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Femi Oke

News host and Reporter for The Takeaway

Femi Oke appears in the following:

Our recession hero: Behrooz the good broker

Thursday, March 26, 2009

This week, we sent Senior Editor Femi Oke out to bring your stories about the economic crisis back to the show. Sam Jordan was listening in New Jersey and sent us an e-mail. He wanted us to meet a real estate broker who he describes as more or less his real estate hero. Not something you hear about brokers these days, so Femi Oke went and got the story. She found a broker who, even during the height of the real estate boom and easy mortgages, preached caution and budgetary restraint. He lost clients over his moderation and colleagues laughed, but that real estate philosophy saved families, like Sam Jordan's, from mortgage overload. Femi joins us now with the story.

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Chronicle of a Persian wedding

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Marjan Tehrani is an Iranian-American director/producer whose forthcoming documentary chronicles her brother Alex's wedding to Heather, an American woman from California. The couple traveled to Iran for the wedding and discovered that U.S. - Iranian relations aren't only political, but often very personal as well. The Takeaway is joined by Marjan and Alex Tehrani to discuss the film.

The film Arusi Persian Wedding premiers on PBS' Independent Lens series tonight.


Greens, rice, fish...and Sean Penn: Cooking for Iranian New Year with filmmaker Marjan Tehrani

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

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Marjan Tehrani is a documentary filmmaker. Born and bred in the United States, Marjan had an American mother and an Iranian father. Her latest film, Arusi Persian Wedding, takes her back to her Persian roots and tells the story of Marjan’s brother taking his American wife to Iran to have a traditional Persian wedding.

When The Takeaway’s Femi Oke went to meet Marjan Tehrani it was just a few days before the Persian New Year. So as they chatted Marjan showed Femi how Iranian families celebrate their new year, talked about growing up half Iranian and why Sean Penn is on her fridge!

Sabzi Polo Mahi (rice with green herbs and fish)
Basmati rice
Fresh white fish
Plain yogurt
Salt and pepper

Chop parsley, cilantro and scallions. Cook basmati rice. In a saucepan, add rice and mix in chopped parsley, cilantro and scallions. Dissolve saffron in water and add to rice with salt and pepper. Cook rice until the bottom of the saucepan is layered with golden crunchy rice. Don’t burn it--just make it crunchy! Steam the fish with the seasoning. Serve fish on a bed of rice with a side helping of plain yogurt.
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Channeling Kate Winslet and Mickey Rourke for our Takeaway red carpet Oscar questions

Friday, February 20, 2009

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Have a question for an Oscar nominee? Place your vote in our red-carpet poll here.
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Inauguration Day

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Brian Lehrer Show’s special coverage of the presidential inauguration includes:

From Washington, DC: WNYC’s Andrea Bernstein and Siddhartha Mitter; plus The TakeAway’s Femi Oke; and Todd Zwillich of Capitol News Connection;

From New York City: WNYC’s Beth Fertig, Bob Hennelly, Arun Venugopal, Terrance McKnight, and Allison ...

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Back to the streets of Washington with Femi Oke

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

We return to The Takeaway's Femi Oke who is staked out on the crowded streets of Washington, D.C. She is shoving her microphone in front of anyone who will talk to her (and some who won't) in order to get the pulse of the scene.

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An update from the crowded sidewalks of Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The streets and sidewalks of Washington, D.C. are filling up with excited people from across the nation and around the world as the final preparation for Barack Obama's swearing in as president get underway. We check in with Capitol News Connection's Todd Zwillich who is on the podium waiting for the President-elect, Femi Oke who is on the increasingly crowded sidewalks of D.C., and the New York Times' Marcus Mabry.


Backstage with the Lesbian and Gay Band Association

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

In just a few hours the Lesbian and Gay Band Association will be making history as the first gay band to be included in an inaugural parade. During the Clinton era the LGBA were invited to inaugural events, but never asked to take part in the march down Pennsylvania Ave. We are joined by Femi Oke who went to the band's last dress rehearsal.


Washington buzzes with excitement over impending Inauguration

Monday, January 19, 2009

As the nation prepares for a new President, Washington, D.C. is filling up with excited Inauguration attendees from across the country. We check in with Femi Oke who is roaming the streets of the Capitol city talking to anyone and everyone she comes across. She joins us now for a report on the scene in the city.

For more on the Inauguration, check out the voices you have heard on The Takeaway.


Bye bye Crawford. Hello Hawaii.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

As the Bush administration fades in history, so will the little town of Crawford, Texas. The equivalent refuge in the Obama administration isn't really known. Obama is from Chicago...but he's also from Kahului, Hawaii.


Video: Femi's Fab Five

Friday, December 19, 2008

The Takeaway’s news anchor Femi Oke remembers the five top stories that made the team smile in 2008.

The Singing Ambassador: Producer Kent DePinto talks about booking the U.S. ambassador for Paraguay for his newly discovered singing talent.

Banjo brain surgery: Femi Oke talks about Eddie Adcock, the musician who played his banjo while having brain surgery.

Grease Is the Word: When producer Noel King found out that thieves were stealing grease from restaurants, she did some detective work to find a real Grease Detective.

Joking with Terrance McKnight: The Takeaway’s music contributor Terrance McKnight tells all about the moment when he suddenly lost the power of speech.

Milking a story: Newswriter Stephanie Hughes recalls her first day on the job and an unforgettable story about P.E.T.A. and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

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Christmas Gifts Gone Wild

Friday, December 12, 2008

Takeaway culture correspondent Mary Elizabeth Williams looks off the beaten track to find you some of the coolest Christmas gifts around.

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Layoffs hit the virtual world as Reuters closes its Second Life bureau

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Virtual reality world Second Life loses a news bureau.

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Unconventional polls

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The most accurate polls around might be a little on the unconventional side: Halloween mask sales, schoolchildren, coffee cups, and cookies.

Mary Beth Williams hits the streets of New York to look at this year's "Xtreme" polls:

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Friday, October 24, 2008

The 2008 CMJ Music Marathon has attracted more than 1,000 artists. The annual New York music festival has a national reputation for showcasing new bands. Takeaway musician Jack Grace put his twenty years of experience of playing at CMJ to good use this week. After spending a few nights checking out the groups who are getting all the music industry buzz, he reports back on this year's "it" band.


Oil reserves bring billions into Nigeria, but also conflict with MEND

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Nigeria is the fifth-largest supplier of crude oil to the United States. (The United States is Nigeria's biggest single export market.) Behind this lucrative business relationship, however, is a wild backdrop of conflict in Nigeria’s oil fields. The region is poor and undeveloped, but oil exports make Nigeria one of the richest countries in Africa. Militants pushing for a share of this oil wealth and environmental remediation have resorted to blowing up pipelines, taking foreign hostages and fighting government troops. Commander Fara Dagogo is a member of the biggest rebel group, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, or MEND. The commander talks with The Takeaway about why he is sabotaging his country’s oil production.


Musician Terence Blanchard uses jazz to rebuild New Orleans

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Terence Blanchard is a prolific composer and musician. He’s written film scores for over thirty movies including, “Malcolm X”, “When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts”, “Inside Man” and “Miracle At St. Anna”, Spike Lee’s upcoming film about the lives of four African-American soldiers fighting in World War 2. Three years ago Blanchard was working on the score of “Inside Man” in Los Angeles when he turned on the television and saw hurricane Katrina hit his home city of New Orleans. Recovering from the disaster and rebuilding and reinvigorating the Crescent City has been his passion ever since. Terence Blanchard joins The Takeaway on the eve of the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina hitting New Orleans, to talk about how he’s using music to rebuild the city he loves.


The conflict in Georgia sends shudders through former Russian satellite states

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Guests: Peter Semneby, the European Union’s special representative for the South Caucasus


The Phelps Effect

Friday, August 15, 2008

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Tameka, age 9, and Kayarah, age 8, love to watch the Olympic swim team so much they have picnics around the television and watch the competitions — even in Spanish! They are two members of a new generation of young swimmers being inspired by Michael Phelps at the Beijing Summer Olympics. Swim coach Offitt Porter is having trouble getting his swim team to practice; all they want to do is rush home to watch the US Olympic swim team. This is “The Phelps Effect,” with which one athlete has inspired children around the country.


Doctors talk about the state of research and treatment at AIDS conference

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

The 17th International AIDS Conference in Mexico City runs August 3 to 8, 2008. This year’s conference coincided with the startling revelation that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had underestimated new HIV cases by 40 percent.