How did Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and so many other famous American superheroes emerge from a niche comic book industry created to escape the woes of the Great Depression? The Takeaway talks with Michael Kantor about his new film, “Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle,” and Phil Jimenez, a comic book artist and writer featured in the series. The film considers the evolution and lasting cultural legacy of some of America's most popular cultural icons.
It is uncertain if the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard will revive the debate about tougher gun control measures. Some states have passed stricter firearms laws, but a recent recall election in Colorado backed by the NRA demonstrates the political risks associated with supporting stronger gun laws. The Takeaway talks with one of the Colorado state legislators unseated in the recall election, Colorado Senate President John Morse.
In June 2012, Egypt saw its first democratically elected president: Mohammed Morsi. But just one year later, President Morsi was overthrown and Egypt’s military was back in charge. The Takeaway talks with FRONTLINE correspondent, and co-founder and Editor-at-Large of the GlobalPost, Charles Sennott, about the implications of Egypt’s troubled revolution and the lessons that the U.S. and its allies should learn as they push for stability in Syria.
Following the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001, many people voiced strong and often conflicting opinions about what would be an appropriate way to rebuild New York’s World Trade Center, while honoring the victims of 9/11. Architect David Childs, who designed One World Trade Center, talks to The Takeaway about why he considers the building to be a strong symbol of American resilience.
According to the UNHCR, the number of Syrians registered as refugees or awaiting registration as refugees has now passed the 2 million mark. Of the 2 million Jordan has taken in more than a half-million displaced Syrians. Andrew Harper, representative for the UNHCR, is based in Jordan. He describes the plight of Syrian refugees there and what the international community is trying to do to bolster support for them.
Last week, British parliament voted against military intervention in Syria. The vote was a blow to Prime Minister David Cameron and to some British lawmakers who support an international effort of force in the region. Andrew Mitchell, a member of Parliament and former cabinet minister, explores Britain's option to hold a second vote on Syria.
We have long been fighting bacteria with a whole host of anti-bacterial sprays, soaps, and sanitizers. But when it comes down to it, there is no escaping the 100 trillion bacterial cells that live with us all the time on our skin, in our mouth, and in our intestines. For the forthcoming edition of WGBH's Innovation Hub, host Kara Miller has been exploring that impact that good bacteria can have on our health.
Syrian opposition activists have accused the Syrian government of launching chemical weapons attacks and killing hundreds in areas close to the capital of Damascus overnight. The Syrian government has denied that chemical weapons were used earlier today. Ben Hubbard, Middle East correspondent for our partner The New York Times, discusses the latest details with us.
Car manufacturers are increasingly offering more and more ways for drivers to stay connected online even while driving. But could cars with cutting edge voice-activated hands-free systems pose a safety hazard because of the mental distractions they can create for drivers? Kara Miller, host of WGBH's Innovation Hub, discusses the newest technology showing up in cars and the implications for everyone’s safety.
The assisted living industry is a multibillion-dollar business. An investigation of the largest assisted living company in the country by FRONTLINE and ProPublica has found legal violations, serious lapses in care, and questionable deaths. A.C.Thompson has been the one investigating the assisted living industry. He joins The Takeaway to discuss his findings.
Today, Nelson Mandela’s birthday, is also known as “Mandela Day.” It's a day when people are encouraged to volunteer 67 minutes of their time - that's one minute for each year that Mandela served others in South Africa, while in prison and in politics. Sharing what Mandela Day means at home in South Africa, and abroad, are Anders Kelto, reporter for PRI's The World, and Ntshepeng Motema, a South African living in New York.
Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul is backing New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand in her effort to curb sexual assault cases inside the military. Paul’s backing could prove critical as Gillibrand attempts to build support for her bill, which will be offered as an amendment to the annual Defense Authorization Act. The Kentucky senator says he sees “no reason why conservatives shouldn't support” Gillibrand’s measure. He joins The Takeaway to discuss his reasons for backing the measure.
One of America's longest-running murder mysteries may now be coming to a close as the Boston Strangler case comes one step closer to being solved. Albert DeSalvo had confessed to being the Boston Strangler, but he was never charged and later withdrew his confession. But a newly discovered water bottle has given police the evidence they needed to definitively link him to one murder. Philip Martin is an investigative reporter for our partner WGBH Boston Public Radio. He joins The Takeaway to discuss the latest revelation.
Are American retailers that operate in Bangladesh doing enough to improve safety conditions at Bangladeshi factories? U.S. Senator Robert Menendez has been calling for better labor conditions and safety standards for workers in Bangladesh. Safina Rahman, the director of Lakshma Sweaters, an apparel production factory in Bangladesh's capital, responds to the senator's proposal. They join The Takeaway to take us through his plan and how it might impact the garment industry at home and abroad.
Around midnight last night, the Texas Senate shutdown Senator Wendy Davis's (D-Fort Worth) nearly 11 hour filibuster meant to prevent the passage of Senate Bill 5, a restrictive abortion law. Christy Hoppe, Austin bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News, was present for entire filibuster. James Henson is the director of the Texas politics project as the University of Texas.
Later this year, because of an optimistic outlook on the economy, the Federal Reserve may begin to ease its efforts to stimulate the economy. To discuss what this development means, The Takeaway welcomes Jon Hilsenrath, Chief Economics Correspondent for The Wall Street Journal.
New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg's death, and Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry’s move to Secretary of State, left two major vacancies in the Senate. Both states are looking to fill those seats with special elections in the next few months. R.D. Sahl, longtime Boston news anchor and Boston University journalism professor, and Sarah Gonzalez, northern New Jersey enterprise reporter for WNYC and NJPR, discuss the candidates.
Alleged mobster James “Whitey” Bulger is on trial in Boston, accused of crimes that go back decades. He was once one of the nation’s most-wanted fugitives, holding a spot on the F.B.I.’s Ten Most Wanted list with the likes of Osama bin Laden. Dick Lehr, the co-author of the biography: “Whitey: The Life of America’s Most Notorious Mob Boss,” believes that Bulger is one of the most significant crime figures of the past century.
After days of speculation over the identity of the source who leaked a F.I.S.A. court order mandating that Verizon turn over all metadata on its phone records, Edward Snowden, a former technical assistant for the C.I.A., revealed himself as the whistle blower this weekend om a 12-minute video interview with the Guardian.
The United States government is carrying out a top secret domestic surveillance program under which it is collecting the call data of millions of Americans on an "ongoing, daily basis." According to a document posted on the The Guardian's website, on April 25th of this year the U.S. government obtained a classified court order that required Verizon to begin handing over call data to the National Security Agency and the F.B.I.