Jay Cowit

Technical Director, The Takeaway

Jay Cowit appears in the following:

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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The Takeaway's Musical Road Trip: Brooklyn with Reggie Watts

Monday, July 09, 2012

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.

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CERN to Unveil New Evidence for "God Particle"

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

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.

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Audio Essay: Hosni Mubarak and Ariel Sharon's Enduring Legacies

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

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?

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Greek Wine Exports Thriving Due to Internal Turbulence

Monday, June 18, 2012

Everyone is aware of the current Greek economic crisis, but they may be surprised to learn that the Greek wine industry is doing well. Because of the economic crisis and the recession in the domestic market, Greek wineries have started to export their wines.


Jamie Dimon and the Art of Apologizing

Friday, June 15, 2012

Earlier this week JP Morgan chief Jamie Dimon went up to Capitol Hill. He sat in front of a Senate committee, and Dimon... apologized. This got Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich thinking about other instances of public figures apologizing to Congress.

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June 14, 1922: An Important Day for Radio

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Ninety years ago today, President Warren G. Harding made history by being the first President to deliver an address on the radio. What was the immediate impact of the broadcast of President Harding's address and how do we continue to feel that impact in today's media environment?

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Listeners Respond: What Sounds Are Going Extinct?

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Today we asked listeners: What sounds from your childhood are going extinct? Rotary phones? Dial-up connections? Tetris? We compiled the responses into an audio essay.

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Bumper Music for June 5, 2012

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Two themes in today's bumper music: Venus coming directly between Earth and the Sun, and an audio essay by co-host John Hockenberry about how The Beach Boys, who released "Surfin' Safari" fifty years ago.

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New York City Plans a Ban of Oversized Sugary Drinks

Thursday, May 31, 2012

New York City plans to ban the sale of large sugary drinks, announced Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday. The ban, which aims to fight obesity, would impose a 16-ounce limit on the size of sweetened drinks sold at restaurants, bodegas, and movie theaters. Joining us is Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition at New York University and author of "Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety." Also with us is Jay Cowit, Takeaway Technical Director and Chief Soda Correspondent.

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Bumper Music for May 30, 2012

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Aaron Freeman, Ween frontman, announced the band's breakup yesterday to Rolling Stone from his home in New Jersey. In Ween's honor, which was formed 25 years ago by Freeman and his high school classmate Mickey Melchiondo, today's bumper music is Ween-only.

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A Look Ahead to the NBA Playoffs

Friday, May 25, 2012

The Spurs and the Clippers have staked out their places in the NBA Western Conference Finals while the Eastern Conference has yet to be decided. Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin lays out what to expect for the rest of the playoffs.