Anna Sale

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Rehabilitation in Rural Haiti: Traveling with a Medical Team and My Grandpa's Hook

Friday, March 19, 2010

On most days, I work with The Takeaway's dayside production team, but today I'm leaving on an eight-day trip to rural Haiti. I'm traveling with a medical team to Hôpital Sacré Coeur in Milot, a town about 75 miles north of Port-au-Prince. Doctors, nurses, and rehab therapists from across the country will spend the week there, joining the effort that local staff and foreign volunteers have sustained at a breakneck pace for more than nine weeks now.

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First Take: Seven Years in Iraq, Dingell on Health Vote, 'The Runaways'

Thursday, March 18, 2010

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. 

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First Take: Health Care End Game, Mideast Tensions, Detroit's Shrinking Schools, DIY Bailout

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

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.

"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.  



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First Take: Violence in Border Towns, Broadband Ambition, SXSW Concert Guide

Monday, March 15, 2010

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 ...

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First Take: States' Health Care, Losing Schools, Writing 'The Green Zone'

Thursday, March 11, 2010

POSTED 2:00 - The future of public education; Lessons learned from Massachusetts' attempt at universal health coverage; The author of the book that inspired 'The Green Zone,' opening ...
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First Take: Hiasson on Florida Politics, Time to Retire 'Minority'?, How Failure is Good... Genius, Even.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

UPDATED 10:00 p.m.

Arwa, here on the night shift.

Not too much have changed this Anna blogged this morning. We’ve added a segment to the show to talk about Vice President Joe Biden’s trip to Israel. He’ll be wrapping up a four-day visit tomorrow and will be delivering a speech at Tel Aviv University. We’ll talk with Aaron David Miller from the Woodrow Wilson Center about where things stand when it comes to US-Israeli relations.

South by Southwest kicks off this week, and it’s for more than just music and movie fans. It’s also one of the most prestigious conventions in the technology world. Twitter was actually introduced there in 2007. We’ll talk with our Tech Correspondent Baratunde Thurston about what to watch out for this year.

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First Take: Iran and Afghanistan, What Haiti Needs Now, the Trouble with Child Prodigy

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

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! 

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First Take: Turning towards Kandahar, Stimulus for Minority-Owned Businesses, Violin Genius

Monday, March 08, 2010

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. 


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First Take: View on Jobless Numbers in Small Towns, Iraq Elections, Bobby McFerrin

Thursday, March 04, 2010

UPDATED: 5:15 p.m. 

Alex Goldmark, Senior Producer, here. 

All is still rolling along smoothly today. We're still planning on covering the elections in Iraq, and to bring you a slew of entertainment and movie coverage tomorrow ahead of this weekend's Oscars. 


With American manufacturing taking an especially big hit this recession, we want to check in on some one-company towns around the country. We'll hear from the Mayors of three small towns that are having different experiences with plant shutdowns, cutbacks and similar dangers to their fragile economies. 


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First Take: Engineering for Earthquakes, A History of Budget Reconciliation, Are Numbers Good Storytellers?

Monday, March 01, 2010

UPDATED 7:15 p. m. 

Alex Goldmark here with the night shift update. 

We've lined up our live reporter interviews from Chile for tomorrow morning. We'll get a sense of how the curfews and looting has unfolded as the hunt for water and gas gets more desperate in some areas. But we will stick with our plans to find out the science behind tsunamis and quakes and also the construction techniques that kept the death toll so low. 

Other than that, not much has changed, which means that here on the night shift we can get into long debates about the meaning of "999 dead in Operation Enduring Freedom." And should we consider a fallen CIA agent in Afghanistan differently than a troop killed in Somalia? Or across the Afghan border in Uzbekistan? It's all part of Operation Enduring Freedom so what's a radio show to do when covering "The War in Afghanistan."  Here's the official count from the DoD with little explanation on how the number is derived. We will hear from the mother of one of the first troops to be killed in Afghanistan on how she marks her loss eight years later.


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First Take: Iraqi Elections, Student Loan Defaults, Conan Writer on Leno

Friday, February 26, 2010

POSTED: Friday at 3 p.m. Anna Sale on the Friday shift. 

We're following the breaking news reports today that New York Governor David Paterson is ending his reelection bid, and the news that handwriting will change on the Obamas' social calendar as Desiree Rogers resigns as White House Social Secretary. For our show on Monday, we're looking across the snowy horizon to see where the news next week will be.

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First Take: The View from the Summit, Channeling the Nation's Frustration, Cat Show!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

UPDATED 7:00 p.m

Alex Goldmark, Senior Producer here. The heavy snow here in New York City has knocked our our satellite links; we have no TV, no wire services, but hey, we can blog and make phone calls. 

One new addition to the show deals with the shootings after Hurricane Katrina. We're following up on the disturbing revelations out of New Orleans about a police cover-up of shootings. There has been some great reporting from Pro-Publica and The Times Picayune, so we'll hear from one of the reporters and find out what the local reaction has been with a chat with a leader from the local NAACP. 

In lighter news, we're compiling a list of Olympic highlights - and lowlights too - to share with you tomorrow. If you have some of your own, leave a comment, or call us at 877-8-MY-TAKE. See which ones we pick tomorrow morning. We'll also have a little number on why curling is all the rage ... on Wall Street.

It's still Friday, so yes, we will have a movie segment a week ahead of the Oscars. We'll tell you what you need to do (instead of watching) to come up to speed on all the nominations by the time the big show hits the stage/screen/etc. 


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First Take: Toyota Hearings, Doctor/Lawmakers on Health Care, Expiration Dates Don't Matter?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

UPDATED 4:45 p.m. A quick update from Alex Goldmark, producing this evening, with some ideas we're considering.

We're still looking to find out how cities like Miami and New York can help Haitian schoolchildren with distance learning. American educators have just come back from Haiti; they're trying to assess how technology and willpower might meet the needs of kids who are still showing up each day in front of crumbled school houses, hoping for a plan to get their schooling back on track.  It's not certain this will be on tomorrow, but we all think it's an intriguing story.

The FCC is looking at broadband access in rural America. We're reaching out to mayors and business folks in states where many, many people still don't have reliable access to broadband internet. (Compare this to highly connected Finland, which recently declared broadband access something that every one of its citizen has a legal right to.) We want to know the economic and social change that might come with the new FCC plan. Maybe it's better without internet in some ways. What do we know here in wired NYC?  Another story that might come together for tomorrow, or might hit later on.

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First Take: Obama's Health Plan, "Frustration Nation" and the Media, Afghan Civilian Casualties

Monday, February 22, 2010

UPDATED: 4:45 p.m. - Adam Hirsch, Web Producer, here, on the afternoon swing shift.

The second day of our "Frustration Nation" series is coming together nicely: the conversation about the role of the media in political gridlock will now include our friend Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, and long time political journalist Michael Kinsley. They've each watched politics and political reporting for decades and somehow kept their sanity: we're expecting a lively conversation from them.

We'll be talking with journalist Najibullah Quraishi and his producer, Jamie Doran, who managed to get themselves embedded with a group of Taliban insurgents in northern Afghanistan and documented it for Frontline.  The footage is pretty incredible, and Quraishi apparently barely made it away from the group alive, after they began disagreeing about the wisdom of allowing a reporter to tag along with them.

And as a follow-on to our segment about credit card changes this morning, we'll be talking about changes to debit card fees with reporters from our partners at The New York Times; that's just coming together now, but we'll fill in the details later tonight.


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First Take: Frustration Nation, Credit Card Rules, US Womens Hockey Coach

Friday, February 19, 2010

UPDATED 7:30 p.m. 

Alex Goldmark here on the Sunday shift. We're rolling ahead and getting excited about our Frustration Nation series (see below for details).

We're watching a few different stories that might make it into tomorrow's show or later in the week. For one, the U.S. casualty count in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan has reached 999 according to We've always felt very strongly on The Takeaway about supporting our troops and giving voice to the military community. Before that number hits the tragic four digit mark we are opening our airwaves to vets, servicemen and families of the fallen (and anyone else, too) to leave a tribute message to someone who has served in Afghanistan. Call and leave a message at 877-8-MY-TAKE and we'll play them on-air soon. 

In Washington, governors from around the country met today and are trying to push the White House to let them in on health care negotiations. If that looks like it might change the game in any major way, we're ready to cover that too. 

We'll have our usual Olympic update from Vancouver, which tomorrow might involve the gold medal win of Bode Miller, and possibly an answer to the question how many of the little kids spinning around their living rooms faux figure skating, will actually hit the ice and practice ... or maybe how in the world I can practice curling in New York City.

And finally, we will learn about the modern Brady Bunch family and what new research has to say about blended families and raising healthy and happy step children.



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MoMA Celebrates Appalachian Filmmakers

Friday, February 19, 2010

Since 1969, Appalshop has chronicled life in the Appalachian mountains in all its beauty and ugliness.

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First Take: Sexual Assault in the Military, Transportation Money, Out with Senior Year in High Schools?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Alex Goldmark here from the night shift, hitting the ground running today. 

A few announcements are planned out of Washington that we want to be sure we're ready for. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, is set to comment on rising health care premiums. We're getting responses from some of the health insurance companies most criticized for upping their rates. And, as we are wont to do on this radio show, we're putting out lines to everyday folk about how their lives have been or might be changed by increased health costs and by any potential actions from HHS. 

The second political tidbit to keep an eye on is President Obama's new fiscal commission. The Senate wouldn't pass it so he's making it happen by executive order, but still trying to keep the bipartisan mission of debt reduction. What does this new executive style of bipartisanship show us about Washington right now? And will it work? 

We would have checked in on the Olympic news anyway, but now that Lindsey Vonn has become the first American to win downhill gold, we will do it with renewed aplomb and national pride. Or love of sport and international fraternity. Or maybe it's just me that has an Olympic obsession this week and the rest of the editorial team will finally tell me to stop watching TV in the office. 


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First Take: Haiti One Month On, Decrease in Illegal Immigrants, Olympics

Thursday, February 11, 2010

UPDATED 7:45 p.m.

A planned segment  on a nationwide decrease in the number of illegal immigrants isn't panning out the way we thought, so we're looking around for a second-hour lead story.

UPDATED: 4:57 p.m.

About ten minutes ago, all the networks started showing file footage of former President Clinton behind BREAKING NEWS text saying he's been taken to a New York hospital with chest pains.  The afternoon crew has swung into action, calling historians, politicos and cardiologists ... the goal being to be ready no matter how the story progresses.

UPDATED: 12:45 p.m.

Anna Sale here on the day producing shift.

Friday marks one month since the earthquake devastated Haiti. As we've covered this story, we've seen how the quake has affected communities far from the island nation, including the hundreds of thousands of Haitians living in the United States. Tomorrow, we will check in with people in three different Haitian American communities to see how they are coping and how they feel they are faring in their attempts to help back home.


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First Take: Transportation in Underserved Neighborhoods, Afghanistan Offensive, Child Support in Recession

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

UPDATED 8:45 p.m.

Alex Goldmark here with a night shift update. 

The car trouble at Toyota motors on. And we at The Takeaway always like to hear from different perspectives affected by the top news stories, so when we heard that Georgetown, Kentucky was rallying behind the Japanese car maker we wanted to add their voice to the national conversation. Now, we know it's to be expected that a town with a Camry plant will root for Toyota, but we still want to hear how the town is "praying" for the company to get back on its feet. We'll talk to a local community leader and a car expert about how Toyota might bounce back from the recall rut they're in.

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States Struggle to Adequately Fund Education

Monday, February 08, 2010

While the Obama administration's proposed changes to the No Child Left Behind law are grabbing all the education headlines, a new court ruling in Washington state highlights tensions brewing in many states capitals. A judge found that by not adequately funding education, Washington was not upholding its constitutional duty to provide "ample" education for all students. He ordered the legislature to figure out how to fix it.