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After Parkland: How Gun Laws Are Changing Across America

March 09, 2018: Several state legislatures have passed or are considering gun control measures after last month’s mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Is this a turn pointing? The Takeaway has that story, plus a look at President Trump’s new steel and aluminum tariffs; new charges of environmental racism against the EPA; reviews of the films to catch and skip at the box office this weekend; why the new sci-fi novel “Children of Blood and Bone” is taking the book world by storm; and a poignant new documentary on race, sports, protest, and history. 

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Running the Numbers on Black Unemployment

Feb. 01, 2018: President Trump claims that black unemployment is at the lowest in recorded history because of his policies. But there’s more to the numbers than meets the eye. Plus, a look at how unions fracture among economic lines; why 21 million pain pills were shipped to a small town in West Virginia; Pulitzer-winning news outlets that are facing turmoil; and a historic fight against injustice. 

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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.” 

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Shocking Cop Corruption Trial Kicks Off in Baltimore

Jan. 24, 2018: A former Baltimore police detective gave stunning testimony in a corruption trial that would seem even outlandish on prime time TV. The Takeaway has that story, plus, why immigration advocates say they’re being targeted by ICE; how President Trump has impacted the environment in his first year in office; what privatizing PREPA could mean for Puerto Rico; an inside look at the illicit massage parlor industry; and an abortion clinic photographer capturing healthcare harassment. 

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Reflecting on a Year of Trump

Jan. 19, 2018: Hours after Donald Trump was sworn in, we traveled to Oklahoma to talk with one family of Republicans who were divided in their support for the president. We revisit them a year later, plus a look at how a government shutdown could affect the military; reviews of the new films hitting the box office; a rare interview with Queen Elizabeth II; and a look at what happens to women when abortion is illegal. 

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Are Sanctions The Best Way Forward With North Korea?

Jan. 16, 2018: This Friday is the deadline to fund the government, and the future of 800,000 young immigrants are wrapped up in that legislative fight. Andrea Bonilla, a sophomore at Lafayette College who came to the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant when she was 5 years old, shares her story. Plus, a look at sanctions and new strategies for dealing with North Korea; new leadership in the Garden State; turmoil in Missouri politics; a court case that could have major implications for social media privacy; and a conversation about rethinking consent in the #MeToo era. 

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Fighting For The Dream of Economic Justice

Jan. 15, 2018: What might a mass mobilization effort in support of the poor look like in 2018? The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. provided a blueprint 50 years ago that still inspires today. The Takeaway looks at the ongoing fight for economic justice, plus a look at the use of forced labor and solitary confinement at ICE facilities; what happened with Hawaii’s false missile alert; a new approach to the opioid crisis; and the long evolution of black comics. 

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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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Christmas With Leslie Odom Jr.

Dec. 25, 2017: More than three months after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, the overwhelmingly Christian island is still struggling to put the pieces back together. A look at how Puerto Ricans are celebrating on Christmas Day, plus an analysis of America’s homeless population; how the #MeToo movement shaped 2017; a posthumous work by Mark Twain; and Leslie Odom Jr., star of the hit musical “Hamilton,” on his new creative projects and Christmas album. 

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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.