More than 5 million Americans suffer with Alzheimer’s disease and by 2050 that number is expected to nearly triple. All this week, our partner WGBH has been exploring efforts by leading researchers in labs around the country who are trying to find better treatments and ultimately a cure for Alzheimer's disease. The Takeaway talks with WGBH and WCAI senior reporter and editor, Sean Corcoran about his series: "Desperate for a Cure: The Search for New Alzheimer's Treatments."
For a few years, archaeologists have been excavating a site in Nepal that is said to be Buddha's birthplace. And they now say that they've found evidence of a Buddhist shrine there that dates back to sixth century B.C. Robin Coningham has published his research and findings in the journal Antiquity. Coningham is a professor of archaeology at Durham University in England and joins The Takeaway to explain this revelation.
JPMorgan Chase secretly recruited the daughter of China's former prime minister, Wen Jiabao, as part of a bigger strategy to gain influence with the country's ruling elite and promote the bank's status in China. According to our partner The New York Times, JPMorgan paid a consulting firm run by the prime minister's daughter, Wen Ruchun, who used the fake name "Lily Chang." All of this comes at the same time that U.S. authorities are investigating the bank and its practices. The Takeaway speaks with New York Times reporter Ben Protess.
Efforts to end the long-running conflict in Syria have proved elusive. Retired Ambassador Wolfgang Petritsch was the European Union’s chief negotiator at the Kosovo Peace Agreement talks and, as former high representative of the international community for Bosnia and Herzegovina, he also oversaw implementation of the Bosnia peace accords. The Takeaway talks with Petritsch about the potential for securing peace in Syria.
The Supreme Court will hear arguments today over a strategy commonly used by unions to organize workers. The practice involves pressuring an employer to sign a "neutrality agreement." This case is just one of two major organized labor disputes the Court is scheduled to hear. The other involves a worker who objected to being asked to pay fees to a union she didn't support. Benjamin Sachs, a Harvard Law School professor, explains the legal arguments in both cases.
What's Watson been up to since becoming a champion on “Jeopardy!” back in 2011? It turns out that IBM's supercomputer has been busy helping cancer patients, and medical students to become better doctors. And because of advances in machine learning, Watson is an assistant that just keeps getting smarter. The Takeaway considers the success of Watson’s flourishing career in the field of medicine with the help of the host of WGBH's “Innovation Hub,” Kara Miller.
David Pogue hosts the NOVA series "Making Stuff," which begins tonight at 9 PM Eastern on PBS with the episode “Making Stuff: Faster.” Other episodes in the series, produced by our partner WGBH, include "Making Stuff: Wilder," "Making Stuff: Colder," and "Making Stuff: Safer." Pogue, a tech columnist for our partner The New York Times, joins The Takeaway to discuss the latest cutting-edge "stuff" in science and technology innovation.
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.