Freedom From Want, Arctic Travel, Culture of Destruction

The Takeaway

Coming up on today's show:

  • Poverty isn't just a problem in the developing world — almost 47 million Americans live in poverty, about 14.9 percent of the country. Father Timothy Graff, director of the Office of Human Concerns for the Archdiocese of Newark, examines FDR's ideal of the freedom from want.
  • Worker strikes are on the rise in China, with more than 2,700 popping up in 2014. Ellen David Friedman, a former visiting scholar at Sun Yat-sen University, and Francine Chan, a grassroots labor organizer with the Center for Social Change in Hong Kong, discuss the unrest in the world's most populous country.
  • Though several have looked to him as an alternative, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced on Tuesday that he would not accept the GOP nomination. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich explains.
  • In advance of the first luxury cruise ship voyage through the Northwest Passage, U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard officials are running an emergency drill in the Arctic to practice what a mass emergency evacuation might entail. Admiral Robert Papp, U.S. Special Representative for the Arctic, has the details on the training.
  • Francesca Russello Ammon, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and author of "Bulldozer: Demolition and Clearance of the Postwar Landscape," examines the rise of America's culture of clearance and power.