Alex Goldmark

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The Case for Ending 'Don't Ask Don't Tell'

Thursday, February 04, 2010

This week, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen said they are prepared to repeal the controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy on gay and lesbian service members. We talk with Michael Hyacinthe, who served in a Navy construction battalion from 1997-2005, about why he thinks the policy should be overturned.

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First Take: Foreclosures, Gays in the Military, Super Bowl Food

Tuesday, February 02, 2010


Alex Goldmark here watching over the night shift.

A few things have changed since Anna's last post. We've been reading between the lines of some interesting comments about Don't Ask Don't Tell today. General Gates told a Congressional hearing: “If legislation is passed repealing the law, we feel strongly we will need time for implementation of that change.” Well, what changes exactly? How does officially recognizing that someone is gay change the way you treat them or the institutions of the military? And what are the potential ripple effects of altering the way gays are treated in the military that might go beyond life in uniform?

On a side note, we're having a fierce debate here on how much humor is appropriate, if any, for this topic. One producer has concientiously objected to pulling and editing some movie clips that others here think might lighten the tone and mood of the interview tomorrow. Tune in to see who gets their way.

We're also going to hear from the Boy Scouts. They are turning 100 years old this year, and in honor of that milestone they are making a special effort to reach out to hispanic youths.

Our deficit explanations (referenced below) that Anna was hunting down before might have to wait until Thursday. So goes live radio.

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First Take: Miami Hospitals, No Child Left Behind Overhaul, Groundhog Day

Monday, February 01, 2010

A report from Miami on the hospitals there dealing with the influx of evacuees from Haiti, how the president wants to overhaul No Child Left Behind, the religion of "Groundhog Day" (the movie).

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First Take: Jobs, Post-racial America?, General Petraeus

Thursday, January 28, 2010

UPDATED 8:08pm

Alex Goldmark, on the (hopefully not so late) night shift. 

So we've found our guests to discuss the life and legacy of legendary author and recluse, JD Salinger: Jonathan Safran Foer and King Dork author, Frank Portman. It is still State of the Union week here on The Takeaway though, so in addition to the state of foreign (military) affairs from General David Petraeus, we'll get a preview of the state of Native America from the man who will give the state of the Indian union speech tomorrow.  Right now, that's the update. 

But who knows who will call in to The Takeaway tomorrow, it could be anyone. 

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First Take: Ford CEO, Gov. Pawlenty, Haiti Survivor's Tale

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

UPDATED: 8:23pm

Alex here (Senior Producer working the night shift) ... and your six word state of the union "speeches" are pouring in, so that should be fun tomorrow. Other than that, not much has changed since Anna's update around lunch time.

To mark the 65th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz we've recorded the story of an 84-year-old survivor now who's speaking out in response to Holocaust deniers; we'll play that for you tomorrow. 

And straddling the worlds of business and film, Avatar has surpassed Titanic as the highest grossing film of all time. internationally anyway. Is it just because tickets have gotten more expensive? Also interesting, Avatar's total ticket sales of $1.859 Billion are more than the GDP of these countries: Belize, Greenland, Guyana, Liberia, Cape Verde, Bhutan, Eritrea. 

But really, that's just a tiny part of tomorrow's big show, the rest is all laid out below. 

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First Take: Tuesday's Show

Monday, January 25, 2010

UPDATED 8:08pm

Alex here, Senior Producer on the night shift today ... All is going pretty much as planned. We've only added one major addition to the show. We've been curious for a while about the graphic nature of the images coming out of the rubble in Haiti. Our partner The New York Times was too. So we're planning a discussion on the changing norms of photojournalism. Are we bound forever more to see the most graphic pictures on front pages as newspapers are forced to keep pace with amateur photographers and social media distribution? Or is there something special about Haiti and coverage of this earthquake? 


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Monday's Show

Friday, January 22, 2010

UPDATE: Sunday 8:30pmEST

Alex here on the Sunday shift ... and credit to my friends from Friday. Much of what they planned is still as relevant now after the weekend's news. We'll still start our pre-State of the Union analyses as planned with a look at some possible changes President Obama may be preparing to announce on Wednesday. Our Haiti coverage will continue and shift to more forward looking as the grim rescue efforts end with a look at how they might begin to rebuild and compare the obstacles now with past disasters. 

The most surprising of our stories on tap for tomorrow may turn out to be our weekly family segment. This week we hear an unexpected but well researched theory on child sexual abuse. We might be understanding the notion of trauma all wrong. And if we get it right, maybe that would encourage more than just 5% of abused children to come forward. 

We're also following the rumblings around the re-confirmation of Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, still hearing and receiving responses to last week's Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance and yes, we'll have a preview of the Superbowl and recap of the NFL championship games last night. 

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Is Giving Money to Haiti Relief a Good Idea?

Thursday, January 21, 2010

According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, major U.S. aid organizations have received over $305 million dollars for Haiti. Big photogenic disasters close to home generate big donations, but that’s not always the best way to save the world, says Economist writer Matthew Bishop.


From the Evening Shift ... politics and relief.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Alex here shepherding tomorrow's show through the night ... 

As already posted on this website, John Hockenberry interviewed the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen today. We'll run that tomorrow along with our continuing coverage of the political fallout from the electoral upset in Massachusetts. Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner (NY) will tell us why the Dems are OK without a filibuster proof majority in the Senate. 

We might have heavy hitters from Washington (or right outside Washington in the Pentagon anyway) but we're not letting up on watching the relief efforts in Haiti. After a serious aftershock today a friend of the show wrote us to say "the aftershock was stronger than I realized and we are concerned more buildings have collapsed. People are screaming outside." So tomorrow we'll get the full update live. We're also following a few different 'big picture' angles. For one, we want to know if the medical risks to patients and doctors are evolving or growing over time with so many victims remaining injured and bodies still unburied. And on a political level, three prominent female political leaders were victims of the quake, so we're looking into what that means for gender progress in Haitian politics. 

Plus graphic journalist Joe Sacco, how Starbucks bounced back, and an examination of the Apple buzz-making machine. 

See ya tomorrow. 

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From the Evening Shift: Health Care on the Line in Mass. and Obama's First Year

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

It's looking steady here on the evening shift as we wait for the polls to close in the Massachusetts special Senate election. 

We've lined up reporters from Boston and political strategists to parse out the final results. One theme on our radar if Republican Scott Brown wins: did the democrats lose it or does the credit go to Republicans for a well-organized, long-shot campaign. No matter who wins, we'll discuss what the outcome and the race mean for Obama's agenda.

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From the Evening Shift: Kathleen Sebelius on Haiti Relief

Monday, January 18, 2010

Alex here, manning the evening shift.

Always on the hunt for a good conversation with American newsmakers, we'll be talking with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius tomorrow. She'll update as on U.S. relief efforts in Haiti.

In general, our continuing coverage of the aid efforts in Haiti have sparked a slew of questions in our editorial team. After a doctor we reached mentioned treating bloody patients without gloves, we're trying to sort out how Haiti's rate of HIV/AIDS (2.2 percent of the population) hinders or alters aid efforts. That might be on the show tomorrow, or later in the week. We also want to compare mobilization of international relief this past week, with past disasters like the tsunami of 2004, so we're gathering some experts who have worked on, or studied both. We've found some fascinating music from Haiti too, so we'll take some time to share that. 

And we love elections. So we'll go live to the polling booths in Massachusetts, where Democrats are getting a shockingly tight run for their money in the race to fill the Ted Kennedy's old Senate seat. 

Plus a few surprises, because, hey, this is live radio.

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From the Evening Shift...

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Alex here, senior producer on the evening shift today. 

There are plenty of big stories on tap for our Martin Luther King day show. The biggest story: We are deepening our ongoing coverage of the earthquake in Haiti. Tomorrow we'll bring you some specific personal stories that we think paint the larger picture of how average Haitians are scrambling to survive. We have two Haitian-Americans coming into our WNYC studio who were in Port-au-Prince during the eathquake visiting relatives and then turned their half-crumbled home into an impromptu medical center. Amid these tales of shoestring survival, we'll also try to sort out why it's been so hard to get official aid distributed. Interesting fact I just learned: for many people Blackberrys (or is it Blackberries?) seem to be working far better than other lines of communication. 

Throughout the show we'll hear vignettes from civil rights activists honoring MLK with thoughts on the future progress of the work he started.

We're also following the special election in Massachusetts for Edward Kennedy's old Senate seat. We want to know how Democrat Martha Coakley came to be in a dead heat after leading by double digits in the polls not too long ago. Will Massachusetts, the bluest of blue states, turn purple? 

For music lovers, movie fans and history buffs, the highlight tomorrow might be an audio packed interview we've lined up with Danny Glover and another of the producers of a new film, 'Soundtrack to a Revolution.' Hear how contemporary artists are re-recording classic civil rights anthems. 

Plus we'll recap the Golden Globes, the upsets and upstarts in the NFL playoffs and hear from a woman who fought the IRS and won. 

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From the Evening Shift...

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Alex here at the Takeaway news desk.

As the first wave of rescue supplies arrive and aid efforts intensify, we'll hear from aid workers on the challenges and progress they've seen: one in Port-au-Prince, one near the border in the Dominican Republic and one coordinating plans from back here in the U.S.

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From the Evening Shift...

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

We at The Takeaway are dialing (and skyping, tweeting, emailing...) furiously trying to reach reporters and aid agencies on the ground for their reports on the damage and for the tales of survival.

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The Haiti Quake

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Alex here, on the evening shift. We're monitoring the after effects of the 7.0 earthquake in Haiti, the strongest ever to hit the island nation. Right now phone communication with Port au Prince is still limited, but on the show tomorrow we're planning on checking in with reporters monitoring the story from Miami, and, as soon as we get communications, with reporters and aid workers in Haiti.

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How Banks Bet Against the Housing Market... and Won

Thursday, December 24, 2009

You might have heard of collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) and the role they played in the housing crisis, but have you heard of a 'synthetic CDO?'  Gretchen Morgensen and Louise Story report in today's New York Times, ("Banks Bundled Bad Debt, Bet Against It and Won,") on how banks used this special category of bundled debt to bet against the housing market, and win. Sometimes it meant the banks profited while their clients lost out.

Louise Story joins us to explain synthetic CDOs and the three government investigations that are already underway about the practice. The government wants to know if investment firms may have exacerbated the housing crisis as they tried to hedge their vulnerable mortage positions. We also speak with Sylvain Raynes, a structured finance consultant, to give us details on how firms used synthetic CDOs and how they pitched them to clients.


Detroiters Tell their Car Stories at The Moth

Friday, December 04, 2009

Last night the storytellers at The Moth in Detroit took on the topic closest to Motor City's heart: cars. Alex Trajano, host of the event, shares the winning story with us and some observations on what happens when you make an open call to Detroiters to tell car stories in public. 


Low Voter Turnout for Potentially Historic Atlanta Election

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

It's election day, and Atlanta may be on the verge of electing their first white mayor since 1969: Mary Norwood, a city council member for eight years. Georgia Public Broadcasting's Susanna Capelouto surveys the scene and the potential for making history and joins us from outside the polls. She also explains why turnout is expected to be as low as 30% today.  


Takeouts: Women Directors, NBA preview, Listeners on Credit

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

  • Business Takeout: New York Times business correspondent Louise Story tells us about a new investment fund focusing on companies with women on their boards of directors. 
  • Sports Takeout: Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin recaps Monday Night Football and previews the start of the NBA season. 
  • Listener Takeout: We hear your responses on living without credit cards and our reliance on older relatives during economic hard times.

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Takeout: Public Option, Big Banks, Baseball

Monday, October 26, 2009

  • Washington Takeout: The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, tells us about the week ahead in the health care reform debate.
  • Business Takeout: Columnist for Slate and Newsweek Dan Gross gives us a hint at what the government might label "too big to fail" when it comes to banks.
  • Sports Takeout: Takeaway contributor, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, talks about the Yankees' win in Game 6 of the ALCS.