Elizabeth Ross

Associate Producer, WGBH

Elizabeth Ross appears in the following:

Why Bacteria Can Be Good for Us

Thursday, August 22, 2013

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.

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Opposition in Syria Claim Chemical Attacks Killed Hundreds

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

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. 


High-Tech Tools in Cars are Distracting for Drivers

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

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. 

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Report Finds Serious Safety Concerns at Assisted Living Homes

Monday, July 29, 2013

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.

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Mandela Day In South Africa and the U.S.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

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.


Senator Rand Paul on the NSA Scandal & Military Sexual Assault

Thursday, July 18, 2013

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.

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New Revelations Come to Light in Boston Strangler Saga

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

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.

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Senator Menendez, Factory Owner Weighs In on Labor Concerns in Bangladesh

Thursday, July 11, 2013

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.


Texas Abortion Bill Fails to Pass After Filibuster

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

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.

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Federal Reserve Eyes End of Stimulus

Thursday, June 20, 2013

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.


Special Senate Elections in New Jersey and Massachusetts

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

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.


Understanding the Mind of James "Whitey" Bulger

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

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.



N.S.A. Whistle-Blower Comes Forward

Monday, June 10, 2013

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.

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U.S. Secretly Collecting Telephone Records of Millions of Americans

Thursday, June 06, 2013

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.

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Syrian Army Retakes Golan Heights Crossing into Israel

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Fighting between the Syrian government and opposition forces has made its way into the Golan heights. There are reports that Syrian government forces have taken back control of the border crossing there that has been monitored by the U.N. since 1974. Reporter Matthew Bell recently traveled to the Golan Heights for PRI's The World, which is produced by our partner WGBH. There he reported on how Syria's civil war has been disrupting the peace of the Israeli controlled Golan Heights.


Black Americans Arrested for Marijuana Possession at Far Higher Rate

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

According to new federal data, about half of all drug arrests in 2011 and 2010 were for marijuana use. But even though usage rates for marijuana are similar among whites and blacks, black Americans, according to this data, were nearly four times as likely to be arrested for marijuana possession. Carl Hart is professor of psychology at Columbia University and drug researcher.


The Coming Revolution in Higher Ed

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Last year Harvard and M.I.T. announced a joint online learning initiative called edX, that promised to reach students across the globe by providing online classes free of charge. Recently, there has been some debate about the effectiveness of the massive open online courses, or MOOCs, offered by the nonprofit start-up, and its for-profit competitors. Anant Agarwal, the president of edX, remains a strong advocate of online education and its ability to democratize education.

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Obama to Nominate James Comey to Lead F.B.I.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

There seems to be little doubt that President Obama will nominate former Justice Department official James Comey to lead the F.B.I. There has been no official announcement from the White House about Comey's nomination, but NPR broke the news after talking with sources who apparently have knowledge of the search to replace the current director, Robert Mueller. Ronald Kesslerauthor of The New York Times bestseller, "The Secrets of the F.B.I.," explains what this nomination means.

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High Tech Tools and the Hunt for the Boston Bombers

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

In a new NOVA documentary, "Manhunt-Boston Bombers", producer Miles O’Brien examines the high tech tools used by law enforcement officials, combined with solid detective work, to find the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings.

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FBI Investigation of Man with Ties to Boston Bombing Suspect Ends in Shooting

Thursday, May 23, 2013

A mystifying development in the investigation of the alleged Boston Marathon bombing suspects came early Wednesday morning when an F.B.I. agent shot and killed a Chechen man named Ibragim Todashev in Orlando, Florida. Phillip Martin, Senior Investigative Reporter for The Takeaway's partner WGBH in Boston, explains Todashev's involvement with Tsnarnaevs.