Jay Cowit

Technical Director, The Takeaway

Jay Cowit appears in the following:

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. 


An NFL Football Game in London

Thursday, October 25, 2012

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.

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The Ryder Cup and Other Euro-American Competitions

Thursday, September 27, 2012

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?

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New Music Reviews: Mumford and Sons, Caspian, No Doubt

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

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 Fold's Five Releases New Album, First in 13 Years

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

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.


'Junk DNA' Not So Useless After All

Friday, September 07, 2012

Scientists published the most comprehensive analysis of the human genome & their findings offered a very different view of human DNA than was previously understood or even imagined.

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Fantasy Football Gets a Sitcom

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

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. 


Audio Essay: Inverse Proportions of an Olympic Legacy

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

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?

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