The Takeaway

Ahead of Election Day, Misinformation Rampant on Social Media 2020-10-29

Ahead of Election Day, Misinformation Rampant on Social Media

Both Facebook and Twitter have taken steps in 2020 to more proactively slow the spread of mis-and-disinformation, but misinformation has still been rampant on social media.

A Votar: Latino Voters Confront Disinformation in 2020

In battleground states like Florida, Latino voters have been seeing a wave of mis-and-disinformation in recent weeks. 

Why Some Black Men are Voting for Trump

Hip Hop artists have supported the President — sort of.

Supreme Court Weighs In On Voting

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court decided three major voting cases affecting the battleground states of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. 

Fans Will Have to Look Harder to Find Charlie Brown’s Great Pumpkin This Year

The Peanuts’ Halloween special, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” will not air on network TV since it debuted in 1966, but on Apple’s streaming service, APPLE TV plus. 

The Takeaway

Breaking Down 2020’s High Early Voting Numbers 2020-10-14

Breaking Down 2020’s High Early Voting Numbers

More than ten million people have already cast their ballots in the 2020 election, roughly ten times the number who had voted at this point in the 2016 election.

Georgia Has Record Braking Turnout and Long Lines on First Day of Early Voting

Some voters in Georgia reported waiting in line for nearly eight hours to cast their ballot. 

Why Motherhood is Central at Supreme Court’s Confirmation Hearings

Judge Barrett has been especially praised by Republicans for her role as a mother to seven children and how she’s been able to balance that with her professional ambition. 

Justice Delayed: How Children are Hurting from Delays in Child Support and Custody Cases 

With the pandemic, child support and child custody cases have also been placed on the back burner.

The Takeaway

Politics with Amy Walter: A Look at the SCOTUS Nomination Fight

The U.S. has observed a week of mourning Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, in addition to partisan warfare regarding her replacement. Senate Republicans have decided they will move to confirm President Trump’s nominee ahead of the general election. His announcement is expected Saturday. President Trump has said that the election could be decided by the Supreme Court and has implied that a justice appointed by him would be loyal in any case involving the election. NBC News National Political Reporter Sahil Kapur discusses what we can expect from the nomination process from now through the election.

Wisconsin is among the few states that played a decisive factor in Hillary Clinton’s 2016 loss. This year, the state made headlines because of a flawed primary election that took place towards the beginning of the pandemic. Election officials struggled to keep up with absentee ballot requests, thousands of mail ballots were ultimately rejected, and when it came to in-person voting, photos of people waiting in line for hours, at the height of the pandemic, went viral.

Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe, Politics Reporter and Washington Bureau Chief for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Craig Gilbert, and Wisconsin Public Radio’s Laurel White dissect Wisconsin’s political landscape and share how seriously we should be taking polling.

Also, Black voters are the backbone of the Democratic Party. They are one of the party’s most reliable voting blocs and failing to secure their votes will have significant electoral consequences. There is also a significant generational gap between younger Black Americans who feel alienated from traditional politics and older Black voters who are typically loyal to the Democratic Party. Vice President and Chief of Campaigns at Color of Change Arisha Hatch shares how Black voters are thinking about the voting process.  

These conversations are part of a series called Every Vote Counts.

The Takeaway

Protests Erupt Around the Country After Grand Jury Announcement on Breonna Taylor Case 2020-09-24

Protests Erupt Around the Country After Grand Jury Announcement on Breonna Taylor Case

Protests erupted around the country last night in reaction to the long-awaited decision in the case of the killing of Breonna Taylor.

Senator Cory Booker on the Fight to Replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Senator Cory Booker joins The Takeaway to discuss the battle shaping up over the Supreme Court, as well as what he’s doing on issues including police reform and the racial wealth gap.

As School Year Begins, New Report Examines How Schools Survived Spring

High schools across the country provided a variety of social services in order to meet the needs of lower-income students.

Unpacking the Reporter-Source Relationship

Following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, NPR’s Nina Totenberg paid tribute to her longtime friend.  

The Takeaway

Court System Backlogs Leave Foster Families in the Lurch 2020-09-23

Court System Backlogs Leave Foster Families in the Lurch

Although virtual hearings were often substituted, family courts are administered at the local level, meaning responses to the pandemic were inconsistent.

The FinCEN Files: How Banks Move Trillions of Dollars for Organized Crime and Shady Characters

A new investigation from Buzzfeed News and ICIJ reveal the vast network of dark money.

How Senate Races Are Being Impacted By RGB’s Death

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death and her now-vacant seat are ratcheting up the pressure in some key Senate races this November.

Examining Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Legacy on Racial Justice

While much Justice Ginsburg’s legal work indicated clear understandings of racial discrimination, some critics have called out her more personal shortcomings when it came to race.

The Takeaway

How “Learning Pods” Could Heighten Inequities in the U.S. School System 2020-08-03


The Takeaway

Who Does the Acronym “BIPOC” Actually Serve? 2020-06-25

Who Does the Acronym “BIPOC” Actually Serve?

How do major movements like the one we are seeing now change the language we use and how we talk about our identities?

Georgia Passes States First Hate Crimes Bill

On Tuesday, Georgia lawmakers passed the state’s first hate-crimes legislation.

How American Families Are Facing the Brunt of Deportations

Julia Preston profiled three separate families, whose loved ones were deported from the United States.

The Takeaway

Politics with Amy Walter: A National Reckoning

In the weeks since George Floyd was killed by police officers in Minneapolis, we’ve been watching uprisings take place against police brutality. What many Americans have finally woken up to is what Black Americans have known for years: That it’s impossible to separate police brutality from the racism that is baked into the structure of every American institution. Institutions, like schools, healthcare, housing, and policing have failed to give Black Americans a level playing field. 

99 years ago, Tulsa, Oklahoma was the site of one of the deadliest and most destructive race massacres in U.S. history. On that day, violent white people took it upon themselves to murder Black Americans and loot their businesses. Black homes, churches, restaurants, drugstores, and doctors offices were razed. In the end, Black Wall Street, one of the most prosperous Black communities, was destroyed. 

At a time when Americans are grappling with the role white supremacy played in shaping modern society, President Donald Trump chose to hold a rally in Tulsa on Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day. We take look at how the holiday resonates differently this year. 


Karlos K. Hill, Chair of the African and African American studies department at the University of Oklahoma

RJ Young, Host of the RJ Young Show. Excerpts from his audio diary were provided to us by KOSU. RJ’s story is part of the America Amplified initiative. 

How Progressive District Attorneys Are Approaching Criminal Justice Reform

It’s been almost a month since George Floyd was brutally killed by police officers in Minneapolis. Protester’s demands for police accountability have not waned, forcing officials to address the role of racism in policing and policy. As calls to defund the police grow louder, mayors, police chiefs, and local law enforcement step into the spotlight. At the same time, officials that attempt to reprimand officers for misconduct must face the wrath of powerful police unions. We speak with Kimberly Gardner, the Chief Prosecutor for the City of St. Louis, who was elected on the promise of reform on what it’s like to go toe-to-toe with the police. 


Kimberly Gardner, Chief Prosecutor for the city of St. Louis

How the Economy Fails Black Americans

Not only has the coronavirus pandemic disproportionately hurt Black Americans who’ve been infected at a higher rate, but the economic uncertainty it’s created has set them back in terms of employment. Black Americans are concentrated in parts of the economy that have been designated as essential, like grocery store workers and transit operators. Still, Black unemployment almost tripled from February to May to almost 17 percent.

Today, Black households have one-tenth of the wealth compared to white families and are much less likely to own their homes. Historically, recovering from recessions is tougher for Black people. We sit down for a conversation about the unemployment rate for Black Americans and what an economic recovery might look like.


Amara Omeokwe, Economics Reporter at The Wall Street Journal

The Takeaway

Relationship Between Police and Media Grows Increasingly Tense 2020-06-18

Relationship Between Police and Media Grows Increasingly Tense

As the uprising for racial justice continues around the country, journalists in the United States are increasingly the targets of direct and hostile confrontations with law enforcement.

Why Are States Criminalizing Fossil Fuel Protests?

Some states have been quietly passing laws to criminalize fossil fuel protests amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  

COVID19 Budget Cuts Prevent Many from Accessing Subsidized Summer Programs

New York City’s budget proposal has $235 million worth of cuts to public summer programs. Many low income families could be affected without access to these programs. 

What Juneteenth Means At this Moment

Juneteenth commemorates the day when enslaved people in Texas learned about their emancipation, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

The Science of Happiness

On Othering to Belonging

We speak with john a. powell, director of the Othering & Belonging Institute, about racial justice, well-being, and widening our circles of human connection and concern.