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The Next Chapter for the Mexican Drug War

The Next Chapter for the Mexican Drug War

El Chapo has been convicted. But will it matter for Mexico’s drug war?

History Shows That a Planned Wall Along Texas Border Could Cause Flooding, Ecological Disaster

In Starr County, Texas, where a section of wall is scheduled to be built in September, residents and representatives are worried about potential flooding.

A Fake Holiday Celebrating the Real Power of Female Friendships

Ahead of Valentine’s Day, we talk about the value of female friendships in 2019.


Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera

Melissa del Bosque

Roland Gutierrez

Nayda Alvarez

Kayleen Schaefer

Aminatou Sow

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A Public Health Crisis in Puerto Rico Unfolds as a New Hurricane Season Nears

From hospitals and medical facilities to treatment and Medicaid, Puerto Rico’s public health system was failing well before Hurricane Maria ravaged the island. An inquest by The Puerto Rico Center for Investigative Journalism uncovered systemic infrastructure problems dating back at least a decade before the storm. The Takeaway looks at the island’s lack of a comprehensive emergency response for medical facilities. Plus, we report on a new L.A.P.D. investigation into more than 50 claims of misconduct against a former U.S.C. gynecologist; the passage of nationwide “Right to Try” legislation and a consideration of who will benefit; and a tour of former drug kingpin Pablo Escobar’s hometown operations in light of how his victims are being remembered.

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On Memorial Day: Stories of Trauma, Survival and Renewal

This Memorial Day, The Takeaway brings you five stories that deal with trauma, survival, psychedelics, music and convalescence. The memories of three mass-shooting survivors exemplify the somber legacy of surviving an American tragedy and demonstrate how it reorients your worldview; When the brain survives a traumatic experience the toll taken has traditionally been seen as an emotional scar, but new research is helping to overturn this narrative; outside the more mainstream therapies for PTSD, there’s another class of drugs currently being tested: psychedelics; soldiers returning from Iraq faced insurmountable obstacles as they reintroduced themselves to society. Some injuries, such as burns and amputations, bore palpable signs, alerting the public to the pains rendered in the line of duty. Others scars were borne invisibly; and Singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier tries to illustrate the experience of returning to civilian life in her new album, “Rifles and Rosary Beads.”

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The firm grip of inequality.

August 10, 2017: According to a new study, income gains for the middle class have stayed relatively stagnant since 1980. Nobel Prize-winning economist Angus Deaton discusses how inequality has created two Americas. Plus, a look at the high cost of freedom, a GOP lawmaker’s criminal justice shift, the struggle of America’s caregivers, and a jam session with musician Jack Grace. 

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Reshaping Obamacare, The War on Drugs, A Pioneering President

March 07, 2017:

1. House Republicans Release Healthcare Bill (12 min)

2. A Threat or An Ally? With New Travel Ban, Trump Shifts on Iraq (7 min)

3. Prisoner Death Shines Light on Private Health Contractors (7 min)

4. Marines Investigated For Sharing Nude Photos of Female Service Members (4 min)

5. Ohio Town Confronts Heroin Epidemic with Misdemeanor Charges (4 min)

6. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: Africa’s First Female Head of State 8 min

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U.S. Terror Threats, Mexico’s Missing, Trotsky in New York

September 19, 2016:

1. Bombs in Our Midst: Questions Linger After Possible Terror Threats in 3 States (7 min)

2. Diplomatic Chaos? U.S.-Russia Coalition on Shaky Ground After Syria Airstrikes (6 min)

3. U.N. Summit on Refugees: A Watershed Moment or More of the Same? (6 min)

4. New Documentary Shines Light on Mexico’s Drug War (7 min)

5. Exploring America’s Racist Housing Policies (3 min)

6. When Leon Trotsky Was a New York Celebrity (10 min)

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Psychedelic Science, Restorative Radio, Obamacare Battle

May 16, 2016: 

1. Venezuela on the Brink of Collapse (5 min)

2. Presidential Candidates Miss the Mark on Healthcare (5 min)

3. Alabama Prison Strike Enters Second Week (6 min)

4. LSD Gets Revival as Scientific Research Turns Psychedelic (4 min)

5. Paper: A Technology Without an Expiration Date? (6 min)

6. Restorative Radio Project Transports Prisoners Home (9 min)

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As Campaigns Leave New Hampshire, The Heroin Epidemic Remains

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The United States is in the midst of a growing drug epidemic. Heroin use among young adults has doubled in the last decade, though the problem reaches individuals of every age group, gender, and income level.

“Since 2000, the rate of deaths from drug overdoses has increased 137 percent, including a 200 percent increase in the rate of overdose deaths involving opioids (opioid pain relievers and heroin),” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

One state with an acute sense of this crisis is New Hampshire, where rates of drug overdoses and deaths have skyrocketed. At least 385 New Hampshirites died from drug overdoses in 2015, according to the most recent data from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Drug deaths have surpassed the number of traffic deaths in the Granite State.

Todd Zwillich spent Sunday morning with one family who knows all to well the impact of addiction. Bill and Jo-Ann Brewster both work in healthcare and have seen the devastating consequences of the heroin epidemic on the job. But they also have deeply personal connection to the issue: Their son Zach Brewster has struggled for years with addiction. 

“I think years ago the candidates probably would never have mentioned [heroin] because it would be a black mark,” Jo-Ann tells The Takeaway. “But today people are coming out and accepting it and realizing it’s not just that poor homeless kid on the street. These are people, and it’s stealing all of our lives.”

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Today’s Takeaways: Fighting the Heroin Epidemic, Searching for a Golden Gun, Struggling for an Inclusive Islam

February 09, 2016: 1. As Campaigns Leave New Hampshire, The Heroin Epidemic Remains | 2. The Hunt for Qaddafi’s Golden Gun | 4. Taiwan Looks to the Future Amid Earthquake Recovery | 5. Muslim Reform Movement Struggles for The ‘Soul’ of Islam

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Heroin on the National Stage, Military Equality, A Civil Rights Hero

August 17, 2015: 1. Firing of Female Marine Raises Questions About Equality in the Military | 2. New Hampshire Pressures Presidential Candidates on Heroin | 3. Remembering Civil Rights Hero Julian Bond | 4. The Right to a Jury of Your (Southern, White) Peers