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The Takeaway's Ultimate Holiday Song

Friday, December 23, 2011

With Christmas rapidly approaching, The Takeaway asked you to help us craft the ultimate holiday song. Listeners submitted their lyrics, and Takeaway producer Hsi-Chang Lin and former interim digital editor Ben Brock Johnson composed the music and performed it. Happy holidays from everyone at The Takeaway! (Download the song after the jump.)

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A Look at City Police Deaths Through the Decades

Thursday, December 15, 2011

When Officer Peter Figoski responded to an alleged burglary Monday morning and was shot in the face, he became the 166th American police officer to be killed in the line of duty this year. He also became part of a trend: a 14 percent jump in the number of cops killed in the city over last year.

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Virginia Tech Student Describes Tense Lockdown After Shooting

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Virginia Tech freshman Kelsey Starr, of Avon, Conn., has been live tweeting her experience on campus in the wake of a shooting incident Thursday that left a police officer and one other person dead. Starr, who writes for the university's newspaper, the Collegiate Times, told Takeaway producer Mythili Rao that the campus was under strict lockdown. "They don't know exactly where he is and everyone's on lockdown," she said. "Everyone's scared and I'm actually in one of the academic buildings here. I locked myself in a room with 3 other girls." Listen to the interview: 

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Truth and Reconciliation Comes to Detroit

Monday, November 21, 2011

Economically, Detroit is arguably a city fighting to diversify, reimaging itself everyday as a hub of entrepreneurship. But socially, some say, Motown is stuck in neutral, still weighed down by decades of racial divisions and a reputation as one of the most segregated cities in America.  

"Racism continues to cast a shadow over southeast Michigan, and we are still feeling the impact,” said Thomas Costello. Costello is CEO of The Michigan Roundtable, a human rights group that’s come up with what it considers a bold idea to tackle issues of race in Detroit: an independent truth commission on racial inequality. 

 

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Occupy Wall Street's Day of Action

Friday, November 18, 2011

They may have lost their home in Zuccotti Park, but Occupy Wall Street made its presence felt in Lower Manhattan on Thursday. Nearly 300 people were arrested as Occupy Wall Street protesters marked the movement's two month anniversary with a "Day of Action." Demonstrators attempted to delay the opening of the New York Stock Exchange. They later held demonstrations on New York City's subway system before gathering for a march across the Brooklyn Bridge. And it wasn't just New York. Demonstrations were held across the country as the movement plans its next moves. 

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Flash Poll: Are Your Views on Occupy Protests Changing?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Occupy Wall Street and other Occupy movement protests have made headlines this week — both in New York and elsewhere around the country. Tuesday and Today, protesters clashed with police in disputes over their right to occupy parts of lower Manhattan. We want to know: Has your view of the Occupy movement evolved in light of recent events? How? Answer our poll. 

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Bloomberg Says Zuccotti Park to Remain Closed Over Court Order

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Hours after police in riot gear stormed Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan to evict Occupy Wall Street protesters, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended his decision to clear the encampment in a press conference. Taking credit for the decision, Bloomberg said the raid was necessary for public safety. A judge issued a restraining order against New York City in the early hours of Monday morning, saying the protesters could return to Zucotti with their belongings. After initially saying the park would reopen at 8:00 am on Monday morning, Bloomberg said the park will remain closed while the city clarified the restraining order.

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Police Evict Occupy Wall Street Protesters

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Overnight Tuesday, Occupy Wall Street protesters in Zuccotti Park were awakened and ordered to leave by hundreds of New York City police officers in heavy riot gear. After nearly two months camped out in Lower Manhattan, police tore down tents and removed protesters one by one. The Associated Press reported that 70 protesters were arrested. Police claim protesters can return after the park is "cleaned and restored." OWS protesters are said to be reconvening in neighboring Foley Square. The removal comes after similar confrontations in Oakland and Portland.

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Occupy Wall Street Moves to Foley Square

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Occupy Wall Street protesters have vowed to carry on after being evicted from Zuccotti Park overnight Tuesday. After being thrown out of the park after two months, protesters regrouped after dawn on Tuesday in nearby Foley Square and marched toward City Hall. Ben Brock Johnson, digital editor for The Takeaway, saw protesters being removed from Zuccotti Park early Tuesday and spoke with protesters in Foley Square.

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After Ouster, Occupy Oakland Protesters Return

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Police in New York cleared the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Zuccotti Park in the early hour of Tuesday morning, in what could possibly a coordinated effort to break up Occupy protests in Denver, Salt Lake City, Portland, and, notably, Oakland. The eviction in New York happened less than 24 hours after police in Oakland arrested 33 people while dismantling the Occupy camp in a downtown plaza. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said the move was necessary because "the Occupy Wall Street movement itself is having a hard time controlling the encampments." Protesters returned to the camp Monday night.

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Movie Date: 'J. Edgar'

Friday, November 11, 2011

As Kristen says in this latest podcast, "It's Oscar season." And if there's a movie out that hopes to bring a few of those statues in, it's "J. Edgar." But does the Leonardo Dicaprio-starring film deliver the goods? Not quite. Listen to this week's Movie Date podcast to find out why Kristen and Rafer are looking forward to some of the other assumed contenders and perhaps trying to forget this one.

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Steve Martin on 'Give Me the Banjo'

Friday, November 04, 2011

In music, there are few things more insane than an amateur going and trying to sit down with a real player. But that's just what John Hockenberry did earlier this week, when he went to the house of comedian, author and banjo aficionado Steve Martin. A documentary called "Give Me the Banjo" airs tonight, and is narrated by Martin. But in the comedian's New York City apartment, talking about the banjo — as well as Martin's long career in comedy and interest in music — was augmented by some performance and a lesson or two. 

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Detroit Community Organizers 'Re-Imagine' Work

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Anyone watching the American economy might question what it means to have job security 2011. In Detroit this week, a group of national community organizers will be taking the question to the extreme as they ponder: What does it mean to work? The traditional answer—get a job and keep it—is suddenly beyond the reach of so many Americans, that the very definition of work must be re-imagined; say organizers of the Reimagining Work conference.

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Movie Date: 'Paranormal Activity 3'

Monday, October 24, 2011

It brought in the big bucks, but did "Paranormal Activity 3" actually scare our intrepid movie date podcasters? Well, the review is mixed. Neither really lost any sleep about it, even though Kristen has a long history of being kept up by scary ("The Shining") and non-scary ("The Hulk") movies and TV shows. Unsurprisingly, the podcast turns into a discussion of Kristen and Rafer's favorite scary movies as well as a review of the latest blockbuster. 

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Flash Poll: Which GOP Candidate Would You Vote Off?

Friday, October 21, 2011

Earlier this week we asked our listeners to participate in a flash poll about GOP candidates participating in the 10th presidential debate. With so many Republican debates so far (Wednesday was the 10th), and so may to go (12 more), we wanted to see how listeners might thin the herd. We wanted to know: of the four candidates polling the lowest, who would you "vote off" the next debate? The choices were Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.), and Jon Huntsman. Who did you choose? 

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Spending the Night at Occupy Wall Street

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

When the TV cameras are gone, what is it like to spend the night at Occupy Wall Street? It's been a month since protesters first began to occupy Zuccotti Park, near Wall Street in New York City. Since then, temperatures have been dropping as the number of protesters in New York and across the globe grows. This leaves many wondering how many protesters will be left when winter hits. Well, we aimed to find out — and to understand better just who was spending the night there and why.

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One Woman's Quest: Re-imagine Detroit's Public Education System

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

If Michigan legislators have their way, the state could soon be home to some of the most permissive charter school regulations in the nation.

Michigan, and Detroit in particular, is widely seen as one of the epicenters for a number of experimental school reforms. The recently introduced legislation aiming to relax the cap on charter school growth, follows a move, earlier this year, that essentially placed the worst performing schools in the Detroit Public School system into a separate district. The city and the state have been rallying to overcome U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s declaration, last year, that DPS was “arguably the worst urban school district in the country.’’

But in the push to implement sweeping school reform, some veteran educators say Detroit and the state may be missing an opportunity to make student and classroom-centered changes.

 

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Space is Cheap and More Art is Coming: Detroit and Berlin

Friday, October 07, 2011

You don't have to be an urban planner to know that cheap quality space can mean artists, and artists can mean revitalization. With a video slide show, Martina Guzman of WDET tells the stories of artists who have moved or even returned to Detroit and Berlin, not only for the cheap space, but for businesses and manufacturing infrastructure open to their needs. 

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What Would You Ask A Big Bank Representative?

Monday, October 03, 2011

Last week and today, we've been covering added charges for basic banking needs as well as the Wall St. protest movement that seems to be emerging. Tomorrow, we plan to speak to a person from a big bank — or at least, someone who represents their point of view. We want to ask them questions from listeners. What would you ask a representative of big banks? 

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Detroit Design Festival Tries to Move Beyond Drawing Creatives

Monday, September 19, 2011

The push to re-imagine Detroit as a national Mecca for creative entrepreneurs takes another leap  forward, starting September 21, with the new Detroit Design Festival, eight days and nights of crowd-sourcing ideas, talents and urban solutions.. The city has been making global headlines of late for its ability to draw young artists from all over the country and from every genre on the promise of cheap real estate and rich creative opportunity. This festival marks the first major showcase of creative Detroit and the potential local and relocating artists have to transform one of America’s anchor rust belt cities.

 

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