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.
Almost 6 million people are currently unemployed in the United States. Trying to get a job in a volatile job market is proving so difficult that some job searchers are turning to professional help. The Takeaway's Femi Oke joined a networking club to meet job hunters who’ve decided they need to spend some money to land their next job.
Femi Oke talks with Gail King, Ms. New York Senior 2009 and newly-crowned Ms. Senior America 2009, in our studio. King is a twenty-year cancer survivor, has a masters degree from Stony Brook University and taught high school English for 35 years.
The Ms. Senior America Pageant is not exactly your grandmother’s pageant ... because your grandmother could be in it! For 38 years the pageant has been promoting the idea that seniors are active, vibrant and useful members of society. Every year, state queens compete for the title of Ms. Senior America. The Takeaway’s Femi Oke reports from the 2009 pageant, held at Harrah’s Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
To find out more about senior pageants: www.senioramerica.org
The Takeaway's Femi Oke visited a town hall on health care reform that was unlike any other: part poetry slam, part politics. We bring you some of the voices from a health care debate of a different kind.
Hear Dina Smith sing her own adaptation of the classic "If I Were a Rich Man."
Hear 19-year-old James Jaydon Woodard read his untitled poem, incorporating themes of fast food and ill health, both mental and physical.
Hear 19-year-old Yafreici Peralta read her poem "Wealth Care."
More than a hundred members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are meeting in Copenhagen to take a look at the final four presentations from four global cities that each want to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. Representatives from Madrid, Chicago, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro will each be making 45-minute presentations to the IOC members; the committee will vote in secret later this afternoon.
We talk first with Alex Capstick, BBC sports correspondent, on the scene in Copenhagen. Then it's back to our own Femi Oke, who reports that Chicago and Rio are really the only two contenders, and both cities are ready to talk a big game to go for Olympic gold. And finally, to get the mood in Chicago, we turn to Lynette Kalsnes, arts and culture reporter with WBEZ.
We talk with 76-year-old Arnold Howe, who is waiting in line in Boston to pay his respects to Senator Kennedy. Arnold was one year behind Kennedy at Harvard and graduated with the Class of 1955. Kennedy helped him get his first job when businesses weren't hiring blacks.
Police in California have been searching a house where a woman was apparently held prisoner for 18 years after being abducted as an 11-year-old. The police say the abducted woman, Jaycee Dugard, and her two children – allegedly fathered by her captor, convicted sex-offender Philip Garrido – had been living in concealed outbuildings and tents. Police also say the children have never been to school or seen a doctor.
In 1991, 11-year-old Jaycee Dugard was forced into a car on her way to school and not heard of again... until she walked into a San Francisco police station earlier this week with her alleged abductor and their children. Following this extraordinary case is Clint Van Zandt, a former FBI profiler who served as a special agent with the FBI for 25 years. He’s now President of Van Zandt Associates, a risk and threat assessment group.
The U.S. Open tennis championship starts on Monday and we're seeing doubles. Tennis champions Bob and Mike Bryan tell us about defending their doubles title at the U.S. Open. We ask them about how being twins helps them as doubles partners on the court, and also about the rock band they just formed.
Web Bonus! Watch Bob and Mike test their tennis ESP against John and Femi:
Click through for the two classic video snippets John referenced in the opening moments of the segment.
It's Friday, which is when we review the biggest movies coming out over the weekend. We speak to Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday about two highly anticipated films: Ang Lee's "Taking Woodstock", about a man who inadvertently sets off events that lead to the fabled music event; and a documentary by R.J. Cutler called "The September Issue," about Vogue Magazine and its notorious editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour.
Watch Anna Wintour's much talked-about appearance on David Letterman from earlier this week:
Those who loved Senator Ted Kennedy are standing in line to pay their respects, even at this early hour. Kennedy lies in repose at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston. We talk with Sean Corcoran, a senior reporter from WCAI who is in Boston collecting stories from people gathering there. We also talk with Robert from Oakville, Connecticut who drove up with his 14-year-old grandson Ryan.
The Massachusetts Governor’s office is feeling pressure from Capitol Hill to sign into law a bill the late Senator Edward Kennedy proposed. If ratified, the bill would give Governor Deval Patrick the legal authority to name a temporary replacement for the senator. The existing law was established during John Kerry's 2004 presidential run and specifically enacted to prevent then-Governer Mitt Romney from appointing a Republican replacement had the Democratic senator won the presidency; the law mandates Patrick wait at least 145 days to hold a special election. Timothy Murray is the Lieutenant Governor for the State of Massachusetts and tells us about the bill's progress.
California's budget is still in terrible shape, so the cash-strapped state is having a garage sale. Starting today at a warehouse in Sacramento, the state will be selling more than a thousand computers, jewelry, and 600 government vehicles, some signed by Governor Schwarzenegger. Eric Lamoureux, spokesman for the California Department of General Services, tells us what's for sale.
The FDIC, the body that insures the money we put into our bank accounts, is currently supporting 416 failed and "problem" banks. Is all that strain on our nation's banking backbone a cause for alarm? We speak to Louise Story, Wall Street and finance reporter for The New York Times, to ask her if we should start stuffing money under our mattresses.
We finish our week-long series of health care roundtables with a look beyond our borders. We speak to three Americans living abroad about the health care systems in other countries. Christina Geyer joins us from Bavaria, Germany, where she has lived since 2002. Lynne Udalov joins us from Moscow, where she has been for over 10 years. And Amanda Graham joins us from Derry, in Northern Ireland, where she moved in May.
Click through for an overview on the health care system of each country, or read the other round tables in this series.
Today on The Takeaway, we speak to the outgoing restaurant critic for The New York Times, Frank Bruni. Just as his stint on the food beat ends, he’s coming out with a book about his lifelong struggle with bulimia called “Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-Time Eater.” Click through for the full interview transcript.
President Hamid Karzai and U.S. Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke had an "explosive" meeting the day after last week's presidential election at which Holbrooke raised concerns about ballot-box-stuffing and other fraud allegations. We speak with Rob Watson, defence and security correspondent for the BBC, for the latest news on Kabul.
44 American servicemembers have died in Afghanistan so far in August, tying with July as the deadliest month yet for U.S. troops in that conflict. The increase in violence has reignited debate about the U.S. role in the country. We speak to some familly members of the troops stationed there about their take on sending their loved ones off to this war.
Mary Galeti is from Cleveland, Ohio. Her husband, Russell, is a first lieutenant with the Ohio National Guard. He is currently training with NATO forces in Hungary, but will be deployed to Afghanistan in January. Kim Clark is from Erie, Pennsylvania. Her son Daniel is a Marine in an artillery unit near Helmand Province in Afghanistan. And Larry Syverson is from Richmond, Virginia. His son Branden is a sergeant in the Army's 5th brigade, 2nd infantry, near Kandahar, Afghanistan.
"Quite honestly I think it’s the forgotten war… With Iraq there was this universal experience, at least, that everyone who was serving in some capacity had done Iraq. And with Afghanistan it’s just less talked about. There’s less connection."
— Mary Galeti, whose husband is training in Hungary right now ahead of his deployment to Afghanistan
President Obama and his family were supposed to be on vacation in Martha’s Vineyard all this week, but after several disruptions for official business, they're cutting their time-off short as the president and first lady head to Boston to pay respects to Senator Ted Kennedy. For an update on the Obamas' vacation, we talk to Boston Herald Columnist, Laura Raposa, who is in Martha's Vineyard.
This week the White House reported that the federal deficit is rising faster than expected. The projected 10-year deficit is now $9 trillion — that's $2 trillion more than previous estimates. Does increased spending mean a healthier economy, or does burgeoning debt spell trouble for the future? To decode this number and other indicators we speak to Lakshman Achuthan, managing director of the Economic Cycle Research Institute.