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

Jay Cowit appears in the following:

Bhi Bhiman on The Music of Protest

Thursday, April 23, 2015

For singer and songwriter Bhi Bhiman, the path to protest took form in his catchy and heartfelt compositions.

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Drew Holcomb on Life, Music and 'American Beauty'

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Folk rock musician Drew Holcomb jams with Takeaway Host John Hockenberry and talks about life, family, and growing up in the south. 

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The Weekender: Dr. Jane Goodall on Her Lifelong Work and New Film

Saturday, April 18, 2015

In this special extended interview, famed primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall discusses her research and conservation efforts, and her new documentary.


Ballpark Figures: The Unsung Heroes of Baseball

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender Podcast! 


'Game of Thrones' Won the Internet This Week

Friday, April 10, 2015

Just the scent of new Game of Thrones episodes was enough to throw the internet (plus Seth Meyers, Sesame Street, and Key and Peele) into a tailspin this week. 

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The Takeaway Weekender: ZIP Code Decode - Mapping America's Health

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender Podcast! 


Rising Nigerian-Australian Hip-Hop Star Remi Splashes Onto American Scene

Monday, March 30, 2015

Australian-born to Nigerian immigrants, Remi is a rising hip-hop star. The "intelligent" tagged rapper joins us to discuss the influence that Nigerian politics is having on his work.

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The Takeaway Weekender: To Have or Not to Have Children

Saturday, March 28, 2015

This weekend, the Takeaway Weekender Podcast looks at family.

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Listeners Respond: Why I'm Childfree

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Takeaway listeners from around the country explain why they have decided to forgo parenting. 

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I Never Want Kids. I'm Not Sorry.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Selfish, shallow, and self-absorbed: that's how a lot of adults get pegged for their decision to forego parenthood. Not so fast. Our listeners weigh in on being childless by choice.

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The Ted Cruz/John Lennon Mashup You Never Knew You Wanted

Monday, March 23, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz sounded a lot like John Lennon today when he announced that he would seek the 2016 Republican nomination for president. So we mashed his speech up with Lennon's "Imagine." 

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The Takeaway Weekender: Tales from The World of News

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender Podcast! 


The Takeaway Weekender...In SPACE!

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender podcast! 


The Dynamics of a Family Band

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Does talent run in the family? It does for the Durham's. Kitty, Daisy and Lewis discuss their creative process and the dynamics of a family band. 

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Red Baraat Live at The Takeaway!

Monday, March 02, 2015

It's not everyday that we have a live soundtrack for the news.

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The Weekender: How The Takeaway is Made

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Have you ever wondered how The Takeaway is made? Now's your chance to find out.


The Weekender: Stories of Surviving Breast Cancer

Saturday, February 07, 2015

This is a special podcast focused on our six-month-long audio storytelling series, "Under Her Skin: Living With Breast Cancer."


The Weekender: Behind The Takeaway Curtain, An Extended Interview With Ben Folds, and A New Horror Novel

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender! 


The Music Snub of the Year that Makes Me Irrationally Angry

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announcement that mid-'90s So-Cal punk outfit Green Day would be inducted into the 2015 class, and not, say, Nine Inch Nails has one man asking WTF?? 
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Today's Takeaways: A Celebrity Christmas Special

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Happy Holidays from The Takeaway! Today, we're bringing you a Christmas Day Special—an hour packed with interviews featuring some of our favorite celebrities.

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