One Year After The First Step Act 2019-12-23

One Year After The First Step Act

Has the law achieved what it set out to do?

How Migrant Communities Throughout History Have Grappled With American Christmas

Hanukkah in the U.S. evolved alongside Christmas.

This is Not the Queer Representation You're Looking For

Many are calling out the most recent Star Wars for teasing LGBTQ representation and then not following through in a meaningful way.

One Year After The First Step Act 2019-12-23

Laughing in Color

While the lines in comedy are changing at the moment, not everyone is feeling limited by these new rules. As with much of the media landscape, women of color are severely underrepresented on stand-up and improv stages. But as the barriers to entry shift, some are finding their voices heard in a way that seemed impossible five or ten years ago. As part of a new series, The Takeaway is going to explore this complicated moment in comedy. We’ll speak to some of the women of color stand-ups and sketch comedy stars who shaped the comedy world into what it is today. And we'll hear from younger comics on what the landscape looks like for them. One question at the center of it all: whose moment is it in comedy today?

Headlining the Biggest Sketch Comedy Shows of the 90s

The Takeaway speaks with comedians Ellen Cleghorne and T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh about breaking out on Saturday Night Live and In Living Color.

Margaret Cho on Pushing the Boundaries of the Comedy World

Margaret Cho joins The Takeaway to discuss the comedy scene and the lonely moments as the "only Asian American woman out there." 

Cristela Alonzo on Finding Her Voice Through Comedy

Stand-up comedian and actress Cristela Alonzo is the latest guest in our series on women of color in comedy. 

What Does the Comedy World Look Like for Young Women of Color?

Karen Chee and Ayo Edebiri are up-and-coming comedians. They represent the future of comedy.

Laughing in Color

Mormon Deaths In Mexico Reignite Questions About the Ongoing Drug War 2019-11-18

Mormon Deaths In Mexico Reignite Questions About the Ongoing Drug War

Mexico and the United States are in an embittered battle with drug cartels, but some are calling into question its effectiveness as well as the media coverage. 

 Mark Ruffalo and Todd Haynes Tackle Corporate Corruption in 'Dark Waters'

Actor Mark Ruffalo and director Todd Haynes sit down with The Takeaway to discuss bringing the true story of a decades-long legal fight against chemical giant DuPont.

New Study Shows Two Million Americans Lack Access to Running Water and Toilet

As federal investment in the U.S.'s water infrastructure continues to shrink, the scope of this crisis is projected to grow.

Despite Trump's Efforts, Louisiana Re-Elects Democratic Governor

This weekend, Louisiana residents re-elected incumbent governor John Bel Edwards.

Mormon Deaths In Mexico Reignite Questions About the Ongoing Drug War 2019-11-18

Border Crossings Swell as Resources for Migrants Diminish

Border Crossings Swell as Resources for Migrants Diminish

U.S. Customs and Border Protection released new data on migrant crossings at the border, revealing a system overwhelmed by more unauthorized crossings than seen in over a decade.

How Natural Disasters and Recovery Efforts Discriminate Against the Poor

The Alabama tornadoes blew through a low-income communities and left many mobile homes mangled. 

EXCLUSIVE: New Jersey ICE Detainee Details Transfer, Force-Feeding During Hunger Strike

A man detained by ICE in New Jersey told WNYC's Matt Katz that in 2018, while on a hunger strike, ICE transferred him from New Jersey to El Paso, where he was force-fed.

Director Sebastián Lelio on Remaking His Own Film and the Limits of Representation

“Gloria Bell,” a new movie starring Julianne Moore, opens this Friday. It’s an English-language remake of the 2013 Chilean film, “Gloria,” but both are made by director Sebastián Lelio.


Sheri Fink

Dr. Carlos Gutierrez

Pat Duggins

Matt Katz

Ranjana Natarajan

Sebastián Lelio

Border Crossings Swell as Resources for Migrants Diminish

2019 News Preview: Stories to Watch in the Year Ahead

Today, on a special New Year's day edition of The Takeaway we’ll look at what 2019 has in store when it comes to some of the biggest issues affecting our country and our world—everything from climate change to domestic politics to U.S. foreign policy.


Sarah Wildman is a deputy editor at Foreign Policy magazine and host of the First Person podcast.

Kendra Pierre-Louis is a climate reporter for The New York Times.

Vann R. Newkirk II is a staff writer for The Atlantic who covers politics.

We'll also look back at some of our favorite segments from 2018.


Morgan Neville is the director of “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” a documentary on Fred Rogers that was released in 2018.

Arlan Hamilton is a venture capitalist and founder of Backstage Capital.

Gloria Steinem is a feminist writer and activist.

DeRay Mckesson is a civil rights activist and the author of “On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope.”

2019 News Preview: Stories to Watch in the Year Ahead