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.
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.
Malcolm X is considered to be one of greatest, most influential, yet controversial 20th Century figures in African American history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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
"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
"Right now the Republicans don't have to do anything other than let the train wreck happen as the Democrats debate with the Democrats."
—Marcus Mabry of the New York Times on the health care debate
The car industry is starting to release its second quarter profit reports. The Ford Motor Company is posting a surprise $2.8 billion profit, but it continues to have operating losses. Since its two biggest competitors, GM and Chrysler, have just emerged from bankruptcy, the report is definitely creating a mixed picture of the company's health. Globally, Hyundai has managed to post a huge profit, while luxury car brand Porsche has big changes in the works. For more we turn to Nick Bunkley, The New York Times auto industry reporter, and Russell Padmore, a BBC business correspondent.
At the end of his press conference last night, President Barack Obama discussed the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. The president said the cops "acted stupidly" in their decision to arrest the nation's preeminent African American studies scholar when he was questioned about a possible break-in at his own home. Law enforcement officers receive sensitivity training in dealing with racial profiling. So why do these incidents continue to happen? Joining The Takeaway to discuss the issue is Phillip Atiba Goff, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Executive Director of Research for the Consortium for Police Leadership in Equity, and Rick Weger, a lieutenant in charge of training at the San Jose Police Department.
"It can be unintentional biases that people hold that cause this racially-biased policing... A vast majority of the men and women in law enforcement have no intention of being prejudiced."
—Rick Weger, a lieutenant in charge of training at the San Jose Police Department
North Korea and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have launched a war of words. In a speech in Thailand, where she is attending a regional summit, Secretary Clinton urged North Korea to renounce nuclear weapons; North Korea's official media responded by calling Clinton "an unintelligent funny lady." North Korea also announced that the six-party talks on disarmament were dead. Jill McGivering, the BBC's Asia correspondent, joins The Takeaway to explain what's at stake.
Here is more on Secretary Clinton's trip to the ASEAN summit and her call for changes in Myanmar and North Korea:
After weeks of budget battles and threatened cuts, the California state budget is finally up for a vote today. Or maybe tomorrow. Possibly next week. The Takeaway talks to Dan Walters, a political columnist for the Sacramento Bee, about California's continuing budget crisis.
A very tired looking Gov. Schwarzeneggar thanks people for their budget-solving suggestions in this video: