Jay Cowit

Technical Director, The Takeaway

Jay Cowit appears in the following:

Listener Wisdom for the Class of 2013

Friday, May 24, 2013

As college and universities around the country begin setting off recent graduates into the world of industry, the ritual turning of the tassel would not be complete without one final lecture, courtesy of Takeaway listeners.

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Your Pick: Music for Listening to Non-Stop

Friday, March 22, 2013

From Willie Nelson to Siouxsie and the Banshees; from Phish to Rahsaan Roland Kirk, our listeners weigh in on the eclectic music they're sure they wouldn't get sick of in a marathon listening session.

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Cuban Dissident Yoani Sanchez Hopes for a Post-Castro Era

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The blogger/journalist Yoani Sanchez, a leading dissident voice in Cuba, is on her first worldwide tour. Takeaway host John Hockenberry speaks with Sanchez about Cuban politics and her mission to scare the Castro regime while bringing the support of American policymakers into what she hopes will soon be the post-Castro era. 

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North Korea Ups the Ante

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Is it time to start to take North Korea more seriously? Karin Lee, executive director of the National Committee on North Korea, weighs in.

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An Ode to the Sidekicks

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The latest Batman issue from DC Comics enacts a plot twist that's nearly unthinkable — they kill of Robin, the crime-fighter who's been around since 1940. What does this mean for all the other sidekicks out there?

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Movie Date Presents: Oscar...Totally Naked

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

"Oscar...Totally Naked" is an Oscar special hosted by Kristen Meinzer of The Takeaway and Rafer Guzman of Newsday. Listen to this hour-long spectacular, which pulls back the velvet curtain on Hollywood's biggest night.

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Former NFL Quarterback Steve Bono on His Financial Life After Football

Monday, January 28, 2013

Steve Bono knows the importance of staying financially healthy after a successful career in professional sports. Bono spent roughly a decade and a half as a quarterback in the NFL, bouncing between teams, vying for playing time, and constantly worrying that he could lose his livelihood at a moment's notice. The former quarterback is teaming up with New York University for a study entitled, "The Financially Healthy Athlete."

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Would It Matter if Beyoncé Lip-Synched Her Performance?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Beyoncé sang at the presidential inauguration on Monday, though many people are saying that she actually lip-synched her performance. Commenting on Beyoncé's potential lip-synching are Jay Cowit, technical director for The Takeaway, and Jeff Spurgeon, the morning host of WQXR, New York Public Radio's classical music station.

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The Unofficial, Crowd-Sourced Inaugural Poem

Monday, January 21, 2013

Last week, noted poet Kwame Dawes started our our crowd-sourced inaugural poem project with these lines: Say "nation." In the wake of quarrels, say "hope." And you took it from there, sending us hundreds of suggestions for lines to be included in the poem via Facebook, Twitter, and more.

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President Lyndon Johnson's Legacy Ahead of Barack Obama's Second Inaugural

Friday, January 18, 2013

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.

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Remixing the Holidays with Run-D.M.C.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

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.

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Mapping Noise Pollution to Save Marine Life

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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.

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Remixing the Holidays with Olivia Newton-John

Friday, December 14, 2012

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.

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Listener's Respond to Our Stories on Irony, Empathy

Friday, December 14, 2012

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.

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A Day of Twelves, But What Does It All Mean?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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.

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If We Had a Billion Dollars, We'd Buy Unicorns and Trips to Space

Thursday, November 29, 2012

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.

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Touring Brooklyn with Reggie Watts

Thursday, November 22, 2012

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.


The American Tradition: Turkeys and PACs

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Big-money politics and Thanksgiving have a lot more in common than the presidential turkey pardoning. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington correspondent, explains.


Boiling Down the Past Four Years

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

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.


Key and Peele on Politics, Comedy, and President Obama's Endorsement

Friday, October 26, 2012

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.