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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jay Cowit appears in the following:
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender! Our weekend podcast consists of a round up of the week's best interviews and top stories. Catch up on the news you missed with some of these must-hear stories. 1. The Elusive Dream of Peace in Gaza | 2. How to Cope When the News is Grim & Overwhelming | 3. Tax Dodgers: U.S. Fears Firms Who Choose to be 'Un-American' | 4. 40 Years After Watergate, New Film Lets Nixon Speak in His Own Words | 5. Doctors Prescribe New Medicine For Kids: Go Outside
Monday, July 21, 2014
Close your eyes and think about a song. What memories does it invoke? We asked listeners like you to share the songs that remind you of the past. We got tons of calls and text messages, so we put together this unofficial playlist that can function as the soundtrack to your memories.
Friday, July 11, 2014
This weekend, Richard Linklater's much talked about indie film "Boyhood" opens in theaters. The revolutionary movie, shot over twelve consecutive years, follows Mason, played by Ellar Coltrane, from the ages of 6 to 18. Moviegoers watch Ellar's transformation from a child to an adult in 160 minutes. We asked you, our listeners, to tell us what memorable scenes from you own childhood could be turned into a movie. Your responses truly have cinematic potential.
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
In a speech aired on WNYC in 1957, poet and civil rights icon Langston Hughes grappled with finding an authentic American voice in the face of prejudice.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
When is a robot fight sequence too violent? Why is Hollywood afraid to depict abortion? Does Hollywood understand the music industry? And would a movie centering on lawn darts be a hit? It's all in honor of this week's big releases: "Transformers 4: Age of Extinction," "Obvious Child," and "Begin Again."
Friday, June 13, 2014
In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen look at two movies focused on best friends who always have each others' backs: "How to Train Your Dragon 2" and "22 Jump Street." Helping them mull over the debatably homophobic humor of the latter is Eric Sasson, columnist behind the Wall Street Journal's CTRL-ALT column. Rafer and Kristen also dedicate some time to a listener in need of some Father's Day related Movie Therapy. And, as always, there's trivia!
Saturday, June 07, 2014
Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender! Our weekend podcast consists of a round up of the week's best interviews and top stories. Catch up on the news you missed with some of these must-hear stories: 1. One Man's Story of Being Held by The Taliban | 2. Bad Grammar: A Sign of a Healthy, Thriving Language? | 3. Mastering the Boston Accent is Wicked Hard | 4. New Album Takes on Trauma Through Music
Friday, June 06, 2014
In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen explore the theme of survival: against aliens and time (in "Edge of Tomorrow"), against cancer and first love (in "The Fault in Our Stars"), and against the awfulness of high school (in "Palo Alto"). Gia Coppola, writer and director of "Palo Alto," joins them, and shares some strange stories about navigating Hollywood as a Coppola, being a first-time director, and first coming into contact with James Franco (whose collection of short stories is the basis for the film).
Friday, June 06, 2014
Amidst the D-Day remembrances, President Obama and European leaders find themselves gathered at a time of great political turmoil that once more calls upon the solidarity of allied nations as Western countries put pressure on Russia over aggression in Ukraine.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
What makes a hero and hero and a villain a villain? And are the two really so different? Rafer and Kristen mull over these questions as they look at this week's big releases: "Maleficent," "A Million Ways To Die In the West," and "Words and Pictures." And bonus! The very talented and handsome Clive Owen, star of "Words and Pictures," joins Rafer and Kristen in studio!
Friday, May 23, 2014
Have we been here before? Because Rafer and Kristen are feeling some serious deja vu. It's all due to the release of the third Sandler-Barrymore romantic comedy ("Blended") and the seventh film in the X-Men franchise ("X-Men: Days of Future Past"). Helping Kristen and Rafer to cope wit their deja vu this week is John Ottman, composer and editor of "X-Men: Days of Future Past."
Thursday, May 15, 2014
In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen look at the theme of immigration on film through three of this week's big releases: "The Immigrant," "Godzilla," and "Million Dollar Arm." They also talk with Mark Ciardi, who, in addition to being a former professional baseball player, is the producer of "Million Dollar Arm."
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Writer Stefan Zweig tried to warn the world about the future, but he gave up and committed suicide in 1942 as the world was engulfed in the flames of World War II. As tensions continue to rise between Russia and Ukraine, what can we learn from his writings?
Friday, May 09, 2014
Most consumers are familiar with the opportunities to review businesses, but New Tech City's Manoush Zomorodi was surprised to find herself on the other side of the equation when she was reviewed as a customer.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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.
Friday, February 28, 2014
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.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
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.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
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.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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.
Friday, February 21, 2014
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.