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The Takeaway

A fresh alternative in daily news featuring critical conversations, live reports from the field, and listener participation. The Takeaway provides a breadth and depth of world, national, and regional news coverage that is unprecedented in public media.

Episodes

  • The Past, Present and Future Of The Biden Administration 2022-01-21

    Jan 21 2022

    The Past, Present and Future Of The Biden Administration This week, the filibuster and voting rights act fell through in the Senate, and student debt forgiveness, criminal justice and climate change reforms hang in the balance. These failures have had an impact on voters across the country, according to recent polling. So what does that mean for the future of the Biden administration? For the discussion we're joined by Joel Payne, Democratic strategist, host of the podcast, Here Comes the Payne,...more

  • How Antitrust Laws Are Defining the Facebook Monopolization Case 2022-01-20

    Jan 20 2022

    How Antitrust Laws Are Defining the Facebook Monopolization Case: We get the latest on Facebook/Meta antitrust lawsuit, and learn more about what constitutes antitrust with Vanderbilt law professor Rebecca Allensworth.  A Year and a Half After McGirt v. Oklahoma, State Officials Still Want Ruling Overturned: State officials have filed 45 petitions with the Supreme Court asking the justices to either overturn or rule more narrowly on McGirt. This month, the Court has been considering some of th...more

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci on How to Make Sense of Omicron 2022-01-19

    Jan 19 2022

    Dr. Anthony Fauci on How to Make Sense of Omicron Dr. Anthony Fauci joins The Takeaway to give his take on omicron, vaccinations and testing, and answer questions from listeners. Why the Biden Administration Is Getting Low Marks On Handling COVID Did Biden's handling of Omicron make things worse? How Do We Achieve Vaccine Equity? When we look at education, access, and messaging, we begin to understand the barriers to vaccination. Dads Can Experience Mental Health Issues After Childbirth, Too The...more

  • The Filibuster: An Obstruction or Preservation of Democracy? 2022-01-18

    Jan 18 2022

    The Filibuster: An Obstruction or Preservation of Democracy? The Takeaway looks at filibuster reform and how it impacts our democracy. What Exactly is An Accident? There are racial and economic disparities when it comes to who dies and who lives in a so-called accident. The Spirituality of Toni Morrison The Takeaway speaks with writer and journalist Nadra Nittle about her book Toni Morrison’s Spiritual Vision, which explores Morrison’s Catholicism and spirituality. Representative Ayanna Pressley...more

  • MLK: Activism & The Arts

    Jan 17 2022

    In some ways it is impossible to fully celebrate MLK Day in a virtual environment, after all, the movement for racial justice and Civil Rights  has always been about coming together. However, the decision to go digital does honor another aspect of the movement- its creativity and collective action. Hosted by various WNYC radio hosts, this commemorative and uplifting special brings together scholars, cultural and community leaders, and activists to engage in conversations and performance, explori...more

  • Guantanamo Bay Detention Center 20 Years Later 2022-01-14

    Jan 14 2022

    This week marked 20 years since the opening of Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp, a military detention facility that has been controversial since its inception. We took the entire hour to understand what has happened there and why it matters. Guest 🎙: Wells Dixon, senior staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights Earl Catagnus Jr., an adjunct professor in Security and Risk Analysis a Penn State University Brandywine Mansoor Adayfi, former Detainee at Guantanamo Bay and author of the boo...more

  • A Look at New Weight Loss Meds and Weight Related Stigma 2022-01-13

    Jan 13 2022

    A Look at New Weight Loss Meds and Weight Related Stigma: The Takeaway spoke with Emma Court, health reporter at Bloomberg News about this new class of weight loss drugs. And maybe you’ve noticed there is more than a little fat-shaming going on around Covid-19, obesity, and mortality. We also spoke about this with Paula Atkinson, a body liberation psychotherapist and professor at George Washington University, where she teach a course about body justice called Weight and Society. Masking 101: The...more

  • Biden's ATL Voting Rights Speech 2022-01-12

    Jan 12 2022

    Biden's ATL Voting Rights Speech: Mother Jones Senior Reporter and author of Give us the Ballot Ari Berman and Barbara Arnwine, President and Co-Leader of the Transformative Justice Coalition, joined us to discuss the pros and cons of the president’s speech and whether the president’s speech will move the needle on this issue. Across the Country, Substitute Teachers Are In Demand Giulia Heyward, reporter at the New York Times, joins The Takeaway to discuss the staffing shortage, what it’s meant ...more

  • Rep. Adam Schiff on the January 6th Committee and Restoring Trust After Trump 2022-01-11

    Jan 11 2022

    Rep. Adam Schiff on the January 6th Committee and Restoring Trust After Trump: The Takeaway speaks with Representative Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and one of the members of the House committee investigating the insurrection, about the work of the January 6th committee and some of the other central issues facing Congress and the Democrats today. Holly Robinson Peete, An Advocate for Autism: Actress, author and “gangsta mom of four” Holly Robinson Peete joins us to ta...more

  • Disagreements Between Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union Result in Closures 2022-01-10

    Jan 10 2022

    Disagreements Between Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union Result in Closures: The Takeaway speaks with Nader Issa, reporter covering education for the Chicago Sun-Times, about the recent disagreements with the Chicago Teachers Union and the Chicago Public School district, and we hear from teachers and parents.  Bronx Apartment Fire Leaves 17 Dead: We were joined by Jake Offenhartz, WNYC and Gothamist Reporter to discuss the apartment building fire. Sidney Poitier and Professor ...more

  • Taking Our Politics Pulse for the Week 2022-01-07

    Jan 07 2022

    Taking Our Politics Pulse for the Week Maya King, national politics reporter at Politico, and Sahil Kapur, senior national political reporter at NBCNews, join us for a politics roundtable to discuss this week’s top stories New PBS Documentary Explores History of Democracy in the U.S. A new documentary from PBS called Preserving Democracy: Pursuing a More Perfect Union chronicles the pursuit of democracy in the U.S. from the Revolutionary War to the Capitol Riot. Julia B. Chan Discusses her New R...more

  • The Anniversary of the Jan. 6th Capitol Riot 2022-01-06

    Jan 06 2022

    The Capitol Insurrection's Impact on American Democracy In a recent article for The Atlantic, “Trump’s Next Coup Has Already Begun,” staff writer Barton Gellman looks at the events leading to Jan 6., Republican efforts to subvert democracy, and how this could impact upcoming elections.  Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman Shares Her Story of Surviving the Insurrection Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman joins us to discuss her experience during the insurrection at the Capitol last year as well as the upc...more

  • The Mayor of Superior, Colorado on 2021's Destructive Wildfires 2022-01-05

    Jan 05 2022

    The Mayor of Superior, Colorado on 2021's Destructive Wildfires The Takeaway speaks with Mayor Clint Folsom of Superior, Colorado about the fires and how his community is faring.  Is the Texas Power Grid Ready for Winter? We spoke with Phil Jankowski, reporter covering politics and infrastructure at Dallas Morning News, about the Texas power grid and its readiness for the winter months ahead. A Record-Breaking Covid Spike Is Hitting Puerto Rico Puerto Rico had reported a record 84,000 new cases ...more

  • Rethinking Public Health Under Omicron 2022-01-04

    Jan 04 2022

    Rethinking Public Health Under Omicron  We speak with Dr. Céline Gounder, infectious disease specialist and epidemiologist at Bellevue Hospital in New York City and host of the Epidemic podcast, about what statistics to keep an eye on at the moment and how public health officials should be communicating this information.  How "Clean" Energy Continues To Harm Indigenous Communities What happens when the new threat that tribal nations are confronting is clean energy? We were joined by Nick Estes,...more

  • How Do We Begin to Grade 2021? 2022-01-03

    Jan 03 2022

    How Do We Begin to Grade 2021? Political scientist Christina Greer joins us to help grade some of the big political moments of 2021. Voting Rights: The Continued Fight Over Access to Elections Keeping an eye on restrictive voting legislation in the 2022 session is Mother Jones reporter Ari Berman who explains how a 2013 Supreme Court decision set the course for this continued fight for equitable voting rights.   Self-Managed Abortions and the Fight for Abortion Rights A November 2021 study publi...more

  • Conversations on Identity and Politics in 2021-12-31

    Dec 31 2021

    Janai Nelson Janai Nelson, Associate Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund joins us to discuss the banning of books that teach a truthful version of history, and how she will lead the NAACP LDF in Spring of 2022 after the departure of current president, Sherrilyn Ifill.  Arab Americans Are 'White' On The Census. But Should They Be? In the fall of 2021, Boston mayoral candidate Annissa Essaibi George, like many other Arab Americans, chose to identify publicly as a person ...more

  • The Takeaway Book Report 2021-12-30

    Dec 30 2021

    On the second edition of the Takeaway Book report, our host spoke with some amazing guest about the books they've been reading and writing in 2021. Guest in this episode include: Constance Grady, senior culture writer at Vox, talked about her picks for 2021. Treva B. Lindsey, author of America, Goddam: Violence, Black Women, and the Struggle for Justice discussed her upcoming book. Deep Dive co-host and co-president of the Center for Community Change Dorian Warren told us his favorite books of t...more

  • CDC Cuts Recommended Quarantine Time as US COVID Infections Reach an All-Time High 2021-12-29

    Dec 29 2021

    CDC Cuts Recommended Quarantine Time as US COVID Infections Reach an All-Time High Is the policy change about jobs and the economy, or about public health? Deferring Student Debt... Again Black borrowers experience the heaviest debt burden according to Andre Perry, senior fellow at Brookings Metro. He joined The Takeaway to share his research on how dated economic analysis ignores race and what cancelling student debt could do to boost Black wealth.   The Whitewashing of Reggaeton And Why J. Bal...more

  • Petroleum Spill In Hawaii Contaminates Drinking Supply For Thousands 2021-12-28

    Dec 28 2021

    Petroleum Spill In Hawaii Contaminates Drinking Supply For Thousands We were joined by Mahealani Richardson, anchor and reporter with Hawaii News Now, to discuss what this fuel leak means for the people of Hawaii. A Trucker Faces 110 Years in Prison Because of  Colorado's Mandatory-Minimum Sentencing Rogel Aguilera-Mederos is facing 110 years in prison after a deadly crash. Truck drivers are threatening to boycott the state of Colorado over mandatory-minimum sentencing laws there. Favorite Movie...more

  • Omicron Today: This Year in Pandemic Policy 2021-12-27

    Dec 27 2021

    Omicron Today: This Year in Pandemic Policy Nsikan Akpan, health and science editor for the WNYC newsroom, joined with the latest updates and responses on the Omicronn variant while looking back on some of the policy choices that led to this moment.  Other segments from today's episode include: What is With the Cult of Resilience? The Toll of Fibroids on Black Women Study Finds Women Denied Abortion Access Fare Worse in Life For transcripts, see individual segment pages.      

  • Aging While Queer

    Dec 24 2021

    Aging While Queer Michael Adams is the CEO of SAGE, the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older people. He discusses the many unique challenges facing our LGBTQ+ elders and what his organization SAGE is doing to provide a life of dignity for this underserved community. Affirming Housing for LGBTQ-SGL Elders Dr. Woody discusses the importance of affirming housing for LGBTQ-SGL elders and how Mary's House serves as a model for inclusive elders of al...more

  • Journalists Around The World Are Being Jailed And Detained At Record Highs 2021-12-23

    Dec 23 2021

    Journalists Around The World Are Being Jailed And Detained At Record Highs Journalists around the world are being jailed at a record high, according to a new report by the Committee to Protect Journalists. Right now the number sits at 293. CPJ's editorial director Arlene Getz and Ohimai Amaize, an exiled Nigerian journalist, joined to discuss.  The True Cost of a Common Cleaning Product Air pollution in a series of southern communities is well above levels deemed safe by the Environmental Protec...more

  • The Trial of Kimberly Potter 2021-12-22

    Dec 22 2021

    The Trial of Kimberly Potter The Takeaway spoke to Associated Press reporter Amy Forliti to discuss the charges being deliberated by the jury and how Minnesotans may react to the verdict.  How Love and Relationships Have Changed in the Time of COVID-19 Dr. Lexx Brown-James, a licensed marriage and family therapist and founder of the Institute for Sexuality and Intimacy, and Logan Ury, the author of the book, “How To Not Die Alone” and director of Relationship Science at Hinge, talk about the cha...more

  • A Closer Look at Joe Manchin 2021-12-21

    Dec 21 2021

    A Closer Look at Joe Manchin Ken Ward Jr., co-founder of Mountain State Spotlight and distinguished local reporting fellow with ProPublica joined with Evan Osnos, author, staff writer for The New Yorker and CNN contributor, to discuss the political, social and local motivations behind Joe Manchin's decisions in congress.  Military Documents Show U.S. Airstrikes Have Led to Thousands of Civilian Deaths In the American air war in the Middle East, a New York Times investigation reveals flawed intel...more

  • Omicron's on the Move in the U.S. 2021-12-20

    Dec 20 2021

    Omicron's on the Move in the U.S. We put the current pandemic moment in perspective with WNYC science and health editor Nsikan Akpan who broke down what’s going on with this current Covid surge. The Shady Business Behind Tree Equity We spoke with Vivek Shandas, Professor of Climate Adaptation at Portland State University, about tree equity and how we might get closer to achieving tree equity with funding earmarked in the Build Back Better bill. What's Causing the Rise of Deaths in Jail? We asked...more

  • From the Debt Ceiling to Inflation: The State of the U.S. Economy 2021-12-17

    Dec 17 2021

    From the Debt Ceiling to Inflation: The State of the U.S. Economy The Takeaway spoke to Heather Long, economics correspondent for the Washington Post and Anne Price, president of the Insight Center for Community Economic Development, to look back on the year in economics and get a sense of what people can expect going forward. How One New Movie Highlights Elder Economic Insecurity Director Sian-Pierre Regis joins us with his mother Rebecca Danigelis who went through job loss at the age of 75. T...more

  • In Remembrance of bell hooks 2021-12-16

    Dec 16 2021

    In Remembrance of bell hooks Alondra Nelson, the Harold F. Linder Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, shares stories of inspiration discussing bell hooks' impact on Black feminism and looks ahead to her lasting influence.  The Takeaway Book Report The Takeaway community is full of book worms and literary lovers, so we spoke with some incredible authors about their work and some titles to look out for this holiday season.  For transcripts, see individual segment pages...more

  • Alabama Miners Are Still on Strike Nearly Nine Months Later 2021-12-15

    Dec 15 2021

    Alabama Miners Are Still on Strike Nearly Nine Months Later On April 1st, 1,100 workers from the Warrior Met Coal Mine in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama went on strike. Now, 258 days later, those workers are still on strike in hopes of forcing the company to address what they call unfair labor practices. The Takeaway spoke with Kim Kelly, an independent journalist and author of the forthcoming book, ‘FIGHT LIKE HELL: The Untold History of American Labor, updated us on what’s happening with these Ala...more

  • Private Companies Pledge $1.2 Billion in Investments to Central American Northern Triangle 2021-12-14

    Dec 14 2021

    Private Companies Pledge $1.2 Billion in Investments to Central American Northern Triangle Vice President Kamala Harris announced a total of $1.2 billion worth of infrastructure and economic development investments in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras from high-earning corporations like Microsoft, Mastercard and PepsiCo. Oscar Chacón, Executive Director of Alianza Americas says while this public, private partnership is a step in the right direction, more is needed like leveraging the far great...more

  • "What If We Don't Comply?": Texas Abortion Provider Weighs in on SCOTUS Ruling 2021-12-13

    Dec 13 2021

    "What If We Don't Comply?": Texas Abortion Provider Weighs in on SCOTUS Ruling We spoke about the decision with Dr. Ghazaleh Moayedi, an OB-GYN and abortion provider in Texas, and board member with Physicians for Reproductive Health and Texas Equal Access Fund.  The Legal Implications of SCOTUS Ruling on Texas Anti-Abortion Law SB8 We break down the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Texas law and how ongoing legal challenges against SB8 could play out in the court. Melissa Murray, Law Professor at N...more

  • Deep Dive with MHP and Dorian Warren: Childbirth

    Dec 10 2021

    The Takeaway host Melissa Harris-Perry and Dorian Warren are tackling the important topic of childbirth. The U.S. Supreme court is considering a second case on abortion this session as the White House host its first Maternal Health Day of Action Summit on Dec 7, 2021. We took a deep dive into the subject of childbirth and the politics around it. Topics that were introduced: the medical professionalization of childbirth, maternal and infant mortality, the work of doulas and midwifery, and the imp...more

  • The Harm of Spanish-Language Disinformation 2021-12-09

    Dec 09 2021

    The Harm of Spanish-Language Disinformation  In 2020, Latinx voters registered and voted in record numbers, now making them the second largest voting bloc in the U.S. Many of these voters are being targeted online with disinformation. Stephanie Valencia, co-founder and president of Equis Research and Nora Benavidez, senior Counsel and Director of the Digital Justice & Civil Rights division of Free Press join us to discuss this problem and potential solutions. Playwright Jeremy O. Harris Does...more

  • "Remain in Mexico" Border Policy Reinstated Under Biden Administration 2021-12-08

    Dec 08 2021

    "Remain in Mexico" Border Policy Reinstated Under Biden Administration  The Takeaway spoke about the reinstatement of the "remain in Mexico" policy with Aura Bogado, reporter at Reveal, from The Center for Investigative Reporting. 16 Thousand Haitians Have Been Expelled From The Dominican Republic In The Last 3 Months  In the last three months, 16 thousand Haitians have been expelled from the Dominican Republic.We are joined by the AP’s Caribbean correspondent Dánica Coto, who was just recently ...more

  • Why Vaccine Mandates Seem To Cause Backlash 2021-12-07

    Dec 07 2021

    Why Vaccine Mandates Seem To Cause Backlash Partisanship explains much of the national division surrounding vaccine mandates, but this divide may highlight another important policy-making challenge--the contemporary American’s reluctance to contribute to the public good. We speak with epidemiologist and public health correspondent Gregg Gonsalves about whether anyone is asking not what the country can do for us, but what we can do for our country. Puerto Rico Is a COVID Success Story According t...more

  • Parents of Alleged Michigan School Shooter Also Charged 2021-12-06

    Dec 06 2021

    Parents of Alleged Michigan School Shooter Also Charged On Friday, the parents of the 15-year-old who is charged with killing four students in Michigan, were themselves charged with involuntary manslaughter. Professor Jonathan Metzl joins us to discuss the move by the prosecutor. Does it signal a move to hold the parents of shooters more accountable and will others face the same legal consequences? The Last "Fire Camp" For Incarcerated Youth In California To risk their lives fighting fires, they...more

  • Will Biden's New Covid Strategy Fix His Low Approval Ratings? 2021-12-03

    Dec 03 2021

    Will Biden's New Covid Strategy Fix His Low Approval Ratings?  On Thursday President Biden held a press conference on the quickly spreading Omicron variant that’s now been found in multiple states. To beat the new variant, Biden says it’s time for Americans to be united. But Americans across the country aren't exactly “united” in their support for him. Biden's approval rating sits at about 42%, and it hasn't budged even after the House passing his signature piece of legislation, Build Back Bette...more

  • "Attica" Film Chronicles Dishonest Media Portrayal Of America's Largest Prison Uprising 2021-12-02

    Dec 02 2021

    "Attica" Film Chronicles Dishonest Media Portrayal Of America's Largest Prison Uprising 50 years ago, in 1971, over a thousand prisoners took hold of the Attica supermax facility for five days in Western New York making it the largest prison rebellion in American history. We were joined by "Attica" co-director Stanley Nelson to talk about the film and the historical significance of the uprising.  "Mississippi Goddam: The Ballad of Billey Joe:” An Exploration of History, Southern Identity, Polici...more

  • Janai Nelson on the Future of the NAACP LDF 2021-12-01

    Dec 01 2021

    Janai Nelson on the Future of the NAACP LDF Janai Nelson, Associate Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund joins us to discuss the banning of books that teach a truthful version of history, and how she will lead the NAACP LDF in Spring of 2022 after the departure of current president, Sherrilyn Ifill.  Abortion Is Back in the Supreme Court As the justices hear arguments, advocates are gathering  outside the Court to express their support or opposition to abortion rights....more

  • SCOTUS To Decide the Fate of Reproductive Rights 2021-11-30

    Nov 30 2021

    SCOTUS To Decide the Fate of Reproductive Rights This week, the Supreme Court will be hearing arguments for a Mississippi case that challenges legal precedent set by Roe v. Wade. If SCOTUS sides with the State of Mississippi, nearly five decades of abortion law will almost immediately be undone, and the effects would be swift and consequential as there are nearly 21 other states with "trigger laws" intended to criminalize a woman's right to choose. We heard from some listeners what Roe v. Wade m...more

  • Multiple Guilty Verdicts for the Murder of Ahmaud Arbery 2021-11-29

    Nov 29 2021

    Multiple Guilty Verdicts for the Murder of Ahmaud Arbery Nicole Lewis, senior editor of Jurisprudence at Slate, discusses guilty verdicts in Ahmaud Arbery murder case. The Omicron Variant and Vaccine Inequity Dr. Bhakti Hansoti, an associate professor of emergency medicine and international health at Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg School of Public Health will join us to discuss the latest. Eating Leftovers in Style Dan Pashman, host of The Sporkful joins The Takeaway to talk about how to...more

  • The Takeaway Thanksgiving Special 2021-11-25

    Nov 25 2021

     What Kneeling in Protest Means To a New Generation of Athletes Dave Zirin, Sports Editor for The Nation, talks to The Takeaway about his new book, The Kaepernick Effect: Taking a Knee, Changing the World.  The Takeaway talked with Zirin about the long history of activism by athletes and what this new generation risked as they stood up for equality by taking a knee. "High on the Hog" Celebrates Black Food Culture In the new Netflix series “High on the Hog,” host and food writer Stephen Satterfie...more

  • Gender Affirmation and Intergenerational Conversation 2021-11-24

    Nov 24 2021

    A few weeks ago we hosted a special Takeaway live on Facebook that served as holiday preparation. You can watch the full event here. We spoke with Dr. Monique Morris, President and CEO of Grantmakers for Girls of Color, Imara Jones, creator of TransLash Media, and Bré Rivera, writer and co-creator of The Femme Queen Chronicle about how we hold space for challenging but necessary conversations around gender identity with our loved ones as we all come together for the holidays.  We also heard from...more

  • Managing our Mental Health During the Holiday Season 2021-11-23

    Nov 23 2021

    Managing our Mental Health During the Holiday Season Looking ahead to the second year of holidays during the pandemic, we speak with Dr. Vaile Wright, Senior Director of Health Care Innovation at the American Psychological Association. Dr. Wright discusses how to identify signs of depression and anxiety and the importance of creating a coping plan so that we can better manage our mental health during the holidays this year. How to Cope With Grief and Loss During the Holiday Season Covid-19 has c...more

  • Can the U.S Legal System Deliver Justice? 2021-11-22

    Nov 22 2021

    Can the U.S Legal System Deliver Justice? Two recent cases bring that question into the forefront. Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt spared the life of Julius Jones by commuting his death sentence four hours before his execution. Jones will spend the rest of his life in jail despite his claims of innocence and ineffective counsel. Kyle Rittenhouse who killed two people and maimed another was found not guilty on all charges because he claimed self defense. Paul Butler, the Albert Brick Professor in L...more

  • The Latest from the January 6 Commission 2021-11-19

    Nov 19 2021

    The Latest from the January 6 Commission We speak with legal affairs reporter Kyle Cheney about subpoenas, executive privilege, and the latest developments from the investigation of the January 6 insurrection. In Special Session, Florida Legislature Passes COVID-19 Vaccine Bills This isn’t the first time Governor DeSantis has targeted COVID-related mandates. Since the start of the pandemic, he’s aggressively fought public health measures, even suing the Biden administration over its vaccine requ...more

  • Deep Dive with Dorian Warren: Water 2021-11-18

    Nov 18 2021

    In this week's Deep Dive with Dorian Warren, Melissa and Dorian take an in-depth look at water insecurity, access and cleanliness. They start off with Sera Young, associate professor anthropology and global health at northwestern University. Then Josina Morita, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District in Cook County about how the infrastructure bill will aid in improving water systems.  Jonathan Nez, president of the Navajo Nation and Bidtah Becker, Associate attorney with the...more

  • A Look at the Rittenhouse Jury 2021-11-17

    Nov 17 2021

    A Look at the Rittenhouse Jury We speak with Paul Butler, Albert Brick Professor in Law at Georgetown University Law Center and legal analyst on MSNBC, about the jury selection process and the importance of racial equality within juries. What's at Stake as Julius Jones's Execution Day Nears We speak with Oklahoma-based attorney Kelli Masters, who was part of Jones’s legal delegation during his September commutation hearing. Masters was initially skeptical about Jones’s innocence, but after revie...more

  • Do Climate Summits Like COP26 Really Matter? 2021-11-16

    Nov 16 2021

    Do Climate Summits Like COP26 Really Matter? The summit was seen as one of the most important international climate negotiations in recent history. But how effective are these kinds of summits? And do the outcomes even matter? The Takeaway talks about that and more with Dr. Michael E. Mann, Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Pennsylvania State University and author of The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back our Planet.  Israeli Military Surveillance Program Targets And Monito...more

  • Pandora Papers Expose Hidden Finances of World's Wealthiest and Most Powerful People 2021-11-15

    Nov 15 2021

    Pandora Papers Expose Hidden Finances of World's Wealthiest and Most Powerful People A global investigation of leaked documents called the Pandora Papers, published in October by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), exposed hidden financial secrets of some of the world’s richest and most powerful people.  South Dakota emerged as the top state in the US as a destination for wealthy and powerful people around the world to store millions of dollars in secretive trust fu...more

  • Thirteen Republicans Voted for the Infrastructure Bill. Now They're Facing Backlash. 2021-11-12

    Nov 12 2021

    Thirteen Republicans Voted for the Infrastructure Bill. Now They're Facing Backlash. After months of back and forth in Congress, the House of Representatives passed the Senate version of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act last Friday. The $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill now goes to President Biden’s desk, where he’s expected to sign it into law. The passage of the bill was ultimately a bipartisan effort, with 13 Republicans voting “yes” alongside their Democratic counterparts in the H...more

  • Deep Dive with Dorian Warren: Sex Work 2021-11-11

    Nov 11 2021

    In this week's Deep Dive with Dorian Warren, Melissa and Dorian take an in-depth look at sex work and how it's been criminalized in the United States, starting off with journalist and former sex worker Melissa Gira Grant, who discusses the history of criminalizing sex work in the U.S. Then Cecilia Gentili, principal consultant and founder of Trans Equity Consulting, and LaLa B. Holston-Zannell, trans justice campaign manager in the National Advocacy Department at the ACLU, explain the idea of se...more

  • Disproportionate Use-of-Force Against Black Girls 2021-11-10

    Nov 10 2021

    Disproportionate Use-of-Force Against Black Girls  We talk to Brianna Stuart who suffered at the hands of police officers after she was hit by an elderly driver while riding her bicycle. We then discuss Brianna’s case and use-of-force instances among Black girls with Abbie VanSickle, staff writer at the The Marshall Project. Court Updates on Racial Justice Cases Across the Country Oklahoma. Georgia. Wisconsin — these places represent three cases that highlight the American criminal justice and t...more

  • Are Millennials Afraid of Gen Z in the Workplace? 2021-11-09

    Nov 09 2021

    Are Millennials Afraid of Gen Z in the Workplace? There are at least four generations now in the workplace: Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials and Generation Z. Last week in one of The Takeaways editorial meetings, a producer brought up a recent New York Times Article by Emma Goldberg titled “The 37-Year-Olds Are Afraid of the 23-Year-Olds Who Work for Them.” And it got our team talking about generational differences in the workplace. We asked our listeners if they felt a generational divid...more

  • What is Causing the Truck Driver Shortage? 2021-11-08

    Nov 08 2021

    What is Causing the Truck Driver Shortage? Truckers are the foundation of the US Economy, hauling more than 70 percent of goods coast to coast across American highways. And right now the trucking industry is short by as many as 80,000 drivers. The Takeaway takes a look at the causes and impacts of a truck driver shortage by speaking to long-haul truckers Gretchen Waters and Tierra Allen (also known as The Sassy Trucker on social media), and also Jennifer Smith, a reporter at The Wall Street Jour...more

  • Rep. Katie Porter on Building Trust with Voters 2021-11-05

    Nov 05 2021

    Rep. Katie Porter on Building Trust with Voters Rep. Katie Porter, the white board carrying Congresswoman from California joins us to discuss everything from paid family leave to the difficult task of getting people to trust Congress. Key Takeaways from COP26 Climate Summit This week, world leaders began meeting at a UN climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, known as COP26. This is seen as one of the most important international climate negotiations as carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere hit a...more

  • Deep Dive with Dorian Warren: Passing

    Nov 04 2021

    This month, "Passing," a new film by writer and director Rebecca Hall premieres on Netflix.  Adapted from Nella Larsen’s 1929 Harlem Renaissance novel of the same name, "Passing" is shot in black and white. It’s a complex film likely to revive old debates and provoke new conversations around unresolved and still unspoken meanings of race, class, gender, power, identity, and resistance. For this week’s Deep Dive, Melissa and co-host Dorian Warren use the film as a jumping off point to explore the...more

  • A Look at Tuesday's Elections 2021-11-03

    Nov 03 2021

    A Look at Tuesday's Elections  We were joined by political commentator and host of Breaking Points, Krystal Ball and political scientist and Associate Professor of Political Science and American Studies at Fordham University Dr. Christina Greer to break down the biggest election results and what it all means.  Former Gov. Christine Todd Whitman discusses Election 2021 Former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman joins us to discuss election wins and losses, her thoughts on the winner of the...more

  • Skeptical Supreme Court Could Determine Future of Abortion Care Nationwide 2021-11-02

    Nov 02 2021

    Skeptical Supreme Court Could Determine Future of Abortion Care Nationwide This Monday, the Supreme Court heard arguments for three hours on legal challenges to the Texas law that bans most abortions after six weeks.These arguments took place after the court fast-tracked their docket to hear two separate cases on the issue: one by abortion providers and the other by the US Department of Justice. We speak with NYU professor Melissa Murray about what she took away from Monday’s arguments. The Evol...more

  • CDC Expected to Give the Green Light on Covid Vaccine for Kids Aged 5 to 11 2021-11-01

    Nov 01 2021

    CDC Expected to Give the Green Light on Covid Vaccine for Kids Aged 5 to 11 We asked listeners to send in questions about the vaccine in anticipation of the CDC’s recommendation, and we invited Dr. Bhakti Hansoti, Director for the Center for Global Emergency Care and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Johns Hopkins, to field those questions and provide the latest information.  How The Ancient Festival Of Día de Muertos Is Lost In Corporate Marketing Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, ...more

  • The Inscrutable Senator Kyrsten Sinema 2021-10-29

    Oct 29 2021

    The Inscrutable Senator Kyrsten Sinema During Sinema's brief time in office, she has gained a reputation for being particularly inscrutable. She is known for rarely holding town halls with constituents or taking questions from the press. Last week, five members of Senator Kyrsten Sinema’s Veterans Advisory Council publicly stepped down, calling her “one of the principal obstacles to progress.” The Takeaway talks to one of those members, Sylvia González Andersh, a U.S. Air Force Veteran, to get s...more

  • A Look at the Worker Shortage in the Food Service Industry 2021-10-28

    Oct 28 2021

    A Look at the Worker Shortage in the Food Service Industry We hear from several restaurant owners managing these issues. We hear from Gregory León, owner and chef at Amilinda in Milwaukee, Marcos Carbajal, co-owner of Carnitas Uruapan, which has two locations in Chicago, and Susannah Koteen, Proprietor of Lido in Harlem.The Takeaway also looks at how Covid exposed the systemic inequalities in the restaurant industry with Saru Jayaraman, President of One Fair Wage and Director of the Food Labor R...more

  • Deep Dive with Dorian Warren: The American Death Penalty 2021-10-27

    Oct 27 2021

    For the third installment of the Takeaway Deep Dive, host Melissa Harris-Perry and friend/collaborator Dorian Warren are tackling the important topic of the American Death Penalty. Joining our hosts to discuss the racial and class inequalities infecting application of the Death Penalty is Samuel Spital, Director of Litigation at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. They speak with Sabrina Butler Smith, the first woman exonerated from death row, about her experience of being wrongly convic...more

  • The Role Facebook Played in the Attack on the U.S. Capitol 2021-10-26

    Oct 26 2021

    The Role Facebook Played in the Attack on the U.S. Capitol This week, Facebook is facing its latest round of scrutiny after a collaboration involving journalists from 17 American newsrooms started publishing a series of stories that they are calling The Facebook Papers. These newsrooms are sifting through thousands of pages of internal documents initially obtained by Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen, who testified earlier this month before a Senate subcommittee. The New York Times report sh...more

  • Cost of Naloxone Soars as Overdose-Related Deaths Surge 2021-10-25

    Oct 25 2021

    Cost of Naloxone Soars as Overdose-Related Deaths Surge As the coronavirus pandemic ravaged communities across the U.S., another epidemic was quietly unfolding in the background: the opioid overdose crisis. For the past two decades, the drug epidemic has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives in the country. Recent data indicates that things have gotten worse during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the CDC, around 100,000 people died of overdoses during the first year of the pandemic, the maj...more

  • Outgoing Congressman David Price Weighs in on Reconciliation Compromises 2021-10-22

    Oct 22 2021

    Outgoing Congressman David Price Weighs in on Reconciliation Compromises This week, Democratic Congressman David Price of North Carolina announced his retirement after decades in office. He joined The Takeaway to discuss the present and future of his party. How Corporate Lobbying Influences Lawmakers Democrats are still in the process of negotiating their social spending bill which is proposed to spend $3.5 trillion over 10 years to pay for huge investments in climate change, child care, educati...more

  • Why Offshore Oil Drilling is So Bad For The Environment 2021-10-21

    Oct 21 2021

    Why Offshore Oil Drilling is So Bad For The Environment On October 1, a ruptured pipeline resulted in 25,000 gallons of crude spilling into the Pacific Ocean near Orange County, California. While the spill wasn’t as bad as initially feared, it reignited a debate over offshore drilling. California has an aging pipeline infrastructure with questionable federal oversight. And this wasn't the only large oil spill this year. Less than a month ago, after Hurricane Ida, a federal satellite detected the...more

  • Deep Dive with Dorian Warren: Child Care 2021-10-20

    Oct 20 2021

    Deep Dive with Dorian Warren: Child Care In this installment of The Takeaway Deep Dive, we tackle the very personal system of child care. Affordable child care is often inadequately addressed in the United States. That was laid bare during the height of the pandemic which exposed the inequities of a system that is in need of drastic changes and repair. Joining our hosts to discuss what changes need to be made to the child care system is Aqeela Muntaqim, Michigan Deputy Director of Mothering Just...more

  • The Story of Jelani Day 2021-10-19

    Oct 19 2021

    The Story of Jelani Day In August, Jelani Day went missing and his car was found with no license plates or keys several days after he was reported missing. Ten days later, Jelani’s body was found in the Illinois River 60 miles from his campus in a town where less than 1 percent of the population is Black and he had no known connections. It's important to note that Jelani was an avid swimmer who’d competed on his school’s swim team. The Takeaway talks with Linda Foster, President of the Bloomingt...more

  • The Global Supply Chain Is A Mess 2021-10-18

    Oct 18 2021

    The Global Supply Chain Is A Mess  One of the continuing consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic is the disruption of supply chains. The global supply chain is slowing down at a time when demand is high. The Takeaway spoke to Derek Thompson, staff writer for The Atlantic, about the complex issues causing shortages on store shelves and slowdowns in services. Are Toys Becoming More Gender Neutral? Last week, LEGO — the world’s largest toy maker — announced it would make its toys more gender neutral....more

  • State Politics Heating Up Across Country 2021-10-15

    Oct 15 2021

    State Politics Heating Up Across Country Jessica Taylor, the Senate and Governors Editor for The Cook Political Report, and Zach Montellaro, state politics reporter at POLITICO take a look at state politics and gubernatorial races around the country where candidates are debating issues around education, police reform, and abortion rights. New Analyses Show Potential Undercount of Black Population During 2020 Census The findings have brought up concerns that some jurisdictions and civil rights le...more

  • What's Not So Funny About Dave Chappelle 2021-10-14

    Oct 14 2021

    What's Not So Funny About Dave Chappelle The backlash against Dave Chappelle’s recent comedy special for Netflix continues with many Transgender individuals and groups speaking out against it. We're joined by Aryah Lester, deputy director of the Transgender Strategy Center and MX Dahlia Belle, a writer and comedian who penned "Dear Dave Chappelle, Transgender Comedians Can Take A Joke, But Why Are Yours So Unfunny” joined us to discuss the controversy and what Chappelle can and should do better....more

  • Deep Dive with Dorian Warren: Political Cruelty

    Oct 13 2021

    Jan. 6, 2021, file photo insurrections loyal to President Donald Trump rally at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (Jose Luis Magana/The Takeaway) The Deep Dive with Dorian Warren: Political Cruelty Most of us tend to think of cruelty as individual actions motivated by personal hatreds, but Professor Cristina Beltran offers up a definition of civic and political cruelty. Beltran’s interest in cruelty was prompted by seeing and hearing what was happening at rallies for Donald Trump a few years ago...more

  • New Report Sheds Light on Police Foundations 2021-10-12

    Oct 12 2021

    New Report Sheds Light on Police Foundations The new Police Foundation Report from Color of Change, exposes how corporations support Black Lives Matter on one hand and are also giving private money to police foundations. There’s no record of how that money is being used to fund police departments around the country which are often a threat to black and brown lives. Scott Roberts, Senior Director of Criminal Justice Campaigns for Color of Change, the nation’s largest online racial justice organiz...more

  • Debt Ceiling Deal Extended but For How Long? 2021-10-08

    Oct 08 2021

    Debt Ceiling Deal Extended but For How Long? Join us for this week's political round up with Michael Steele, former Lt. Gov. of Maryland and previous chair of the RNC and Christina Greer, Associate Professor of Political Science at Fordham University, co-host of podcast FAQ NYC, and author of the book “Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration and the Pursuit of the American Dream." Michael and Christina share their thoughts about the debt ceiling extension and reproductive rights as well as the state of...more

  • Daniel Alarcón On Spanish-Language Media 2021-10-07

    Oct 07 2021

    Daniel Alarcón On Spanish-Language Media Celebrated podcaster and writer Daniel Alarcón. Alarcón is the Executive Producer and host of NPR's Spanish language podcast Radio Ambulante. His podcast — which he started in 2012 — features a mix of investigative journalism and interviews, and covers a wide range of topics, from the refugee crisis in Venezuela to “killer bees” in Brazil. Alarcón is also a contributing writer at the New Yorker, a novelist, and he teaches at the Columbia Journalism School...more