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 Sunset Park Brooklyn 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 email@example.com.
A year ago today, no one knew what was about to happen, and for each runner, they knew it would be a momentous day. It was a momentous day for the whole city of Boston, the nation and the world of course.
We've got 27 amendments so far, including the right to free speech and the right to bear arms. Should we add a 28th? What would it look like? Kerry Sautner, vice president of visitor experience and education the National Constitution Center, explains what it takes to get an amendment ratified, and what a 28th Amendment might look like.
Our "Real People/Best Pictures" series continues as we look at "American Hustle." The film tells the story of the FBI's Abscam sting investigation, which ended with the prosecution of six U.S. representatives, a U.S. senator, and many other public officials. Gregory Wallance was a member of the Abscam prosecution team as an assistant United States attorney. He talks about what the actual case was like, and how the movie differs from the real life events.
All this week on our "Real People / Best Pictures" series, we're looking at some of the films that are nominated for Best Picture, and exploring the stories with people who are intimately connected with the films. "12 Years A Slave" tells the story of Solomon Northup, who was enslaved until he was eventually able to regain his freedom 12 years later. The film is based on Northup’s memoir, which was a bestseller during his time. Today we talk to Clayton Adams, the great-great-great-grandson of Solomon Northup.
All this week, our series "Real People/Best Picture" looks at some of the films that are nominated for Best Picture, and talking with people who are intimately connected with the stories behind those films. Today, our subject is Dallas Buyers Club. William Waybourn was the President of the Dallas Gay Alliance in the 1980s, which served the gay community and people living with AIDS. He tells us about that time and his thoughts on the movie.
Rosanne Cash just released her first new album in four years, called "The River and the Thread." Seeking the inspiration for truly great songwriting, beyond Grammy's, pop hits and genre classics, has been a lifelong journey for Cash. The inspiration for her latest album came from a trip back to the South, which put her back in touch with her roots. Rosanne Cash discusses the process she went through to breathe life into her new music—and what she learned about herself along the way.
The Winter Olympics is a spectacular combination of low temperature chemistry, physics, athletics, pure guts, and absolute beauty and grace. Beyond the costumes, the equipment and the music, we wanted to find out just how Olympic athletes do what they do. So we're pleased to introduce our series, "How Do They Do That?" Here we explore the physics of the Sochi Games. Our friend Eric Goff is the chair of the physics department at Lynchburg College and author of "Gold Medal Physics: The Science of Sports." He explains how the athletes flip, fly and hit the ice at high speeds.
How do we make love last? Helen Fisher, biological anthropologist and professor at the Center for Human Evolution Studies at Rutgers, explains her recent research on the scientific underpinnings of long-lasting romance. The Takeaway also gets relationship advice from one couple, Jack Connelly and Bob Gaither, who began dating 37 years ago, in the late 1970s. At that time, they truly defied the odds as a gay couple and an interracial couple. They share their story, along with the relationship lessons they've learned over the past few decades together.
From the unusual origins of Craigslist's "Missed Connections" to the science behind eHarmony, we take a look at the tech powering online dating sites.
If you've got ideas about how your favorite holiday tunes can take a modern spin, send us your digital Christmas lyrics—upgrade "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," or choose any carol. Here you'll find the lyrics to one we received on Facebook from a listener named Karen Escalona. If you take a listen, you'll hear The Takeaway staff trying to do it justice.Please submit your own modern Christmas carol here, by visiting us on Facebook or by tweeting us @TheTakeaway.
History is visual: You can see a photo from a century ago, visit a room filled with artifacts, and even gaze at paintings in an ancient cave where humans stood 30,000 ago. But what would it sound like to live in those times? David Hendy has a good idea. He is a professor of media and communication at the University of Sussex, and he's in love with noise—but not in the way you might think.
As late as 1978, half of all radio listeners tuned in to the AM dial. But by 2011, AM listeners had fallen to just 15 percent of total listeners, an average of 3.1 million people. These days, consumer electronic devices often interfere with AM signals, causing static and other interruptions. Some say we should let the AM frequency die, but Ajit Pai, the lone Republican on the Federal Communications Commission, is on a mission to save the AM signal.
Takeaway Host John Hockenberry visited the American Physical Society's newest production—but it's not what you would expect. The Intergalactic Travel Bureau looks like any other travel agency. But the destinations at this travel agency are different than what you might be used to. Instead of beach resorts and ancient cities, there are astrophysicists acting as travel agents who advise guests on which would be a better vacation—the far off rings of Saturn or the nearby moon. On today's show, we look at the different aspects of space tourism.
All this week, the music program Soundcheck is looking back on the music of 1993—including chart topping singles, landmark albums and watershed moments from that summer 20 years ago. Soundcheck’s host John Schaefer gives Takeaway listeners an introduction to the series, and asks what their favorite songs from summer that was.
It's official: The Miami Heat basketball team has won back-to-back NBA Championship titles. Game 7 of the 18th NBA Finals was finished last night with the Heat winning 95-88 against the San Antonio Spurs. Joining us today to discuss the game is Joey Palacios, reporter for KSTX in San Antonio, and Tim Reynolds, sports writer for the Associated Press.
HBO's "The Sopranos" changed television, it changed the entertainment industry and actor James Gandolfini himself changed the character of the Italian-American made guy. Today we take a look back at the impact of Gandolfini's break through role in The Sopranos, and the cultural significance of the show in America. Chris Carley, co-owner of Holsten’s, the restaurant where the the last scene of The Sopranos was filmed, discusses the late actor.
Humorist, writer, and Daily Show "resident expert" John Hodgman has been thinking about the end of the world, and joking about it for the past year on stages across America. His new special documents the last night of his doomsaying tour. It’s called “Ragnarok” (as in the Norse mythology version of the end of the world). “Ragnarok” will be available exclusively on Netflix tomorrow, June 20.
50 years ago, the U.S. lost a civil rights activist when Medgar Evers was assassinated in front of his home in Jackson, Mississippi. Evers fought valiantly in France and Germany in World War 2 and came back to go to school at Alcorn College. He became field secretary for the NAACP in Mississippi and took on the white businesses directly with protests and boycotts.
In praise of old gadgets! We live in a world where new technology is celebrated, but some of us still can’t let go of our 8-track players and Walkmans, including Takeaway listeners who share the old-timey gadgets they still love and use.
Republicans kept up the pressure on the Obama administration this weekend by calling for a special independent counsel to investigate the Justice Department's monitoring of journalists' records and the I.R.S.'s targeting of right-wing groups. Talk of overreach and possible criminality has led some in the G.O.P. to make perhaps tenuous comparisons to events 40 years ago.