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Jay Cowit

Technical Director, The Takeaway

Jay Cowit is the technical director for The Takeaway.  

He hates polar bears. But he loves radio, and has for over a decade. He's been with The Takeaway since 2008, starting as a board operator and quickly developing a two Redbull-a-day habit. In 2009, Jay was named Technical Director, and switched from Red Bulls to coffee with tons of sugar and a strict no-vegetable diet. He credits this for his raging insomnia, fledgling insanity and most certainly convivial demeanor that allows him to preside over live hours of radio each morning. He speaks mainly in movie quotes and catchphrases. And he carries a bat.

However, he wants you to know that he is extremely grateful to be working with an absolutely amazing staff, who work harder (and faster and better and, well, longer) than anyone he's ever seen. He also works with the  the best hosts who has ever lived in John, and for that, he's honored to walk through the studio doors each day. Cowit lives in Prospect Park-Lefferts Gardens with his incredible and wonderful wife Cate Contino Cowit and their two cats, one of which is kinda a jerk, albeit a cute jerk. He also plays drums in Wounded Buffalo Theory, writers of The Takeaway's Theme Song, and The Sometime Boys. Reach him at jcowit@wnyc.org.

Jay Cowit appears in the following:

A World Music Tour Worthy of Its Name

Saturday, August 01, 2015

The Takeaway Weekender Podcast hears from singer-songwriter Joss Stone about her music's world influences. Her new album "Water For Your Soul" dropped on Friday.

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The X Ambassadors: From The Basement to The Billboard Charts

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

We speak to the band the X Ambassadors about their new album, "VHS," and how their mostly shared childhood shaped their musical paths.  

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Atticus Finch as a Racist: Listeners React

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

With the knowledge that Atticus Finch is racist in Harper Lee's new book, "Go Set a Watchman," we asked listeners their thoughts on the new book. 

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After Bitter Debate, South Carolina Votes To Drop Confederate Flag

Thursday, July 09, 2015

"I'm willing to remove that flag from the pole at some point if it causes a twinge in the hearts of my friends," Rep. Michael Pitts said as South Carolina votes on the Confederate flag.

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Band "Bash The Trash" Turns Rubbish Into Music

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

The two couples in "Bash The Trash" scour junk for pieces that could make music. Then they make instruments, embodying science, art and sustainability in their sound.

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Amy Helm Carries Her Father's Legacy In Solo Debut

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Amy Helm, daughter of the late Levon Helm of The Band, releases her solo debut later this month. She joins us to talk about following her dad's footsteps and the music community.

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Tales From The Towers

Friday, July 03, 2015

This holiday weekend, we're exploring a special place that's come to represent an enduring symbol of patriotism and freedom in American culture: The World Trade Center.

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The Radical & Distinctly Modern Sound of Sam Lee

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Mercury Prize-nominated British folk polymath Sam Lee drops by to discuss his new album and perform in-studio.

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Help Us Pick The Ultimate Summer Anthem

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Summer is not official until there is an anthem, and 2015 is missing a summer song. 

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Fighting Fracking With Music

Monday, June 15, 2015

The new record "Buy This Fracking Album" hopes to raise awareness of the dangers of fracking.

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The Weekender: Love, Marriage and The Law

Saturday, June 06, 2015

This weekend, The Takeaway explores love and marriage as we await the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage.

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The Surprising Origins of 6 Classic Songs

Thursday, June 04, 2015

The guitar riff to "Can't Get No Satisfaction" was nearly lost while Keith Richards was on a booze and drug-filled bender. We explore other popular songs that have unlikely origins.

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Extended Interview: Teen Porn Industry Exposed in 'Hot Girls Wanted'

Saturday, May 30, 2015

The team behind the new documentary "Hot Girls Wanted"—co-directors Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus, and producer Rashida Jones— discuss their new film.

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From Ukraine to Carnegie Hall

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Last month, 24-year-old Ukrainian guitarist Marko Topchii made his American debut at Carnegie Hall after playing for nearly his entire life in Ukraine.

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The DeflateGate Verdict: Fans React

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Takeaway shares reactions to NFL's investigation into deflategate scandal, and Host John Hockenberry gives his own take.

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The Best Six Things Online This Week

Friday, May 08, 2015

Every Friday, Sean Rameswaram, a producer with Studio 360 and host of the podcast Sideshow, rounds up the week in internet phenomena.

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The Weekender: Searching For Justice and Empathy

Saturday, May 02, 2015

In a special extended interview, actor Wendell Pierce of "The Wire" discusses the unrest in Baltimore, inequality, and police brutality.

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The Best Five Things Online This Week

Friday, May 01, 2015

Every Friday, Sean Rameswaram, a producer with Studio 360 and host of the podcast Sideshow, rounds up the week in internet phenomena.

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Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Plays Free Concert to Lift City's Spirits

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The musicians wanted to give back to the city they love, so they played an impromptu concert on the lawn outside their home base at the Joseph Myerhoff Hall in downtown Baltimore.

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Artist Vijay Iyer on Finding Music in Empty Spaces

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Pianist, composer, writer and Harvard Professor Vijay Iyer joins The Takeaway to discuss his new album.

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