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Alex Johnson

Online Editor, The Takeaway

Alex Johnson is The Takeaway's digital editor, based out of The World newsroom at WGBH in Boston.

Alex worked previously as a producer for Think Out Loud, Oregon Public Broadcasting's flagship public affairs talk show. He's lived most of his life in Oregon, but also did stints in Cuba and France. Among his other skills, Alex is a photographer and rides a bike.

You can contact Alex via email at alex_johnson@wgbh.org or via phone by calling 617-300-2743. Look for him on Twitter under @alexinfact.

Alex Johnson appears in the following:

The Pros and Cons of Telecommuting

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Since being named CEO of Yahoo seven months ago, Marissa Mayer has consistently made the headlines. On of the biggest headlines yet might be about her new policy, announced last Friday, ending all telecommuting. Why did she do it?

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State Flags All Look the Same — Let's Update Them

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Matt Norquist, a truck driver from Gresham, Oregon, wants to see his state flag changed. It's simply in need of an update, he says, and he has a few ideas of how to do it.

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Preview: The Film Professor Who Taught the Creators of 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Jeanine Basinger is a legend at Wesleyan University, where she's a professor of film. She taught Joss Whedon, creator of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," and Benh Zeitlin, who directed the Oscar-nominated film "Beasts of the Southern Wild."

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Expanding the Sign Language Lexicon for Science

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Regardless of the state of the law, people with disabilities have been finding their own way in the able-bodied world for some time. For example, in a highly technical field where terminology and vocabulary are highly specialized, how do you communicate efficiently? Caroline Solomon is a professor of biology at Gallaudet University who is trying to answer this question.

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Hospital in the Path of Sandy

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

David Goodman, a reporter for our partner The New York Times, explains what happened at a hospital in New York after it lost primary and backup power.

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The Best Tweets from Last Night's Debate

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Twitter set a record last night for the volume of tweets during a political event, beating out the conventions from a few weeks ago. Here's a collection of our favorite tweets from last night.

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Election 2012: When the Enthusiasm Fades

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Sometimes we’re madly in love with our candidates, but sometimes that love fades. That's been the case for Hermene Hartman, an Obama supporter from Chicago.

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Olivia Wilde on the Power of Micro Finance

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Olivia Wildeknown for her work on "House" and "Tron: Legacy," is also one of the reporter-storytellers in the new documentary Half the Sky. The documentary is based on the book of the same name by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.

We interviewed Olivia earlier this week and will air ...

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Republican National Convention: Day 2 Photos

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Takeaway Digital Editor Alex Johnson snapped some shots on Tuesday at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

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Republican National Convention: Day 1 Photos

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Here are some photos taken by The Takeaway Digital Editor Alex Johnson during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

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Republican National Convention - Photos from Sunday

Monday, August 27, 2012

A photo gallery from The Takeaway Digital Editor Alex Johnson from his first day in Tampa.

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Bumper Music for June 5, 2012

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Two themes in today's bumper music: Venus coming directly between Earth and the Sun, and an audio essay by co-host John Hockenberry about how The Beach Boys, who released "Surfin' Safari" fifty years ago.

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Bumper Music for May 30, 2012

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Aaron Freeman, Ween frontman, announced the band's breakup yesterday to Rolling Stone from his home in New Jersey. In Ween's honor, which was formed 25 years ago by Freeman and his high school classmate Mickey Melchiondo, today's bumper music is Ween-only.

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Letter: My social studies class think girls who posted about murder deserved expulsion

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Karen Washington, a social studies teacher at Watertown High School in Massachusetts, sent us this message in response to Monday's story about a group of girls who were expelled for talking on Facebook about killing several peers and a teacher. Ms. Washington used the story as the foundation for a classroom discussion. She describes what her students had to say.

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Movie Date: Does 3D Make Movies Worse?

Friday, April 06, 2012

The Titanic sank 100 years ago this month. To mark the anniversary, James Cameron is re-releasing his mega-blockbuster "Titanic" in 3D, prompting some critics to say its strictly a marketing ploy while others cheer the innovation.

Will "Titanic 3D" burn a hole in your wallet, or will it blow your mind? This week, Rafer and Kristen put that question to Daniel Engber, senior editor at Slate. Listen to find out what he's got to say.

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Bumper Music for April 4, 2012

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

A lot of good stuff here, including the video of Devo above. There's actually an entire YouTube channel devoted to Devo videos, aptly titled DEVOvision. But I digress, because the geek in me just loves Tom Lehrer singing The Elements, which you may have heard on today's show.

The Philadelphia Experiment – Ain’t it the Truth

Cloud Cult – We Made Up Your Mind For You

SISE – Beyond Outside

Arcade Fire – Keep the Car Running

The Donnas – Drive My Car

Moe – Macintyre Range

David Bowie – Bring me the Disco King

Boards of Canada – Kid for Today

Malko Malko – Isopod

Beats Antique – There Ya Go

Crystal Method – London

Devo – Freedom of Choice

Don Cherry – Malkauns

Tom Lehrer – The Elements

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Super Tuesday's Super Playlist

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

As part of our Super Tuesday coverage we asked you which songs best represent it and the rest of the primary season. By text, Facebook, Twitter, and voice, this is what you told us. 

Everybody Wants to Rule the World - Tears for Fears

Crossroads - Bone Thugs-n-Harmony

Crumbling Down - John Mellencamp

I Don't Care Anymore - Phil Collins

Send in the Clowns - Frank Sinatra

Helter Skelter - The Beatles

Panic in Detroit - David Bowie

Whipping Post - The Allman Brothers Band

Cold Sweat - James Brown

It's My Party - Leslie Gore

Everybody Loves A Clown - Gary Lewis and the Playboys 

Everybody Knows - Leonard Cohen

Waiting Room - Fugazi

Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash

You Talk Too Much - Joe Jones

Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who

Possum Kingdom - The Toadies

Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones

If I Only Had a Brain - Warner Brothers

A Change is Gonna to Come - Sam Cooke

Another One Bites the Dusk - Queen

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