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- 1679 - The Past, Present and Future Of The Biden Administration 2022-01-21
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, and CBS News political contributor.
A new law allowing roughly 800,000 noncitizens to vote in local elections went into effect in New York City. Some Democrats and immigration advocates don't see it as a win. Russell Berman, staff writer for The Atlantic, joined to discuss his recent reporting on the law and what it means for the Democrats nationally.
We spoke with Professor Kimberly Marten about why Russia has chosen this moment to take more aggressive action towards Ukraine, and whether the U.S. and other Western powers have any other options to prevent a military conflict.
The Takeaway spoke to Margaret Sullivan, media columnist at the Washington Post, and Lewis Raven Wallace, author of The View from Somewhere and the host of the podcast of the same name.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Fri, 21 Jan 2022 - 45min
- 1678 - How Antitrust Laws Are Defining the Facebook Monopolization Case 2022-01-20
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 those petitions. The Takeaway speaks with Allison Herrera, Indigenous Affairs reporter for KOSU, about the most recent developments. A Word about Wordle: We speak with Associate Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Florida, Matt Baldwin, about why playing Wordle and sharing our results with friends and family is so rewarding. How to Reimagine Judging: Judge Nancy Gertner, argues that judges must be actively involved in revolutionizing the justice system. She also offers up six key recommendations for reimagining judging, including improvements to judicial selection and community engagement. For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Thu, 20 Jan 2022 - 53min
- 1677 - Dr. Anthony Fauci on How to Make Sense of Omicron 2022-01-19
Dr. Anthony Fauci joins The Takeaway to give his take on omicron, vaccinations and testing, and answer questions from listeners.
Did Biden's handling of Omicron make things worse?
When we look at education, access, and messaging, we begin to understand the barriers to vaccination.
The Takeaway talked to Aymann Ismail, a staff writer at Slate, about his recent experience with his newborn baby.Wed, 19 Jan 2022 - 49min
- 1676 - The Filibuster: An Obstruction or Preservation of Democracy? 2022-01-18
The Takeaway looks at filibuster reform and how it impacts our democracy.
There are racial and economic disparities when it comes to who dies and who lives in a so-called accident.
The Takeaway speaks with writer and journalist Nadra Nittle about her book Toni Morrison’s Spiritual Vision, which explores Morrison’s Catholicism and spirituality.
The Takeaway speaks to Massachusetts Representative Ayanna Pressley about voting rights, ending the Senate filibuster, the fight to end student loan debt, and more.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Tue, 18 Jan 2022 - 64min
- 1675 - MLK: Activism & The Arts
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, exploring the many ways the arts influenced the creative nonviolent resistance of Dr. King's activism and how his work is continued today.
You'll be hearing excerpts from the Uptown Hall: MLK- Activism And The Arts, our live celebration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. recorded on Apollo Digital Stage. Brian Lehrer sat down with award winning children’s book author Jacqueline Woodson; Kai Wright spoke with Rashaad Robinson from Color of Change; and WNYC’s Jami Floyd, spoke with Garrett McQueen, executive producer and co-host of the Trilluqoy podcast and president of trill werks media. WNYC’s host of “all of it”,Alison Stewartwas joined by stage and film actress, writer and director, Trezana Beverly and Jonathan McCrory, the artistic director of the National Black Theater.
The Takeaway host Melissa Harris-Perry spoke with artist, collector, CEO and founder Of Black Art In America, Najee Dorsey and former executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, mayor of Atlanta, member of Congress, and US Ambassador to the United Nations, Andrew Young.Graphic courtesy of WNYC (WNYC Studios )Mon, 17 Jan 2022 - 44min
- 1674 - Guantanamo Bay Detention Center 20 Years Later 2022-01-14
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.
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 book “Don’t Forget Us Here: Lost and Found at Guantanamo”
Steve Wood, former Guantanamo Bay Detention Center guard
Carol Rosenberg, Guantanamo Bay Reporter for The New York Times
Outgoing Congressman David Priceof CaliforniaFri, 14 Jan 2022 - 43min
- 1673 - A Look at New Weight Loss Meds and Weight Related Stigma 2022-01-13
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.
The Takeaway spoke to Dr. Lisa Maragakis, Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Senior Director of Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Prevention with the Johns Hopkins Health System, about the latest on masking, which masks are most effective, and more.
We speak with sportswriter Kavitha Davidson about why this mentality from these players matters in the sports world and beyond.
We speak with the director and executive producer of Cheer, Greg Whiteley, about what to expect this season and why the docuseries has us all cheering for the cheerlebrities of Navarro.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Thu, 13 Jan 2022 - 49min
- 1672 - Senior reporter at Mother Jones Ari Berman on Biden's ATL Voting Rights Speech 2022-01-12
Mother Jones Senior Reporter and author of Give us the Ballot Ari Berman 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.
Giulia Heyward, reporter at the New York Times, joins The Takeaway to discuss the staffing shortage, what it’s meant for substitute teachers, and more.
Last week, during an Indiana state senate committee hearing on an education bill, state senator Scott Baldwin argued that educators “need to be impartial” when teaching about Marxism, Nazism, and fascism. We spoke with Pedro A. Noguera, Dean of the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California, about the dangers of placing these limits on educators, and hear from Indiana teacher Matt Bockenfeld, whose comments sparked Senator Baldwin’s controversial remarks.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Wed, 12 Jan 2022 - 42min
- 1671 - Rep. Adam Schiff on the January 6th Committee and Restoring Trust After Trump 2022-01-11
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.
Actress, author and “gangsta mom of four” Holly Robinson Peete joins us to talk about her advocacy work for kids on the autism spectrum and her decision to go public about her son’s diagnosis.
We spoke with Dr. Joseph Dougherty, professor of genetics and psychiatry at Washington University in St Louis about the research that he and his team are conducting.For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Tue, 11 Jan 2022 - 54min
- 1670 - Disagreements Between Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union Result in Closures 2022-01-10
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.
We were joined by Jake Offenhartz, WNYC and Gothamist Reporter to discuss the apartment building fire.
Our host reflects on the legacy of these two figures.
Scott Roberts, senior Director of Criminal Justice Campaigns for Color of Change and Patrisse Cullors, New York Times bestselling author, educator, artist and abolitionist joined us to discuss the complicated legacy of Dr. Martin Luter King Jr. and how there’s still so much work to be done to realize his dream in full.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Mon, 10 Jan 2022 - 47min
- 1669 - Taking Our Politics Pulse for the Week 2022-01-07
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.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Fri, 07 Jan 2022 - 50min
- 1668 - The Anniversary of the Jan. 6th Capitol Riot 2022-01-06
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.
Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman joins us to discuss her experience during the insurrection at the Capitol last year as well as the upcoming public hearings.
Professor Hasan Jeffries of The Ohio State University has focused his research on the long history of Black struggle, and his work reminds us that the violence we saw at the Capitol one year ago is not an anomaly—in fact political violence has long been a feature of how white supremacy has asserted itself in this country.
Will Bunch, national opinion columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Coshandra Dillard, a senior writer for Learning for Justice, join us to discuss how civics could play a role in preventing events like this in future.
The core motivation behind the violence we saw a year ago on January 6, is a belief in The Big Lie– the self-serving falsehood perpetrated by former President Trump himself that the 2020 election was stolen.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Thu, 06 Jan 2022 - 52min
- 1667 - The Mayor of Superior, Colorado on 2021's Destructive Wildfires 2022-01-05
The Takeaway speaks with Mayor Clint Folsom of Superior, Colorado about the fires and how his community is faring.
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.
Puerto Rico had reported a record 84,000 new cases in December.
Three states—Colorado, Washington and Oregon—have legalized the process of natural organic reduction, or human composting.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Wed, 05 Jan 2022 - 41min
- 1666 - Rethinking Public Health Under Omicron 2022-01-04
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.
What happens when the new threat that tribal nations are confronting is clean energy? We were joined by Nick Estes, a citizen of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, and host of The Red Nation podcast.
A conversation with Judge Victoria Pratt about the theory and practice of procedural justice criminal court.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Tue, 04 Jan 2022 - 52min
- 1665 - How Do We Begin to Grade 2021? 2022-01-03
Political scientist Christina Greer joins us to help grade some of the big political moments of 2021.
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.
A November 2021 study published in The Lancet found that self-managed abortions are about as safe and effective as surgical abortions. We speak with Mary Ziegler, law professor at Florida Sate University, about how the fight over abortion rights could shift to self-managed abortions in the coming year.
Former Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs, known widely as the guy who did the largest guaranteed income program, talks about his new memoir, “The Deeper the Roots: A Memoir of Hope and Home.”
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Mon, 03 Jan 2022 - 57min
- 1664 - Conversations on Identity and Politics in 2021-12-31
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.
In the fall of 2021, Boston mayoral candidate Annissa Essaibi George, like many other Arab Americans, chose to identify publicly as a person of color. But the thing is Arab Americans are considered “white” on government forms. That means Arab Americans and people from the Middle East...who descend from countries that span Africa and Asia...are left out of a process that decides the political map, federal funding and medical research. For decades, Arab American organizations have pushed the federal government to adjust official forms to stop what they say is erasure. But the question is, what is a person of color - and are Arab Americans a part of the group? Sarah Gualtieri, historian and professor of American studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California (USC) and Maya Berry, executive director at the Arab American Institute, join The Takeaway to discuss more.
A report from Politico in 2021 revealed that elected officials from the Asian American and Pacific Islander community were the LEAST represented demographic in American politics, making up less than ONE percent of all people who hold office. But that’s starting to change. In fact, this November was a historic election cycle for AAPI communities across the country. Asian Americans will serve for the first time as Mayor in Boston and Cincinnati. 5 Asian Americans were elected to New York’s city council this year. Jane Junn, professor at University of Southern California and Arun Venugopal, Race and Justice Reporter at WNYC, join The Takeaway to discuss more.Fri, 31 Dec 2021 - 46min
- 1663 - The Takeaway Book Report 2021-12-30
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.
Torrey Peters author of Detransition, Baby discussed her national bestselling novel which tells the story of three people, transgender and cisgender, whose lives intersect thanks to an unexpected pregnancy.Thu, 30 Dec 2021 - 59min
- 1662 - CDC Cuts Recommended Quarantine Time as US COVID Infections Reach an All-Time High 2021-12-29
Is the policy change about jobs and the economy, or about public health?
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.
Artist J. Balvin received a ton of backlash after he received the Afro-Latino artist of the year award from the African Entertainment Awards.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Wed, 29 Dec 2021 - 43min
- 1661 - Petroleum Spill In Hawaii Contaminates Drinking Supply For Thousands 2021-12-28
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.
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.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Tue, 28 Dec 2021 - 41min
- 1660 - Omicron Today: This Year in Pandemic Policy 2021-12-27
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:
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Mon, 27 Dec 2021 - 53min
- 1659 - 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.
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 all gender, racial, and sexual identities.Aging with HIV We talk to Tez Anderson, a long-term survivor of HIV, activist and founder of the first and largest group in the world focused on long-term HIV survivors and older adults aging with HIV, Let's Kick ASS (Aids Survivor Syndrome). Pat and Paulette Martin on Finding Love Later in Life We spoke with Pat and Paulette Martin. They discuss the challenges of coming out of the closet, the significance of marriage equality, and how they give back to their community. Check out the full Aging While Queer series page.Fri, 24 Dec 2021 - 48min
- 1658 - Journalists Around The World Are Being Jailed And Detained At Record Highs 2021-12-23
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.
Air pollution in a series of southern communities is well above levels deemed safe by the Environmental Protection Agency following a chain of plants making the key chemical in Cascade.
Since the pandemic started, there’s been an uptick in violence on airplanes across the U.S., largely stemming from disputes over masking.
The United States and a few other countries are boycotting the Beijing Olympics by not sending government officials to the games.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Thu, 23 Dec 2021 - 51min
- 1657 - The Trial of Kimberly Potter 2021-12-22
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.
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 changes the pandemic has brought about, give advice for making time for intimacy, and give tips on how to get out there and date for those folks who are looking.
The Takeaway spoke with Yasmeen Khan the host and managing editor of a new podcast about parenting called “Childproof,” from Ten Percent Happier, about how parents can raise their kids without losing track of themselves.
The Matrix Resurrections is set to be the first blockbuster directed by an openly trans filmmaker. Emily VanDerWerff, critic at large for Vox joins us to discuss The Matrix franchise.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Wed, 22 Dec 2021 - 65min
- 1656 - A Closer Look at Joe Manchin 2021-12-21
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.
In the American air war in the Middle East, a New York Times investigation reveals flawed intelligence, rushed and imprecise targeting and the deaths of thousands of civilians.
A conversation with science journalist Shannon Stirone about the JWST launch, recent discoveries in space, and why space exploration matters.
Sister Act is far from the first — or last — movie about nuns. From horror films like 2018’s The Nun to the "nunsploitation" films of the 1970s, Hollywood has a habit of depicting the lives of nuns on the big screen. For more on this, The Takeaway with Alissa Wilkinson, film critic and culture reporter at Vox, about why pop culture is so obsessed with nuns.
Migrant Workers At Dubai's Expo 2020 Report Unlivable Wages And Confiscated Passports
The World Fair in Dubai has employed migrant workers to build it out, and many are claiming they have been tricked into coming to the city for unlivable wages after paying an illegal fee to local recruiters. Some even claim they've had their passports confiscated, leaving them stranded in a foreign country. We were joined by The Associated Press' Gulf and Iran reporter Isabel DeBre to discuss labor and human rights issues at Expo 2020.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Tue, 21 Dec 2021 - 53min
- 1655 - Omicron's on the Move in the U.S. 2021-12-20
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.
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.
We asked Nafeesah Goldsmith and Samantha Melamed to discuss how this is happening.
The new documentary The Facility shows the inside of the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia as the coronavirus pandemic first hit the United States.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Mon, 20 Dec 2021 - 49min
- 1654 - From the Debt Ceiling to Inflation: The State of the U.S. Economy 2021-12-17
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.
Director Sian-Pierre Regis joins us with his mother Rebecca Danigelis who went through job loss at the age of 75. They tell us about the unique way they dealt with her job loss and how it changed their outlook and inspires their current activism.
The Takeaway speaks with outgoing Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan about the ways she thinks about Seattle, what she hopes is next, and why she chose not to seek reelection.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Fri, 17 Dec 2021 - 53min
- 1653 - In Remembrance of bell hooks 2021-12-16
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 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.Thu, 16 Dec 2021 - 69min
- 1652 - Alabama Miners Are Still on Strike Nearly Nine Months Later 2021-12-15
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 Alabama union issues. Kim has been covering the Warrior Met Coal strike since April.
The Striketober work stoppage goes on as the two sides balk on a deal. In response, Kellogg's closer to hiring new employees as permanent replacements. HuffPost labor reporter David Jamieson has the latest and frames this strike within the modern labor movement and the larger context of history.
Are some moments of racialized and political violence in the United States quickly forgotten for a reason? We speak with historian Martha S. Jones about some of the most relevant examples.
The series "With Love" features LGBTQ+ love stories for two characters, including one played by Isis King. The Takeaway spoke to her about the new series and her career in Hollywood.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Wed, 15 Dec 2021 - 55min
- 1651 - Private Companies Pledge $1.2 Billion in Investments to Central American Northern Triangle 2021-12-14
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 greater $22 billion in remittances from Central Americans working in the United States.
We speak with Shannon Razsadin, President and Executive Director of the Military Family Advisory Network about food insecurity in the military.
Happy finds herself at the center of a legal case that could shift our notion of legal personhood as we know it. An organization called the Nonhuman Rights Project filed a writ of habeas corpus, or claim of unlawful detention, on behalf of Happy, all in an effort to get her rehomed to a sanctuary. Right now, you can only use a habeas corpus petition on behalf of a person. Happy’s case will go before New York State’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, sometime in 2022. For more on this, The Takeaway spoke to Jill Lepore, the David Woods Kemper Professor of American History at Harvard University and a staff writer at The New Yorker. She recently wrote about Happy the elephant for The Atlantic.
For transcripts, see individual segments page.Tue, 14 Dec 2021 - 44min
- 1650 - "What If We Don't Comply?": Texas Abortion Provider Weighs in on SCOTUS Ruling 2021-12-13
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.
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 NYU, faculty director of the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network and co-host of the legal podcast called “Strict Scrutiny” joined to help our listeners understand more about the complicated legal path ahead for challenges to Texas’s SB8.
Even as the number of women elected to the US Congress has grown, so too has our awareness of the ways that political critiques far too often track along gender stereotypes and verbal gendered violence. Kelly Dittmar, an Associate Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University–Camden and the Director of Research and Scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics, joined The Takeaway to discuss.
Pat Henschel and Terry Donahue met on an ice rink in Saskatchewan, Canada in the late 1940s and fell in love, but spent decades hiding their relationship from the world. Their love story, which also became the two women’s coming out story, was made into a 2020 Netflix documentary called “A Secret Love.” As a part of our Aging While Queer series, we spoke with the documentary's director Chris Bolan about the two women's love story and what it's like coming out at an older age.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Mon, 13 Dec 2021 - 50min
- 1649 - Deep Dive with MHP and Dorian Warren: Childbirth 2021-12-10
For this installment of The Takeaway, host Melissa Harris-Perry and friend/collaborator Dorian Warren are tackling the important topic of childbirth. Joining them to discuss the spectrum of childbirth and the possible complications that can arise is Monica McLemore, associate professor of family health care nursing at the University of California, San Francisco. They speak with Dr. Joia Crear-Perry, founder and president of the National Birth Equity Collaborative about maternal mortality. We also speak with Tracie Collins, CEO & Founder of the National Black Doulas Association about how doulas can improve birth outcomes. Lynn Paltrow, Executive Director and Founder of National Advocates for Pregnant Women helps us to understand the criminalization of pregnant women. Josie Kalipeni, Executive Director of Family Values at Work joins us to discuss how paid family and medical leave offers families the time and resources to bond with their newborn children. Finally, Melissa will share a personal story as she speaks with her youngest daughter's gestational carrier.A woman looks at her newborn. (Canva/ WNYC Studios The Takeaway)Fri, 10 Dec 2021 - 56min
- 1648 - The Harm of Spanish-Language Disinformation 2021-12-09
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.
The Takeaway speaks with playwright Jeremy O. Harris about bringing "Slave Play" back to the theater and the work he’s done to change theater world from the inside out.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Thu, 09 Dec 2021 - 47min
- 1647 - "Remain in Mexico" Border Policy Reinstated Under Biden Administration 2021-12-08
The Takeaway spoke about the reinstatement of the "remain in Mexico" policy with Aura Bogado, reporter at Reveal, from The Center for Investigative Reporting.
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 reporting out of the Dominican Republic.
A conversation with Michael Li, senior counsel for the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program about the DOJ’s lawsuit against Texas for discriminatory redistricting.
Co-directors Rex Miller and Sam Pollard join The Takeaway to discuss their film "Citizen Ashe," which explores the life and activism of tennis legend Arthur Ashe.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Wed, 08 Dec 2021 - 53min
- 1646 - Why Vaccine Mandates Seem To Cause Backlash 2021-12-07
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.
According to the CDC, the island had fully vaccinated 74 percent of its population as of November 22. That’s higher than any other US state or territory. Puerto Rico also has one of the lowest COVID-19 death rates. So how did Puerto Rico become a bright spot in the pandemic? For more on this, The Takeaway spoke with Nicole Narea, immigration reporter for Vox.
The the issue is wide-ranging: 1 in 3 families cannot afford an adequate supply of diapers for their children. Chabeli Carrazana, an economy reporter for the 19th, recently wrote an article about diaper need in rural Missouri, and explained to The Takeaway just how far-reaching this issue is. We also hear from Representative Barbara Lee, who introduced the End Diaper Need Act of 2021 earlier this year with Representative Rosa DeLauro.
In October of 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a law allowing early release of 5,300 prisoners. Under legislation S2519, inmates who were eligible to be released in a year’s time could be awarded public health emergency credits during a public health emergency. Incarcerated adults and juveniles were released 8 months early as a result. When Governor Murphy ended the state’s public health emergency status during the summer of 2021, early releases ended, too. We speak with Karen Yi, a reporter for WNYC Radio, about decarceration in New Jersey.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Tue, 07 Dec 2021 - 56min
- 1645 - Parents of Alleged Michigan School Shooter Also Charged 2021-12-06
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?
To risk their lives fighting fires, they earn between $2.20 and $4 an hour. California firefighters who are not incarcerated typically earn more than $40 an hour. Still, these jobs feel unattainable to the young people of Pine Grove after their release, many of whom are now trained but can't find permanent jobs in the field. Joining us for the discussion is Sara Tardiff, freelance reporter for Teen Vogue, who looked into the Pine Grove facility and California's incarcerated firefighting industry.
Riz Ahmed stars in “Encounter,” a film about an ex-Marine who takes his sons on the run, in an attempt to protect them from what he believes is an impending alien invasion. The Takeaway spoke with him about “Encounter” and how he's managed to include more of himself onscreen over time.
The remake does attempt to correct some of the problems of the original film, including its casting, but is it enough? For more on this, The Takeaway spoke with Frances Negron-Muntaner, media scholar and professor at Columbia University.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Mon, 06 Dec 2021 - 47min
- 1644 - Will Biden's New Covid Strategy Fix His Low Approval Ratings? 2021-12-03
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 Better. We discuss with Sheryl Gay Stolberg, a Washington Correspondent covering health policy at the New York Times.
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health which involves a Mississippi law that restricts abortion at 15 weeks, well before the viability of the fetus. Upholding the law threatens the constitutional right to abortion established in 1973 with Roe v Wade. We wanted to understand what the Constitution says or doesn’t say about the reproductive rights that have been extended to individuals for the past 50 years, so we spoke with Carter Snead, Professor of Law at Notre Dame University, and Elizabeth Wydra, President of the Constitutional Accountability Center.
On Wednesday, Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams announced via Twitter that she would once again seek the office of governor of Georgia. With the upcoming midterm elections, all eyes will be on Georgia once again. But the political landscape has changed since 2018, so what will this mean for Abrams’ campaign? Delilah Agho-Otoghile, Field Director for Stacey Abrams' 2018 gubernatorial campaign and Executive Director of the Texas Future Project, joined the Takeaway to discuss.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Fri, 03 Dec 2021 - 57min
- 1643 - "Attica" Film Chronicles Dishonest Media Portrayal Of America's Largest Prison Uprising 2021-12-02
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.
The Takeaway talks to Al Letson, the host of the national investigative news program, Reveal. He’s been working on an investigative podcast series that is out now called "Mississippi Goddam: The Ballad of Billey Joe.” The series takes its listeners to Lucedale, Mississippi, located in the southeast corner of the state, near Mobile, Alabama where a Black high school football star, Billie Joe Johnson, died during a traffic stop with a white deputy back in 2008.
We spoke with the film's director Reinaldo Marcus Green about helming this project and where he’d like to take his career from here.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Thu, 02 Dec 2021 - 51min
- 1642 - Janai Nelson on the Future of the NAACP LDF 2021-12-01
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.
As the justices hear arguments, advocates are gathering outside the Court to express their support or opposition to abortion rights. The Takeaway spoke with one of those advocates, Dr. Dawn God-bolt, policy director at the National Birth Equity Collaborative. Her organization filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in support of the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the only remaining abortion provider in Mississippi.
This year’s World AIDS Day theme is End Inequalities. End AIDS. End Pandemics. While the Joint United Nations AIDS program believes we can end the AIDS pandemic by 2030, we will not be able to do so without addressing the inequalities of awareness, infection rates, access to healthcare, and treatment around the world. We discuss the impact of those inequities with Dr. Steven Thrasher, professor at Northwestern University and author of the upcoming book, The Viral Underclass: The Human Toll When Inequality and Disease Collide.
Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead joins The Takeaway to discuss her work for abortion access and the two recent abortion cases before the Supreme Court. She also talks about her organization Abortion Access Front and their new weekly Youtube show, Feminist Buzzkills Live!
For transcripts, see full segment pages.Wed, 01 Dec 2021 - 60min
- 1641 - SCOTUS To Decide the Fate of Reproductive Rights 2021-11-30
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 means to them, and we sat down with Melissa Murray, Law Professor at NYU, faculty director of the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network, and co-host of the legal podcast “Strict Scrutiny.”
According to a report by Global Witness, an environment and human rights watchdog, 2020 was the deadliest year on record for environment and land defenders around the world. On average more than four people a week were killed as a result of their work. And these numbers almost certainly underestimate the true scope of the violence. Much of this brutality occurred in Central and South America and more than one third of the victims are Indigenous persons. President Josefina Tunki of the Shuar Arutam People (PSHA) and Herlin Odicio, leader of the Kakataibo people in the central Peruvian Amazon joined the Takeaway to discuss.
A Field Guide to White Supremacy creates a roadmap for understanding the existence of extremism and white supremacy in the United States and why it continues to persist. Co-Editor Kathleen Belew and Jamelle Bouie, one of the many leading thinkers contributing to the text, join us to discuss the new book.
To understand the current polarization of our political system, we need to look at political campaigns in history. In the podcast, Of The People, creator and producer Ben Bradford focuses his lens first on the 1968 Democratic National Convention. While anti-Vietnam war protestors demonstrated outside the convention, party bosses selected pro-war vice presidential candidate Hubert Humphrey, who had not won a single primary. At the same time, South Dakota freshman Senator George McGovern decided to run for president. We speak with Ben Bradford about how the trajectory of McGovern’s campaign impacted our political system.
Today, we honor the lifetime and legacy of American composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim who composed scores for groundbreaking musicals like Into the Woods, Westside Story, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
Stephen Sondheim For transcripts, see full segment pages.Tue, 30 Nov 2021 - 56min
- 1640 - Multiple Guilty Verdicts for the Murder of Ahmaud Arbery 2021-11-29
Nicole Lewis, senior editor of Jurisprudence at Slate, discusses guilty verdicts in Ahmaud Arbery murder case.
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.
Dan Pashman, host of The Sporkful joins The Takeaway to talk about how to make use of leftovers in style. And we also talk with him about his pasta, cascatelli, which was recently named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 best inventions of 2021.
She is the author of Fierce Love: A Bold Path to Ferocious Courage and Rule-Breaking Kindness That Can Heal the World and the host of the “Love.Period.” Podcast and she left our listeners with a timely message about the power of love and radical acceptance.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Mon, 29 Nov 2021 - 46min
- 1639 - The Takeaway Thanksgiving Special 2021-11-25
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.
In the new Netflix series “High on the Hog,” host and food writer Stephen Satterfield traces the history and significance of African American foodways. The show is based on a book of the same name by the renowned historian and cookbook author Dr. Jessica B. Harris. We’re joined by Osayi Endolyn, a James Beard Award-winning writer and co-author of "The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food," for more on Black food culture.
Earlier this year, the Netflix series “High on the Hog” brought the stories of the Black people who have shaped U.S. food culture past and present to a mainstream audience. It turns out there’s a lot of appetite right now in recognizing and celebrating Black foodways and culinary traditions.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Thu, 25 Nov 2021 - 42min
- 1638 - Gender Affirmation and Intergenerational Conversation 2021-11-24
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 ofThe 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 our listeners and staff on what their holiday plans are as we encounter another holiday season during the COVID-19 pandemic.Wed, 24 Nov 2021 - 44min
- 1637 - Managing our Mental Health During the Holiday Season 2021-11-23
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.
Covid-19 has claimed more than 5 million lives globally. That means many families have an empty chair at the holiday table this year. Including many families in our Takeaway community of listeners. Dr. Sonya Lott is a licensed psychologist specializing in prolonged grief, and she spoke to The Takeaway to help us through coping with grief and loss during the holidays.
Because of the rise in cases, some governments have had to put in place new COVID restrictions, including lockdowns for the unvaccinated, prompting backlash -- and even large protests in countries like Austria and Belgium. For more on this, The Takeaway spoke to Yasmeen Serhan, staff writer at The Atlantic.
Does medical freedom and choice cover those not wanting to get the Covid-19 vaccine or those resisting the Covid-19 Mandates? We talk about this and more with Lewis Grossman, author of Choose Your Medicine: Freedom of Therapeutic Choice in America.For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Tue, 23 Nov 2021 - 53min
- 1636 - Can the U.S Legal System Deliver Justice? 2021-11-22
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 Law at Georgetown University Law Center joins us to discuss the two cases, and the true meaning of justice under our current legal system.
The pandemic has placed intense stress on nurses nationwide, leading many to consider leaving the profession altogether. For more on this, The Takeaway spoke with Jean Ross, president of National Nurses United, the largest organization of registered nurses in the United States, and Leo-Felix Jurado, professor and chairperson at the William Paterson University Department of Nursing.
Part science fiction, part Neo-noir, with a splash of slapstick comedy, the anime series "Cowboy Bebop" follows a ragtag group of bounty hunters, called cowboys, as they track down fugitives across space in a dystopian future. Adapting animated stories like “Cowboy Bebop” into live action is no easy feat. Anime especially, since it has a pretty unique visual and storytelling style that doesn’t necessarily translate well to live actors. That’s according to Shirley Li, staff writer covering culture for The Atlantic. The Takeaway recently spoke with her and Jeff Yang, cultural critic and co-author of the forthcoming book Rise: A Pop History of Asian America from the Nineties to Now, about the new live action “Cowboy Bebop” series.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Mon, 22 Nov 2021 - 47min
- 1635 - The Latest from the January 6 Commission 2021-11-19
We speak with legal affairs reporter Kyle Cheney about subpoenas, executive privilege, and the latest developments from the investigation of the January 6 insurrection.
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 requirement for federal contractors. For more on this, The Takeaway spoke to Lawrence Mower, reporter for the Tampa Bay Times and the Miami Herald.
In New York, nearly 350 thousand people have filed claims for the fund. But over two-thirds of it has already been issued to over 130 thousand people. That means that thousands of people who applied likely won’t see any of the benefits. Advocates are calling for the funds to be renewed, but some have been met with opposition from lawmakers at the state level, leaving it unclear whether undocumented workers get another chance for pandemic relief. Here to discuss the Excluded Workers Fund and what's to come of it were Bianca Guerrero, the Campaign Coordinator of the Fund Excluded Workers’ Coalition and Amy Torres, Executive Director at the New Jersey Alliance For Immigrant Justice.
Why Transgender Day of Remembrance is Especially Significant This Year
Saturday, November 20th is Transgender Day of Remembrance, an annual vigil which honors the memory of those murdered in acts of anti-transgender violence. Orion Rummler, is a Reporter on the breaking news team at The 19th, a nonprofit newsroom reporting on gender, politics and policy. He joined us to talk about the significance of Transgender Day of Remembrance and recent legislation that impacts trans people.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Fri, 19 Nov 2021 - 45min
- 1634 - Deep Dive with Dorian Warren: Water 2021-11-18
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 Navajo tribal utility authority join for a discussion of water issues in Indian Country, with a specific focus on Navajo Nation.
Reverend Roslyn Bouier, executive director of the Brightmoor Connection Client Choice Food Pantry explains how water shut offs affect the citizens of Brightmoor in Detroit, Michigan.
And finally Tom Mueller, research assistant professor of geography and environmental sustainability at the University of Oklahoma will discuss how water insecurity and plumbing poverty affects rural area.
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- 1633 - A Look at the Rittenhouse Jury 2021-11-17
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.
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 reviewing the evidence, was convinced that Jones was wrongfully convicted.
The Texas Observer, a non-profit investigative newsroom, reviewed more than 400 Texas Ranger investigations of jail deaths over the past decade. In their investigation, the Texas Observer found that of the more than 1,100 people who have died in jail custody in Texas since 2010, the majority were pre-trial detainees, people like Sandra Bland, who were never convicted of their alleged crime. We spoke with Mike Barajas, a staff writer for the Texas Observer. He is one of the writers of the special report, "Locked Up and Left to Die" for the Texas Observer.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Wed, 17 Nov 2021 - 45min
- 1632 - Do Climate Summits Like COP26 Really Matter? 2021-11-16
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.
An Israeli surveillance program, rolled out over the past two years, uses facial recognition technology to monitor and surveil the Palestinian population. To discuss the surveillance program, implications to Palestinian society and what the future of surveillance technology could look like in other parts of the world, we spoke with The Washington Post's Silicon Valley Correspondent Elizabeth Dwoskin and Yousef Munayyer, nonresident senior fellow at Arab Center in DC.
In this segment, we talk to Tez Anderson, a long-term survivor of HIV, activist and founder of the first and largest group in the world focused on long-term HIV survivors and older adults aging with HIV, Let's Kick ASS (Aids Survivor Syndrome).
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Tue, 16 Nov 2021 - 43min
- 1631 - Pandora Papers Expose Hidden Finances of World's Wealthiest and Most Powerful People 2021-11-15
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 funds. We talk to Casey Michel, author of “American Kleptocracy: How the U.S. Created the World’s Greatest Money Laundering Scheme in History,” about how South Dakota became an offshore tax haven, what it means, who benefits and who does it harm.
When the vaccine became available earlier this year, many thought the end was in sight. But COVID-19 has stuck around and is even surging in some parts of the world like Europe. So when will this pandemic end? Will there even be a clear end? The Takeaway talks to Professor Allan Brandt, a historian of science and medicine at Harvard University, about the lessons we might learn from past pandemics.
In Portugal, almost 100 percent of people over the age of 50 are vaccinated. For those between ages 25 and 49, the vaccination rate is 95 percent; it’s 88 percent for those between 12 and 17. So what lessons can other countries learn from Portugal? For that and more, The Takeaway spoke to Eric Sylvers, staff reporter at the Wall Street Journal.
Vaccination rates are high in Indian Country. But tribes like the Navajo Nation have seen recent increases in Covid-19 cases. Tribal leaders are placing some of the blame on neighboring cities and states that have not enacted strict Covid restrictions, and where vaccination rates remain lower. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez joins The Takeaway to discuss how his tribe is tackling these latest challenges.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Mon, 15 Nov 2021 - 45min
- 1630 - Thirteen Republicans Voted for the Infrastructure Bill. Now They're Facing Backlash. 2021-11-12
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 House.For those 13 Republicans, the days since the vote haven’t been the easiest. They’re facing backlash from fellow Republicans, including former president Donald Trump who said they should be “ashamed of themselves” for “helping the Democrats.”
Boston mayoral candidate Annissa Essaibi George, like many other Arab Americans, chose to identify publicly as a person of color. But the thing is, Arab Americans are considered “white” on government forms. We spoke with historian and professor of American studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California (USC) Sarah Gualtieri and Maya Berry, the executive director at the Arab American Institute.
Redistricting is underway in many states, and as lawmakers draw new political lines for their state and congressional seats, it could leave masses of voters without a voice in their elections. The Takeaway looks at redistricting and voting rights with Ari Berman, senior reporter at Mother Jones covering voting rights. Ari, always great to have you here.
For segment transcripts, see individual segment pages.Fri, 12 Nov 2021 - 44min
- 1629 - Deep Dive with Dorian Warren: Sex Work 2021-11-11
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 sex work as work and why some advocates are calling for full decriminalization.
RJ Thompson, managing director of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center, helps break down some of the stigma surrounding sex work as well as how and why male sex workers are often left out of conversations around sex work.
And finally Elexus Jionde, author, content creator and founder of Intelexual Media, explores how technology, digital communication and the “realites” of the virtual world will continue to shape the future of sex work.Thu, 11 Nov 2021 - 51min
- 1628 - Disproportionate Use-of-Force Against Black Girls 2021-11-10
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.
Oklahoma. Georgia. Wisconsin — these places represent three cases that highlight the American criminal justice and the problem with racial injustice.
Professor Michael Eric Dyson joins The Takeaway to discuss his new book, “Entertaining Race: Performing Blackness in America,” that collects essays from over the course of his career.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Wed, 10 Nov 2021 - 46min
- 1627 - Are Millennials Afraid of Gen Z in the Workplace? 2021-11-09
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 divide in their workplaces and then we interrogated the idea of generations and whether they’re really affecting workplace dynamics with Lindsey Pollak, a career and workplace expert, author of the book “The Remix: How to Lead and Succeed in the Multigenerational Workplace,” and a proud gen-Xer.
After 20 months of an international travel ban because of the pandemic, the Biden administration is opening up travel into the U.S. for tourists from more than 30 countries. That includes visitors coming from South Africa, Brazil, China, the United Kingdom and more. Here to discuss mass cancellations and what to expect during holiday travel is CNBC airlines reporter Leslie Josephs.
Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Ford Foundation Professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, and journalist Ben Austen co-host the podcast “Some of My Best Friends Are.” They joined The Takeaway to discuss a recent episode of their show examining systems of parole in and outside the United States.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Tue, 09 Nov 2021 - 45min
- 1626 - What is Causing the Truck Driver Shortage? 2021-11-08
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 Journal covering logistics and the supply chain, who spoke to several truck drivers in a report looking at the driver shortage.
After campaigning for better debt relief from the city through a 2-week long hunger strike, taxi drivers in New York City were granted a deal that would adjust their loans. We speak with Bhairavi Desai, the president of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, about the agreement that was reached and the challenges that remain for drivers.
After living in Massachusetts to attend university, Wilfred Labiosa returned to his native Puerto Rico, where he established support services for the LGBTQ community similar to those he discovered in Massachusetts. Queer elders in Puerto Rico face isolation, discrimination, and depression. Wilfred discusses how his organization, Waves Ahead, is working to address these issues.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Mon, 08 Nov 2021 - 43min
- 1625 - Rep. Katie Porter on Building Trust with Voters 2021-11-05
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.
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 record high this year, after trending downward last year due to the pandemic. Umair Irfan, senior staff writer covering climate change and energy at VOX, joins The Takeaway to discuss the key takeaways from the COP26 summit, what commitments have been made, and where countries still fall short.
To get a better understanding of the issues that members of the AAPI community really care about and more on the week's historic wins, we spoke with Jane Junn, a professor at the University of Southern California, and Arun Venugopal, a senior reporter in the Race and Justice Unit at WNYC.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Fri, 05 Nov 2021 - 46min
- 1624 - Deep Dive with Dorian Warren: Passing
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 thorny questions raised by the concept of passing.
Joining Melissa and Dorian to discuss her film and her family's history with passing is Rebecca Hall. Adding context on the history of passing is Allyson Hobbs, associate professor of U.S. History and the Director of African and African American Studies at Stanford University and author of "A Chosen Exile." Karla Holloway, James B. Duke Distinguished Professor Emerita of English at Duke University and author of Legal Fictions and A Death in Harlem: A Novel , discusses how race has been socially constructed over time. Brit Bennett, author of "The Vanishing Half," explains how she explored colorism in her 2020 novel. Lauren Michele Jackson, assistant professor of English at Northwestern University and a contributing writer at The New Yorker, discusses the idea of "Blackfishing," which is when white people and even more notably white women, attempt transgressing racial boundaries by adopting a performance of Blackness through darkening their skin excessively, wearing hairstyles and clothing trends that have been pioneered by Black people. Bliss Broyard, author of the award-winning memoir, "One Drop: My Father’s Hidden Life- A Story of Race and Family Secrets," talks about finding out in her mid twenties that her father had passed as white for most of his life. And finally, Dean Moncel, a freelance writer based in Switzerland and Aryah Lester, deputy director of the Transgender Strategy Center, join the show to discuss the ways passing emerges around gender and sexuality.Thu, 04 Nov 2021 - 59min
- 1623 - A Look at Tuesday's Elections 2021-11-03
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 New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman joins us to discuss election wins and losses, her thoughts on the winner of the New Jersey Governor’s race and how she and others are working to better the country across party lines through the Renew America Movement PAC.
Last year New York officials shifted roughly $1 billion from the police department, but then added $200 million this year. Eric Adams, the former police officer who will be the city’s next mayor, campaigned on fighting crime. The Takeaway took a look at mayoral races across the country from Buffalo to Seattle with Tim Craig, National Correspondent for the Washington Post.
Meanwhile, only five officers have been convicted of crimes in those killings, according to a review of publicly reported cases. The investigation went on to find that at least $125 million dollars have been spent by local governments across the country to resolve legal claims in about 40 cases, with dozens more ongoing. We discussed the findings of this investigation with David Kirkpatrick, an investigative reporter with the New York Times.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Wed, 03 Nov 2021 - 44min
- 1622 - Skeptical Supreme Court Could Determine Future of Abortion Care Nationwide 2021-11-02
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.
For decades, abortion on TV was overdramatized and depicted as “debate in narrative form,” writes doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Tanya Melendez for Vox. She joined The Takeaway to discuss how plot lines involving abortion have evolved on television and what those depictions have meant for public attitudes about abortion.
In our ongoing series, Aging while Queer, we’ve been exploring the lives and labors of members of the LGBTQ community living in their later years. This week we spoke with Pat and Paulette Martin. They discuss the challenges of coming out of the closet, the significance of marriage equality, and how they give back to their community.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Tue, 02 Nov 2021 - 50min
- 1621 - CDC Expected to Give the Green Light on Covid Vaccine for Kids Aged 5 to 11 2021-11-01
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, is an ancient holiday rooted in Mexican culture and celebrated across Latin America and in the diaspora. The festival signifies when the gateway between the living and the dead is said to open, and is meant to honor and remember loved ones who passed on in life with "ofrendas," or offerings, like candles, food and photos. We spoke with Juan Aguirre of Mano a Mano on the true meaning of Día de Muertos.
“Going for Broke,” Looks at Financial Instability in the United States with Personal Stories
The COVID-19 pandemic magnified financial instability and widened margins of economic inequality in the United States. A recent poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, found that 38 percent of households across the nation faced serious financial problems in the past few months. The Takeaway speaks with Ray Suarez, the host of “Going for Broke.”
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Mon, 01 Nov 2021 - 51min
- 1620 - The Inscrutable Senator Kyrsten Sinema 2021-10-29
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 some more insight on Kyrsten Sinema.
President Biden is traveling through Europe this weekend, for a trip that includes meeting with world leaders at the Group of 20 summit in Rome and the UN’s climate summit, COP26. Anthony Adragna, Congressional reporter for POLITICO and author of the Congress Minutes, POLITICO’s guide to what’s happening on Capitol Hill, joined The Takeaway to discuss.
In 2021, there are a record number of Black women serving in state legislatures. More Black women than ever before contested for and won Congressional seats in 2020. But after the Governor of California appointed a man to fill the former Senate seat of Vice President Kamala Harris, there is now not a single Black woman in the U.S. Senate. For more on all this, The Takeaway spoke to Kimberly Peeler-Allen, a visiting practitioner at the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University and co-founder of Higher Heights, a group focused on Black women’s political power as voters and representatives.
After the riots at the Capitol on January 6th, we learned that a number of the insurrectionists had received training at private, tactical training sites. Laura Flanders, host of The Laura Flanders Show, spoke to residents and council members in North Carolina who have seen these military complexes set up shop in their communities. Our host speaks with Laura and Christina Davis McCoy, secretary of the Hoke County NAACP about the rise in private military training sites, the greater implications, and what residents can do to keep them out of their backyards.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Fri, 29 Oct 2021 - 43min
- 1619 - A Look at the Worker Shortage in the Food Service Industry 2021-10-28
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 Research Center at University of California, Berkeley and author of "Bite Back: People Taking on Corporate Food and Winning."
We spoke with Paul E. Johnson, assistant professor of communication at University of Pittsburgh and member of the union organizing committee to find out more about how this unionization came to be.
Kristen Meinzer is a culture critic and author of "How To Be Fine" and Rafer Guzman is a film critic for Newsday. Together Kristen and Rafer are the co-hosts of the podcast, Movie Therapy, and they joined The Takeaway to give their picks for the best Halloween movies you might not have seen. See the segment page for Kristen's picks!
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Thu, 28 Oct 2021 - 51min
- 1618 - Deep Dive with Dorian Warren: The American Death Penalty 2021-10-27
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 convicted of murdering her infant and sent to death row in Mississippi. We also get a look from a victim’s perspective through a conversation with Jennifer Pinckney, Widow of Rev. Clementa Pinckney. Dylan Roof murdered her husband, Rev Clementa Pickney. Finally, the hosts explore the processes and procedures of putting inmates to death with Lynden Harris, Director of Hidden Voices and Editor of "Right Here, Right Now: Life Stories from America’s Death Row" and Sister Helen Prejean, anti-death penalty activist, spiritual advisor to men and women on death row, and author of "Dead Man Walking," "The Death of Innocents," and "The River of Fire."
For transcript, see segment page.Wed, 27 Oct 2021 - 50min
- 1617 - The Role Facebook Played in the Attack on the U.S. Capitol 2021-10-26
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 shows that employees repeatedly raised red flags about the mismanagement of content and far-right groups. For more on this, The Takeaway speaks with Ryan Mac, technology reporter at The New York Times.
A conversation about the college admissions process and the value of higher education with Jeff Selingo, author of the book Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions.
Students are protesting poor housing conditions at the well-known, historically Black university. For Black people, proper housing has been an issue since the country was founded.
President Biden promised to allocate $20 billion exclusively to HBCUs, but since the reconciliation process it’s now more like $2 billion.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Tue, 26 Oct 2021 - 43min
- 1616 - Cost of Naloxone Soars as Overdose-Related Deaths Surge 2021-10-25
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 majority of which were opioid-related. That’s a 30 percent increase from the year before. For more on this, The Takeaway spoke with Melody Schreiber, a contributor to the Guardian US and editor of the book What We Didn't Expect: Personal Stories About Premature Birth.
The new Hulu miniseries “Dopesick” takes a comprehensive overview of the opioid epidemic, following the rise of Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family, while also spotlighting the communities whose members have dealt with opioid addiction. Danny Strong joined The Takeaway to discuss why he brought this story to the screen and what he wants people to learn about the opioid epidemic.
For the second installment of our Aging While Queer series, Dr. Imani Woody joined to discuss the importance of affirming housing for LGBTQ-SGL elders and how Mary’s House is due to open its doors in 2023 after over a decade of planning and fund-raising. As a long-time advocate for marginalized populations, Dr. Imani decided to create a safe space for the aging members of the LGBTQ-SLG (same-gender-loving) community.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Mon, 25 Oct 2021 - 53min
- 1615 - Outgoing Congressman David Price Weighs in on Reconciliation Compromises 2021-10-22
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.
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, education and health care. For a look at lobbying on Capitol Hill, The Takeaway talks with Lee Drutman, Senior Fellow at New America and author of “The Business of America is Lobbying.”
A new poll found that Black adults have become increasingly dissatisfied with the direction the country is headed. To discuss the findings of the latest poll, we spoke with Alicia Garza, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network, and the head of the Black to the Future Action Fund.
Workers at several prominent companies across the U.S. have been going on strike in recent weeks. For more on this, The Takeaway spoke 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.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Fri, 22 Oct 2021 - 52min
- 1614 - Why Offshore Oil Drilling is So Bad For The Environment 2021-10-21
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 most oil spills from space in the Gulf of Mexico after a weather event. The federal government started using satellites to track spills and leaks starting a decade ago. The Takeaway spoke with Catherine Kilduff, Senior Attorney at The Center for Biological Diversity, and Wilma Subra, who deals with environmental human health issues, on behalf of the Louisiana Environmental Action Network.
On Monday, the Biden administration unveiled its plans to rein in so-called “forever chemicals,” or PFAS. PFAS refers to a group of more than 4,000 toxic chemicals that don’t break down in the environment. PFAS are found in everything from our drinking water to our cookware. Even some rain jackets and cosmetics contain PFAS. But PFAS are also hazardous for our health. In fact, they’ve been linked with certain cancers, thyroid disease, and other health impacts, too. For more on this, The Takeaway spoke to Pat Rizzuto, chemicals reporter with Bloomberg Law.
Last week, President Biden announced that the Port of Los Angeles will move towards operating 24/7 to address the shipping delays that have led to nationwide supply chain disruptions this year. The Port of Long Beach has also expanded its operations towards a 24/7 schedule in an attempt to solve the supply chain issue. The Takeaway hears from Dr. Afif El-Hasan, Physician-in-Charge at Kaiser Permanente San Juan Capistrano Medical Offices and spokesperson for the American Lung Association, as well as Mario Cordero, the executive director of the Port of Long Beach.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Thu, 21 Oct 2021 - 40min
- 1613 - Deep Dive with Dorian Warren: Child Care 2021-10-20
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 Justice, and Karen D’Souza, a writer at Ed Source, an organization that works to engage Californians on key education challenges with the goal of enhancing learning success.Sept. 16, 2021, file photo Pre-K teacher Vera Csizmadia teaches 3-and 4-year-old students in her classroom at the Dr. Charles Smith Early Childhood Center in Palisades Park, N.J. (Mary Altaffer/AP Photo)
A devastating number of children have lost a parent or caregiver to Covid, and they lack the financial and emotional support they need. Federal statistics are not yet available on how many U.S. children went into foster care last year; however, researchers estimate COVID-19 drove a 15% increase in orphaned children. JoNel Aleccia, senior correspondent at Kaiser Health News, discusses the impact of Covid on our children and the need for more support.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Wed, 20 Oct 2021 - 47min
- 1612 - The Story of Jelani Day 2021-10-19
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 Bloomington-Normal NAACP and James E. Wright II, assistant professor at Florida State University, specializing in policing, about the story of Jelani Day.
Like the murder of George Floyd and so many others, Arbery’s death sparked a wave of racial justice uprisings across the U.S. in the summer of 2020. It also prompted the state of Georgia to make changes to its criminal justice law, including the passage of a hate crimes statute. For more on the trial, The Takeaway spoke to Nicole Lewis, senior editor of Jurisprudence at Slate.
17 Christian missionaries building an orphanage in Haiti remain captive after they were abducted by the 400 Mawozo gang on Saturday, October 16th. Kidnappings in Haiti continue to rise counting 328 during the first 8 months of 2021. We discuss the situation in Haiti leading up to the kidnappings and what we can anticipate with Jaqueline Charles, Caribbean and Haitian correspondent for the Miami Herald.
Colin Powell, the first Black U.S. Secretary of State, passed away on Monday due to complications from Covid-19 at the age of 84. Powell, a 4-star Army general, was also the first black national security advisor and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. We look back at his life of public service and his role in leading the U.S. into the Iraq War.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Tue, 19 Oct 2021 - 48min
- 1611 - The Global Supply Chain Is A Mess 2021-10-18
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.
Last week, LEGO — the world’s largest toy maker — announced it would make its toys more gender neutral. And earlier this month, the state of California passed a law requiring large retailers to display toys and childcare items in gender-neutral ways. All of this comes as the debate intensifies over whether toys create and perpetuate gender stereotypes. We spoke with Elizabeth Sweet, assistant professor of sociology at San Jose State University to look at both developments, the history of gendered toys, the push to make toys more gender neutral, and more.
Terence Blanchard joined today's show.You may already be familiar with Terence Blanchard as a 6-time Grammy winner, jazz trumpet player and composer of over 40 film scores, earning him a BAFTA and Academy Award nominee for Best Original Score for Spike Lee’s 2018 film, BlacKkKlansman. Blanchard also happens to write operas. He composed Fire Shut Up in My Bones, based on Charles Blow’s memoir of the same title, and it is the first opera by a Black composer to be housed at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Mon, 18 Oct 2021 - 52min
- 1610 - State Politics Heating Up Across Country 2021-10-15
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.
The findings have brought up concerns that some jurisdictions and civil rights leaders have had about lower-than-expected totals in the 2020 Census. “This might be our greatest undercount since 1960, or 1950,” said Marc Morial, former mayor of New Orleans and president and chief executive of the National Urban League, which sued the bureau last year to stop the count from ending early. Morial joined us to discuss the undercount and the far-reaching implications it could have.
Fifty-five thousand. That’s how many Afghans have relocated to the U.S. since mid-August.According to the Department of Homeland Security, about 40 percent are eligible for special immigrant visas because of the work they did aiding U.S. efforts in Afghanistan. But for other Afghan evacuees, it’s unclear what their legal status will be. Many entered the country not as traditional refugees, but instead under a temporary legal process known as parole. That means many of these refugees currently don’t have a direct pathway to permanent residency. For more on this, The Takeaway spoke with Naheed Samadi-Bahram, Women for Afghan Women's U.S. Country Director.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Fri, 15 Oct 2021 - 47min
- 1609 - What's Not So Funny About Dave Chappelle 2021-10-14
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.
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 SAGE is doing to provide a life of dignity for this underserved community.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Thu, 14 Oct 2021 - 51min
- 1608 - Deep Dive with Dorian Warren: Political Cruelty
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. For the first Takeaway Deep Dive, host Melissa Harris-Perry and friend/collaborator Dorian Warren explore the phenomenon of political cruelty.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Wed, 13 Oct 2021 - 30min
- 1607 - New Report Sheds Light on Police Foundations 2021-10-12
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 organization joins us to discuss their campaign for accountability and transparency as steps to ensure and redefine public safety.
New reporting from Meribah Knight, Nashville Public Radio and Ken Armstrong, ProPublica investigates Rutherford County, Tennessee where Black children are being jailed at an alarming rate. The investigation explores the arrest of four young girls after a YouTube video surfaced of three boys fighting on the school playground of Hobgood Elementary School. We talk to reporter Meribah Knight about the story of why these kids get arrested at alarming rates and what’s being done to stop it.
Two years ago, lead pipes tainted the drinking water of Newark, New Jersey. The city faced a water crisis on par with what has happened in places like Flint, Michigan, and a number of other cities across the U.S. For more on this, The Takeaway spoke with Karen Yi, reporter covering New Jersey for WNYC.
Writer, director, and actor Ruben Santiago-Hudson's one-man show Lackawanna Blues tells the story of Santiago-Hudson’s childhood and finds him embodying the many characters who populated his youth, including Nanny, the woman who raised him. The Takeaway spoke with Santiago-Hudson about putting on the show during the pandemic and what his dreams are for the next stages in his career.
For transcripts, see individual segments pages.Tue, 12 Oct 2021 - 49min
- 1606 - Debt Ceiling Deal Extended but For How Long? 2021-10-08
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 voting rights and the Democrat and Republican strategies ahead of the upcoming midterm elections.
New York State Assemblymember Jessica González-Rojas traveled to D.C. this week and was arrested while participating in that peaceful protest. She joined The Takeaway today to talk about why she's fighting for immigration reform.
Jason Rezaian joins us to discuss his new Spotify Original Podcast 544 Days which chronicles his time in an Iranian prison and what it took to get him out.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Fri, 08 Oct 2021 - 43min
- 1605 - Daniel Alarcón On Spanish-Language Media 2021-10-07
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. His work dives deep into the social and cultural ties that connect Spanish-speaking populations across the United States and Central and South America. The Takeaway speaks to Alarcón about the importance of Spanish-language media and more.
Afro-Latinidad, Latino, Latinx and Hispanic are just a few of the terms used to identify people from a large portion of the world including Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. But which one of these is right? Michele Reid-Vazquez, an associate professor in the department of Africana Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, who also serves as the director of the Afro-Latin American and Afro-Latinx Studies Initiative, and Ed Morales a journalist and author of Latinx: The New Force in American Politics and Culture joined to discuss.
Last week, U.S. wildlife officials recommended that 22 animals and one plant within the United States and Guam be marked extinct and gone forever. In total, the extinctions include eight freshwater mussels, 11 birds, two fish, a bat, and a plant. Within the next decade, the issue could get worse due to climate change, but especially due to people taking over or changing habitats and diminishing global biodiversity. For more on this extinction and biodiversity crisis, The Takeaway spoke with Catrin Einhorn, who covers wildlife and extinction for The New York Times.
Ian Millhiser, a senior correspondent at Vox, discusses some of the cases the Supreme Court is hearing this term. Its conservative leaning court will consider the fate of abortion rights, gun control, and the power Congress has over government agencies like the EPA and the Department of Labor.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Thu, 07 Oct 2021 - 53min
- 1604 - Whistleblower Exposes Facebook's Prioritization of Profit Over People 2021-10-06
The Takeaway discussed Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen’s testimony and about regulating big tech with Cecilia Kang, a national technology reporter for The New York Times. She is the co-author of “An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination.”
Dr. Safiya Noble is an Associate Professor at UCLA in the Departments of Gender Studies and African American Studies and she’s also the author of a best-selling book Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism. In her research, she has extensively detailed the negative impacts that come from rarely having women of color, particularly Black women, programming algorithms for popular search engines. Dr. Noble joined The Takeaway to discuss her research.
Many Afro-Latinos are taking up the call to make sure the next generation sees representations of themselves in one of the first places they experience images and stories, in children’s books. The Takeaway talks with Sulma Arzu Brown, author of "Pelo Malo, No Existe" (Bad Hair Does Not Exist), Charles Esperanza, author of "Boogie Boogie, Y’all," and Yesenia Moises, author of "Stella’s Stellar Hair."
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Wed, 06 Oct 2021 - 49min
- 1603 - Detainees Detail Troubling Conditions within New York City Jails 2021-10-05
At least 12 people detained in New York City’s jail facilities have died this year, amid rising Covid-19 cases and a reported spike in violence and self-harm. At the end of September, Mayor Bill de Blasio toured the Rikers Island jail complex and claimed that the changes the city has made within Rikers are already having a “real impact.” George Joseph, law enforcement reporter for WNYC, has been reporting on conditions within Rikers and he joined The Takeaway to discuss the latest.
Far too often the images we see in the world around us reinforce a gendered vision of the political world.We asked our listeners what comes to mind when they think of the word "political leader." Evoking narrow, gender-specific definitions of political leadership has very real consequences. We speak with Zoe Oxley, researcher at Union College and author of a new study about girls and political leadership.
Award-winning historian and New York Times best-selling author Keisha Blain joins us to discuss her new book, Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer’s Enduring Message to America and the relevance of the civil and voting rights icon today.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Tue, 05 Oct 2021 - 48min
- 1602 - Anita Hill's Fight to end Gender-based Violence 2021-10-04
We talk to Professor Anita Hill about her new book, Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence.
For transcript, see individual segment page.Mon, 04 Oct 2021 - 29min
- 1601 - Congress Avoids a Government Shutdown 2021-10-01
Congress has been racing to avoid a government shutdown. Thursday was the final day for lawmakers to pass a funding bill to prevent the government from that fate, and luckily, the House and Senate passed a stopgap measure before the midnight deadline. Also on Thursday, President Joe Biden’s massive trillion dollar infrastructure bill got its final vote in the House. Plus, Democrats and Republicans are still split on whether or not to raise the debt ceiling. Nicholas Wu, Congressional reporter for POLITICO, and Pablo Manriquez, Capitol Hill correspondent for Latino Rebels, explained the latest in politics.
On Monday, Germans cast the largest share of votes for the Social Democrats, led by Olaf Scholz instead of supporting Armin Laschet, the successor in Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic party. So why did the German people opt for change? We get answers and analysis from Yasmeen Serhan, staff writer for The Atlantic.
A recent analysis of federal satellite imagery by NPR’s California Newsroom and Stanford University’s Environmental Change and Human Outcomes Lab found that dangerous smoke from West Coast wildfires is being carried thousands of miles across the country, and the number of days that some communities are exposed to this toxic smoke is increasing. A reality that could impact all of our health. The Takeaway spoke with Alison Saldanha, an investigative data reporter for NPR’s California Newsroom.
For transcripts, see full segment pages.Fri, 01 Oct 2021 - 47min
- 1600 - Is Noise Pollution a Public Health Crisis? 2021-09-30
Rick Neitzel, professor of environmental health sciences at the University of Michigan, joined The Takeaway to discuss the toll of noise on our bodies and the environment, and what can be done to mitigate the harm.
In 2020, Mayor Muriel Bowser signed a bill that made go-go the official music of D.C. after a resident from a luxury apartment building across the street from a Metro PCS phone store known for loudly bumping go-go music — a funky, hip-hop music rooted in Black culture which was born in D.C. The resident allegedly threatened to sue the owner of Metro PCS, which is T-Mobile. This summer, D.C. officials unveiled a go-go themed mural on the side of that same apartment building where the 2019 noise complaint was made. Natalie Hopkinson, an Associate Professor of Communication, Culture and Media Studies at Howard University and co-Founder of “Don’t Mute DC” Movement, talks with The Takeaway all about go-go.
We talk with Jessica Cruel the new and first Black editor-in-chief of Allure magazine about her new gig, diversifying the coverage in the beauty game, and her plans for the magazine going forward.
Susan L. Taylor founder and CEO of the National Cares Mentoring Movement and Dr. Monique Morris, CEO of Grantmakers for Girls of Color, joined me to discuss the importance of mentoring young Black girls at the individual level and at the community level to provide the proper foundation for them to succeed.
For transcripts, see individual segment pages.Thu, 30 Sep 2021 - 46min
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