Comedy

The Science of Happiness

How to Reconnect with Your Partner

A couple try a practice to bring more excitement and passion into their relationship, even while sheltering-in-place.

The Takeaway

Six Months After Maria, Puerto Rico Struggles to Rebuild

March 20, 2018: Six months ago, in the waning hours of September 20th, Hurricane Maria made landfall in the southeast of Puerto Rico. Winds peaking at more than 150 miles per hour tore through the island, leaving a trail of wreckage that continues to be felt today. Things have improved, but more than 100,000 are still in the dark, thousands of small businesses have yet to reopen, and hundreds of thousands of people have left the island, many for good. The Takeaway looks at the 3,500 Puerto Ricans still living in temporary housing as they struggle to rebuild their lives. Plus, we discuss a massive new study that finds racial inequality persists even among the most privileged African-American families; the proposed “right to repair” law in California that has major tech companies up in arms; ‘overlooked’ Harlem Renaissance author Nella Larsen who is now getting an obituary in The New York Times; and comedian Aparna Nancherla whose lifelong anxiety has prepared her for this political moment.

The Takeaway

Wynn, Lose and Draw For the RNC

Jan. 29, 2018: Casino mogul Steve Wynn is facing allegations of sexual misconduct. How will the Republican Party, which employed him as finance chair, respond? The Takeaway explores that question, plus a conversation with Olympian Dominique Moceanu, who discusses abuse allegations at USA Gymnastics; a look at the escalating violence in Afghanistan; China’s shifting stance on recycling; reforming America’s parole and probation systems; and the stars of Comedy Central’s show “Another Period.” 

Studio 360

Off Script

This week, Kurt goes through the looking glass into the world of conspiracy thrillers. Plus, Matt Walsh breaks down how he improvises comedy on the set of “Veep.” And Jimmy Iovine explains how he sold music in the ever-shifting music industry. 

The Takeaway

A Global Hunger Crisis, Fighting for Religious Freedom, Comedian Todd Barry

March 15, 2017:

1. U.N. Warns of Crisis as Five Nations Teeter on the Brink of Starvation (6 min)

2. Community College Students Struggle With Hunger, Homelessness (6 min)

3. After Decades, Military Commissaries Ready For Big Changes (4 min)

4. Hero Female Veteran Fights for Equality at Home (10 min)

5. Useful Tips For Your NCAA Tournament Bracket (5 min)

6. Comedian Todd Barry Searches for Humor Outside the Big City Bubble (8 min)

The Takeaway

Obama’s Cultural Impact, Alec Baldwin on Playing Trump, John Kerry’s Legacy

January 16, 2017:

1. On MLK Day, Looking Back on Obama’s Criminal Justice Legacy (13 min)

2. Alec Baldwin on Channeling Donald Trump (7 min)

3. The Legacy of John Kerry (6 min)

4. Barack Obama: The Man Who Made the White House Cool (4 min)

5. Obama Moves to Protect Civil Rights History With National Monuments (4 min)

6. The Myth of a Post-Racial America and The Rise of Donald Trump (7 min)

Studio 360

Live from New York, It’s Election Night!

Nobody defined the satirical style of “Saturday Night Live” more than Jim Downey. He wrote for the show for over 33 seasons and was SNL’s head writer for 10 years. Downey gives us a behind-the-scenes look at how SNL crafted political sketches throughout the years — including dealing with reluctant politicians, his favorite jokes that were too risqué for the air, and how cast members like Daryl Hammond developed their pitch-perfect impressions.

Studio 360

Spooky Scary Studio 360: How to Make Your Skeleton Scary

Happy Halloween!

Jack Handey, thinker of Deep Thoughts, takes on the ultimate holiday question: If a skeleton’s not scary, what’s the point of having one? He offers a few tips on how to make your skeleton live up to its reputation so you’re not burying just another ho-hum pile of bones.

The Takeaway

A Military Startup, Comedy Today, Republicans on Rape

Coming up on today’s show:

How are Republicans are reacting to Trump’s sexual assault allegations? We’re joined by Charlie Sykes, who’s been a conservative talk radio host for 25 years. He believes the G.O.P. is in crisis.
The Takeaway’s political reporter Todd Zwillich gives us an audio essay on why Trump’s “rigged election” is the new birtherism.
In our latest installment of “Kids in Prison,” a series from WNYC’s Sarah Gonzalez, we look at how corrections officers’ training and behavior compares between Germany and New Jersey.
Culture Reporter Melissa Locker gives us a break from the election with a round-up of new comedy specials from veterans and up-and-comers.
Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday and The Takeaway, reviews this week’s big new releases, including “Kevin Hart: Now What?” and “Denial.” 
The Department of Defense is essentially creating a start-up that will make new, innovative military technologies: MD5 National Security Technology Accelerator. We’re joined by Adam Jay Harrison, director of this project, who says that big players in Silicon Valley aren’t thrilled with this development.
Before the Trump Tapes, FOX Founder, Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes was facing numerous accusations of sexual harassment. Among his accusers was Kellie Boyle, who joins us today to discuss her experience and why it’s important for women to share their stories of sexual misconduct perpetrated by powerful men.

The Takeaway

Financial Distrust, Obesity Bias, Political Comedy

September 29, 2016:

1. John Chiang on Wells Fargo: ‘Fraud is Fraud’ and California Won’t Stand for It (6 min)

2. Financial Distrust is as American as Apple Pie (8 min)

3. North Carolina Law Blocks the Release of Police Footage (5 min)

4. Report: Obese Patients Face Discrimination From Doctors (7 min)

5. Arab-American Comedy Festival Hopes to ‘Make America Laugh Again’ (7 min)