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Nirvana's 'Nevermind,' Twenty Years Later

Monday, September 19, 2011

For those who came of age in the 1990s it may be hard to believe, but Nirvana’s "Nevermind" album turns twenty years old this week. Considered groundbreaking by some and over-hyped by others, the album is still often played and discussed two decades later.

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Destroyer's Music Video: The French Film Reference Everyone Missed?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Vancouver indie band Destroyer is known for writing inscrutable lyrics. But when the group released its music video for "Savage Night at the Opera," it was surprising how few noted where the inspiration for the video came from.

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Remembering 9/11: When Americans Lost Control

Friday, September 09, 2011

In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, there were many human casualties. But for some, like John Hockenberry, one of the most significant casualties in his own life was a feeling of control. Ten years later, Hockenberry reflects on the attacks, and what they have wrought for New Yorkers, and indeed all Americans, in anticipation of the tenth anniversary of September 11th.

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Quick Poll: Your Reactions to President Obama's Jobs Speech

Friday, September 09, 2011

Last night just after President Obama finished his address to a joint session of Congress, we wanted to conduct a quick poll, and asked 200 of our listeners from all over the country to give us their immediate reaction. We got a substantial response, and we're still taking submissions. If you want to participate, comment here, or sign up to be part of our texting team and our daily conversations on the news by texting "start" to 69866. Check out the graph of responses below. 

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Jobs Speech: Your Questions for New York Times Reporter Michael Shear

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Last night many watched GOP candidates feint and parry in the latest Republican presidential debate at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. Tonight, President Barack Obama presents his own arguments for moving forward, laying out what is reportedly $300 billion in proposals for job growth. Tomorrow we'll be talking to Michael D. Shear, political reporter and chief correspondent for New York Times blog The Caucus. He will be answering your questions about President Obama's speech, the state of the race among Republicans and how the GOP field shapes up against the incumbent.

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App Assignment: How 9/11 Impacts Your Life

Friday, September 02, 2011

For the 10th anniversary of 9/11, The Takeaway is speaking to people from all over the country about their own reflections on the terrorist attacks. For many, the events of September 11th altered their world. How did it change yours? 

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Measure The East Coast Earthquake's Intensity in Your Location

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Yesterday's earthquake, centered in Virginia, shook communities up and down the East Coast. In Washington D.C., it damaged the National Cathedral. In New York, it gave thousands of office workers a late lunch break. What did it do in your neighborhood? All day on our show, we heard responses from listeners giving us their own earthquake story. But now with the help of our friends at Mobile Commons, you can also tell the level of severity of the quake in your zip code. 

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Freedom Fighters: A Libyan-American's Search for His Father in Lybia

Monday, August 22, 2011

Today on The Takeaway we covered the rebel takeover of Tripoli in Libya extensively. After the show, co-host John Hockenberry gave his own take on the morning's coverage, including an interview with a young Libyan-American whose father has been imprisoned in the country since 1993. The young man doesn't even yet know if his father has survived in prison; now his family is preparing to leave their native country to find out.

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Storm Tracker: Live Updates on Hurricane Irene's Path and Evacuation

Monday, August 22, 2011

Hurricane Irene is currently headed towards the East Coast of the U.S., and may have a major impact on a large swath of the eastern seaboard and some 65 million residents from North Carolina to Maine. With that in mind, we're watching Irene's progress and updating this blog with the latest news and information we have.

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Charting Your Responses: Big Ideas on The Economy

Thursday, August 18, 2011

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We've been asking listeners all week for their "big idea" to fix the economy, and we've received a lot of responses. Maybe more importantly, a lot of substantive responses — real ideas that you have thought through. Along with discussing some of them specifically, we wanted to give you a sense of the kind of ideas that were presented most often. Here's a graph showing the topics covered (scroll your mouse over the bars to look at each topic):

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If You Were On Our Super Committee...How Would You Solve Debt?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Congress has a super committee, and we're looking for our own. Do you have an interest in the issues, and the problem-solving skills to tackle them? While politicians in Washington haggle over spending cuts and new tax revenues, we want to look at the solutions put together by regular Americans. Over the next few months as 12 members of Congress and the Senate meet, we'll also be covering some of the possible solutions for the country's debt challenges. We need your help. Fill out the questionnaire below and you could get chosen to help The Takeaway, The Brian Lehrer Show and It's A Free Country try and solve our nation's problems. 

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Your Big Ideas on Fixing The Economy

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

In Washington, a 12-member "super committee" of legislators is haggling over spending cuts and generating tax revenues. Confidence in Congress to get the job done on our stumbling economy is at an all-time low. But America's strength has always been about the democratic discussion of big ideas. In a free society, one person can change the world with creative problem solving. So we want to hear more from you: what are your big ideas for solving the economy?

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The Real Life 'Help' in Grand Rapids

Friday, August 12, 2011

On this Friday's show, The Takeaway's co-host John Hockenberry interviewed a guest about domestic workers portrayed in the new film "The Help," only to discover she grew up in the same city he did--Grand Rapids, Mich. But as Hockenberry describes, he and Inez Crockett Smith were living in two totally different worlds.

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London Riots and the 'Luck' of Being British

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

On today's show, John Hockenberry interviewed one of our own, Managing Editor Rupert Allman, about his impressions of the unrest roiling Britain. Allman, of the BBC, says the line between those who feel lucky to be a British resident and those who do not is an invisible one. He spoke about unrest in his country in the 1980s, how some people feel lucky to be born in Britain, and are invested in their community, while others do not. It's a distinction that is difficult to see, but incredibly important, when the chips are down.  

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Peter Parker to Miles Morales: A New Spider-Man Is Born

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Everybody was talking about Spider-Man this week. But it wasn't the dangers of the Broadway show, or the latest actor to be playing Spidey on the silver screen. Most conversation revolved around the comic book itself, and the death of longtime character Peter Parker in the Ultimate Spider-Man series from Marvel. He's been replaced with a new protagonist: a half-Latino, half-African-American teenager named Miles Morales. We had two expert guests on the show to talk about their perspectives: Vice Magazine's Nicholas Gazin, and Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso. See how our coverage of the new Spider-Man character developed, what listeners and guests had to say. 

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After The Takeaway: Celeste Headlee's Roundup of The Week

Friday, July 15, 2011

All week we've been making short videos directly after the show, in which host Celeste Headlee reacts to what we've covered. On Friday, she gives a wrap-up of the week, talking about the debt ceiling talks, investment in the United States, and the possibility that it may be time for voters frustrated with politicians to let them know what unemployment feels like.

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App Assignment: What Are You Reading and Where Are You Reading It?

Friday, July 15, 2011

Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh" at The Dutch Tavern? "Hey Ho Let's Go: The Ramones" on Rockaway Beach? As we enter the hottest, laziest days of summer, The Takeaway wants to know what you're reading and where you're reading it — no matter what it is and where you are. It's part of our summer book club series.  

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Can You Fix The Budget Crisis? New Game Challenges Users' Problem Solving Abilities

Thursday, July 14, 2011

As the president and lawmakers battle over raising the deb limit and the federal government's current budget crisis, many voters feel frustrated and powerless. But what if you were offered an opportunity to find your own fix? A new online game challenges users to come up with their own compromises and solutions to the current problems facing the country's coffers. Want to play? Can you win?

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After The Takeaway: Celeste Headlee's Reaction to Today's Show

Monday, July 11, 2011

We're having fun with a new feature: quick videos with hosts after the show. In today's episode, host Celeste Headlee reacts to our coverage of the continuing battle over principle in Washington's debt ceiling talks, and the continuing struggle for America's unemployed. Are they focused on the right priorities? It's a question we've been asking listeners, and one that has generated a lot of response. 

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After The Takeaway: John Hockenberry's Reaction to Today's Show

Thursday, July 07, 2011

We're putting forward a new feature: quick videos with hosts after the show. In today's episode, John Hockenberry reacts to some of the morning's best segments, talking about the importance of language, his idea for an episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," and his wish: to retire the use of "lame" in the modern lexicon. 

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