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Femi Oke

News host and Reporter for The Takeaway

Femi Oke appears in the following:

Kennedy's Irish Legacy, Presidential Run

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

We speak again with Kevin Cullen, columnist for the Boston Globe, about Senator Kennedy's place in Northern Ireland's politics.  Some politicians thought Kennedy agreed with the IRA's political stance. He also speculates on what might have happened if Senator Kennedy had won the presidency in 1980.

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Covering Senator Kennedy in the News

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

We talk to Chris Lydon, former host of NPR's The Connection and creator of Open Source radio. He has covered Senator Kennedy throughout his years as a reporter. We also talk with Jeff Zeleny, White House correspondent at The New York Times who is on Martha's Vineyard waiting for President Obama to speak about Kennedy's death and legacy.

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Harris Wofford Remembers Working with Kennedy

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

People from all over the world are remembering Senator Ted Kennedy, who died early this morning. We're joined by former Senator Harris Wofford (D-Pa), who worked closely with Kennedy over many, many years in the Senate, as well as Tricia Rose, professor and Chair of Africana Studies at Brown University.

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Legacy of Kennedy Family in Ireland

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

In nearly 50 years in the U.S. Senate, Kennedy compiled an impressive list of legislative achievements: on health care, civil rights, education and immigration.  From outside the Kennedy's house on Cape Cod, we're joined again by Sean Corcoran, senior reporter for WCAI. The Kennedy family legacy is far from exclusively American, however – it extends across the Atlantic to Ireland. We're joined by Irish politician and former Kennedy intern Mark Durkan, leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party in Ireland, and one of the leaders of the power-sharing governments in Northern Ireland.

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Reactions on the Cape to Kennedy's Death

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

We go live to Hyannis Port, Cape Cod, to talk with Sean Corcoran, senior reporter at WCAI.

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Working with Senator Kennedy on Education

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Lucy Marcus, former intern for Senator Ted Kennedy, joins us today to talk about the work she did with him on education policy. She now lives in the United Kingdom, where she runs a company which restructures private equity funds.

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Kennedy's Policy Legacies: Education and Health Care

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

We speak to Nicholas Lemann, Dean of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and author of "The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy," about Kennedy's policy legacies in education and health care.

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Glioma: Senator Kennedy's Cancer

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

In May of 2008, Senator Ted Kennedy had a seizure and was rushed to the hospital. Just a few days later, he was diagnosed with malignant glioma. It's a particularly difficult type of brain cancer to treat. With us to talk more about the condition Kennedy faced is Dr. Eugene Flamm. He heads the department of neurosurgery at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. We also talk to Dr. Sherwin Nuland, surgeon and professor of bioethics and medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. He is also the author of seveal books including, "How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter."

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The Dog Days of the Health Care Debate

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Will the passing of Senator Kennedy effect the outcome of health care reform? Our guests talk about how they remember the senator as well as how the health care debate rolls on during these dog days of summer. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are looking at one very influential group in particular: senior citizens. And while the Republicans wait for Senator Charles Grassley to decide where he falls on the debate, the Democrats continue to rally around their new poster politician for health care reform, former Vermont Governor Howard Dean. To make sense of this week in the health care reform debate is Jay Newton-Small, Washington reporter for Time Magazine; Jonathan Wilson, public radio reporter for WAMU in Washington; and Congressman Gerald Connolly (D-VA).

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Ted Kennedy's Former Chief of Staff Remembers

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Ken Feinberg, former chief of staff for Senator Ted Kennedy, worked for Kennedy from 1975-1980. Since being appointed Special Master of the U.S. Government's September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, he's now "Pay Czar" for the Obama administration.  Feinberg joins us to remember Kennedy's presidential aspirations, legislative record, and personal approach to politics.  (click through for full interview transcript)

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Remembering Ted Kennedy from Across the Aisle

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mi.) joins us to remember Senator Ted Kennedy as a political colleague. We also have New York Times Reporter John Broder, who wrote a piece in for The New York Times on Senator Kennedy.

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Remembering Senator Ted Kennedy

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

We remember Senator Ted Kennedy with various speeches he made throughout the years. Joining us to put Kennedy's life and career in context are Kevin Cullen, columnist for the Boston Globe, and Carl Hulse, chief congressional correspondent for The New York Times.

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Karzai Leads in Early Election Results

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

With only 10 percent of ballots in, the Afghan election commission says President Hamid Karzai and top challenger Abdullah Abdullah each have about 40 percent of the vote; Karzai holds a slight lead. If neither candidate gets a majority, there will be a runoff vote.

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New Estimate Says H1N1 Could Kill 90,000

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A panel convened by President Obama to study the H1N1 flu, or "swine flu," presented a report Monday with a "plausible scenario" in which as many as 90,000 people could die of the flu this fall.  To help understand this prediction, we're joined by Dr. Richard Wenzel, chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University and former President of the International Society for Infectious Diseases.

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Health Care Reform: Young Americans

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

As part of our week-long series of health care roundtables, we’re talking with young people. They're coveted by health insurers, but with low salaries and high resilience, they’re often the least likely to buy in. We hear from Savlan Hauser, an architect in Oakland, California who has been buying her own catastrophic health insurance plan for the last three years; Nik Bonovich, a freelance journalist in Sacramento, California, who’s been buying premium health insurance since February; and Golnar Adili, who's been going without health care coverage for the past three years.

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For more on the guests from today's roundtable continue reading...

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What You Don't Tell Your Doctor Could Hurt You

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The average doctor visit lasts just 17 minutes, according to online medical journal Medscape.  Plans for health care reform aim to allow doctors to spend more time with patients, but until then, doctors recommend getting the most out of even short visits. They say it doesn't make sense to leave anything out. Dr. Charles Mouton is professor of community health and family practice at Howard University, and he gives us some advice on how to break the silence and talk to your doctor most effectively.

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U.S. Deficit Projected to Reach $9 Trillion

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

President Obama may soon face a new obstacle to his plan to reform health care: a growing pool of budgetary red ink. The White House Office of Management and Budget and the Congressional Budget Office will release new estimates today on the size of the U.S. deficit.  Both agencies are expected to say the deficit will reach $9 trillion over the next decade, which is a $2 trillion increase from previous projections. We speak with Linda Bilmes, Harvard professor of public finance and co-author, with Joseph Stiglitz, of the book "The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict."

"There are only 2 ways to pay it off: either to raise taxes or to cut spending. And neither of those are things we want to do until the recession is over." — Linda Bilmes, Harvard professor of public finance and co-author of the book "The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict."

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Michael Jackson's Death Ruled a Homicide

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Michael Jackson died of a fatal drug overdose including the anesthetic Propofol, according to court documents unsealed on Monday. Jackson's death will now reportedly be treated as a homicide. To shed light on the latest news, we speak with Allison Samuels, national correspondent for Newsweek magazine; she has been following the Jackson case since his death two months ago.

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Obama to Nominate Bernanke to Second Term

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

This morning, President Obama will nominate Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke to a second term.  The President will do so during an appearance at Oak Bluffs School on Martha’s Vineyard, where the First Family is vacationing this week. Joining us to talk about Bernanke's performance during the current economic crisis is our friend Dan Gross, columnist at Newsweek and Slate and author of the book "Dumb Money," as well as Richard Bove, banking equities analyst and a Vice President at Rochdale Securities.

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Prosecutor John Durham to Look at CIA Abuses

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Attorney General Eric Holder will appoint federal prosecutor John Durham to investigate alleged prisoner abuses at CIA prisons during the Bush administration.  Durham has a long reputation as a no-nonsense, under-the-radar prosecutor who’s gone after career criminals and corrupt government officials for decades.

For more on this elusive figure, we talk to Durham’s old boss Kevin O'Connor, former U.S. Attorney for the State of Connecticut. And for more on the ramifications of the decision to investigate the CIA's interrogation techniques, we turn to New York Times Reporter Scott Shane.

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