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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.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Arwa Gunja here, on the evening shift.
It looks pretty certain that tomorrow, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist will officially announce that he will leave the GOP to run as an independent in a race for a U.S. Senate seat. We’ll ask tomorrow what this means for the future of the GOP and if the Tea Party movement is helping or hurting Republican chances of securing elections. With the governor's announcement, the race in Florida will become a three-way contest, between Crist on the Independent ticket, the charismatic Marc Rubio on the Republican ticket and likely Democratic nominee Congressman Kendrick Meek, making this one of the most exciting races to watch for in the country.
We’ll also be talking about America’s obesity epidemic tomorrow morning, asking whether both corporations and citizens are truly willing to change food habits to make Americans healthier. We’ll talk with Marc Ambinder, who just wrote an extensive article on this for The Atlantic.
And tomorrow, co-host Celeste Headlee broadcasts from member station WDET in Detroit, Michigan. As Anna mentioned earlier, she’ll be speaking with Jeffrey Eugenides about leaving Detroit, a city that has played a critical role in his identity and writings. And we want to ask you, have you ever had to leave a city that you call home? Tell us about that experience. You can leave us a comment here on our website, or give us a call at 1-877-8-MYTAKE.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
UPDATED 5:45 p.m.
Alex Goldmark here, excited about tomorrows show a full 12+ hours ahead of time. Here's why...
We had a good show going already (see below re: Detroit week, Supreme Court fun, and some exotic lunch plans) but we've added some solid international coverage. Former Ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, will join us to look back on five years of democratic governance in Iraq, and to look ahead on the prospects for the intensifying war in Afghanistan.
Our other international news highlight for tomorrow also has to do with repercussions of decisions made under the George W. Bush administration. At Guantanamo Bay, an Army judge will hear the case of the Canadian man Omar Khadr, who claimed he was tortured by U.S. interrogators. The hearings could establish a precedent of the admissibility of confessions by detainees. We'll get an update from a reporter at the detention facility tomorrow morning.
Monday, April 26, 2010
UPDATED 7:15 p.m.
Alex Goldmark here on the evening shift.
All is well here with a few changes from Anna's post earlier.
For one, police have seized the computers of the Gizmodo blogger who published reports of a "lost" next generation iPhone. And the legal implications of this for journalists, including shield laws, have us debating way more aspects of this case over the cubicle walls than we'll have time for tomorrow.
We're adding another angle to our coverage of Arizona's new immigration law. We'll hear from law professors who will explain how the presumption of innocence and the burden of proof have evolved over time, and where this new law fits. It won't be the first time a class of free and legal Americans will have to be able to prove their status in order to walk the streets of their city.
And our man in DC, Todd Zwillich, is walking the halls of the Capitol right now, mic in hand, monitoring the preliminary votes and opening shenanigans in the financial regulation reform debate in the Senate.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Arwa Gunja here, on the night shift.
Our partners over at The New York Times are working on an exclusive story about the mine explosion in West Virginia that left 29 people dead. The story will shed new light on what exactly went so wrong and the different safety violations that led to the tragedy. National correspondent Ian Urbina joins us in the morning to share his reporting.
Today, President Obama visited Wall Street to push for greater oversight of the financial industry. This got us wondering whether oversight is enough to stop dirty dealings. Do we behave differently if we know we are being watched? Tomorrow we’ll talk with Dan Ariely, a professor of behavioral economics at Duke University. And we want to ask you, our listeners, if you spend your money differently when there is someone monitoring your spending. If you share a credit card bill or bank account with a spouse or loved one, how does that affect the choices you make a shopping mall, for example? Call us at 1-877-8-MYTAKE or leave us a comment here on our website.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Arwa Gunja here, on the night shift.
Who owns our genetic makeup? We’ve talked about this on The Takeaway before, when a Federal District Court in Manhattan ruled that a biopharmaceutical company could no longer hold the patent on several genes. But this topic is resurfacing this week in a very different context. The Havasupai Indians gave their DNA to Arizona State University so researchers could find out why there is such a high rate of diabetes in the tribe. But, tribal members claim the university used their genetic makeup for much more, including looking at mental illness and tracing the tribe’s geographic origins, which contradict their own traditional stories. Now the university has settled with the Havasupai Indians at the price of $700,000, the first time individuals have been paid after claims their DNA was misused. We’ll take a look at the ethics of testing DNA and ask whether vulnerable communities in particular are taken advantage of when it comes to medical research.
We’re also having a two-part conversation about the role of Google after the company made public censorship requests from different governments. Tomorrow we’ll talk with Jeff Rosen, a law professor at George Washington University, about whether Google has its own foreign policy agenda, much like a nation would. Then on Friday we’ll talk with Nicole Wong. If Google were a country, Wong would be their secretary of state.
And the NFL draft starts tomorrow night. Even if you support a losing team, is the draft a time when hope springs eternal? The St. Louis Rams get the first pick, and we’ll talk with an ardent fan.
First Take: Passing of Civil Rights Eyewitnesses; Mariel Boat lift, 30 Years later; Savoring Strawberries
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
UPDATE 6:45 p.m.
Alex Goldmark here with the evening update as the sun sets and the news settles in.
As the day rolled on we began to see more and more fertile ground for great conversation in the legacies of historic events (see original post below re: Mariel Boat lift and Dorothy Height). So we will explore how younger generations take lessons from the legacies of these past events. How soon is history forgotten and how does it live on in ways we don't always recognize.
And our partners WGBH along with The Christian Science Monitor have completed an investigative report on carbon offset programs. If you pay a company to plant a tree for you to offset the pollution caused by your lifestyle, you might want to tune in and hear how some offsetting operations aren't what they claim.
And as Louise Story continues her downright outstanding investigative reporting on the suspect dealings at Goldman Sachs for our partner The New York Times and joins us tomorrow to discuss Goldman's earnings and its reaction to allegations of fraud. Good, hard news times as always, on The Takeaway.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Anna Sale here on the day shift.
This ash cloud story continues to have us talking around here. We talked this morning about the impact on the economy and global shipping, but we're also interested in how this transportation disruption has affected the way we understand the world. For starters, is this changing the way we perceive distance and time? We're also looking back in history at other times Mother Nature reared her head and caused large-scale disruptions to the normal course of civilization.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Arwa Gunja here, wrapping up the day’s production.
Tomorrow we are going to lead the second hour of our show with a story about possibly expanding the role of nurse practitioners. Twenty-eight states are considering giving these nurses with higher degrees more authority, including prescribing narcotics. This is due to a shortage of primary care physicians. We’ll hear from a doctor who is against this expansion and a nurse practitioner who says the expansion would benefit patients and pocketbooks. It is cheaper to see a nurse practitioner and often, they have more time to spend with patients. But some doctors argue it could put patients in harm’s way by putting their care in the hands of a less qualified medical professional.
And today, the Library of Congress announced they will start archiving tweets going all the way back to 2006 when Twitter was started. This means that along with history books and great works of literature, tweets will live forever in our nation’s most prestigious library. We’ll talk with a "library and archivist groupie" about how this changes the way we look up history. If you’re on Twitter, will this change the way you tweet? Are there any tweets from your past that you would want to be archived in history? You can call us at 877-8-MYTAKE, leave us a message on our website, or better yet, tweet it.
First Take: Where are there Unsecured Nukes?, Calls for Militia in Oklahoma, Trick Yourself into Saving
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Anna Sale here on the day shift.
We had a great conversation this morning about President Obama's charge to secure the world's nuclear material in four years, but we still have more questions. Which countries possess unsecured nuclear material? Where is that material located, which groups want to get their hands on it — and which groups already have their hands on it? We’re hoping to answer some of these questions with Sharon Squassoni, an expert on nuclear proliferation and prevention with the Center for Strategic and International Studies. And we’re on the hunt for an investigator who works to track down stolen nukes for some insight into what kind of detective work goes into finding and securing dangerous nuclear material.
Monday, April 12, 2010
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?
Thursday, April 08, 2010
Arwa Gunja here on the night shift.
Not too much has changed for tomorrow’s show. We’re asking you, our listeners, how you would proposing trimming the budget for your local city or town. If you were the mayor, what cuts would you make? Send us your responses and we’ll use them tomorrow morning in a conversation we're having about struggling cities. We’ll be focusing on Baltimore and Detroit, but we know communities across the country are hurting. Send us your stories and suggestions by calling 1-877-8-MYTAKE or leaving us your comments here on our website.
We will also be joined by mine safety expert Ellen Smith for a closer look at Massey Energy. This is the company that owns and operates the West Virginia mine where at least 25 people were killed after an explosion earlier this week. The rescue efforts have been stalled because conditions have been deemed too unsafe for workers to move forward, though four miners remain trapped underground. Massey is the sixth largest coal company in the US. Tomorrow we’ll get a profile of both the company and its controversial CEO, Don Blakenship.
And every Friday we - and our partners at The Week Magazine - bring you a series we call, “Good Week, Bad Week,” to determine who had a good week and who had a bad week. Send us your nominees. Again, you can call us at 1-877-8-MYTAKE or leave us a message right here on our website.
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Arwa Gunja here on the evening shift.
As many of our listeners may already know, our host, John Hockenberry, is in Denver all week this week broadcasting from member station KUVO. He got a chance to meet up with Bill Reinert, national manager of the Advanced Technology Group for Toyota USA. Mr. Reinert helped design the Prius. Tomorrow we’ll bring you a conversation about how cars are getting more complex and technologically advanced - and what that means for you, the consumer.
We also want to take a moment to address a concern raised by a listener about a segment today on Wikileaks, a website that leaks sensitive information while keeping its sources anonymous. This week, the controversial website posted a classified video that showed the deaths of 12 Iraqi men, including two employees of the Reuters News Agency, during a 2007 incident in Iraq. The video appeared to show Americans in an Apache helicopter firing on unarmed men. Two listeners wrote to us to express frustration that we hadn’t mentioned a report released by the Pentagon late Monday, which said that some of the Iraqis involved in that incident were indeed carrying weapons. We called US Central Command to ask what their report found. We’ll tell you what they had to say tomorrow on the show.
We’re also closely following the uprising in Kyrgyzstan, where protesters have overthrown the government. Kyrgyzstan is one the most important US allies in Central Asia and home to an American air base used for missions in nearby Afghanistan. We'll keep you posted with the latest tomorrow in the show.
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
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.
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
I remember the waiting.
It's been more than four years since I stood on the mouth of a coal mine, waiting for word on the fate of two missing miners. It was January 2006, at the Aracoma Mine in southern West Virginia. I was covering the story for West Virginia Public Radio. A fire had broken out in an underground mine and two men were missing. That alone was tragic enough, but it came just a few weeks after the Sago Mine Disaster, where 12 men died – 11 of them after they were poisoned by bad air while they waited for rescue.