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“Other Than Honorably” Discharged LGBTQ Veterans Could Be Eligible for VA Benefits 2021-09-23

“Other Than Honorably” Discharged LGBTQ Veterans Could Be Eligible for VA Benefits  The Takeaway talks to two LGBTQ veterans about the VA's guidance. Jennifer Dane, is the CEO and executive director of the Modern Military Association of America, and Richard Brookshire, is the Board Chair and co-founder of the Black Veterans Project. He also wrote this piece for the New York Times Magazine, "Serving in the Army as a Queer Black Man Opened My Eyes to Racism in America." Afghanistan's Healthcare System is on the Verge of Collapse Deepmala Mahla, Vice President of humanitarian affairs for CARE, an international humanitarian organization fighting global poverty and world hunger, joins us to discuss this potential disaster. Reforming the System from Within  The Takeaway spoke with Joel Fitzgerald Sr.,  Waterloo's first Black chief of police whose reforms are facing backlash. We' re also joined by Roy Austin, former federal prosecutor and former defense attorney, and Paul Butler, Albert Brick Professor in Law at Georgetown University, former prosecutor and author of Choke Hold: Policing Black Men. For transcripts, see individual segment pages.


23 Sep 2021

Rank #1

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Border Patrol's Inhumane Treatment of Haitian Migrants 2021-09-22

Border Patrol's Inhumane Treatment of Haitian Migrants The Department of Homeland Security is launching an investigation into the treatment of Haitian migrants at the U.S. border after images and video surfaced showing inhumane treatment by Border Patrol Agents. The footage shows agents on horseback chasing migrants and uttering expletives in their direction. We talk with Jenn Budd, a former senior patrol agent with the US border patrol who is now an immigrant rights activist and Franciscka Lucien, executive director of the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti. Humanitarian Crisis Worsens in Ethiopia Ethiopia is nearly a year into a conflict in the northern Tigray region that began last November between the Ethiopian government, forces from neighboring Eritrea, and opposing forces from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). There are reports of human rights abuses and sexual violence against civilians and refugees perpetrated by all parties involved in the conflict. Thousands of people have been killed, more than 2 million have been displaced, and for months the UN has been warning of the risk of a humanitarian crisis due to famine and starvation. Pfizer Announces Vaccine Safe and Effective for Children Ages 5 to 11 The Takeaway speaks to Dr. Miriam Laufer, pediatrics infectious disease specialist at the  University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health expert, about the importance of vaccinating children, the process of authorizing the vaccine, vaccine trials for even younger children, and more.  For transcripts, see individual segment pages.


22 Sep 2021

Rank #2

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Redistricting Battle Heats Up Across the U.S. 2021-09-21

Redistricting Battle Heats Up Across the U.S. Ari Berman, senior reporter at Mother Jones, joined The Takeaway to talk redistricting and gerrymandering around the country, as well as the districts and states to watch in the coming months.  A Look At Colorado's Independent Redistricting Commission  Today's focus is on Colorado, where voters in 2018 widely supported two constitutional amendments that gave independent commissions the responsibility to determine political districts instead of the Colorado legislature. Due to population growth in Colorado, the state will be gaining an 8th congressional district. Twelve commissioners on the Congressional Redistricting Commission are currently determining what that new map will look like. The Takeaway talks with one of those commissioners about Colorado’s redistricting process. Commissioner Jolie Brawner, is the vice chair of the Colorado Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission. First Americans Museum Opens in Oklahoma City Allison Herrera, Indigenous Affairs reporter for KOSU and heather ahtone, senior curator for the First Americans Museum and a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation speak with The Takeaway about the work that went into putting the First Americans Museum together. Where are the 710 missing Indigenous Women and Girls in Wyoming? Mary Kathryn Nagle, a partner at Pipestem Law, a firm specializing in tribal sovereignty of Native nations and peoples and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma joins us to discuss the complex reasons contributing to why indigenous women and girls go missing at such an alarming rate. For transcripts, see individual segment pages.


21 Sep 2021

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What is Citizenship? 2021-09-20

What is Citizenship? The white grievances aired on January 6th and in the election of Donald Trump can be traced much further back to the founding of the United States and who was originally allowed to be a citizen. But it’s not just the right that places these limits around citizenship. Under former President Obama and President Biden, restrictive immigration policies have spotlighted the lack of humanity in how our government treats people from beyond our borders. The Takeaway speaks with historian Mae Ngai about how notions of U.S. citizenship have changed over time. France Pulls Ambassador Out of U.S. Over Submarine Dispute France pulled its ambassador to the U.S. out of Washington, D.C., and compared the Biden administration to its predecessors. The matter at hand: a submarine deal with Australia worth hundreds of billions of dollars. France had been set to make the sale until the U.S. came in to strike its own deal to sell nuclear powered submarines to our friends down under. France’s foreign minister called the move “a stab in the back.” For more on this, The Takeaway spoke with Ryan Heath, host of POLITICO’s “Global Insider” podcast and newsletter.  Boston Mayoral Race Heats Up Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George, both daughters of immigrants and longtime city councilors, placed first and second respectively in last week’s preliminary mayoral runoff election. For more on the Boston mayoral race, The Takeaway spoke to Saraya Wintersmith, reporter covering Boston City Hall for GBH News. Is Rest Possible for Black Bodies Past Death? The Atlantic magazine’s Inheritance project takes a look at American history, black life and the resilience of memory. In the the chapter entitled “What the Body Holds,” journalist Latria Graham talks with us about her piece, “The Dark Underside of Representations of Slavery” which focuses on the fight by Tamara Lanier to get the images of her ancestors Renty and Delia back from the Harvard University archives. She alleges Harvard’s licensing of the images amounts to forcing her relatives to continue to work for the university, never giving them a true sense of rest. For transcripts, see individual segment pages. 


20 Sep 2021

Rank #4

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Biden Outlines Agenda To Boost the Middle Class 2021-09-17

Biden Outlines Agenda To Boost the Middle Class President Joe Biden delivered a speech geared toward a tax plan for the middle class. California had its recall election in which Governor Gavin Newsom beat out Republican frontrunner and recall candidate Larry Elder. The Takeaway hosts a politics roundtable with Dave Weigel, a national reporter covering politics for the Washington Post. Brendan Buck is a Republican strategist at Seven Letter and a former aide to Republican speakers of the House John Boehner and Paul Ryan. and Maya King, a politics reporter at Politico.  Political Power Struggle Continues in Haiti  Haiti is still struggling to recover a month after a major earthquake and storm hit the country and killed more than 2,000 people, with hundreds still missing. Meanwhile, Haiti is also dealing with a profound political crisis after the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse in July. This week, that political struggle came to a new head when a prosecutor accused the current leader of the country, Prime Minister Ariel Henry, of being involved with the killing. The Takeaway was joined by Jacqueline Charles, Caribbean Correspondent for the Miami Herald to discuss the ongoing power struggle.  Why Larry Elder's Run Has People Talking About Black Republicans Leah Wright Rigueur, author of The Loneliness of the Black Republican; Joe Watkins host of “State of Independence” and former aide to President George H.W. Bush; and Ron Christie, former special assistant to President George W. Bush, join us to discuss what Elder’s campaign means for Black Republicanism in the U.S., and the long and complicated history between Black Americans and the Republican party. For transcripts, see full segment pages.


17 Sep 2021

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Senate Hearing Highlights FBI mishandling of Gymnasts Abuse Claims 2021-09-16

Senate Hearing Highlights FBI mishandling of Gymnasts Abuse Claims On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate held a hearing to examine the extent to which the FBI mishandled its investigation into the sexual abuse committed by Larry Nassar against hundreds of gymnasts while he was a physician for the women’s national gymnastics team. Several of the most accomplished gymnasts who were abused by Nassar testified at the hearing, including Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Maggie Nichols and Aly Raisman. We speak with Rachael Denhollander, a former gymnast who was the first to publicly come forward against Larry Nassar. What Constitutes An Apology to Survivors of Sexual Abuse? On Wednesday, FBI director Christopher Wray apologized to the survivors of former USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar’s abuse, saying that he is sorry members of his agency didn’t do more to stop Nassar when they had a chance. Officials at the highest levels of our government don’t issue apologies often, but to survivors of abuse, Wray’s words may feel hollow. Beyond saying sorry, what has the FBI actually done to hold itself accountable after its mishandling of the Nassar case? We speak with playwright and author V (formerly known as Eve Ensler) about what truly constitutes an apology to survivors of abuse. What Deepfake Technology Means for Women Countless deepfake apps and platforms have emerged that essentially allow users to make nonconsensual porn videos of women with little to zero coding skills. This technology can do everything from “stripping” the clothes off of women to face-swapping a female celebrity’s face onto a porn actor’s body. For more on this, The Takeaway spoke to Rebecca Delfino, law professor at LMU Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, and Karen Hao , the senior AI editor at MIT Technology Review. Slice of Life.  From the mundane to the profound, we’re compiling your responses and sharing them with the world. Listen below. Slice of Life- 09/16/21   For transcripts, see individual segment pages. 


16 Sep 2021

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Vaccine Inequality Between Wealthy and Poor Countries 2021-09-15

Vaccine Inequality Between Wealthy and Poor Countries  The Takeaway talks about the worldwide vaccination gap between high- and low-income countries with Apoorva Mandavilli, science reporter at the New York Times, and Lawrence Gostin, a professor of global health law at Georgetown University, director of the World Health Organization Center on National and Global Health Law, and author of the forthcoming book “Global Health Security: A Blueprint for the Future.” The Water Crisis facing Iraq and Syria A new report by 13 aid groups notes that the water crisis in Syria and Iraq could leave 12 million people without access to drinking and agricultural water. It is also disrupting electricity across the region as dams run out of water. It could potentially lead to an “unprecedented catastrophe” in the region. Joining us to discuss this is Nirvana Shawky, CARE’s regional director for the Middle East and North Africa. The Evolution of Black TV  Though there were countless Black characters in front of the camera, behind the scenes was a different story. From the writers rooms to the executive suite, Black creators were few and far between. In decades since, it’s gotten better but there’s still much work to be done. The Takeaway spoke to  Hannah Giorgis, culture writer for The Atlantic, and Kim Bass, creator of Sister, Sister and Kenan and Kel. For transcripts, see individual segment pages. 


15 Sep 2021

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Labor Unions Divided Over Vaccine Mandate 2021-09-14

Labor Unions Divided Over Vaccine Mandate The Takeaway turns to Steven Greenhouse, former New York Times labor reporter and the author of “Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present and Future of American Labor,” to talk us through these divisions in labor unions. We also speak with Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers, about the division on vaccine mandates that she's seeing among teachers unions across the country.  Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board Recommends Commutation for Julius Jones On Monday, the Oklahoma parole and pardon board heard the commutation hearing of Julius Jones. In a 3-1 vote the board recommended commuting Jones’ death sentence to life with the possibility of parole. Jones, who was convicted of the 1999 killing of Paul Howell continues to maintain his innocence. The final decision now goes to Governor Kevin Stitt. Joining us to discuss the long road to this recent decision is Daniel Forkkio, CEO of Represent Justice, an organization that uses the power of the media to engage audiences in reimagining the justice system, and creating real demand for change. Black Homebuyers Are Being Left Out of Pandemic Housing Boom During the pandemic, there’s been a massive real estate boom in the U.S., as many people looked to leave crowded cities like New York City for the suburbs. But for Black Americans, the boom has been more like a bust, as they’ve been priced out of this pandemic-fueled housing frenzy. Housing inequity is nothing new in this country; there’s a deep history of discrimination in the housing market against Black Americans. For more on this, The Takeaway spoke to Anne Price, president of the Insight Center for Community Economic Development, and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, professor of African American Studies at Princeton University and author of Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership.  For transcripts, see individual segment pages. 


14 Sep 2021

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Corporations Stay Silent on Abortion 2021-09-13

Corporations Stay Silent on Abortion  Dating sites Match and Bumble—both based in Texas—are among the few companies to speak out against the law. Shar Dubey, the CEO of Match Group, told employees in a memo quote “The company generally does not take political stands unless it is relevant to our business. But in this instance, I personally, as a woman in Texas, could not keep silent.” The rideshare apps Lyft and Uber have also spoken out, in part because their drivers are among those that can be sued under the new Texas law. For more on all this, The Takeaway spoke to Scott Sonenshein, professor of management at Rice University, and Emily Stewart, senior reporter at Vox. How does Catholicism inform the politics and policy of the U.S. Government? The Takeaway speaks with Massimo Faggioli, Professor of Historical Theology at Villanova University and author of “Joe Biden and Catholicism in the United States.” And also with Matthew Wilson, Associate Professor of Political Science at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and Director for the Center of Faith and Learning. Muslim Women reflect on 9/11 20 Years Later Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, founder of MuslimGirl.com and Mona Eltahawy, journalist and author of The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls join us to discuss the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and what it’s meant for them as women of Muslim descent to deal with the aftermath of racism, hatred, and feeling like outsiders in the country they call home. For transcripts, see individual segment pages. 


13 Sep 2021

Rank #9

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Millions of Americans Lost Unemployment Insurance This Week 2021-09-10

Millions of Americans Lost Unemployment Insurance This Week This past Monday — Labor Day — 7.5 million workers lost their COVID-era expanded unemployment benefits, even as the pandemic continues on.  President Joe Biden decided not to extend the benefits before they were set to expire. For more on this, The Takeaway spoke to Heather Long, economics correspondent for the Washington Post, and Annelies Goger, Fellow at the Brookings Institution.  How Islamophobia Has Impacted Sikh Communities Although there's no correct target for the hate and violence that occurred, misdirected Islamophobic violence against Sikh Americans has continued for two decades. The Takeaway spoke with activist and author Valarie Kaur about what the post 9/11 era has meant for Sikh Americans and her new documentary Divided We Fall: Americans In The Aftermath. California Voters Will Decide Whether Gov. Gavin Newsom Stays or Goes On Tuesday, California voters will decide whether Gov. Gavin Newsom will stay in office or be removed in a Republican-driven recall election. There are 46 candidates that are running to replace the Governor; however, recent polling shows support for the governor to stay in office. The Takeaway spoke with Libby Denkmann, senior politics reporter at KPCC in Southern California about how the recall election works and what the latest polling says. For transcripts, see individual segment pages. 


10 Sep 2021

Rank #10