Ellen Frankman

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Lethal Clashes Mark Start of Ukraine Peace Talks

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Despite violence that erupted last night, negotiations have begun in Geneva between officials from the U.S., Russia, Ukraine and the E.U.—they are the first talks between the four parties since the political crisis began.

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Ukraine Uses Force to Push Back Separatists

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tensions in Eastern Ukraine have escalated, and some are saying the nation is on the brink of civil war. One public radio Ukraine correspondent fills us in on the escalating violence.

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Finding Family Through a Dark Legacy of Slavery

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Tess Taylor and Gayle Jessup White were living separate lives on separate sides of the country, when the two women discovered they were related, through not just anyone, but through the Thomas Jefferson family line.

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The Winners & Losers of a Time Warner-Comcast Mega-Merger

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Today, Comcast will go before the Senate Judiciary Committee to defend its desire to purchase the second largest-cable company in America—Time Warner Cable—for $45 billion.

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Minor Infractions Cripple Immigrant Families

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Of the 2 million deportations that have been carried out under President Barack Obama, two-thirds of the cases involve individuals who committed only minor infractions or had no criminal record at all. 

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What's Next for Afghans After Elections

Monday, April 07, 2014

Afghanistan, a nation that has seen war for more than a generation, took the polls over the weekend for the country's first-ever free elections. Despite threats from the Taliban, Afghans flocked to ballot boxes in high numbers. 


Afghans Head to Polls for First Free Election

Friday, April 04, 2014

Afghan citizens will take to the polls on Saturday to elect a new leader as Hamid Karzai prepares to leave office. His legacy may be more transitional than absolute, as both the good and the bad of the Karzai years persist into the rule of his successor.

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Common Core Exams Push Some Parents to Opt-Out

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

A growing number of parents and activists are convinced high-profile tests aren't accurate markers of a child's achievement, and many are choosing to "opt-out" by boycotting tests aligned to the new Common Core standards.

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Climate Change Means Profits for Some, Meaningful Action for Few

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the impacts of a changing environment are here to stay. The panel concluded that global warming is real, it's affecting every continent, and time is of the essence.

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As Clock Ticks, ACA Seeks Minority Enrollment

Monday, March 31, 2014

March 31 is the deadline for most Americans to sign up for health insurance. The White House reports that 6 million people have signed up for coverage so far, but some of the most important groups for the ACA—minorities—have yet to get on board.

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A Balloon to the Brink of Space

Monday, March 31, 2014

Space might be closer than you think. By the end of 2016, a private company, World View, plans to bring tourists to the brink of outer space in a high-altitude balloon.


Could the NCAA Union Ruling Help Women's Teams?

Friday, March 28, 2014

College sports are in the spotlight after a landmark ruling by the National Labor Relations Board determined that athletes on Northwestern University's football team have the right to unionize. But the ruling could also mean more money for women's teams.

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Water Shortages Spark Fights Over Access to H2O

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The U.S. is experiencing an increasing frequency of water supply problems—from dry conditions in California to strong drought conditions in Texas. David Sedlak, co-director of the Berkeley Water Center and author of "Water 4.0: The Past, Present and Future of the World's Most Vital Resource," looks back at the history of this most precious resource. Two water-rights lawyers, Sarah Klahn, and Stuart Somach, show us how droughts play out in the courtroom. 

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For Flight 370 Families, Loved Ones Forever Missing

Monday, March 24, 2014

Today Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said there was no longer any doubt about Flight 370 — according to satellite data, the plane flew south into remote waters in the Indian Ocean and could not have landed safely.

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We Have an Update On What Started the Universe

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

After a decades-long search for answers about the creation of the universe, scientists believe they have found a smoking gun. On Monday, a team of scientists announced the first direct evidence for what's known as cosmic inflation, or proof of the first fractions of a second that were initiated after the Big Bang. Clem Pryke is an experimental cosmologist at the University of Minnesota and one of the principal investigators on the team that made the discovery.

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Will Crimea's Vote Trigger a Global Showdown?

Monday, March 17, 2014

On Sunday, an overwhelming majority of Crimeans voted to secede from Ukraine and join Russia. Is the map changing, and can this referendum, along with the presence of Russian troops, reverse a half century of history? Nina Khrushcheva, the great-granddaughter of Nikita Khrushchev and a professor of international affairs at the New School in New York, looks at Russia's fixation on the past. Ukrainian politician Oleh Rybachuk, a former deputy Prime Minister in Kiev, weighs in on the way forward for Ukraine.

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Living Longer Means Rethinking Social Structures

Friday, March 14, 2014

As science enables humans in today's world to live longer, how do we assess the value of years we weren't otherwise prepared to live out?

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Can Obama Get Young People to Enroll in the ACA?

Friday, March 14, 2014

There are only two weeks left for Americans to sign up for the Affordable Care Act, and this week, President Barack Obama made a comedic appeal to young people by appearing on Zach Galifianakis’s web show, “Between Two Ferns.” Now web traffic at is up 40 percent. How many young people still need to enroll and why are so many still resistant? Mary Agnes Carey, senior correspondent for Kaiser Health News, and Josh Carpenter, explain.

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Adapting Society to a Growing, Aging Population

Thursday, March 13, 2014

This week, we've been pondering the significance of aging, and aging well in today's world. Detecting cancer or picking up on genes for Alzheimer's sounds pretty great, but many agree that our society may not have the infrastructure in place to adapt to an ever-growing, ever-aging population. Joining The Takeaway to discuss the intersection between the aging and the economy is Courtney Coile, associate professor of economics at Wellesley College.

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Living to 100: Science Takes on Life Expectancy

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Would you want to live to be 100-years-old, or even older? And if everyone could, what excites or worries you about what the future has in store? S. Jay Olshansky, a professor in the school of public health the University of Illinois at Chicago, knows a lot about human aging through the centuries and what society stands to gain—or lose—from having a much larger, older human population. He joins The Takeaway to discuss the history of life expectancy.

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