amy Howe, co-founder of SCOTUS Blog.
8. Fully Repeal and Replace Obamacare
Julie Rovner, Chief Washington Correspondent for Kaiser Health News, says that while the Trump administration has done quite a bit to dismantle Obamacare, they failed to fully repeal and replace it.
9. Build the Southern Border Wall
The Trump administration claims that new fencing along the Southern Border is the Trump Wall. But according to Michel Marizco, senior editor for KJZZ, that is far from the truth. "What's going up now does not fit the definition" of the type of wall that Trump called for in his campaign and in an Executive Order that he signed early in his presidency.
10. Make Mexico Pay for the Southern Border Wall
As for Mexico paying for the wall? "No ma'am," says Michel Marizco.
Violence Against Transgender People is on the RiseOct 11, 2018 43:43
Violence against transgender people is at record high levels. And local police often fail to provide justice.
Over a quarter of city residents are living below the federal poverty line, where finding affordable housing is nearly impossible.
One family lost everything, just barely escaping their home before flames engulfed the community.
Black women running for office encounter outright racism and harassment, but also struggle more to gain funding and endorsements.
Takeaway film critic Rafer Guzman and New York Times critic-at-large Wesley Morris dissect "First Man," and explore whether the story of Neil Armstrong is still relevant in 2018.
"They Were Cutting My Hands": Unaccompanied Migrant Children Encounter Problems with Asylum PolicyOct 10, 2018 45:58
One teenager's story illustrates the many hurdles young people face trying to secure safety in the U.S.
Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi went missing last month after visiting the Saudi consulate in Turkey.
Ahead of the midterms, some Democrats are criticizing the DNC for not doing more to support black women running across the country or including them in top decision-making posts.
As applying for jobs becomes increasingly digitized, some worry about the role bias may play in designing AI recruiters.
By most measures, Yazoo City's schools rank at the bottom for academic performance in Mississippi, a state that itself has been ranked last in education quality nationwide
New UN Report Predicts Climate Crisis by 2040. Now What?Oct 9, 2018 48:23
A new UN climate report predicts catastrophic damage by climate change by the year 2040. So what do we do now? We talk about technological and political solutions.
Battered by both hurricanes Maria and Florence, rural Lumberton, North Carolina, feels politically disconnected from Washington, DC.
How will Nikki Haley's resignation impact the United States' relationships with the rest of the world?
What does the community think of this officer working for their department?
As registration deadlines close in before the midterms, we look at what trends may be happening with voter disenfranchisement.
In the aftermath of the Kavanaugh confirmation, there are deep feelings of resentment on both sides of the aisle. Is that growing anger something that can or should be solved?
On Columbus Day, Being Undocumented in AmericaOct 8, 2018 38:06
Although the voting for Kavanaugh was almost entirely along party lines, there were some senators whose votes we were all watching.
With Kavanaugh's politically charged confirmation hearing, will he be a balanced and fair Justice?
Dominique Morisseau is among the 25 winners of this years MacArthur “genius” grant. She spoke with The Takeaway about her work and breaking down institutional barriers in the theater.
That idea of home, of access to the American dream, is even more complicated when you are undocumented.
President Trump says the nation has conquered poverty. But communities like Presidio, Texas, are still struggling, and fear Trump's wall would crush its hopes for survival.
Politics with Amy Walter: Can Our District Attorneys Reform American Criminal Justice?Oct 5, 2018 49:50
Advocates for police reform have long looked to lawmakers in hopes of addressing the social inequities baked into the criminal justice system. And even though criminal justice reform receives bipartisan lip service, our polarized legislature has yet to make serious headway on issues like reducing sentences for low-level drug crimes.
But there's another layer of bureaucracy that may prove effective in transforming how the system doles out justice: our nation's district attorneys. And in what many expect could be a wave election, candidates across the country are vying to transform this crucial yet often overlooked role.
All music composed and produced by Jay Cowit.
How Fair is America's Tax Code?Oct 4, 2018 40:14
Most American's think they pay their fare share of taxes but the rich and corporations aren't paying enough.
What were teenagers like Brett Kavanaugh watching in the 80s? Many of the popular films of that time normalize rape culture.
With all the focus on white rural voters who voted for Trump, another important group of constituents is frequently being ignored.
Immigrant women are twice as likely as the general population to experience domestic violence. An underground network of Latinas is protecting those facing abuse.
Does America Have a Drinking Problem?Oct 3, 2018 53:01
Judge Brett Kavanaugh's teenage drinking habits came under scrutiny at last Thursday's Senate hearing.
President Trump says he is a self-made man. But by age 8 he was a millionaire.
What are the logistical difficulties of providing aid to Indonesia, in response to the devastating earthquake and tsunami?
Fear of going back to prison hangs over many people making the transition to life after incarceration. Some experts say, low recidivism is a bad measurement of success.
Finding the right college and figuring out how to pay for it can be a daunting task, but a new project aims to make things simpler for students and their families.
Jenny Johnson Ware
Government Increasingly Uses Tent Cities as Number of Migrant Kids in Custody SurgeOct 2, 2018 42:15
The federal government is increasing the size of tent cities in order to handle the number of unaccompanied minors in its custody.
How does the present-day Mexican student movement look back at the 1968 Tlatelolco Massacre?
A new film from Vice explores issues of consent and how restorative justice could help in decades old cases of sexual assault.
Older people face a unique set of challenges when they are released after years of incarceration. We hear from a group of men about their transition.
Nahum Perez Monroy
What Will the Kavanaugh FBI Investigation Look Like?Oct 1, 2018 41:52
With all the limitations the White House has placed on the FBI, we look at how this investigation will shape out throughout the week.
Calls to the National Sexual Assault Hotline spiked last week during an emotional testimony from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
Allegations about the international celebrity had been an open secret for years.
The 18-foot waves hit the city of Palu on Friday. More than 800 people are confirmed dead and the number is expected to climb.
All minors have to be out of Rikers Island by Oct. 1 according to Raise the Age legislation passed in 2017.
Politics with Amy Walter: Kavanaugh Hearings and A Conversation with John KerrySep 28, 2018 37:39
The nation watched as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified under oath about an alleged sexual assault.
What will the Kavanaugh hearings do for the partisan divide?
John Kerry and Amy Walter discuss America's place on the world stage.
Kavanaugh, Ford Testify: What To ExpectSep 27, 2018 37:49
Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford are set to testify Thursday.
A look at the "boys club" of D.C. through the eyes of a pioneering Senator who built her career in the 90s, and a journalist who’s been inside Washington for decades.
Stanley Richards of the Fortune Society helps other formerly incarcerated men and women as they return to their lives on the outside.
Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun
Sheryl Gay Stolberg
Cosby in Prison and Its Implications in the MeToo EraSep 26, 2018 46:08
Bill Cosby, once known to millions as “America’s Dad,” was sentenced to three to ten years in state prison for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in his home in 2004.
Elliott Broidy is a relatively minor character in the intersection of Trump's business and his presidency.
The chairman of the Democratic National Committee Keith Ellison is fighting back allegations from his ex-girlfriend that he was physically and emotionally abusive.
How do you find a job after being released from prison? A non-profit in Miami is helping women make that transition.
Amika Mota was jailed for seven years in California. But after her release, she found that life with a criminal record could be just as difficult.
A new episode from Reveal looks at a new racist alt-right superhero.
Women Grapple with Sexual Assault Allegations Against KavanaughSep 25, 2018 42:12
The Takeaway talks to three women about how they are watching the Kavanaugh story unfold and what their expectations are for the future.
President Trump's speech before the United Nations General Assembly stressed American sovereignty over international cooperation.
Employers have been slow to respond to workers' opioid addiction. But labor unions may be helping fill the void.
After serving 38 years in prison for a murder that he insisted he did not commit, Frederick Clay was exonerated last year, but he has a fight on his hands for compensation.
Rocky Terrain for Supreme Court Confirmation as Accusations Against Kavanaugh MountSep 24, 2018 35:08
More accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have emerged.
Tanzina Vega talks with two prominent activists about the difficulties in keeping a movement going and why they're both "hopeaholics."
The Department of Homeland Security wants to restrict green cards for any immigrant who legally accepts public benefits, like food assistance or Section 8 housing.
The Ride Home Program picks up from prisons in California and helps them reemerge into the world after years of incarceration.
Politics with Amy Walter: Why They Speak Out: What Sexual Assault Survivors Risk When Going PublicSep 21, 2018 45:47
In light of the sexual assault accusation against Brett Kavanaugh, Jennie Willoughby, ex-wife of Rob Porter, explains why she came forward with abuse allegations against her ex-husband.
A Senate hearing over an allegation of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh is still up in the air. As we approach the Monday deadline, The Takeaway breaks down what to expect.
Former Senator Dennis DeConcini, the only Democrat on the Judiciary Committee to vote for Clarence Thomas, talks about the parallels between now and 1991.
After The Storm: Stories of Puerto Rican ResilienceSep 20, 2018 48:09
One year after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, the island is still feeling the effects of the devastating storm. In this special episode, "After the Storm," Tanzina Vega explores questions of status, economic resilience and activism at the ground level. What does it mean to be Puerto Rican post Maria? And is Maria the event that could fundamentally change the trajectory of the island? The Takeaway finds out.
Take a look at our coverage from this week in Puerto Rico.
Can There Be Redemption for the Accused in the #MeToo Movement?Sep 19, 2018 40:47
On Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, one rabbi explains what the Jewish faith can teach men trying to redeem themselves following allegations of sexual misconduct.
President Trump's escalating trade war with China ratcheted up another notch this week.
We talk to a director at a community health center in North Carolina, about how elderly residents and those with limited resources, have been coping after Hurricane Florence.
Oscar Lopez Rivera, long-time Puerto Rican independence activist, talks about the effects of U.S. colonialism.
Oscar Lopez Rivera
As Detroit Schools Shut Down Water Over Lead Concerns, Contamination Points to a National CrisisSep 18, 2018 37:46
Days before Detroit's public schools opened for the school year, drinking water was shut off district-wide when test results showed elevated lead and copper levels.
We get the latest on how a sexual assault allegation could impact the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh and hear from listeners on how they feel about the accusation.
Left-leaning counties in New Jersey rely on millions of dollars from ICE to maintain the county's jails.
Almost one year since Hurricane Maria made landfall, we talk to a journalism student, at the University of the Sacred Heart, about the role of the media after the storm.
Sofia Bozzo Gutierrez
"All The Bodies Started Stacking Up": A Funeral Director Remembers the Dead from Hurricane MariaSep 17, 2018 45:18
We talk to a general manager of a funeral home who knew the death toll exceeded what was officially being reported.
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.
Over the weekend, as Hurricane Florence was making its way through the Carolinas, Typhoon Mangkhut killed dozens in the Philippines before pummeling Hong Kong.
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.
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.
Colonel Wes Morrison
Stuck in the Middle With You: The Plight of the Political ModerateSep 14, 2018 52:52
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.
As Hurricane Florence Approaches, What About the People Forced to Stay?Sep 13, 2018 47:22
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.
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.
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, the U.S. response to the September 11th attacks is still ongoing, and the threat of violence has become a daily part of life.
"Museo," a new film about an unbelievable museum burglary in Mexico's capital city, stars Gael García Bernal.
Do Cops in Schools Make Students Safer?Sep 12, 2018 42:58
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.
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.
While neighborhoods across the country have lost critical social institutions, there are still many physical spaces that serve as anchors for American communities.
For American Muslims, 9/11 Shaped Careers, Politics, and IdentitySep 11, 2018 44:49
The attacks on the Twin Towers forced American Muslims to confront from within their relationships to the broader American community.
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.
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.
Poor harvests caused by drought in parts of Central America could result in more than 2 million people going hungry in the region.
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.
Dr. Rebecca Keller
Serena Williams' Emotional U.S. Open Loss Points to Broader Bias in SportSep 10, 2018 39:59
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.
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.
These discussions bring Latin America grim reminders of the U.S. intervention in the region.
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.
Politics with Amy Walter: Will Trump's Take on the Economy Resonate With Voters?Sep 8, 2018 34:22
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 the president better positioned going into the midterms?
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
Politics with Amy Walter: With Kavanaugh Hearings Underway, Anonymous White House Letter Upends WashingtonSep 7, 2018 16:01
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.
Why America Doesn't Value Low-Wage WorkSep 6, 2018 33:48
If wages are low, can the idea that "no job is better than another job" still be true?
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.
Sixteen inmates died in state prisons in Mississippi in the month of August.
Besides college tuition, another hefty cost that students need to worry about is the price of textbooks. Is there any relief in sight?
Supreme Court Nominee Hearing Before the Senate Continues...And it is HeatedSep 5, 2018 37:14
It is day two for Judge Brett Kavanaugh in his Supreme Court confirmation hearing.
In Massachusetts 7th Congressional District, there was a big upset as Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley defeated 10-term incumbent Congressman Michael Capuano.
Governor Doug Ducey announced Jon Kyl's appointment at a press conference on Tuesday.
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.
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.
Kavanaugh Faces Senate for Supreme Court Confirmation HearingsSep 4, 2018 40:43
The ideological balance of the Supreme Court hangs on one man, waiting to give conservatives the edge.
The U.S. government alleges that many people living along the U.S. border have illegitimate and fraudulent birth certificates, placing their legal status in question.
The two Reuters journalists charged with obtaining state secrets in Myanmar were sentenced to seven 7 years in prison by a judge.
Officer Jason Van Dyke is charged with murder for the 2014 shooting death of 17-year-old McDonald.
In a new book, law professor Justin Driver argues that the Supreme Court has failed to protect the constitutional rights of public school students since the 1970s.
Why Don't More Americans Vote?Sep 3, 2018 47:17
On the week that marked the 53rd anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act, The Takeaway explored what it was meant to do, the state of voting rights across the country, and why so many Americans who are eligible to vote are still kept from doing so.
Politics with Amy Walter: As Distrust Grows, Who's Going to Lead?Aug 31, 2018 48:00
An hour-long look on American leadership begins with a look at just how dire the leadership and trust crisis is, and the historical analogies.
As trust in national leadership wanes, local leaders are filling the void, says one activist.
Conversations about race are perhaps more honest than they have been in decades, but how does talk translate to a shift in behavior?
While the party has more power than ever, conservatives still question the leadership of the party, and who's in charge.
One institution that Americans have really lost faith in - the media. But journalism is crucial for our democracy. So how do we fix this?
The Troubling Emergency Response Failures After Hurricane HarveyAug 30, 2018 42:48
A year after Hurricane Harvey, a new investigation explores how failures in emergency response systems in Texas and human error led to tragedy.
Environmental defenders are being threatened and killed at increasingly high rates.
Thousands of Arizona primary voters were unable to vote when polls opened.
Even though the economy appears to be strong and growing stronger by many measures, for workers in “production and nonsupervisory” positions, their paychecks have fallen.
Inside the Fight to Reunite Families Separated at the U.S. BorderAug 29, 2018 35:21
Around 500 children separated from their parents at the border, still haven't been reunited, a month after the deadline for reunification.
California is the first state to completely replace cash bail with a pretrial assessment system — but criminal justice reform advocates were against the final measure.
This time North Carolina's gerrymandering fight could have far reaching implications for the nation.
Gia Morón left her job on Wall Street to make sure black and brown women have a stake in the growing cannabis industry. She explains.
From Indictment to Impeachment: We Answer Your Questions on Trump's Legal WoesAug 28, 2018 42:30
As always, the news out of President Trump's White House is moving fast. So fast that you probably have lots of questions about exactly what’s going on. You asked, we answered.
K2 or synthetic cannabinoids have proven a whack-a-mole for researchers struggling to prevent overdoses among at-risk populations.
On Monday, President Trump announced it had struck a trade deal with Mexico, seeking to ditch NAFTA. But many questions still linger.
The report also recommends that several top officials in the Myanmar military should face trial in the International Criminal Court.
The big question: Can the Gospel genre evolve and still maintain a deep connection to religion?
Andre Kimo Stone Guess
Reflections on the Life and Legacy of Senator John McCainAug 27, 2018 40:36
Senator John McCain died on Saturday after a battle with brain cancer. We reflect on Senator McCain’s life, legacy and impact on the world stage.
James Baldwin’s children’s book, “Little Man, Little Man,” is being republished more than 40 years later. We speak with Baldwin’s niece, Aisha Karefa Smart.
The North Carolina Historical Commission recently voted to allow three controversial Confederate statues to remain at the state Capitol in Raleigh. We have more on that decision and the ongoing debate over Confederate monuments.
Kate Hendricks Thomas
Politics with Amy Walter: Cohen, Health Care and the MidtermsAug 24, 2018 46:31
Now several days out from the bombshell news, we dissect what we actually know about the impact of this news.
The importance of health care cuts across party lines. We talk to pollsters, strategists, politicians and reporters to better understand how this issue is playing out ahead of the midterms.
Jeremy W. Peters, reporter covering politics for The New York Times
Asawin Suebsaeng, White House reporter at The Daily Beast
Mary Agnes Carey, Partnerships Editor and Senior Correspondent for Kaiser Health News
Stephanie Armour, health policy reporter for The Wall Street Journal
Celinda Lake, Democratic political strategist and pollster
Bill Cassidy, Louisiana senator
Allison O’Toole, Director of State Affairs for United States of Care
A Year After Harvey, Communities Are Still RebuildingAug 23, 2018 30:36
Hurricane Harvey made landfall this week last year, when it slammed into Texas’s Gulf Coast as a Category 4 storm. Harvey killed 66 people and caused 125 billion dollars in damage, making it the second-costliest natural disaster in U.S. history.
Crimes of the President's Men: Cohen's Plea and Manafort's VerdictAug 22, 2018 33:41
President Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to several counts of bank fraud and tax evasion, in federal court in Manhattan on Tuesday. Cohen also pleaded guilty to breaking campaign finance laws and former Trump campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was convicted on eight counts of tax and bank fraud at his trial in Alexandria, Virginia, on Tuesday; we consider the implications of the Environmental Protection Agency’s new proposal to relax emissions limits on coal-fired power plants; earlier this week, a judge determined that the director of Michigan’s Department of Health will stand trial for the deaths of two men who allegedly died of Legionnaires’ disease because of Flint’s water crisis; and prisoners in at least 17 states are on strike for a second day. The prisoners are refusing to work and they’re holding sit ins, and hunger strikes. We discuss one of the prisoners’ chief demands: immediate improvements to the conditions of prisons.
James M. Van Nostrand
Some Immigrants Seeking Legal Residency Through Marriage Targeted for Detention, Lawsuit AllegesAug 21, 2018 38:15
We take a look at an immigration lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. It alleges the administration targeted certain undocumented immigrants seeking legal residency through their marriage to U.S. citizens; we go to Georgia where a fight is playing out over a plan to close polling stations in one small county in the state; we hear from a parent about the concerns she has for her daughter’s safety as she heads back to school in Miami Dade County; the WNBA playoffs tip off with a huge game tonight between the Minnesota Lynx and the Los Angeles Sparks — the teams that played in the finals the last two years. We take a look at all the issues around women’s basketball as the playoffs get underway; and prisoners in at least 17 states are going on strike today. Organizers are calling for improved conditions for prisoners across the nation, among other demands.
How Inadequate Prison Care Adds to the U.S. Opioid EpidemicAug 20, 2018 36:52
Very few state prisons offer adequate treatment for inmates who are addicted to opioids. We report on how a failure to treat those who are struggling with drug addiction in prisons is contributing to the nation’s opioid epidemic. Last spring, New Jersey opened a prison that’s dedicated to treating inmates who are struggling with drug addiction. We speak with the Acting Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Corrections, Marcus O. Hicks, about the state’s new strategy for handling incarceration and addiction; we explore the future of Greece’s economy as the country makes its official departure today from a long bailout process following its debt crisis; and we consider what’s working and what’s not in recycling programs across the country.
Politics with Amy Walter: So You Want to Run for Office? Bring Cash.Aug 17, 2018 50:01
Today on Politics with Amy Walter, we follow the money in the 2018 midterm elections. Where is it all coming from? And what is it doing to our democracy? The big money is spent on competitive races - and those costs get up into the tens of millions. This hour we hear from political strategists and the people behind the money being spent on both sides of the aisle. Plus, a look at how the Citizens United decision became a turning point in American politics, and whether the money can ever really be taken out of politics for good.
Hundreds of School Closures, Decreased Enrollment and a Brand New Charter School in Puerto RicoAug 16, 2018 38:58
Back in February, Puerto Rico’s governor announced plans to introduce a new charter school and voucher system to the island. And on Monday, Puerto Rico’s first charter school will open its doors. But it’s a controversial move, as an education reporter based in San Juan explains; “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin, died in her home in Detroit today. She was 76. We take a look back at the entertainer’s career and consider her legacy; we speak with two screenwriters behind the new movie, “Crazy Rich Asians.” It’s the first major studio release in 25 years to feature an entirely Asian cast; we report on the growing number of Indian nationals who are being arrested and detained after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border; and a note on the freedom of press.
Hundreds of 'Predator Priests' and Decades of Sexual Abuse Covered Up in Catholic Church, Report RevealsAug 15, 2018 35:15
Pennsylvania’s Attorney General released a grand jury report on Tuesday documenting decades of child sexual abuse by over three hundred Catholic priests in the state. We discuss the findings of the report and hear from Bishop Lawrence Persico of the Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania; a conversation with Christine Hallquist, who won the Democratic gubernatorial primary in Vermont on Tuesday. She’s the first openly transgender nominee for governor for a major political party; on Tuesday, Nebraska held its first execution in more than 20 years. Convicted murderer Carey Dean Moore was put to death by a lethal injection that included, for the first time, the synthetic opioid, fentanyl; Puerto Rican musician, Ileana Cabra better known as iLe discusses her new song that’s out today, and also touches on the political situation in Puerto Rico, almost a year after Hurricane Maria.
Election Security: How Vulnerable are Voting Machines to Hacking?Aug 14, 2018 38:45
With the midterms right around the corner, The Takeaway has an in-depth look at the state of election security. A former government intelligence analyst weighs in on the vulnerabilities and potential threats to our nation’s voting systems. During the 2016 elections, Colorado was one of multiple states targeted in a Russian interference campaign. Colorado Secretary of State, Wayne Williams, discusses efforts since then, to protect the state’s voting systems. Government forces in Afghanistan have been fiercely battling against Taliban insurgents after the extremists launched a major assault on the city of Ghazni on Friday. The Takeaway explores the resurgence of the Taliban. Almost seventeen years after the US-led invasion of Afghanistan, the Taliban is still very much at large. Up next, The Takeaway discusses U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and efforts to resolve the ongoing conflict. In Southern California, over 1400 firefighters have been battling California’s Holy Fire. The Takeaway has more details about the fire and the state of emergency in Orange and Riverside counties, in California. Last week, a group of leading international climate scientists released a new report about our warming planet. The Takeaway speaks with one of the authors about the latest research.
At Least 40 Children Dead in Yemen after Saudi-led AirstrikeAug 13, 2018 35:37
Last week a school bus carrying children in northern Yemen was struck by a Saudi-led coalition airstrike. More than 40 children are believed to have been killed and dozens injured. We discuss the attack and the latest details about the conflict in Yemen, with a reporter in the nation’s capital; a recent report by Forbes alleges that U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross stole million of dollars from former employees and associates; the group behind the deadly Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally one year ago, held another rally in Washington, DC yesterday. We discuss how things were handled, with Democratic Congressman Don Beyer who represents Virginia’s 8th District; we explore how so-called “flop accounts” on Instagram have become a venue for young people to talk about news and politics in a non traditional way; and a look at some of the major factors that launch people of color into poverty and homelessness.
Why Don't More Americans Vote?Aug 10, 2018 47:38
On this week that marks the 53rd anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act, The Takeaway looks at what it was meant to do, the state of voting rights across the country, and why so many Americans who are eligible to vote are still kept from doing so. We also hear from a political scientist who has the numbers and the research pointing to reasons so many millions of Americans willingly steer clear of the polls on election day. Later in the hour, we hear from someone who lost their right to vote after a felony conviction and a DACA recipient living in New York City who cannot vote, but she's hoping people will pledge to do so on her behalf.
Where We Are One Year After CharlottesvilleAug 9, 2018 34:52
This weekend marks the first anniversary of the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. We discuss the strength of hate groups and extremist organizations, with the director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project. Earlier this week, voters in St. Louis, Missouri ousted a longtime county prosecutor who had been criticized for his investigation into the police shooting of black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, four years ago today. Latino actor, Jay Hernandez will play the lead role in the reboot of the hit TV series, “Magnum P.I.” But, as with many recent reboots, it's unclear how much the show will incorporate the actor’s cultural identity into the production.
Puerto Rico Signs Contract with Private Prison Company to Relocate Inmates to ArizonaAug 8, 2018 41:58
We take a look at a plan underway in Puerto Rico to transfer some of the island’s prison population to a privately run prison in Arizona; a conversation with the co-vice chair of the Justice Department’s Religious Liberty Task force about why the Justice Department felt the need to address this issue now; the latest from Manafort Trial; a look at the record number of Muslim candidates in this primary season; and a conversation with two community leaders about how Washington, DC is preparing for the second Unite the Right Rally, this time held in their city.
Yes, Climate Change is to Blame for Devastating California Wildfires. But Societal Growth is As Well.Aug 7, 2018 39:57
We take a look at the factors contributing to the especially deadly nature of California’s massive wildfires this year; Chicago experienced a deadly weekend of gun violence. Dozens of shootings took place, mostly in the city’s south and west side neighborhoods. We hear from a local pastor about reaction from the communities impacted; In collaboration with The Marshall Project, we take a look at a case concerning whether prisoners have the right to freedom of speech and to avoid becoming informants while incarcerated; and Director Spike Lee’s new movie “Black Klansman,” opens in theaters on Friday. The film tells the true story of a black Colorado Springs police officer who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the late 1970s. We have a conversation with the former police officer, Ron Stallworth, and also the actor who plays his role in the movie: John David Washington.
Inside the RallyAug 6, 2018 42:43
President Trump has held more than two dozen political rallies since winning election. We explore the psychology and history behind these types of rallies; the trial of President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort resumed today in Alexandria, Virginia; we hear from one of the grandmothers participating in a nationwide protest movement called “Grannies Respond”. She explains the group’s motivation for traveling down to the US-Mexico border; we speak with the co-host of a new podcast which explores the complexities of sickle-cell anemia, through the story of the late rapper, Prodigy. He was one of the founding members of the hip hop duo, Mobb Deep; and we talk with the reporter behind a forthcoming FRONTLINE and ProPublica documentary investigating the white supremacist groups involved in the fatal Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally, almost a year ago.
Politics with Amy Walter: Will 2018 Be The Year of the Military Woman?Aug 3, 2018 35:59
Today's Politics with Amy Walter: A look at the rise of female veterans running for political office. There are 32 female veterans running for both the House and Senate, and a majority of them are Democrats. If 2018 is the year of the woman, will it also become the year of the female veteran? This hour explores why these women are inspired to run and how they are bucking the trends.
Judge Orders a Stop to Forcibly Drugging Migrant ChildrenAug 2, 2018 43:26
On Monday, a judge ordered the federal government to stop drugging immigrant children without proper consent and to remove them from the Shiloh Treatment Center in Texas; a look at police call logs documenting reports of sexual abuse at immigrant and non immigrant youth shelters across the U.S.; we wrap up our series with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on health outcomes; we conclude our AIDS coverage for the week with a look at the challenges facing indigenous communities; a look at the future of McDonald’s in light of the 50th birthday of the Big Mac; and a look at the summer songs to catch this season.
We Almost Fixed Climate Change. Why Couldn't We?Aug 1, 2018 38:19
2018 has been a hot, wet, fiery summer around the world. From record temperatures in China, to wildfires across the western United States, Sweden and Greece, and devastating floods in India and Japan. Today, we take a look back at the decade between 1979 and 1989 that was the key window for the U.S. to address climate change; a discussion on how the fight is playing out over blueprints for 3-D printed guns; we continue our look at AIDS with a closer inspection of the epidemic among black gay, bisexual and trans individuals; and we end with our look at the intersection between race, place and health.
Paul Manafort's Trial Begins as First in Mueller InvestigationJul 31, 2018 41:54
Paul Manafort’s trial kicks off today in a U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia. We give you a preview of what to expect; a look at the TSA program spying on Americans during domestic flights; we hear from the Senior Science Advisor for UNAIDS about how far we’ve come, and what’s still left to do; a look at the intersection of race and class and politics; and we continue our series on the intersection of race, place, and health.