Farai Chideya

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Obama Loses Black Voters as Approval Rating Slips

Monday, September 26, 2011

President Obama's approval ratings are at an all-time low. August's Gallup poll numbers showed that 41 percent of American adults approve of the way Obama is currently handling his job. Some of the largest declines in approval come from African-American voters — a group that formerly voted for Obama.

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Political Road Trippers Reflect on the Election

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Now that the election is over, Joe Klein, TIME political columnist, Andrea Bernstein, WNYC reporter and director of the Transportation Nation blog, and Farai Chideya, host of Pop + Politics reflect on their political road trips around the country.

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The Greene Space

Pop & Politics with Farai Chideya

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

10:00 AM

Join Farai Chideya in The Greene Space the morning after the 2010 midterm elections for a look at race, rage and reconciliation. Chideya, her special guests and the audience will examine election results with a critical eye towards what it means for the 2012 Presidential election.

Political Road Trips

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Joe Klein, political columnist for TIME Magazine, Transportation Nation's Andrea Bernstein, and Pop + Politics host Farai Chideya, reflect on their individual road trips around the US, talking to politicians and voters about the upcoming election season

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Bullhorn: Farai Chideya on America in an Age of High Anxiety

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Traveling through America, I cannot help but look at America in military metaphors, as a soldier who has served a tour of duty and cannot help but wonder if rotations to the field will continue indefinitely. The battles are economic, on one level. Jobs and the economy remain the top issues. Neighborhoods rocked by foreclosures are sometimes finding a new equilibrium - even if that equilibrium means learning to live with one or two abandoned houses on a once-full block. America has survived the dizzying economic crash of 2008, but we remain ready to fight for an American Dream that sometimes we can't even define.


Farai Chideya Interviews Allen West, Tea Party Star in Florida

Sunday, September 19, 2010

WNYC partner Pop + Politics just returned from a road trip to Florida, where host Farai Chideya interviewed retired Lieutenant Colonel Allen West, a Tea Party Republican who is challenging Rep. Ron Klein (D-FL) for Florida's 22nd Congressional seat in Broward and Palm Beach counties.


Pop + Politics: Farai Chideya Talks to Kendrick Meek about His Florida Senate Race

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

WNYC partner Pop + Politics just got back from a road trip to Florida, where host Farai Chideya met up with Rep. Kendrick Meek. He's gunning for the open Senate seat in Florida, in the three-way race with Republican Marco Rubio and Florida Governor Charlie Crist, who's running as an Independent. Meek currently represents Florida's 17th District, which includes North Miami and Miami Beach. When P+P caught up with him, he'd just returned from a fundraising event with former President Bill Clinton, one of his long-time supporters.


Taking the Political Temperature of the Sunshine State

Monday, September 13, 2010

Our political coverage of the midterms turns to Florida. The Sunshine State has been in the international limelight for weeks, following Pastor Terry Jones’ threats to publicly burn Korans. With the bonfire cancelled and the 9/11 anniversary past, we talk this morning about a state full of voters whose opinions range the gamut on the Koran burning issue and the three-way race for U.S. Senate that’s been heating up for months. 

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Pop + Politics: Farai Chideya Talks to Florida Gov. Charlie Crist

Thursday, September 09, 2010

WNYC partner Pop + Politics is on the road this week in Florida, where an interesting gubernatorial contest is shaping up. Florida's current governor, Charlie Crist, is running for reelection, but not as a Republican. Pop + Politics' Farai Chideya spoke with Crist on Tuesday.


The Value: Keeping Small Harlem Retailers in Business

Thursday, April 01, 2010

When you see a favorite local retailer close down, you often wonder what might have happened if you'd stepped in to help drive business. A group of retailers in Harlem are trying a new way to stay afloat in the face of the bad economy. In the latest episode of "The Value," Farai Chideya reports on an initiative called The Power of One.


The Value: Affordable Living at Sea

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

For our series, "The Value," Takeaway correspondent Farai Chideya traveled to the Bay Area for a lesson on how to live on the  cheap in one of the country's most costly neighborhoods. A family in Saulsalito, California manages to cut costs by living on their boat. By avoiding expenses like the cost of a car and gas, the family is able to sail around the world and return home with adventurous stories to tell.


The Greene Space

The NEXT New York Conversation: A Legacy Series 2010

Thursday, February 18, 2010

7:00 PM

Malcolm X is considered to be one of greatest, most influential, yet controversial 20th Century figures in African American history.

The Value: Finding the Meaning of Home in an Unlikely Place

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

In our regular series The Value, Takeaway correspondent Farai Chideya brings us the story of a woman in Miami who found the value of home in an unlikely place.

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The Value: A Repeat Felon Chooses a Straight Life

Monday, January 25, 2010

In our regular series, "The Value: What Matters to Us Most," correspondent Farai Chideya interviews a father of three in Newark, NJ, who is a repeat felon trying to stay straight.

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The Value: Prioritizing Adventure in a Tough Economy

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Takeaway's Farai Chideya interviews Mason Scherzer for "The Value."

The Takeaway's correspondent Farai Chideya joins us with the next installment in her series, The Value, which focuses on how priorities change in an uncertain economy. This time, Farai talks to "ordinary adventurer" Mason Scherzer, who values adventure travel over saving or common comforts like a daily latte. Instead of sticking his money under his mattress, he's going on a trip to Antarctica.

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The Value: Anna Deavere Smith

Friday, October 16, 2009

The Takeaway's Farai Chideya speaks to Anna Deavere Smith about "The Value."

Today we present the first installment in a new multimedia series called “The Value,” hosted by our correspondent Farai Chideya. The series explores what we — as individuals and as a society — place value on.

Farai sat down with Anna Deavere Smith, who is an award-winning playwright, actress and professor famous for her “documentary theatre.” Her newest, play, “Let Me Down Easy,” focuses on the issue of our nation’s health care and is now playing at New York's Second Stage Theater.

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Movies: Summer's Anti-Blockbusters

Friday, July 24, 2009

The Takeaway talks to two movie critics about the anti-blockbuster movies of the summer, particularly foreign films. We talk about the British film "In the Loop," described as a combination of the West Wing and The Office, and "A Woman in Berlin," about a rape victim during the Red Army occupation. The two film critics joining The Takeaway this morning are A. O. Scott, film critic for The New York Times, and Wesley Morris, film critic for the Boston Globe.

Watch the trailer for In the Loop below.

And here's the trailer for A Woman in Berlin.


Real-life Sopranos: NJ's International Conspiracy

Friday, July 24, 2009

A 10-year federal probe uncovered an international conspiracy involving money laundering, corruption of local and state governments and synagogues in New Jersey. Three mayors ended the day in handcuffs; five rabbis are accused of funneling $3 million through religious non-profit organizations, and 44 people are heading to court. Is this just business as usual in the Garden State? Joining The Takeaway is Bob Ingle: he's the Trenton bureau chief for Gannet news service and co-author of the book, "The Soprano State: New Jersey's Culture of Corruption."


The Henry Louis Gates Jr Case: Massachusetts's View

Friday, July 24, 2009

Last Thursday Henry Louis Gates Jr, one of the nation's pre-eminent African American scholars, was arrested for breaking into his own home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Charges were dropped but the debate goes on. To find out how this story is playing locally, The Takeaway turns to Joe Sciacca, the Deputy Managing Editor of the Boston Herald. Also joining the discussion is Boston-based TV and radio commentator Callie Crossley.

"From the black perspective it's, 'oh my God, I have to once again remind my young son how to interact with a cop because he will not be Henry Louis Gates, and if it can happen to Henry Louis Gates then it can happen to anybody.'"

—Boston-based TV and radio commentator Callie Crossley

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Hyundai Cashes in with the Clunkers Program

Friday, July 24, 2009

The Federal “Cash for Clunkers” program officially kicks off today. It allows Americans to trade in cars with bad gas mileage and receive up to $4,500 towards fuel efficient vehicles. Some dealerships already began offering it and The Takeaway talks to Mary Dubois from Oklahoma City who traded in her clunker for a new, more fuel efficient vehicle. And we talk with Dan Neil, auto critic for the Los Angeles Times about the clunkers program and why Hyundai is doing so well right now. Also joining the show is Rick Halstead, a Hyundai factory worker. He's going to be talking to us from the factory in Alabama before starting his shift working on 4-cylinder engines.

"One of the problems of making cars that last 20 years, is that cars last 20 years. The rollover rate is so slow."
—Dan Neil of the Los Angeles Times on the Cash for Clunkers program

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