As we think about the formality of the upcoming inaugeration on Monday we remember a time in American history, fifty years ago, when a momentous transfer of power occurred without any forethought, without ritual, and without inauguration at all. Lyndon B. Johnson library director Mark UpdeGrove has the story.
Back in 1987, Run D.M.C. did something unusual for hip hop artists — they released a Christmas single titled, "Christmas in Hollis," sampling holiday classics like "Joy to the World," "Frosty the Snowman," and "Back Door Santa." It went on to become a classic itself. Darryl "D.M.C" McDaniels is a founding member of the group.
Underwater noise pollution is taking a toll on marine life, and the clamor is entirely human-made. It’s the whine of ship engines, the searing blasts of military exercises, and the thunderous booms of air guns searching for oil and gas. Dr. Leila Hatch, NOAA Ocean Noise Specialist, explains.
It’s the week before Christmas and, as usual, The Takeaway is celebrating with our annual “Remixing the Holidays” series. Throughout the month, we’re talking with musicians, actors, experts listeners about the best and worst songs of the season. Today’s guest is Grammy award-winning singer and actor Olivia Newton-John.
We've received a ton of responses over the last few days about our stories on the supposed death of irony, teaching empathy to kids, and more. Takeaway host John Hockenberry runs through some of our favorites.
Today is the last day in nearly one hundred years that the date will line up along the same number, as in 12/12/12. What, if anything, does it mean? John Hockenberry investigates.
This week, the Powerball reached $550 million, the highest it's ever been. And last night, two lucky ticket holders - in Missouri and Arizona - won the jackpot. But how does one even begin to spend $550 million? The Barenaked Ladies came up with a pretty good list of what they'd buy if they had $1 million. And it got us to thinking: What if we remade their song, but replaced word "million" with "billion." And so we have, with the help of Takeaway listeners, real people on the street, and fun facts about how much you can really buy for a billion dollars.
This summer, the Takeaway embarked on a virtual, coast to coast road trip to some of the country's greatest music cities. Our tour guides included some of the most popular recording artists and experts from each town. We kicked things off with musician and comedian Reggie Watts in the great music mecca of Brooklyn, New York.
Big-money politics and Thanksgiving have a lot more in common than the presidential turkey pardoning. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington correspondent, explains.
We're finally here! The Takeaway has spent countless hours covering this campaign and election, and as we hunker down for a long week of coverage, we wanted to bring you a look back at the last four years of politics in America, starting on election day 2008 and bringing you all the way through yesterday's final comments from the candidates.
When it comes to presidential politics, the campaign season is often the comedy gift that keeps on giving. From The Daily Show to The Colbert Report to Saturday Night Live, the election season provides no shortage of material. But this year, only one show has actually received a presidential endorsement. Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are the comedians behind "Key & Peele" on Comedy Central. Keegan and Jordan discuss identity, politics, comedy, and their writing process.
Everyone knows the UK loves their Football. But what about our Football: The American Version? The NFL returns to London this weekend for it's annual showcase game, and we want to find out if there's any real desire for the American version of the game in England.
An American economic boom or European downturn? What can we discern about the strength of the United States or the European currency union based on their results at golf's Ryder Cup?
There are new releases out this week by Mumford and Sons, Caspian, and No Doubt. Jay Cowit, technical director for The Takeaway, reviews them all, and gives a possible preview of songs you'll be hearing at every wedding, prom, and graduation for the next two years.
Ben Folds Five released it’s first new album in 13 years this week, and maybe for the first time since disbanding the eponymous three-piece over a decade ago, the piano man himself finally sounds like he’s a little happier about things. Jay Cowit, Takeaway technical director, reviews the album.
Labor Day has passed and fall is officially in the air. For some people, that means it's time to start getting ready for the 2012 fantasy football season. With over 27 million participants, the popularity of fantasy football is at an all-time high. The phenomenon of this popularity is documented in a comedy on FX, called The League, which presents six long-time friends as they navigate extreme football fandom.
Bob Costas won’t tell you, but watching the Olympics on NBC this year cost the network more than a billion dollars, a price tag that nearly covers the security bill for the 2012 Games. With a projected cost of around $17 billion, is hosting the Olympics worth it?
This summer, The Takeaway is embarking on a virtual road trip and around the country to some of America’s greatest music cities. Our tour guides will include some of the most popular recording artists and experts from each town. Giving us the aural experience of Brooklyn is Reggie Watts.
On Wednesday, scientists from the CERN lab in Switzerland will announce the latest evidence about the existence of Higgs Boson particle, otherwise known as the "God particle." Dr. Michio Kaku discusses the basics of the Higgs Boson particle and what makes Wednesday's announcement so significant.
Although this morning the focus is on Egypt, right across the border Ariel Sharon is also in this "not dead" state. For two leaders that once went head to head, now they are so alive that when they are dead, they are still alive. In this audio essay, John Hockenberry asks: Can they ever die?