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Femi Oke

News host and Reporter for The Takeaway

Femi Oke appears in the following:

'Olympic Buzz' Inspires Skaters Around the Country

Monday, February 22, 2010

The U.S. Figure Skating Organization has a name for the increased interest in the sport they get every four years: They call it "The Olympic Buzz," and it's linked to the media exposure skating gets during the Winter Olympics. Takeaway correspondent Femi Oke goes in search of the 2010 "Olympic Buzz" at one of the most famous ice rinks in the world: Wollman Skating Rink in New York's Central Park.

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Organizing Haiti

Thursday, February 11, 2010

It's not often that you hear a UN Chief described as a "badass," but that’s the way retired Lieutenant Colonel Shayne Gilbert is described by his team.  His official title is Chief of the Joint Operations and Tasking Center for the United Nations in Haiti.

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Cub Reporter Tackles Childhood Obesity

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

First Lady Michelle Obama launched a nationwide campaign to fight childhood obesity this week. Major news outlets assigned reporters to cover the story, but 11-year-old Jonas Hosmer was probably the youngest of the bunch.

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East New York's unemployed

Friday, February 05, 2010

Despite the fact that the Department of Labor lists young people, African-American and Hispanic men as having some of the highest rates of unemployment, a group of youngsters in East New York, Brooklyn is determined to buck the trend and get into the job market. The Takeaway's Ibrahim Abdul-Matin introduces them to us and their challenges when it comes to finding work.

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Small Business Owners Assess President Obama's Jobs Plan

Friday, January 29, 2010

In his State of the Union address, President Obama proposed to spend $30 billion to help small businesses weather the tough economy. This is the latest move by the administration to support small business owners, but has any of these plans materialized into practical help? We put the question to small business owners in different parts of the country.

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Donations to Haiti May Break Charity Records

Friday, January 22, 2010

In just over a week Americans have given more than $305 million to help Haitians recover from the recent earthquake in Port-au-Prince.  The numbers are being tracked by the independent charity watchdog Charity Navigator

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Special Assignment in Haiti

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Until December 2009, Haitian journalist Michele Montas was on call 24/7 for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon. When she retired from her post as his spokesperson to Port-au-Prince, she vowed to do "three months of nothing".  However, that was before an earthquake destroyed her home city. 

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Looking Ahead in Civil Rights Activism

Monday, January 18, 2010

This weekend WNYC hosted a Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday celebration at the Brooklyn Museum in New York.  Our own Celeste Headlee co-hosted the event, which included prominent educators, politicians and activists. 

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Takeouts: Deflation, Sports, Future of Civil Rights

Monday, January 18, 2010

  • MONEY TAKEOUT: The Labor Department released new inflation figures last Friday, and it appears that the economy is experiencing moderate deflation. New York Times finance reporter Louise Story talks to us about the effects this deflation could have on ordinary Americans.
  • SPORTS TAKEOUT: We check in with Takeaway Sports Contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin about last weekend's NFC playoffs and talk about the Cinicinnati Bengals' Marwin Lewis, who just won the NFL's Coach of the Year award.
  • MLK TAKEOUT: This weekend, WNYC hosted a Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday celebration at the Brooklyn Museum, co-hosted by our own Celeste Headlee. Celeste and Femi Oke spoke with Columbia law professor Patricia Williams about the future of the civil rights movement.

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Takeouts: USAID, NFL, Civil Rights on MLK Day

Monday, January 18, 2010

  • CONGRESS TAKEOUT:  The USAID says that the search-and-rescue operation in Haiti will officially end sometime today, as relief agencies transition to other recovery efforts. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich brings us the latest on this and the U.S. military's deployment in Haiti.
  • SPORTS TAKEOUT: Sports Contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin tells about the big upset last night that ended the hopes of the Indianapolis Chargers and guaranteed the New York Jets a place in the AFC finals.
  • MLK DAY TAKEOUT: Femi Oke and Celeste Headlee went to a Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at the Brooklyn Museum in New York, and spoke about the future of the civil rights movement with Dr. Roscoe Brown.  Brown is a professor at CUNY graduate center and a former Tuskegee airman

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Takeouts: The Week, Congress, Haitian Community

Friday, January 15, 2010

  • GOOD WEEK/BAD WEEK: Our regulary segment with The Week Magazine. We reflect on the past seven days to see who had a good week and who didn’t. We’ll take your nominees anytime.
  • CONGRESS TAKEOUT: Lawmakers, labor leaders, and President Obama were on Capitol Hill last night saying significant progress has been made towards a final health care bill. Takeaway correspondent Todd Zwillich was there.
  • COMMUNITY TAKEOUT: The crisis in Haiti has affected many American Hatians living in New York. Takeaway Correspondent Femi Oke reports from a community center in Brooklyn that has become a hub for sending aid to the country. 

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Grim Scene on the Ground in Haiti

Friday, January 15, 2010

The first U.S. Navy ship arrived in Haiti yesterday morning. A large aircraft carrier is set to arrive off the coast today, with 14 helicopters and relief supplies. But right now, the situationon the ground is grim. We hear from Christina Boyle a reporter for The Daily News who landed in Port-au-Prince last night.

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Reporting From Haiti Via Twitter

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A Hatian radio host has been offering updates of yesterday's earthquake via Twitter.

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New York Haitians Respond to Quake

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

On Tuesday night, New York Haitians gathered to exchange news, share information and watch TV together as they tried anxiously to get more news from home. Femi Oke spoke with Haitians in New York City.

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Holiday Shoppers Surge, Safely, to Sales

Friday, November 27, 2009

Last Thanksgiving, a crowd of thousands crushed into a Wal-Mart store in search of holiday sales, killing a 34-year old man.  That incident has made stores around the country look at ways to keep customers and staff safe this shopping season.  Takeaway Correspondent Femi Oke goes back to the Green Acres Mall - the scene of last year's accident - to check in with shoppers and the mall's new safety measures.

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Takeouts: Oprah Announces End of Show, College Basketball, Michelle Obama Dolls

Friday, November 20, 2009

  • Media Takeout: Oprah Winfrey's production company announced an end date for her talk show: September 9, 2011, Winfrey will reportedly start her own cable channel. Brian Stelter, who writes the Media Decoder blog for The New York Times, tells us whether this apparent end is really just a new begininng.
  • Sports Takeout: Our own Ibrahim Abdul-Matin talks about a fundraising event that marks the traditional, unofficial start of college basketball season.
  • Arts Takeout: Takeaway correspondent Femi Oke reports on Michelle Obama's new action figure. Read Femi's blog, where you can find a video about the dolls.

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[Web Special] Femi Oke Visits the Maker of the Michelle Obama Action Figure

Friday, November 20, 2009

I am in Brooklyn spending my lunch hour with Michelle Obama, and we’ve just been evicted from Starbucks! The manager on duty obviously didn’t appreciate the First Lady’s warm grin, head that can rotate 360 degrees and powerful arms. Sadly the First Lady I’m spending time with is only six inches tall, so I dropped her into my bag and slunk out of the coffee shop. (...continue reading)

 

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[Web Special] Femi Oke Visits a VA Prosthetics Lab

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Mark Moffa shaves a cast in the Prosthetics lab of the VA Medical Center in New York.

Mark Moffa is lovingly caressing the leg of a Vietnam vet. His fingers linger on a little imperfection, so he gently shaves it smooth. It’s okay; you haven’t accidentally stumbled upon an R rated war blog!  Mark makes and fits prosthetic limbs, and the leg he is tenderly touching is made out of plaster of Paris. (...click through to continue reading and hear our interview with Department Chief John Loosen)

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Is Fired the New Retired?

Friday, November 06, 2009

The latest unemployment numbers are out, and as expected they rose. The unemployment rate is now at 10.2 percent, and 190,000 jobs were lost in October. The numbers are surprising and reveal that the recovery on Wall Street is not reaching most of America. But buried in those data are startling numbers of older workers who are being hit hard by the rise in unemployment. Louise Story, business reporter for the The New York Times, brings us the story. The Takeaway's correspondent Femi Oke went to the New York State Labor Office yesterday to talk to older workers among the job hunters there.

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Scare Fest: Halloween Movie Mash-Up

Friday, October 30, 2009

All this morning, we've been talking about scary movies and what's got you shivering in your seat. We've compiled a mash-up of our listeners' scary movie suggestions.

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