The Science of Happiness

Helping Kids Think About the Good

Sheltering-at-home with kids? These questions can help them, and us, focus on the good things in life.

The Takeaway

Podcast: 2019-05-16 School Segregation is Getting Worse 65 Years After Brown v. Board of Education

School Segregation is Getting Worse 65 Years After Brown v. Board of Education 

The number of intensely segregated minority schools has tripled since 1988 with New York and California having some of the highest rates of school segregation. 

‘The Unsung Heroes:’ Military Kids Resilient, but Face Extra Challenges

Common realities of being in a military family, like having a parent deployed or moving around a lot, can be stressors for children. 

Creating an Advice Show By and For People of Color

KQED’s podcast “Truth Be Told” is an advice show designed to give people of color a space to talk among themselves that’s not framed through whiteness.

Other segments: 

Disney Is Extending Its Reach to Infinity and Beyond

Disney announced Tuesday that they will be taking Comcast’s stake in Hulu, adding another property to what is quickly becoming the most powerful entertainment company in history.

San Francisco Bans Facial Recognition in a Move to Democratize Surveillance Technology

The federal government can still use facial recognition technology in the jurisdiction.

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CEO of Company Housing Migrant Children Detainees Steps Down

CEO of Company Housing Migrant Children Detainees Steps Down

The C.E.O. of Southwest Key, a private company that houses the plurality of migrant children in U.S. shelters, has resigned after facing scrutiny from a financial probe.

Racial Disparities Persist in Stillbirth Rates

According to new data, the black stillbirth rate in Ohio is twice the white stillbirth rate.

Diplomatic Situation in Venezuela Worsens Amid Countrywide Power Outages

Widespread power outages have escalated the tumultuous situation in Venezuela, where the U.S.-backed opposition has been attempting to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro since January.

Salacious College Admissions Scandal Highlights Commonplace Inequities 

A new FBI investigation takes cutthroat college admissions to a whole new level, but the 1% shelling out big bucks to get their kids into college is nothing new.


Kim Barker

Katherine Hawkins

Anne Glausser

Andrew Rosati

Natasha Warikoo

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Inside the Fight to Reunite Families Separated at the U.S. Border

Inside the Fight to Reunite Families Separated at the U.S. Border

Around 500 children separated from their parents at the border, still haven’t been reunited, a month after the deadline for reunification.

California Abolishes Cash Bail as Advocates Voice Concern

California is the first state to completely replace cash bail with a pretrial assessment system — but criminal justice reform advocates were against the final measure. 

Court Rules North Carolina Congressional Maps Unacceptably Gerrymandered Again

This time North Carolina’s gerrymandering fight could have far reaching implications for the nation. 

Legal Marijuana: How Women Are on the Path to Dominate the Billion Dollar Industry

Gia Morón left her job on Wall Street to make sure black and brown women have a stake in the growing cannabis industry. She explains.


Lee Gelernt 

Senator Bob Hertzberg

Assemblyman Rob Bonta

Jonathan Kappler

Gia Morón

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Puerto Ricans Pay the Price for Debt Crisis

Puerto Rico is facing the biggest local government bankruptcy ever filed in the United States. The territory is currently 72 billion dollars in debt. Public employees are currently owed more than 50 billion dollars in pensions. And it’s Puerto Rican residents who are feeling the impacts of the debt crisis. We look at how the government is preparing to restructure its financial obligations. Plus, a conversation with the mayor of Miami about building a resilient city; a look at the newly-created school safety commission that won’t discuss the role of guns in school safety; a review of what it means to be a female rocker in a male-dominated field; and a discussion about Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood in light of a new documentary about his life.

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Can Radical New Tactics Curb Gun Violence?

Another school shooting, this time at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, has left ten people dead and around ten others injured. The shooter, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, was taken into police custody. The incident is raising questions over what to do about children’s safety in schools and the ensuing debate is continuing to divide the country over gun control issues. The Takeaway looks at a couple of radical proposals to shake up the current impasse on gun reform. Plus, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro easily won re-election against an ongoing backdrop of corruption, economic collapse, and government crackdowns; and the educational toy market worth $4 billion per year is doling out promises they may not be able to live up to.

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Fact-Checking the GOP Tax Plan

Dec. 20, 2017: There’s been a lot said about the Republican tax plan over the past few weeks and months, and today we’re tackling those claims head on. Plus, a look at a new study on the suburban healthcare gap; the life and death of the disgraced archbishop of Boston; an important free speech case in the Trump era; New Jersey’s dysfunctional medical examiner’s system; and the best teen writing of 2017.

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The Search for U.F.O.s

Dec. 22, 2017: A recent article in The New York Times reveals the Pentagon’s mysterious U.F.O. program. A physicist discusses this government initiative, and where else we should be looking. Plus, a look at the future of the Children’s Health Insurance Program; America’s first dark sky reserve; reviews of the new films hitting the box office this weekend; and part II of Aaron Glasscock’s story. 

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America: The Most Dangerous Wealthy Nation for Kids

Jan. 10, 2017: A new study out this week finds that, when looking at other wealthy, democratic countries, a child born in the U.S. has a 70 percent greater chance of dying before adulthood. The Takeaway talks to the lead author of the study, plus a look at Fusion GPS and the Russia investigation; a judge’s move to block President Trump’s DACA rollback; a Supreme Court case on purging voter rolls; an update on the deadly mudslides in California; political infighting in Kansas; and the future of the Children’s Health Insurance Plan in Congress. 

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Is it Time to Change Age-of-Consent Laws?

Coming up on today’s show:

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is in chaos this week following a leadership showdown. Pete Schroeder, financial regulation and legislation reporter for Reuters, has been reporting on the CFPB since its inception. He looks at the history of the CFPB, and why the agency is in turmoil. 
    All this week, The Takeaway is looking at the current state and future of the Democratic Party. Today, The Takeaway hears from Andrea Jenkins, the first openly transgender African-American woman elected in U.S. history. She won a seat on the Minneapolis City Council earlier this month, and discusses the challenges facing Democrats in 2017 and beyond. 
    Is the Democratic Party adequately responding to sexual harassment allegations against Minnesota Senator Al Franken and Representative John Conyers? Marcy Stech, a Democratic Party strategist,joins The Takeaway to weigh in on how the party has handled the recent allegations. 
    Baltimore homicide detective Sean Suiter was killed last week in The Charm City. The timing of the murder is raising eyebrows. Suiter died a day before he was scheduled to testify before a federal jury that’s investigating an elite city task force. Justin Fenton, a reporter for The Baltimore Sun, has the details. 
    Many police departments are grappling with how best to effectively do their jobs, while at the same time not alienating the people they are sworn to protect. In Hartford, Connecticut, cops are aggressively seeking to engage their community through open dialogue and transparency. Deputy Chief Brian Foley tells us about his department’s efforts.

This episode is hosted by Todd Zwillich