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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.

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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.

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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.

Rank #1: Politics with Amy Walter: How Social Psychology Influences Political Behavior

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How Political Identities Have Become About What We Hate Instead of What We Love

Individual reactions to the coronavirus pandemic and the public health restrictions that have accompanied it have underscored how powerful negative partisanship can be in the formation of political opinions. In past crises, national shocks have urged partisans to put aside their personal grievances in pursuit of the greater good, but today, that doesn't seem to be the case. 

A look at how the perception of risk influences our political behavior and the impact it has on public opinion.

Guests:

Jonathan Haidt, social psychologist and Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School

Lynn Vavreck, Hoffenberg Professor of American Politics and Public Policy at UCLA and contributor to The Upshot at The New York Times

Georgia's Reopening

Last month, Georgia became one of the first states to begin easing restrictions associated with COVID-19. The decision was criticized by health officials as moving too quickly and risking a potential surge in cases.

Across the state, citizens, business owners, and mayors hold mixed feelings regarding how Governor Brian Kemp has approached the public health crisis. While many governors across the U.S. have seen a bump in approval for their handling of the crisis, just 39% approved of Governor Kemp's handling of the pandemic. 

A look at how Georgia residents and business owners are navigating the reopening and what they need to see before they decide to participate. 

Guests:

Andra Gillespie, Associate Professor of Political Science at Emory University and Director of the James Weldon Johnson Institute

David Bradley, President and CEO of the Athens Chamber of Commerce 

Back to School

Parents can't go back to work if they're also responsible for co-teaching and childcare throughout the day. Any return to normalcy for families across the U.S. will be impossible without schools reopening. And while online learning has become the norm, it's exacerbated inequality as having a computer and reliable internet access have become precursors to learning from home. 

A look at how schools in Colorado are approaching what a return might look like and the steps that would be necessary to get students back in the classroom. 

Guest:

Katy Anthes, Commissioner of Education for the State of Colorado

May 22 2020

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Rank #2: The Military's Role During COVID-19 2020-05-25

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The Military's Role During COVID-19

Can the Department of Defense effectively battle a virus while maintaining U.S combat capabilities? 

How We Remember Those We've Lost

The Takeaway, along with Death, Sex & Money, asked for listener memories and stories about the people they’ve lost during the COVID-19 crisis.

The Art of the Obituary in the Age of COVID-19

In the absence of traditional mourning rituals like funerals, the obituary pages are becoming a communal space for us to grieve together in this moment. 

If you are a veteran and you need help, you can call the Veterans Crisis Line by dialing 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 to talk to someone.

May 25 2020

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Rank #3: Politics with Amy Walter: Black Voters and the Democratic Primary

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Andrew Prokop of Vox, Adam Harris of The Atlantic, and Philip Bump of The Washington Post join Politics with Amy Walter to discuss the results from New Hampshire, Senator Bernie Sander's perceived lead, and Attorney General William Barr's handling of sentencing recommendations for Roger J. Stone.

Also, The Democratic Party of Nevada is trying to avoid the tech issues that disrupted the final result of the Iowa caucuses. Rebecca Katz of New Deal Strategies and Megan Messerly of The Nevada Independent weigh in on the process and how candidates are making their case to voters in the final days before the caucuses. 

Finally, Maya King of Politico and Errin Haines of The 19th* join Amy Walter to discuss how presidential hopefuls are modifying their messages to court black voters. 

Feb 14 2020

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Rank #4: Politics from Amy Walter: Caucus Time

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In the second installment of Politics with Amy Walter from Iowa, we contextualize the caucuses set to take place on Monday.

Democratic Strategist Matt Paul fills us in on why many voters are undecided until the last minute and what it will take to convince them to get behind a candidate. Chair of the Iowa Democratic Party Troy Price and Iowa Public Radio's politics reporter Clay Masters explain how the caucus process has changed since 2016. Iowa State University student Megan Johansen explains why she's supporting Pete Buttigieg. 

Also, Peter Ambler, the executive director of Giffords explains how the national conversation surrounding gun control has shifted, even in the suburbs. 

ICYMI: Check out the first installment from Iowa here.

Feb 01 2020

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Rank #5: The Coronavirus Keeps Spreading, So Does the Misinformation 2020-03-02

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The Coronavirus Keeps Spreading, So Does The Misinformation

The coronavirus keeps spreading. The first two U.S. deaths from COVID-19 were confirmed over the weekend in Washington State.

A Census Expert Answers Your Questions 

The nationwide rollout of the 2020 census is just weeks away. The Takeaway answers your lingering questions. 

Why Aren't More Jewish Voters Supporting Bloomberg and Sanders?

It is the first time in history there are two Jewish candidates running for president, yet neither Mike Bloomberg or Bernie Sanders are leading with the Jewish vote.

Filmmaker Kelly Reichardt Tells a Story of Friendship in the Oregon Territory in 'First Cow'

'First Cow,' a new film from director Kelly Reichardt, is set in the Oregon territory in the 1820s, but its subtle approach sets it apart from the conventional Hollywood western. 

Mar 02 2020

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Rank #6: Politics with Amy Walter: The Final Early State

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On Saturday, primary voters in South Carolina will decide which nominee has earned their votes. While Vice President Joe Biden is polling ahead of his rivals in the state, his lackluster performance in Iowa and New Hampshire has called into question his electability. Just a few days later, national attention will shift toward the 14 states casting ballots on Super Tuesday. Darren Sands of BuzzFeed News, Clare Malone of FiveThirtyEight, and Meg Kinnard of AP join Politics to discuss.

Voters in Texas will choose their candidate on Super Tuesday. Abby Livingston of The Texas Tribune weighs in on how some Democrats are feeling about the likelihood of Bernie Sanders as the nominee. 

Plus, Ellen Nakashima of The Washington Post provides analysis regarding reports of Russian interference in the 2020 election process. Finally, a look at the impact of coronavirus on global markets with Reuters' Heather Timmons

Feb 28 2020

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Rank #7: How President Trump Fits into the Global Rise of Authoritarian Leaders 2020-02-27

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How President Trump Fits into the Global Rise of Authoritarian Leaders

The term “authoritarian” is being used to describe President Trump more frequently in some U.S. media. But is that an appropriate label?

Why Innocent People Admit to Crimes They Didn't Commit

Wrongful convictions and false confessions are more common than we think. 

Census 2020: Addressing Cybersecurity Threats to the First Online Census

2020 will be the first time ever that most people will use digital technology to fill out the census, opening up the process to a number of potential cybersecurity threats.

Feb 27 2020

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Rank #8: Can Travel Bans Slow the Spread of the Coronavirus? 2020-03-16

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Can Travel Bans Slow the Spread of the Coronavirus? 

What the Coronavirus Pandemic Means for Our Mental Health

As the U.S. and other countries struggle to contain COVID-19, there’s an epidemic of another sort taking place: mass anxiety.

Local Officials Ease Water Shut-off Rules Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

As the spread of the coronavirus continues across the U.S., leaders in some cities are taking action to make sure all residents have access to running water.

NASA is Accepting Applications for New Astronauts: Extensive Travel Required 

NASA is taking applications for astronauts for the first time in four years. These new astronauts are likely to be part of future expeditions to the Moon and Mars.

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How is the Coronavirus Impacting the 2020 Census?

To find out how the coronavirus could impact the census count, The Takeaway speaks wither with census expert Terri Ann Lowenthal.

Mar 16 2020

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Rank #9: As the Threat of the Coronavirus Grows, President Trump Addresses the Nation 2020-03-12

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As the Threat of the Coronavirus Grows, President Trump Addresses the Nation

President Trump addresses the nation as the threat of the coronavirus grows.

For Low-Income Americans, Coronavirus is Difficult to Avoid

Though nobody is immune to coronavirus, it is expected to have a disproportionate impact on lower-income communities. 

How the Coronavirus is Affecting Washington's Homeless Population

Washington State is dealing with one of the most serious COVID-19 outbreaks in the country. One population is especially vulnerable, those experiencing homelessness.

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Trump Endorses Jeff Sessions' Opponent in Alabama Senate Race

President Trump has endorsed former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville over his former Attorney General. 

"Democracy Can Be Lost": Writer David Simon on Adapting 'The Plot Against America' in 2020

The political ascendancy of Donald Trump convinced writer David Simon that Philip Roth's 2005 novel "The Plot Against America" was worth adapting for television. 

Mar 12 2020

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Rank #10: Essential Workers Are Already Starting to Lose Their Hazard Pay 2020-05-21

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Essential Workers Are Already Starting to Lose Their Hazard Pay

Major companies like Amazon and Kroger will soon end the hazard pay raises they have been giving to essential workers. 

Dating in the Time of COVID-19

As many parts of the country begin reopening, people are making new risk calculations in the name of love. What does dating look like in the age of COVID-19?

EPA Rushing to Finalize Rule Change on Lead in Drinking Water

The Environmental Protection Agency is rushing to finalize a major regulation that could leave millions of Americans exposed to potentially hazardous levels of lead.

"All We Can Do Is Stay Positive": How Chicano Batman Connects with Fans in Quarantine

The L.A.-based band, Chicano Batman, discusses their new album "Invisible People."

May 21 2020

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Rank #11: Trump Administration Escalates Crackdown on Sanctuary Cities 2020-02-17

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Trump Administration Escalates Crackdown on Sanctuary Cities

It will deploy dozens of border patrol agents in cities that have pushed back against its immigration enforcement policies, including Los Angeles and Houston.  

Why Public Transportation Is Such an Important Site of Civil Rights Protest

Transportation has long been a staging ground for civil rights protests. And U.S. history is filled with the stories of those who stood up to discrimination on public transit.

The Exploitative Contracts Between Strippers and Strip Clubs

Genea Sky fell from a 15-foot pole in Dallas. As a contract worker, she cannot access workers compensation or employee insurance. 

Feb 17 2020

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Rank #12: What COVID-19 Means for the American South 2020-04-06

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What COVID-19 Means for the American South

What was initially contained to the coasts is now starting to engulf the rest of the country, including states like Louisiana, Mississippi, and Georgia. 

COVID-19 Is Not An Equalizer: Early Data Shows African Americans Are Dying at Higher Rates

Early data shows black people are being infected and dying at higher rates than other communities.

Joking from a Distance: Ziwe Fumudoh on Processing Trauma Through Comedy

Ziwe Fumudoh, a writer for Showtime’s Desus & Mero, joins The Takeaway to talk about where she's looking for levity in this very serious moment.

Listeners Tell Us: Housing Costs Hit Hard During COVID-19 Pandemic

We asked listeners if COVID-19 was affecting their ability to pay for housing, and where they are turning for help.

Apr 06 2020

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Rank #13: The Questioning Phase of the Impeachment Trial Begins 2020-01-30

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The Questioning Phase of the Impeachment Trial Begins

Senators began questioning House Managers and President Trump’s attorneys about the president’s conduct with Ukraine.

Despite Its Troubled History, the Border Patrol is Training Kids to Apprehend Migrants

The Border Patrol has been training teens for years to take part in law enforcement work.

Why Boris Johnson and Trump are Butting Heads on Trade

While much of the rhetoric around Brexit has been about isolationism, the split also means that Britain has to create new trade agreements with countries around the world.

How Filmmakers are Reckoning with #MeToo on the Big Screen

The film that is loosely based on the Harvey Weinstein story, "The Assistant", hits theaters on Friday. The Takeaway looks at how filmmakers are reckoning with #MeToo on the big screen.

Jan 30 2020

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Rank #14: Italy Issues Nationwide Lockdown Amid Growing Coronavirus Outbreak 2020-03-11

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Italy Issues Nationwide Lockdown Amid Growing Coronavirus Outbreak

The death toll there has now reached more than 600, with a total of roughly 10,000 cases.

Is the Coronavirus Changing How We Look At Public Spaces?

More public spaces and events continue to close as the number of coronavirus cases increase, creating a fearful atmosphere in these areas.

Primary Results Are In and Joe Biden Leads

Joe Biden once again has a stellar turnout, this could almost ensure his nomination as the Democratic candidate.

Former Houston Mayor Annise Parker Sees a Changing Landscape for LGBTQ Politicians

The Takeaway speaks with former Houston Mayor Annise Parker about her experience as an openly gay mayor in a red state and how she's thinking about this moment in American politics.

Mar 11 2020

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Understanding the Supreme Court's Ruling on Tribal Sovereignty in Eastern Oklahoma 2020-07-13

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Understanding the Supreme Court's Ruling on Tribal Sovereignty in Eastern Oklahoma

Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that the Muscogee (Creek) Nation still has criminal jurisdiction over Eastern Oklahoma, land that was designated to them through treaties in the 1800s.

Ancestors of Confederate and Colonial Leaders Call for Their Memorials to be Taken Down

The descendants of both General Robert E. Lee and Thomas Jefferson want the full history of the United States to be brought to light.

New Documentary 'Through the Night' Highlights the Essential Nature of Child Care

In 2016, director Loira Limbal started making a film about Dee's Tots, a 24-hour child care center, to highlight the essential caregiving that frequently goes undervalued in the U.S.

What Has COVID-19 Meant for Children's Mental Health?

As the new school year approaches, there are growing concerns about what this crisis has meant for children’s mental and developmental health.

Florida Reports Highest Single-Day Increase in Confirmed COVID-19 Cases 

Florida has been leading the nation in new cases of the coronavirus in recent weeks, followed by California, Texas, and Arizona.

Jul 13 2020

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Politics with Amy Walter: How Cities Across the U.S. are Responding to Demands for Police Reform

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Lately, President Donald Trump’s speeches and tweets have become more pointed and divisive as he attempts to appeal to members of his base. There are four crucial months until election day and the president is spending them emphasizing racial divisions and defending symbols of white supremacy. The move is at odds with a cultural moment of awareness about systemic racism and police brutality. Maya King, campaign 2020 reporting fellow at POLITICO, David Nakamura, White House reporter for The Washington Post, and Clare Malone, senior political writer at FiveThirtyEight share what they've observed in their reporting on the President's reelection bid.

The killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis sparked an uprising for racial justice and renewed demands for police reform. Across the U.S., calls to defund the police and reinvest the funds into schools and mental health services have grown louder as the mission of police departments is reconsidered. Daniel Nichanian, founding editor, The Appeal: Political Report, shares where these proposals are taking place and whether or not it’s just a liberal city phenomenon.

Plus, Cincinnati Council Member Chris Seelbach and founder of the Cincinnati Black United Front, Iris Roley reflect on the state of policing in their city and how effective their community-based model has been since it was enacted in the early 2000s.

Check out our ongoing coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic here

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Jul 10 2020

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Reckoning with Race in Public Media 2020-07-09

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Reckoning with Race in Public Media

In the midst of a nationwide push for racial justice, public media is having a reckoning of its own.

What Does the Latest SCOTUS Decision Mean for Birth Control Access?

In a 7-2 decision, the court upheld a Trump administration regulation allowing employers to deny contraceptive coverage to workers based on religious or moral grounds. 

SCOTUS Rules Against Trump on Tax Returns Case

State prosecutors in New York will get what President Trump has long refused to give up voluntarily: his tax returns.

What is the Business Side of Developing a Vaccine?

The world is waiting for a COVID-19 vaccine and the US government is spending billions of dollars to develop one. 

'Much Mucho Amor' Director on the Life of Legendary Astrologer Walter Mercado

Cristina Costantini, co-director of a new documentary about Walter Mercado, joins The Takeaway to discuss the famed astrologer's life and legacy.

Jul 09 2020

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What Will COVID-19 Mean for Higher Education in the Fall? The Takeaway-2020-07-08

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What Will COVID-19 Mean for Higher Education in the Fall?

Colleges and universities across the U.S. are grappling with when and how to reopen in the upcoming school year, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  

Judges Around the Country Have Troubling Records, Yet They Still Serve on the Bench

A new Reuters investigation looks at the lack of accountability judges face for misconduct.

How Has Social Media Become So Divisive?

Shoshana Zuboff, author of “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism," joined the Takeaway to discuss the role of social media in society and how it became the juggernaut it is today. 

Will Coronavirus Put a Stop to the 2020 Baseball Season?

Major League Baseball's opening day is fast approaching but will the virus keep that from happening?  

Jul 08 2020

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COVID-19 Presents Major Economic Burden for Domestic Workers 2020-07-07

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COVID-19 Presents Major Economic Burden for Domestic Workers

In recent months, even as some industries have gradually reopened, many domestic workers are still losing jobs and wages due to the pandemic.

A Look at the U.S. Labor Market as Emergency Unemployment Benefits Are Set to Expire

Halfway through the year and more than three months into the coronavirus pandemic, The Takeaway looks into how the US labor market is faring.

Restrictions on Beach and Pool Access Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

Places of public recreation, including pools and beaches, have long been flashpoints of race and class conflict. 

Judge Orders Shut Down of the Dakota Access Pipeline in a Major Blow to the Trump Administration

The Trump administration was dealt a major blow on Monday when a district court said the Dakota Access Pipeline must shut down by August 5th.

The Power of Fiction By and About Black People

Best-selling author Jasmine Guillory joined The Takeaway to discuss the sudden interest in antiracism texts, the power of fiction, celebrating about Black lives, and more.

Jul 07 2020

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Parenting Challenges in the Era of COVID-19: Balancing Work and Kids 2020-07-06

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Parenting Challenges in the Era of COVID-19: Balancing Work and Kids

Many parents across the country have gone months without childcare, juggling the tasks of being a parent with those of learning how to home-school on the fly.

Vanessa Guillén Disappearence Raises Question About Sexual Assault in the Military

Army specialist and Houston native Vanessa Guillén disappeared from her Texas base in April, and police now say she was brutally killed.

What Does Annexation Mean for Palestinians in the West Bank?

What does annexation mean for Palestinians in the West Bank? And how has U.S. public opinion shifted on Israeli policies?

What a National Reckoning Over Inequality in the Workplace Means for the Girlboss Movement

#Girlboss became the template for women in the workplace hoping to take back some of the power in corporate America.

Jul 06 2020

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Politics with Amy Walter: What it's Like to Start a Career During the Pandemic

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When the COVID-19 swept the U.S. in March, it was hard to fully understand how society would fundamentally change. Since then, more than 40 million Americans have filed for unemployment. As states grapple with the uncertainty that comes with reopening their economies, Politics with Amy Walter returns to a conversation from April about what it's like to be entering the workforce at this time.

Hannes Schwandt, assistant professor at Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy, shares how cohorts unlucky enough to join the workforce during a recession see a loss in lifetime earnings.

Amanda Mull, a staff writer at The Atlantic, describes how disasters like pandemics alter the worldview of those transitioning into adulthood and how the current economic downturn has the potential to do the same for Generation C. 

Judah Lewis was finishing the second semester of his senior year at Howard University when COVID-19 caused the school to close and classes to move online. The path to his last semester was not an easy one and now he feels like the rug has been pulled out from underneath him. Lewis talks to us about how the pandemic has jeopardized his post-graduation prospects and provides an update on his career plan.

In May, activist and playwright Larry Kramer died at age 84. He'd devoted his life to advocating for the gay community during the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Kramer was an outspoken critic of the government's response to the crisis and famously criticized Dr. Anthony Fauci, who at the time was the face of the federal government's response, in the pages of the San Francisco Examiner.

Dr. Fauci reflects on his friendship with Larry Kramer and how their bond influenced the rest of his career in public health. 

Jul 03 2020

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Miami Mayor Francis Suarez on his Approach to Flattening the Curve 2020-07-02

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Miami Mayor Francis Suarez on his Approach to Flattening the Curve

We speak to Miami, Florida's Mayor Francis Suarez about his plans to stop the spread of the virus.

How Are Educators Rethinking U.S. History Education?

The recent uprisings for racial justice have shed light on how the teaching of U.S. history has been lacking in the past and how we can fix it.

Trump Administration Makes Sweeping Changes to International Media Outlets

Voice of America, and other government-funded international media outlets, have been in a state of chaos since controversial Trump pick took over last month.

Summer in the Age of COVID-19

How are you spending your summer?

Jul 02 2020

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Growing Ad Boycotts Are Pressuring Facebook to Stop Misinformation and Hate Speech 2020-07-01

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Growing Ad Boycotts Are Pressuring Facebook to Stop Misinformation and Hate Speech

Over 100 companies have pledged to pull their ads from Facebook, causing Facebook's stock to fall. 

Puerto Rico's Domestic Violence Epidemic is Only Getting Worse

As millions around the world face increased rates of domestic abuse amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in Puerto Rico, the pandemic of violence against women goes back for years.

Artist Shaun Leonardo Wants to Expand the Conversation on Police Brutality Through His Work

In March, the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland canceled an exhibition by artist Shaun Leonardo that depicted incidents of police violence. Now, Leonardo is speaking out.

Is Contact Tracing Working in the U.S.?

With more and more states continuing to reopen their economies, contact tracing is expected to play a critical role in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

Jul 01 2020

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Arizona and COVID-19: A Doctor on the Front Lines 2020-06-30

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Arizona and COVID-19: A Doctor on the Front Lines

As COVID-19 cases in Arizona explode, we hear from a doctor in Phoenix.

The Pandemic Has led to Fewer Parents Vaccinating Their Kids for Preventable Diseases

There is a decline in vaccine administration due to COVID-19, which could lead to an outbreak of preventable diseases. 

"Unacceptable": Rep. Deb Haaland on the Federal Response to COVID-19 in Tribal Communities

Representative Haaland, one of the first two Native American congresswomen, talks to The Takeaway about COVID-19 in Indigenous communities in New Mexico.

Comedian Ramy Youssef on Hollywood's Response to the Racial Justice Movement

Comedian Ramy Youssef discusses racism within the non-Black Arab community, the entertainment industry's response to the uprisings for racial justice, and more. 

Jun 30 2020

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In Texas, A New Surge of COVID-19 Cases 2020-06-29

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In Texas, A New Surge of COVID-19 Cases

Texas was hurrying to get back to normal. Then, new confirmed cases of COVID-19 exploded.

Plano, Texas Mayor on Recent Uptick in COVID-19 Cases

How will local Texas leaders address and respond to the increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases?

Judge Sets July 17th Deadline for ICE to Release Migrant Children from Detention

On Friday, a U.S. district court judge in California ordered ICE to release migrant children who have been detained by the agency for longer than 20 days by July 17th.

Following the Killing of George Floyd, Public Murals On Display in Communities Across the U.S.

These public artworks are more than just tributes to the Black lives lost. They’re part of a deeper history of public displays of Black mourning in the United States.

Jun 29 2020

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Politics with Amy Walter: What a Surge in Absentee Ballots Means for November 2020

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The uncertainty caused by COVID-19 has resulted in a record number of people requesting to vote-by-mail. While increased access to mail ballots will stem the spread of the disease, waiting for ballots to arrive will delay the final result.

Kentucky and New York are among the states that hosted primaries this week. In both states, several candidates of color, many who ran on progressive platforms, had strong performances. While officials wait for absentee ballots to arrive so they can provide a final tally, the delayed outcome has raised questions about future elections. Amy Gardner, National Political Reporter at The Washington Post and Astead Herndon, National Political Reporter at The New York Times, share how Tuesday's elections bode for November.

The general election will likely come down to a handful of swing states. In Pennsylvania, where a primary was held on June 2, the process of counting votes lasted until days after. Montgomery County Commissioner Ken Lawrence weighs in on the looming pressure regarding the upcoming presidential contest.

Plus, Democratic Congressman Conor Lamb flipped his seat from red to blue in a special election in 2018. A pro-second amendment, pro-fracking moderate, Lamb was cautious to weigh in on President Trump in a district he'd won in 2016. Congressman Lamb describes how his campaign has shifted its messaging for 2020.

The ongoing protests against police brutality have prompted a national reexamination about the role of the police. In Philadelphia, Larry Krasner was elected as District Attorney in 2017. He ran as a reform candidate and promised to reduce the number of people in jail by overhauling the sentencing process and the bail system, in addition to holding officers accountable for misconduct. He weighs in on the culture of policing and police unions as we move towards a national tipping point.

As protesters continue to demand justice for George Floyd and accountability for police brutality, public symbols of white supremacy have become a target. Confederate statues have long held the ire of those who’ve said they elevate those who fought (and lost) to keep slavery alive. As the demands to remove public reverence to confederate generals become more widespread, historians are requesting that schools modify textbooks that romanticize what confederates were fighting for. James W. Loewen, historian, sociologist, and author of "Lies My Teacher Told Me," and Keisha N. Blain, Associate Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh, join Politics to discuss.

Check out our ongoing coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic here

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Jun 26 2020

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Who Does the Acronym "BIPOC" Actually Serve? 2020-06-25

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Who Does the Acronym "BIPOC" Actually Serve?

How do major movements like the one we are seeing now change the language we use and how we talk about our identities?

Georgia Passes States First Hate Crimes Bill

On Tuesday, Georgia lawmakers passed the state’s first hate-crimes legislation.

How American Families Are Facing the Brunt of Deportations

Julia Preston profiled three separate families, whose loved ones were deported from the United States.

Jun 25 2020

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Will COVID-19 Worsen the Housing Crisis? 2020-06-24

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Will COVID-19 Worsen the Housing Crisis?

Evictions and foreclosures are looming large across the U.S., as state and federal protections for renters and homeowners are quickly expiring. 

All Eyes on Kentucky's Primary Election

A look at Kentucky's primary election: high voter turnout and expanded vote-by-mail.

Official New York Primary Results Are Absent as Absentee Ballots Wait to be Counted

New York saw an unprecedented number of absentee ballots mailed in for Tuesday's primary, but counting these ballots won't begin until next week. 

How a Lengthy Delay in COVID-19 Stimulus Funding Impacted Tribal Governments

Months after the CARES Act was signed into law, some of the money has still not been distributed to tribal government hoping to soften the financial damage from COVID-19.

Jun 24 2020

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Police Killing of Andres Guardado Highlights State Brutality on Latino Community 2020-06-23

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Police Killing of Andres Guardado Highlights State Brutality on Latino Community

Latino and Black people are shot by police at a disproportionate rate.

WNBA Star Renee Montgomery Skipping the Season to Fight for Social Justice

We sit down the WNBA’s Renee Montgomery who is sitting out this season to focus on social justice.

Interest in Gardening Blooms Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

The Takeaway talks to Ron Finley, a community activist and self-proclaimed “Gangster Gardener,” about making gardening more accessible to communities of color. 

Jun 23 2020

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What the Supreme Court's Decision Means for DACA Recipients 2020-06-22

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What the Supreme Court's Decision Means for DACA Recipients

Last Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled against the Trump administration’s attempt to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA. 

How Bill Barr's Messy Ouster of Geoffrey Berman Fits into His Tenure as Attorney General

Over the weekend, Attorney General Bill Barr ousted Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, in a messy back and forth that played out publicly.

Do Major Sports Leagues Really Support the Racial Justice Uprising?

The NFL, MLB, NBA, WNBA, and even NASCAR have all made statements in support of Black Lives Matter. But whether leagues are planning to back up those words with action is another matter.

Abdul Ali: How Therapy Helped Me Understand My Complicated Relationship with My Father

Writer Abdul Ali shares how therapy has helped him work through his relationship with his dad.

Jun 22 2020

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Politics with Amy Walter: A National Reckoning

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In the weeks since George Floyd was killed by police officers in Minneapolis, we’ve been watching uprisings take place against police brutality. What many Americans have finally woken up to is what Black Americans have known for years: That it’s impossible to separate police brutality from the racism that is baked into the structure of every American institution. Institutions, like schools, healthcare, housing, and policing have failed to give Black Americans a level playing field. 

99 years ago, Tulsa, Oklahoma was the site of one of the deadliest and most destructive race massacres in U.S. history. On that day, violent white people took it upon themselves to murder Black Americans and loot their businesses. Black homes, churches, restaurants, drugstores, and doctors offices were razed. In the end, Black Wall Street, one of the most prosperous Black communities, was destroyed. 

At a time when Americans are grappling with the role white supremacy played in shaping modern society, President Donald Trump chose to hold a rally in Tulsa during the weekend of Juneteenth. We take look at how the holiday resonates differently this year. 

Guests: 

Karlos K. Hill, Chair of the African and African American studies department at the University of Oklahoma

RJ Young, Host of the RJ Young Show. Excerpts from his audio diary were provided to us by KOSU. RJ's story is part of the America Amplified initiative. 

How Progressive District Attorneys Are Approaching Criminal Justice Reform

It’s been almost a month since George Floyd was brutally killed by police officers in Minneapolis. Protester's demands for police accountability have not waned, forcing officials to address the role of racism in policing and policy. As calls to defund the police grow louder, mayors, police chiefs, and local law enforcement step into the spotlight. At the same time, officials that attempt to reprimand officers for misconduct must face the wrath of powerful police unions. We speak with Kimberly Gardner, the Chief Prosecutor for the City of St. Louis, who was elected on the promise of reform on what it's like to go toe-to-toe with the police. 

Guest:

Kimberly Gardner, Chief Prosecutor for the city of St. Louis

How the Economy Fails Black Americans

Not only has the coronavirus pandemic disproportionately hurt Black Americans who've been infected at a higher rate, but the economic uncertainty it's created has set them back in terms of employment. Black Americans are concentrated in parts of the economy that have been designated as essential, like grocery store workers and transit operators. Still, Black unemployment almost tripled from February to May to almost 17 percent.

Today, Black households have one-tenth of the wealth compared to white families and are much less likely to own their homes. Historically, recovering from recessions is tougher for Black people. We sit down for a conversation about the unemployment rate for Black Americans and what an economic recovery might look like.

Guest:

Amara Omeokwe, Economics Reporter at The Wall Street Journal

Jun 19 2020

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Relationship Between Police and Media Grows Increasingly Tense 2020-06-18

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Relationship Between Police and Media Grows Increasingly Tense

As the uprising for racial justice continues around the country, journalists in the United States are increasingly the targets of direct and hostile confrontations with law enforcement.

Why Are States Criminalizing Fossil Fuel Protests?

Some states have been quietly passing laws to criminalize fossil fuel protests amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  

COVID19 Budget Cuts Prevent Many from Accessing Subsidized Summer Programs

New York City's budget proposal has $235 million worth of cuts to public summer programs. Many low income families could be affected without access to these programs. 

What Juneteenth Means At this Moment

Juneteenth commemorates the day when enslaved people in Texas learned about their emancipation, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

Jun 18 2020

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Calls for Financial Transparency Grow as Money Pours Into Racial Justice Organizations 2020-06-17

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Calls for Financial Transparency Grow as Money Pours Into Racial Justice Organizations

People have been donating to racial justice organizations as calls to give to these causes continue online. But not everyone eagerly donating may know exactly where that money is going.

Listeners Tell Us: Creating Joy in This Moment

What small things are you doing to create joy in this moment?

Postpartum Mental Health During a Global Pandemic

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, some experts worry about the impact it will have on the mental health of new parents, especially those who have recently experienced childbirth.

Delroy Lindo on Starring in Spike Lee's 'Da 5 Bloods' and Engaging with Today's Racial Justice Uprising

The Takeaway speaks with actor Delroy Lindo about his role in Spike Lee's 'Da 5 Bloods,' and how he’s getting involved in today’s racial justice uprising. 

Jun 17 2020

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Progress for LGBTQ+ Rights in the Supreme Court 2020-06-16

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Progress for LGBTQ+ Rights in the Supreme Court

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark decision protecting LGBTQ-plus employees from discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

GBI: The Agency Investigating Police-Involved Killings in Georgia

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into the killings of Ahmaud Arbery and Rayshard Brooks. The agency has a complicated history in Georgia.

Music Behind Bars: How BL Shirelle Helps Incarcerated People Craft Their Art

BL Shirelle's new album speaks of her 10 years in prison.

Jun 16 2020

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