The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is considering extending the Americans with Disabilities Act to help bolster international support for disability rights. Judith E. Heumann, the Special Adviser for International Disability Rights at the U.S. State Department, joins The Takeaway to explains why some Republicans are opposed to a United Nations disabilities treaty being considered by the Senate.
Do we finally have scientific proof that life could exist beyond planet Earth? Sara Seager, exoplanet astronomer at MIT, discusses new data that shows the possibility of billions of habitable Earth-size planets in the cosmos.
The hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors has plead guilty to insider trading violations and will pay a $1.2 billion penalty-- the largest fine of its kind in history. The Takeaway is joined by Heidi Moore, finance and economics editor for The Guardian U.S. to discuss the latest details of this developing story.
Acclaimed musician Vijay Iyer was recently named a MacArthur Fellow, in part, for his contributions to changing conceptions of modern-day jazz. Now, he's expanded his artistry through a new collaborative project with veterans returning home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In the new album, "Holding It Down: The ...
Everyone has a story that as a kid, made the hairs on their neck stand up -- and often, those stories live with us throughout adulthood. Author of scary fiction for children, R.L. Stine, has written several scary series for children, including Goosebumps, Fear Street and The Nightmare Room. He discusses the role that fear plays in children's lives.
Joshua Greene, author of “Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap between Us and Them,” joins The Takeaway to discuss how our collective groupings affect the moral decisions we make.
Mohammed Mubarak, a 27-year-old architect who recently completed his military service in the Egyptian military, and Mohga Morsy, a 23-year-old lawyer, are both visiting the U.S. as Shafik Gabr Fellows. The program invites young leaders to travel to Egypt and the U.S. to promote cross cultural understanding. Together Mubarak and Morsy provide their outlook for Egypt's future and the way forward during this period of great uncertainty.
While the science behind climate change may still be controversial in some circles, it's come increasingly difficult to deny that the planet is growing warmer. And though scientists are cautious when it comes to cause and effect, most experts agree there is a link between climate change and storms like Hurricane Sandy. Science Friday's Ira Flatow examines the lessons learned, and the link between climate change and extreme weather.
Yesterday marked 10 years since former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky's arrest, in October 2003. Khodorkovsky maintains that his subsequent trial and sentencing were politically motivated, serving as punishment for his vocal opposition to what he saw as corruption in the Russian government. Pavel Khodorkovsky, Mikhail’s son, joins The Takeaway.
As Congress negotiates with President Barack Obama, and thousands of furloughed federal workers anxiously await a return to the office, Senate Chaplain Barry Black counsels compromise and compassion to his lawmaking flock. Today on The Takeaway, Senate Chaplain Black explores the role of faith in Congress, and discusses the federal shutdown.
There's a world that exists exclusively below the ice, extending thousands of feet in elevation on Mount Hood in Oregon—it's a world ade up of three recently discovered glacial caves. Amelia Templeton is a reporter for Oregon Public Broadcasting's Earthfix Project. She describes her descent into Mount Hood's glacial caves and OPB's multimedia project, "Thin Ice: Exploring Mount Hood's Glacier Caves."
The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act requires all financial institutions around the world to report to the IRS the earnings and assets of U.S. citizens living abroad in an effort to crack down on tax evasion. But complying with the law is long, complicated, and expensive—and as a result, more Americans abroad are relinquishing their U.S. citizenship. Ruth Freeborn, an American living in Canada, and Jackie Bugnion, tax team director at American Citizens Abroad, explain why.
Colorado is now a state changed forever from ruthless floods as the mountains absorb torrential rains in 15 counties across the state. Larimer and Boulder Counties have so far been the hardest-hit. Joining The Takeaway for an update on the rescue efforts in the state is Kirk Mitchell, reporter for the Denver Post.
In a candid and wide-ranging interview, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg describes her revolutionary work on women and the law, the President and Congress' role in war, and privacy versus technology. Justice Ginsburg talks at length about her career, her position as the second female justice on the nation's highest court and her start as a litigator and a strategic champion of women's rights.
Earlier today, France said it would put forth a proposal that would secure and destroy Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles in the form of a binding U.N. resolution. But that's not something Russia would support. To see how President Obama may navigate the Syria puzzle, we're joined now by Nicholas Burns, former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs under President George W. Bush.
In May, Missouri's state legislature passed a bill that would nullify all federal gun laws, which Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed. But on Wednesday, the legislature convenes again—and it looks like there are enough votes to override that veto. Republican Representative Jay Barnes voted against the bill in May. He joins The Takeaway to discuss why he voted against it and the consequences it could have if passed.
Joining The Takeaway to discuss the future of the civil rights movement and what can be done to accomplish the objectives of the March on Washington, which took place 50 years ago today, is Farai Chideya, a distinguished writer in residence at New York University’s Journalism Institute; Peter Blair Henry, the Dean of New York University’s Stern School of Business; and George Packer, a staff writer at The New Yorker.
Fifty years ago tomorrow, 250,000 protesters from across the country converged on the Washington Mall for the 1963 March on Washington. Dorothy Pitman Hughes is a civil rights activist who helped to organize the march. Though 50 years have gone by, she says the country and we all as Americans still have much work left to do.
According to documents provided by Edward Snowden to the Washington Post's Barton Gellman, the NSA has overstepped its legal authority thousands of times since 2008. Gellman joins The Takeaway to discuss the latest NSA revelations, and the consequences for the Obama Administration and American citizens. Glenn Greenwald, The Guardian reporter who published Edward Snowden's leaks, found that his domestic partner was held for nearly nine hours under British anti-terror legislation at Heathrow airport on Sunday. David Anderson is the U.K's Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation. He joins the program to discuss British anti-terror laws and why Miranda was held.
Years after the Vietnam War, PTSD is now a household term. Mary McGriff is a retired Captain in the United States Air Force. She served at Balad Air Force base in Iraq in 2004. Douglas Howell was a Marine Corpsman in Vietnam in 1966 and 1967. These are two veterans of two very different wars, and they are separated by nearly 30 years. Today they share their experience with PTSD.