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Who Would You Be Without Them?

Think of an important person in your life. Now imagine you never met. Our guest practices counting his blessings by picturing his life without a special person from his past.

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Iran Retaliates, Firing Missiles Into Iraq 2020-01-08

Iran Retaliates, Firing Missiles Into Iraq

On Tuesday, Iran’s military fired over a dozen ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq that house U.S. soldiers.

What Lawmakers are Saying About the US-Iran Conflict

Plus, a look at what Congress is busy with these next few weeks.

Child Care on the Campaign Trail

For many women running for office, paying for child care is a major hurdle.

Is Willpower the Secret to Keeping New Year’s Resolutions?

More and more psychologists are questioning the role of willpower in accomplishing our goals. 

Alleged War Criminals from Guatemala’s Civil War are Evading Justice — By Living in the U.S.

Some have been deported back to Guatemala, where they are facing trials for human rights abuses.

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Are the Iranian People United Behind Their Government? 2020-01-07

Are the Iranian People United Behind Their Government? 

The media portrayal of Iran shows the country united behind its government. But just how accurate is that viewpoint?

Another Look at the US-Iran Conflict from Iranian Americans

Two Iranian Americans joined The Takeaway again to give their perspective on the escalating conflict.

Two Years Into the Time’s Up Movement, Has Hollywood Changed?

Does the world of entertainment look better, and safer, because of the movement?

“It’s What I Call a Massacre:” Violence in Mississippi Prisons Leaves Inmates Dead, Families in the Dark

There have been at least five inmates confirmed dead. But advocates and prisoners worry there may be more.

Magnitude 6.4 Earthquake Rocks Puerto Rico

Millions of Puerto Ricans woke up to a 6.4 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday. 

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Trump Inc. Explores Web of Connections Between President Trump and Ukraine 2019-10-02

Trump Inc. Explores Web of Connections Between President Trump and Ukraine

Even before he became president, Donald Trump had ties with the former Soviet Republic.

“It’s Fueled My Fire”: Formerly-Imprisoned Journalist Reflects One Year Since Khashoggi’s Death

Washington Post writer Jason Rezaian reflects on his colleague Jamal Khashoggi’s legacy.

Robbie Robertson on His New Album “Sinematic”

Since leaving The Band in the 1970s, Robbie Robertson has put out multiple solo albums and written a memoir. This month, Robertson released his latest solo record, Sinematic. 

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Harvard Can Continue to Consider Race in Admissions, Federal Judge Rules

Using affirmative action in the admissions process does not violate any laws.

Amber Guyger’s Conviction and the Argument For Self-Defense

The former Dallas police officer was found guilty of killing her unarmed black neighbor in his own apartment last year.

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How are the Concerns of Asian Americans Being Considered Ahead of the 2020 Elections? 2019-09-18

How are the Concerns of Asian Americans Being Considered Ahead of the 2020 Elections?

Andrew Yang and Kamala Harris have brought Asian American identity into a new national focus.

2020 Republican Candidate Mark Sanford Condemns Primary Cancellations 

Former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford believes the cancelation of Republican primaries in four states is anti-American. 

More Local TV Meteorologists are Discussing Climate Change

Over the past few years, a growing number of local TV meteorologists have been discussing climate change as part of their regular weather forecasts.

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Where Does the U.S.-Saudi Relationship Stand?

New tensions come almost a year after Saudi Arabia killed The Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The High Price of Fast Delivery: Amazon Contractors are Crashing, But the Company Does Not Take Responsibility

A new report shows how the web of Amazon contractors makes it difficult to track crash data.

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Podcast: How the Political Crisis in Puerto Rico is Unifying the Puerto Rican Diaspora 2019-07-31

How the Political Crisis in Puerto Rico is Unifying the Puerto Rican Diaspora

The protests in Puerto Rico have served to lift up the voices of groups that were typically underrepresented on the island: LGBTQ people, women, and members of the diaspora.

Democratic Debates in Detroit and Where Black Voters Stand in 2020

Democrats lost many black voters in 2016. The Democratic debates in Detroit, a majority-black city, could show how Democrats plan to get those votes back in 2020.

Did Katy Perry Steal A Song? A Forensic Musicologist Weighs In

A jury decided this week that Katy Perry’s hit “Dark Horse” infringed on the copyright of Christian rap group.

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US Nuclear’s Secret Plan to Leverage Trump’s Saudi Ties into a Comeback

Congress is investigating the plan, which would export nuclear tech to Saudi Arabia, and could be in violation of U.S. law.

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Podcast: Black Lives Matter: The State of Activism Five Years After Eric Garner’s Death 2019-07-17

Black Lives Matter: The State of Activism Five Years After Eric Garner’s Death

On the fifth anniversary of Garner’s death by chokehold, a roundtable discussion on how the Black Lives Matter movement has evolved.

The Inequity of Sex Offender Registries 

The recent revelation’s about Jeffrey Epstein’s sex crimes demonstrates many of the problems within sex offender registries. 

What 007 and Ariel Tell Us About Hollywood 

Two recent casting choices give black women leading roles in iconic movie franchises. 

Sudan Protests Continue Amid Ongoing Talks Between Military Council and Civilian Opposition

On Wednesday, an agreement was reached to establish a council while the country waits for elections.

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Podcast: Border Patrol Camera Data Hacked, Released 2019-06-12

Border Patrol Camera Data Hacked, Released

This week, Customs and Border Protection announced that hackers had stolen license plate images and travelers’ photos in what some inside the agency are calling a “major incident.”

The Challenges of Preserving Audio in the 21st Century

In light of a New York Times report detailing a 2008 Universal Studios fire that destroyed over 500,000 song recordings, The Takeaway looks into best practices for audio preservation.

Three Years Later, LGBTQ Gun Violence Activists Reflect on the Pulse Nightclub Shooting

The violence that unfolded in a once safe space became a call to action for many in the LGBTQ community.

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Housing Crisis Outpaces Efforts to Slow Homelessness in LA

The homelessness crisis in Los Angeles worsens, even as tens of thousands find permanent housing. 

Opioid Maker Insys Declares Bankruptcy After $225 Million Settlement 

Insys Therapeutics has become the first major opioid manufacture to declare bankruptcy after facing fines resulting from fraud charges brought by the Justice Department. 

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Homefront: Stories from Military Families

Today, on Memorial Day, The Takeaway has a special hour devoted to America’s military families and the unique challenges they face and the sacrifices they make. 

Terry Burgess’ son, Army Staff Sgt. Bryan Burgess, was killed in Afghanistan on March 29, 2011. Terry shares what helps him with his grief, what Memorial Day means to him as a Gold Star father, and what he wants civilians to know about the holiday. Terry is the co-founder of Gold Star Parent Retreat and wrote the book “When Our Blue Star Turned Gold” with his wife Beth. 

Jamie Howard, a clinical psychologist at the Child Mind Institute who specializes in anxiety disorders and trauma resiliency, discusses the stress that deployment and regular moves have on kids in military families.

The Takeaway also looks at the substandard conditions in privatized military housing with Deborah Nelson, freelance investigative reporter for Reuters and journalism professor at University of Maryland.

For many military spouses, it is a challenge to find consistent and meaningful work, and a conversation with military wives Karla Candelaria-Oquendo and Katie Kirsch explores those challenges.

And finally, Gold Star spouse Sherry Jennings-Kevianne, who lost her husband Marine Sgt. Julian Kevianne 21 months ago, reflects on her husband’s legacy and what Memorial Day means to her.

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Podcast: 2019-05-07 Celebrating One Year of Tanzina Vega

One year ago today, Tanzina Vega made her debut as the host of The Takeaway. At the time, she outlined three gaps in the United States that she felt should be part of The Takeaway’s core mission: the wealth gap, the truth gap and the empathy gap. To celebrate Tanzina’s one-year anniversary, The Takeaway is broadcasting live from WNYC’s The Greene Space and asking, when it comes to inequality, misinformation and understanding, are we further apart today than we were then?

Joining Tanzina to address the empathy gap, and what it takes to more fully imagine the perspectives of others, are Jelani Cobb, a staff writer for The New Yorker who writes about race, politics, history, and culture, Ziwe Fumudoh, a comedian and writer for Showtime’s “Desus and Mero,” and Javier Zamora, a poet and writer born in El Salvador, and author of the collection “Unaccompanied.”

To delve into the racial wealth gap in the United States, Tanzina speaks with Andre Perry, a Brookings Institution fellow and author of the forthcoming book, “Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in American Cities.”

And rounding out the hour is Susan Chira, editor-in-chief of The Marshall Project, who joins Tanzina to discuss the truth gap in our changing media landscape.