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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
UPDATE 5:30 p.m.
Alex Goldmark here picking up the night shift duties today. Not much to update from Anna's post (except the South African goalie getting a red card on the soccer front). In addition to what she laid out, we'll also have look back at 50 years of To Kill a Mockingbird with the actress who played Scout in the film version of the book.
Elsewhere in the news, San Francisco passed a new law requiring stores that sell cell phones to post information on how much radiation the devices emit. We're finding out some answers to the basic health and science questions behind this kind of consumer protection law and we'll have that for you in the show tomorrow as well.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Anna Sale, here, on the day shift.
President Obama addresses the nation tonight from the Oval Office. We're reaching back to some of the gulf residents we've talked to over the last two months, some of whom have met with Obama in the Gulf region over the last two days. We want to know how they rate Obama's speech. We're also watching Capitol Hill today, where executives from five oil companies are testifying. We also want to hear from you. Tell us what you hope to hear, and later tonight, share your reactions after tonight's speech. We'll be streaming the president's speech on our website.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Anna Sale here on the day shift.
The impact of the oil spill in the Gulf continues to dominate the news. President Obama starts his week in the Gulf Coast and will address the nation from the Oval Office tomorrow night. We talked this morning to the mayor of a town along the Mobile Bay, and we'll be checking back all week with residents to hear what effects they're seeing. Tomorrow, we'll look at new technological tools that have sprung up to help us understand the scope of the spill. There are new imaging technologies being developed that involve cheap digital cameras and kites. There's a new app called Oil Reporter that creates graphic illustrations of the spill's effects based on the input of users all along the coast. There's also the tool at ifitwasmyhome.com that overlays the spill's size over your community, giving you a sense of just how far it stretches. We'll look at where these tools came from, and how well they're working. And, of course, there's old-fashioned word of mouth to get a sense of its scale. That's why we're asking you: Has the spill affected you or your hometown? Share your story.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Arwa Gunja here on the night shift.
Tomorrow, we’re going to try to answer some looming questions over the big stories of the day.
First, to the Natalee Holloway case. The AP reported this week that Joran van der Sloot, the prime suspect in Holloway’s disappearance, was paid $15,000 by the FBI in a sting operation. Van der Sloot used the money to flee from Aruba to Peru where he is suspected of killing another young woman. So the question is, why did the FBI give van der Sloot money instead of arresting him when they had the chance? Tomorrow, Craig Dotlo, a former FBI agent will join the program to help explain the organization’s actions and the inner workings of the FBI when it comes to cases like this.
Next to the oil spill. There seems to be a lot of outrage, but not a lot of action, and many Americans, especially those along the Gulf Coast, want to know why there isn’t more of a push on Capitol Hill to stop offshore drilling. What are environmental groups doing? How about politicians and business leaders? Ted Nordhaus is the chairman of The Breakthrough Institute, and he’ll explain why environment groups aren’t being more vocal about ending offshore drilling. And Louise Story, finance and Wall Street reporter for our partner The New York Times, says a group of prominent business leaders actually have been outspoken and are urging Congress to triple its budget for investments in alternative energies.
And as always we want to hear from you. The World Cup officially kicks off this weekend. Tell us how you’ll be watching, what teams you’re rooting for and your predictions over the next month. Call our comment line at 877-8-MYTAKE or leave us a message here on our website.
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
UPDATED: 6:00 p.m.
Alex Goldmark picking up the night duties today.
As we wait for the results of tonight's primaries in 12 states like the good political junkies that we are, some other stories are also on our radar. We're kicking off our World Cup coverage tomorrow with a preview of what to watch, and how.
If you are looking to get patriotic, but don't want to do it cheering for Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan, then we've got a chance for you to redesign the national anthem. Our friends at Studio 360 are giving the elements of the 4th of July a fresh look, so we'll check in on what their thinking and what their listeners are suggesting.
And finally we'll round out the getting ready for summer radio with tips on making a standout-impress-your-guests-and-honor-your-country BBQ sauce. Really, it gets way more complex than you think, and how you make a sauce can say a lot about you and where you are from.
Monday, June 07, 2010
Anna Sale here on the day shift.
It's a big political day tomorrow, as voters go to the polls in a dozen states to make their primary picks for the midterm elections. Our Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich laid out some of the major themes this morning — the prominence of women candidates, progressive anger and organizing in Arkansas — but there's still a lot more to watch. We're reaching out to voters in Arkansas and Nevada to see what's driving the anger against incumbent Senator Blanche Lincoln and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. We're also taking a look at the politics of Silicon Valley, as former tech executives Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina take the GOP stage.
First Take: What Should Israel Do Now, Reviewing Oil Permit Reviews, Bill Gates on Family and Giving Back
Thursday, June 03, 2010
UPDATED 7:20 p.m.
Alex Goldmark here on the night shift.
In addition to what Anna got in motion earlier today (see below), we're planning on a few other stories.
We're looking into how the permitting process works for oil rigs. Is environmental track record taken into consideration when the permits are passed out? We're finding out, and we'll let you know tomorrow morning.
The sports fans around the office are eager to see how the spoiled perfect game might pave the way for instant replay in major league baseball. We'll find out about that, and also, why in the world are there so many perfect games all of a sudden?
Also, is there such a thing as a fair trade iPad? Or any tech gadget considering that they tend to be mass produced in the third world?
On a lighter note, we'll also review a few movies for you. How's that for a potpourri powerhouse?
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
UPDATED 7:30 p.m.
Alex Goldmark here on the night shift, shifting the show around as the sun sets.
In addition to our planned coverage of the flotilla fall out (see below) around Gaza and Israel, we're also following up on statements from the White House today about possible criminal charges against BP. Would the threat of jail time be a better incentive to prevent catastrophe, or is that placing an unfair burden on individuals within a corporation? And how would it work anyway. So we should have the answers by the morning.
We're also going to hear from the Mayor of Mexico City, a potential presidential candidate, about how he would stop the drug violence and what he sees in store for immigration reform from south of the border.
And finally, for you city dwellers, we'll have recipes for healthy eating from the corner store. Find out how to stay fit and slim on the road, at gas station depots or just when you find Whole Foods is too expensive.
Monday, May 31, 2010
Anna Sale here on the day shift.
First, in case you missed it, be sure to listen to these remembrances from veterans and active duty service members on this Memorial Day. It's a nice reminder about the meaning behind this holiday.
We woke up to news this morning of violence in the Middle East. At least ten activists were killed in an Israeli raid on a supply fleet traveling from Turkey to Gaza, in violation of Israel's blockade of the region. Then came news that Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu canceled plans to meet with President Obama in Washington. We are following reaction in Israel, Gaza, and around the Middle East, and tomorrow, we will look more broadly at how this affects the United States' relationship with Israel.
First Take: Facebook's Power and Privacy, Calculating Costs of Energy Development, Military Tech Goes Mainstream
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Anna Sale here on the day shift.
We are continuing to watch the Gulf Coast today, monitoring when and if BP's next attempt to plug the well leak — a process called "top kill" which involves plugging the leak with fluids — will happen. Tomorrow, President Obama will hold a press conference to announce new oil development regulations and he'll travel to the Gulf Coast on Friday. We're reaching out to experts and economists today to get a sense of how this disaster affects the economics of energy development. We're asking what the balance sheets for energy development would look like if these worst case scenarios and non-market expenses were accounted for up-front. We're also asking you what you still need to know. It's been more than a month since oil started gushing out of a well in the Gulf Coast, and we've been covering it ever since. What questions do you still have about its long-term effects and the effort to contain the damage?
First Take: Escalating Tensions in Korea, How the Market Tumble Fits into Larger Economy, Moving for Opportunity
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
UPDATED 7:40 p.m.
We’re readjusting our plans for tomorrow’s show in response to a bunch of news that’s recently broken. First, BP says they will begin to implement a “top kill” approach first thing tomorrow morning. This is basically a technique where large amounts of heavy drilling mud and cement will be pumped through the ocean into the blowout preventer in hopes of capping the leak. It’s a risky approach that’s been done on land but never at 5,000 feet below water. And if it doesn’t go exactly right, it could make things worse. We’ll get an update from the ground and talk with an engineer about how exactly this technology works.
Then, just a couple of hours ago, we learned that President Obama will be sending up to 1,200 National Guard troops to the Southwest border, after demands from both Republicans and Democrats that the security along the border be tightened. Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich will join us in the morning to talk about the internal political dynamics that led to this decision.
And 100 years after Mark Twain’s death, his autobiography is set to be published this fall. Twain once wrote, “It is no use to keep private information which you can’t show off.” Soon his most private information will be made public. We’ll talk with the general editor of the Mark Twain Project and the publications editor at The Mark Twain House about what secrets we may soon learn about the literary legend.
Finally, at the end of the week, we’re hoping to answer listeners’ questions when it comes to the oil spill. We’ve gotten a slew of inquiries from Facebook, via text messages, on our website and through our phones lines (1-877-8-MYTAKE) asking a range of questions regarding the spill and cleanup efforts. We’re going to invite on an oil expert to help us sift through your comments and give you some answers. So continue sending your questions our way.
Monday, May 24, 2010
UPDATED: 5:15 p.m. Alex Goldmark here as night editor for today.
All of the fine work Anna laid out below is still leading our show tomorrow. Here's how we've rounded out the mix.
A macabre but fascinating case out of Minnesota makes its way to court tomorrow, years late some would say; and it raises chilling questions about freedom of speech on the internet, and culpability in assisted suicide. William F. Melchert-Dinkel allegedly posed as a sympathetic nurse online in suicide-related chat rooms and encouraged people to end their own lives. At least two did. Is he liable? Did he "aid a suicide," a crime in Minnesota? Is there a way to stop this kind of act without limiting free speech? We'll hear from a legal thinker and a crusading grandmother who set out to stop Dinkel.
As words continue to heat up around the Korean peninsula in the wake of the sinking of a South Korean warship, we'll bring some context to the escalations. This current case reminded us of the USS Pueblo Affair so we'll have a little historical discussion on that naval brouhaha.
And in addition to our Gulf oil spill topics listed below, we'll hear from someone who is training to clean oil off of animals.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Barack Obama decided on the night he won the presidency to make comprehensive health care legislation his first priority. Not all of his aides agreed. "I begged him not to do this," his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, later told Jonathan Alter for his book, "The Promise: President Obama, Year One."
First Take: Terror Raids in Northeast; Is Any Incumbent Safe?; Required Reading for a Supreme Court Justice
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Anna Sale here on the day shift.
We are following the breaking news out of the Northeast about the F.B.I. raids in connection to the investigation of the attempted Times Square bombing on May 1. Three people have been taken into custody. A law enforcement official told The New York Times that these raids were in connection to the investigation into the financing of the plot. We are watching to see how much we learn today and will bring you the latest in the morning.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
We're starting into the evening after a slightly intense afternoon. (Adam Hirsch, here, on the evening shift.)
From the "Politics Makes For Strange Bedfellows" file, we found out that Conservative David Cameron will be the U.K.'s next Prime Minister, after his center-right party and the lefty Liberal Democrats formed a coalition, leaving the center-left Labor party to lick its wounds after the last election. We'll be getting voices from the BBC and here in the U.S. to explain how this unusual configuration came about, and what each party is trading.
It's traditional for Supreme Court nominees (and their friends, and their associates) to clam up to the media in the period between their gracious acceptance speech and facing the harsh lights of a Senate confirmation hearing ... and it's just as traditional for the rest of the country to be very, very curious about who the person is who might sit on the highest court in the land for the rest of their lives. So there's been a tension for us in the press as we report on details about Solicitor General Elena Kagan. We'll talk with two former associates of Kagan's tomorrow morning.
We'll also have an intriguing story about approaches to immigration in a southwestern state that isn't Arizona. After the last several weeks, we were shocked – shocked, we say! – to discover that Arizona isn't the only state in the union to have concerns over illegal immigration ... but we'll hear about a very different response to it. Tune in!
Monday, May 10, 2010
Updated 5pm EST
Arwa Gunja here on the night shift.
Do you feel like Facebook is becoming too invasive? Some users are complaining that the social networking site’s latest expansion shares too much personal information. Our own Jim Colgan will explain how the “like” system works and why so many are up in arms about it.
And as Anna mentioned earlier, we’ll be closely reporting on the nomination of Elena Kagan and how her appointment would affect the diversity of the nation’s highest court. We’ll also examine her own record when it comes to diversity. The Root reported today that, “of the 29 law professors hired by Professor Kagan, only one was a professor of color. None were African-American or Latino. Only seven were women.” Earlier today we started a conversation here on our website asking listeners what they think is most important attribute in a Supreme Court nominee. Give us your take by commenting below or calling us at 1-877-8-MYTAKE.
And across the pond, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced he would resign within months as the leader of the Labour Party. Last week’s general elections there resulted in a hung parliament where no single party won a majority. Brown says he accepts the results as a “judgment” on himself and is stepping aside. We’ll bring you the latest on that story tomorrow morning.
Thursday, May 06, 2010
Updated 5:30pm EST
The show has taken a bit of turn as The Dow Jones industrial average plunged more than 550 points in five minutes and a total of nearly 1,000 in total. Then as quickly as it fell, it came back up. The Wall Street roller coaster ride today also pushed the euro to its lowest level in over a year. Meanwhile in Greece, the Parliament passed a package of austerity measures in hopes of preventing an economic collapse. Thousands in Greece are protesting the government and the rioting turned violent on Wednesday when protesters set fire to a bank, killing three workers. What would make you take to the streets here in the US in protest of the government? Call our comment line at 877-8-MYTAKE or leave us a message here on our website.
To help explain how Greece’s economy may have impacted the markets today, we’ll talk with Charlie Herman, The Takeaway and WNYC economics editor. And later in the morning, new unemployment numbers come out. We’ll be watching that closely to bring you the latest.
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
UPDATED 6:45 p.m.
Executives from the various companies with a hand in the Deepwater Horizon disaster told members of Congress today that a worst-case scenario could conceivably mean crude oil gushing from the well 8 times faster than it is now. We're keeping an eye on the day-to-day changes on the southeastern coast, but tomorrow we're planning to talk about other gargantuan oil disasters and what, if anything, we can learn from them.
Information about the alleged Times Square bomber, Faisal Shahzad, has kept rolling in over the afternoon; we've been considering a couple of ways to go with the story. Obviously Shahzad is presumed innocent until proven guilty, and just as obviously, there was an awful lot of very quick work involved in law enforcement agencies tracking him to a taxiing plane before getting out of the country. We'll be looking at where Shahzad's been in recent years and try to understand his history.
First Take: Times Square Investigation; Worst Case Scenario in the Gulf; How Much Are You Worth at Work?
Monday, May 03, 2010
UPDATED 5:30 p.m.
Alex Goldmark here picking up the evening duties.
The big thing we have our eye on right now is the anonymously sourced reports from The Washington Post that the Times Square bomb plot may have international links. So far our sources (and most sources) are saying they can't confirm that, nor even comment on it. But as soon as more information becomes available, we'll be ready to share it with you. In the meantime, on the bomb plot, we're also looking into the elaborate CSI style investigation underway by the NYPD an FBI.
Another segment in the works is likely to get you talking, well, at work. Do you know how much your co-workers make? Do you want to find out how you stack up to them? Well, stop wondering, because its only going to lead to heartbreak and frustration according to Beth Kobliner if you start to ask around. Luckily, there are other ways of find out your worth at work. So tune in tomorrow for that.
Buried below the banner headlines of oil disasters and bomb plots is the tragic deluge in the American south. Tennessee has been hit terribly hard by rain in the past few days. We're going to find out the extent of the damage of the other environmental disaster in American right now.
Oh, and we'll look back at the 40th anniversary of the Kent State shootings with archival audio.
First Take: Financial Regs with Sen. Carl Levin, Elizabeth Warren; Oil Spill Becoming Political Mess?
Thursday, April 29, 2010
UPDATED 7:20 PM
Noel King, here on the night shift.
Not much has changed since Anna’s update, but we’ve discovered some Presidential trivia that may excite history buffs. President Obama is scheduled to give the commencement address at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor on Saturday morning. Our guest, Jake Smilovitz, editor of student-run The Michigan Daily, reminds us that the campus has seen its share of Presidential history. During the 1960 presidential campaign, then-candidate John Fitzgerald Kennedy set the stage for the formation of the Peace Corps. In an impromptu 2 AM speech, he asked students if they’d be willing to volunteer in undeveloped nations. Two weeks later, in San Francisco, Kennedy used the term “Peace Corps” for the first time. And in 1964 President Lyndon Johnson gave his Great Society Speech at U Mich. Smilovitz weighs in on what the class of 2010 wants to hear from Obama.
Anna Sale here on the day shift.
As the Senate starts debate on a financial regulation package, we'll get into the nitty-gritty tomorrow. Elizabeth Warren, the chairwoman of the oversight panel for the bank bailout funds, will join us. So will Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), who made headlines this week with his pointed, sometimes salty, questioning of Goldman Sachs officials. We recorded our interview with Elizabeth Warren today, so check back on the website to hear a preview.