UPDATED 5:30 p.m.
Alex Goldmark here for the evening stretch. So far segments are swimming along smoothly and the sun is streaming in steadily to our WNYC office. Yes, that is cause for excessive alteration. Here are your updates to the plans for tomorrow's show.
While President Obama is meeting with world leaders in Washington about nuclear non-proliferation. The latest news is that Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao are in talks about teaming up to come up with stronger sanctions. We'll talk about some of the dangers of a nukes tomorrow, specifically dirty bombs that could result in the excess nuclear materials from deactivated military arsenals. How dangerous is active non-proliferation in an age of terrorism?
The White House has floated a new prospect as a possible nominee to the Supreme Court to fill the coming vacancy of Justice John Paul Stevens. We have our Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich looking into this previously under the radar federal judge from Montana. Who exactly is Sidney Thomas? And why is President Obama letting out an extra name now when some people expected a predictable nomination announcement?
Chinese exports are cheap, but it's not all lower wages or efficient production. The cost of exports has been held down in recent years because the Chinese government has pegged the Yuan to the dropping dollar. But that may be changing. Murmurs within the halls of China's central bank, and central government, are pointing to an announcement in the coming days that the Yuan may move to a more flexible exchange rate against the dollar. This has big implications for trade, for President Obama, and for American consumers.
The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission is holding hearings today to ascertain who's to blame for the sub-prime lending mess. Yesterday they heard Alan Greenspan, former head of the Federal Reserve say it wasn't him. At the same time Goldman Sachs issued a statement that they weren't responsible for the financial crisis by betting against their clients. So how do we get to the bottom of this mess?
UPDATED 5:30 p.m.
Alex Goldmark here on the evening shift.
We are continuing to watch news out of West Virginia where rescue operations to find four missing miners are halted. Though news is just hitting the wires now that progress is being made drilling ventilation holes to let out the toxic gas. So there might be news yet. We'll be on top of any developments tomorrow.
Net neutrality and the FCC's plan to set the ground rules for the internet took a legal hit today. Tomorrow we'll explain the business implications of an internet potentially outside the regulatory authority of the FCC. And while we're at it, we'll try to find out what President Obama's FCC can do next, now that they've lost this court battle.
The favorite segment for techies tomorrow, though, may turn out to be our business takeout, in which we'll consider the choice to buy your own cell phone tower. It's actually a lot like paying to bring bags on airplanes. If it doesn't make sense, we'll explain tomorrow.
UPDATED 10:30 p.m.
Alex Goldmark here with a late night update. We're calling everyone we can in West Virginia about the deadly mine explosion that has killed seven and trapped nineteen miners. Tomorrow morning we'll have an update for you on the status of the trapped men and on the conditions that led to the disaster.
We're also, watching, literally at this moment, the NCAA men's basketball finals. So you can count on a recap of the game, which so far is pretty exciting. We also want to find out how Butler's Cinderella run will benefit their bottom line - will Butler black replace Carolina blue in the cash cow color wheel of jerseys and college merchandise?
We're also following a stories on Toyota, legalized marijuana and yes, Tiger Woods. So, its a good mix tomorrow.
The NCAA final four begins on Sunday in Indianapolis. To get you ready for some great games we take a look at where great players come from. Several of the hotshots from Duke and Butler cut their teeth, not on the urban blacktop, but in the dirt roads of rural America. How common is this? Very!
UPDATED 6:15 p.m
Alex Goldmark here picking up the evening shift.
We're watching a few different stories in the running for tomorrow's show. First up, is a nagging curiosity we've had for a few days now. A smattering of local press a few days back labelled Memphis the hunger capital of America. We're finding out why Memphis stands out.
It occured to us that if it is such an enormous undertaking to pull off the US census, what is it like in India where they have more than a billion people? Well it takes more than two million census workers for one.
And we'll have another installment of our value series with Farai Chideya looking at how the changing economy has changed people's moral outlook in some way.
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Noel King, on The Takeaway’s evening shift, with a few stories we’re following for tomorrow.
Half of all babies born in developing nations today will live to be one hundred years old. We ask Duke University professor James Vaupel and documentarian Neenah Ellis to imagine a future where mid-life crises happen at fifty, “kids” move away from home at thirty and “teenage” rebellion lasts for two decades. Producer Chang Lin is combing our rolodex to try and find a centenarian.
In Philadelphia flash mobs – a type of performance art where big groups of people meet up and do something in unison – have turned violent, forcing the city to enforce an existing curfew. What’s to blame? Teenage boredom? Or something deeper? New York Times reporter Ian Urbina has the story and Kevin Bethel from the Philadelphia Police force tells us how Philly PD is responding. And producer Arwa Gunja has booked a young pizza deliveryman from Philadelphia who was caught in one of the mobs.
Plus, Palestinian Islamic group Hamas has become suspicious of Facebook and Twitter, ex-Goldman Sachs’s CEO Lloyd Blankfein’s charitable donations have come under scrutiny and Takeaway producer Anna Sale, who has spent a week with a medical mission in Haiti, joins us with another report from her trip.
POSTED 12:30 p.m. Alex Goldmark here planning our next show.
We are still quite shocked by The New York Times report on how the Vatican failed to defrock an American priest, the Rev. Lawrence Murphy, who sexually abused as many as 200 deaf boys. So we're looking into the reaction from Rev.. Murphy's old parish in Wisconsin. We're also checking in with a few reporters at the Vatican about how (or if) the Catholic Church is reacting.
When Pope Benedict XVI was still Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, he did not defrock a priest who allegedly molested as many as 200 deaf boys over the course of decades, according to records obtained by The New York Times.
UPDATED 12:25 a.m.
Arwa Gunja here on the night shift.
It’s been nearly 12 hours since Alex checked in with you, and a lot has changed in the show. Most importantly, The New York Times is breaking a story (now up on its website) about a priest from Wisconsin who molested as many as 200 deaf boys. And though top Vatican officials, including the current Pope, knew about it, they did not defrock the priest. The Times says their “highest priority was protecting the church from scandal.” The reporter, Laurie Goodstein, joins us in the morning to give us the details of the astonishing case.
We’ll also be bringing you an interesting technology conversation. Has technology eliminated the element of surprise? With caller ID we know whose calling before we pick up, can get answers instantly on the internet, and know any and all details about basically everyone through social networking sites. Or does technology create more surprises than ever, because we never know what’s next?
And I’m just getting word from our Washington Correspondent, Todd Zwillich, that the Senate could be in session all night voting as the reconciliation process carries on. Will it all be over by morning? It's still uncertain, but we’ll find out.
UPDATED 7:00 p.m. Arwa Gunja here on the night shift, putting the final touches on tomorrow's show. Takeaway producer Anna Sale is in Haiti all this week, and tomorrow she’ll talk about how local Haitians have been an extending a helping hand to those in need. She’s profiling a young Haitian man who has been regularly visiting a hospital to help an orphaned toddler (whom he had never met before) badly injured after the earthquake.
We’ll also check in with Andrea Bernstein, the director of The Takeaway’s Transportation Nation project. She spoke with Ronald Simms, the deputy of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). It may come as a surprise that only a third of America’s neighborhoods are actually affordable when you factor in the cost of transportation.
And we’re still following the latest with Google’s pull out of mainland China. Tomorrow we’re asking listeners what is more important in THEIR lives: Google or China? If you look around your house, how many products are made in China? Which could you more easily give up? Leave a comment below or call in: 877-8-MY-TAKE (877-869-8253)
UPDATED 6:30 p.m.
Arwa Gunja here on the night shift.
Not much has changed for tomorrow’s show. We learned this afternoon that Google has decided to shut down its operation in China. The company made this decision after it learned Gmail accounts were being hacked by the Chinese and after months of talks over China’s censorship rules. Internet users in China will now be redirected to the Hong Kong version of the search engine. Who wins and who loses in this deal? China is the largest and fastest-growing internet market, but Google is the most popular search engine. And what does this mean for China’s role as an emerging powerhouse in the global market?
We also take a look at disabled employees in the workforce. The unemployment rate for people with disabilities is at 14 percent, compared to 10 percent in the general population. We’ll ask what can be done to narrow that gap.
UPDATED 7:25 p.m.
Alex Goldmark here.
Now that the health care bill is out, we're put our man in Washington on the case. Todd Zwillich is hunting for changes in this, likely final, version of the legislation that might change your mind on reform, either in support or against it. He'll have the most persuasive pieces of the plan ready to go by tomorrow morning.
A couple interesting stories out of the science section of The New York Times got our curiosity twitching. We'll bring you the connection between mummies in China and ancient dogs in the Middle East. They both reveal something about the roots of humanity - and how some of our historical assumptions might be wrong.
We'll also talk with a young woman who rowed across the Atlantic, check in on the flooding in North Dakota and play a little movie trivia. It is Friday, after all.
UPDATED: 8:10 p.m.
Alex Goldmark, Senior Producer, here on the evening shift.
We continue to follow the developments in health care reform, clashes in Israel, and of course the NCAA tournament. Our curiosity was also piqued by a recent study on women of color and wealth. They found:
"Single black and Hispanic women have one penny of wealth for every dollar of wealth owned by their male counterparts and a tiny fraction of a penny for every dollar of wealth owned by white women."
We'll find out how bad it is, and why. Also as part of our DIY bailout series, we'll have some suggestions for building your own wealth.
We'll also check in on the fiscal health of our nation as Moody's hints at lowering America's bond rating and the Federal Reserve plans to keep interest rates low based on moderate economic expectations.
Posted 1:00 - On tomorrow's show: FCC national broadband plan; Border violence in Juarez, Mexico; The view from the stage at South by Southwest, and more ...
This Saturday night, boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao will defend his WBO Welterweight title in Texas. And his chances are pretty good. Meanwhile, back in his home country, the Philippines, he's chasing long shot chance to win another fight. He's running for political office.
Governor David Paterson is under investigation for potentially misusing his power. A representative just resigned (after allegations that he groped a male staffer). Another representative has stepped down from his committee post because of an ethics investigation. And to top it all off, the state government seems paralyzed in the face of an upcoming budget deadline. But how bad is it really?
It may be a swing state, but Miami Herald columnist and author Carl Hiaasen says that if the nation's politics follow the same path as his home state of Florida, we all might as well move to the Bahamas. It's hard to argue against the assertion that Florida's political climate is getting weird — just this week, Governor Charlie Crist took a swipe at his competitor for senate Marco Rubio by accusing him of back-waxing. Hiaasen explains why Florida is on the cutting edge of political innovation when it comes to gall, graft and gripes.
UPDATED: 8:00 p.m.
Alex here on the night shift.
Not much has changed. We're still eager to find out about Iran-Afghan relations and to check in on the status of aid getting to Haiti.So that's leading the show tomorrow.
Though we did get curious once we dove in a little deeper into a study on Americans and retirement. It reveals another sector of society living hand to mouth in part because of the recession. Shockingly few American workers have saved for old age, which means that they are working longer and longer into their "golden" years. So what does that mean for the younger generation waiting to get into, and move up in, the workforce. By showtime tomorrow we will have a hopeful answer for you.
And we'll eat some jellyfish live on air, because that is an environmentally friendly food. Tune in tomorrow to find out what other sumptuous meals are good for the planet, and what large rodent makes for a good chili!
UPDATED 5:45 p.m.
Alex Goldmark here.
We're monitoring the media blitz of Rep. Eric Massa tonight as he heads for the cable news channels to defend himself against ethics accusations. And also to throw a few more parting shots at President Obama's Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel. It's an inside story for Washington, but some valuable insights might come out on how work gets done in the Obama White House. Our partners at The New York Times are covering that here.
Also, it is python hunting season in Florida. We'll bring you a sharp shooter.