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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 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 jcowit@wnyc.org.

Jay Cowit appears in the following:

Under Her Skin: A Journey Comes to a Close

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Takeaway's six-month-long audio storytelling series, "Under Her Skin: Living With Breast Cancer," will conclude with the end of 2014.

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The Takeaway Weekender: Inside the CIA Torture Report

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender! 

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Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

Friday, December 12, 2014

A graphic novel in GIFs, Werner Herzog's inspirational quotes and a montage of Stephen Colbert pulling stuff out from behind his desk won the Internet this week.

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The Takeaway Weekender: Christmas Trees, Internet Phenomena, and Jargon

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender!

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Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

Friday, December 05, 2014

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

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Real Voices of Protest

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Eight WNYC reporters across town gathered reactions from New York residents about the grand jury's decision to not indict the NYPD officer that placed Eric Garner in a deadly chokehold.

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Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

Friday, November 21, 2014

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

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A Heartfelt Goodbye to The Genius of Mike Nichols

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mike Nichols was a legendary artist who was always learning. Known for films like "The Graduate," "Catch-22," and "The Birdcage," Nichols died yesterday at the age of 83.

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The Takeaway Weekender: Power, War, and The Best of The Web

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender!

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Audio Essay: Remembering Those Who Serve

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

This Veterans Day, The Takeaway offers our thanks and appreciation to all of the men and women who have served our country, in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in wars past.

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The Weekender: Fake Attack Ads, Funny Lady Maria Bamford, and Jackie O's Untold Story

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender! 

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Remembering The Fall of The Berlin Wall

Friday, November 07, 2014

The Berlin Wall simply melted away 25 years ago this Sunday. Brick by brick, people grasped the wall with their dreams and dared to pull it down.

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The Five Best Things Online This Week

Friday, November 07, 2014

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

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The Takeaway Weekender: The South Unbound Tour

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender! 

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Five Things You Had To See Online This Week

Friday, October 31, 2014

T-Pain serenaded some NPR employees in his normal voice and he sounds incredible. R.L. Stine put out a spooky story. Taylor Swift got twitchy. Here's the best of what the web gave us.

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South Unbound: An Election Portrait of Kentucky

Friday, October 31, 2014

Away from the press conferences and rallies, Takeaway Correspondent Todd Zwillich spoke with Kentuckians and found that many feel largely distant from this highly-watched Senate race.

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Giants Vs. Royals: A World Series Showdown

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Are you rootin' for the Royals, or gunning for the Giants? Let's play ball—who are you going to get behind and why?

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Under Her Skin: Stories of Living With Breast Cancer

Saturday, October 18, 2014

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Takeaway is delivering you a special edition of our weekend podcast.

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The Best Five Things Online This Week

Friday, October 17, 2014

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

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You're Not Alone Bono: Here Are 6 'Good' Music Ideas Gone Really Bad

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bono apologized after U2's latest album was automatically sent to all of the world's iTunes users. We explore this bad idea & other music ideas that seemed like good ones at the time.

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