Jay Cowit

Technical Director, The Takeaway

Jay Cowit appears in the following:

The Playoff Beard: What's Your Superstition?

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The NHL playoffs started last night, and for many of these professional athletes that means growing a "playoff beard." A tradition in hockey that goes back three decades, the playoff beard is for both players and fans who refuse to shave during the post-season. This superstition has spread to other professional sports as well, and got us wondering: what other superstitions do professional sports players have? And what superstitions do you have while watching your favorite team?


Campaign Expenses: Like Poetry?

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Yesterday on the show, ProPublica reporter Kim Barker said that going through Ron Paul's expenses was "like poetry." "I really just saw it like a way to track what it's like to campaign," Barker said. The thousands of lines of expenses in the Federal Election Commission filing from the Ron Paul campaign include everything: iTunes music, FedEx mailings, Salvation Army supplies, travel tolls, party rentals, and meals at places called Smash Burger and Thai Flavors. Today we're talking about election year poetry: seeing truth and beauty from the tiny details of a campaign's mundane expenses.

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Yul Kwon on "America Revealed"

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Have you ever looked at a stop light, a slice of pizza, or the hot air coming out of your hair dryer, and wondered: What and who went into making this? A new four-part PBS series called “America Revealed” delves into this question; scaling back from small everyday items to give viewers a big picture view of how America functions. Along the way, it doesn’t just unveil the secrets of how stuff is made; it also tells a story of America’s history and people. The series is hosted by Yul Kwon, an attorney, businessman, and technology expert, who you might also recognize as the 2006 winner of the reality show “Survivor.”


Audio Essay: Supreme Court Leads by Example

Friday, March 30, 2012

This week, the big players in American democracy, media players, candidates, politicians, even passionate voters got a lesson in intelligent civic democracy from the quiet intensity of measured debate and smart talk from nine justices and a couple of top notch lawyers. John Hockenberry reflects on the week of debates in the Supreme Court. It wasn't just about the health care law this week, argues Hockenberry. It was the way the Court handled the issue – regardless of your political persuasion. The court made a real point about the value of a civic space free of noise and full of intelligence.

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Audio Essay: The Lone Gunman

Friday, March 23, 2012

In the past few weeks we've seen the power of a single person wielding only the weapons he could carry: in Toulouse, France, in a village in Afghanistan, in a peaceful gated community in Florida. In our age of instant communication a single armed person IS an entire army, with a power sometimes greater than that of a traditional army. In an audio essay, John Hockenberry talks about lone gunmen.

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Audio Essay: John Hockenberry's Week in London

Monday, March 19, 2012

John Hockenberry reports on his week in London, where he participated in a week-long "job swap" with Dan Damon from the BBC. Hockenberry reports on the preparations being made for the Summer Olympics and the Queen's 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee celebration, the London Underground and more. Hockenberry also enjoyed a break from the U.S. primary. "At one point I heard something about Rick Santorum's sweater vests on the air and thought, I'm really happy to be away," Hockenberry said. 


Audio Essay: Limbaugh Controversy Another Example of Disrespect in American Culture

Friday, March 09, 2012

After Georgetown University Law student Sandra Fluke spoke on Capitol Hill about her university's coverage of contraception, radio host Rush Limbaugh criticized her on his show. Those comments quickly went viral, and over 40 of Limbaugh's advertisers have pulled their sponsorship of the radio show.

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The Tweets of Super Tuesday

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

The dialogue of the 2012 election has been defined in a large part through social media, and Super Tuesday was no different. Republican presidential candidates, journalists, and voters from across the country tweeted yesterday about their opinions of the GOP primary race.  


Jeremy Lin and Linsanity Continues

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The unlikely story of Jeremy Lin continues in dramatic fashion. Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin made a tie breaking 3-pointer with less than a second to play to cap his finishing flurry of six straight points as New York rallied to beat Toronto, extending its winning streak to six games. Joining us now is Takeaway director and super fan Jay Cowit.


America Gets a Pep Talk From Tough Guy Clint Eastwood

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Sunday's Chrysler Super Bowl ad caused some political reaction, but maybe America needs a pep talk from America's outlaw and tough guy Clint Eastwood. Host John Hockenberry looks at the Eastwood speech in the context of his epic career and America's need for some tough love in these troubled times. Half time in America? Maybe, but we could sure use some encouragement from Clint.

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A Lesson on Making Better Home Movies

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

With an increasingly sophisticated crop of small, inexpensive digital cameras — in addition to those built into the tops of computer monitors and cell phones — more people are making movies than ever before. Equally significant, these little vignettes are reaching a greater audience than ever before. But not everyone's filmmaking skills have caught up.

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The Soundtrack to the Arab Spring

Monday, February 06, 2012

Since its humble beginnings in the Bronx during the 1970s, hip hop has become a global musical phenomenon with attendant forms of style and protest. Perhaps one of the greatest examples of hip hop's recent impact is in the Arab world where formed the soundtrack to the revolution with rappers like Hamada Ben Amor from Tunisia, Cheikh Oumar Cyrille from Senegal, and Mohamed el Deeb from Egypt.

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Listener Responses: Favorite Regionalisms

Monday, February 06, 2012

Next month, the final volume of the Dictionary of American Regional English will be released. A project initially undertaken in the 1950s by linguist Federic Cassidy, the goal was to record all the words and phrases that are unique to specific parts of the U.S. Listeners responded with their favorite regionalisms.

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Learn to Talk Football with The Takeaway

Friday, February 03, 2012

While football may have supplanted baseball as the national pastime, it's not necessarily a universal language. Perhaps you carelessly yell "foul!" during the game, don't fully understand what the "end zone" is, or mistakenly throw up your arms when the opposing team gets a touchback. But fear not: The Takeaway will teach you how to sound smart on Super Bowl Sunday.

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Superbowl XLVI: The Ultimate Sports Movie Sequel?

Friday, February 03, 2012

In a world where one team must face off against another not once, but twice, on the world stage tempers will flare, bodies will be pushed to the limit, and reveling fans will discover if the underdog can triumph over tragedy… or if the top dog will rise again. Cliched? Absolutely, but appropriate: just as they did in 2007, the New England Patriots will face off against the New York Giants in this year's Superbowl.


Florida Primary Told in Tweets

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Political die-hards know how to truly gauge the mood of the country this primary season. You have to keep one eye on the television and one eye on Twitter. Sure you can read the story in the paper the next day, but the excitement develops in real time through a stream-of-conscious and subconscious that comes right into our laptops and iPhones. Takeaway co-host John Hockenberry takes a look at how the story of Florida's GOP primary unfolded on the ubiquitous social media tool.  

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A Look Back at Newt Gingrich's Career

Monday, January 23, 2012

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has had a long political career. But along the way, as Mitt Romney's SuperPAC Restore our Future gleefully points out, he accrued 84 ethics complaints during his tenure in the House, and accepted a $1.6 million donation from Freddie Mac. But that's not the whole list of Gingrich's malfeasance, public or personal. The Takeaway looks back at the triumphs — and scandals — that have trailed him.

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Kodak: A Walk Down Memory Lane

Friday, January 20, 2012

Considering Kodak's recent financial woes, the imaging giant's Chapter 11 filing should have come as no surprise. But that hasn't lessened the cultural impact of losing such an iconic American institution. Kodak has been a part of American culture for more than a 100 years. The company made the first consumer camera, and people even called cameras "Kodaks" at the turn of the century. In this commentary we explore the rise and fall of one of America's most identifiable brands.

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Fascist, Marxist, Socialist: The Misuse of Political Terms

Thursday, January 19, 2012

When President Obama's political opponents describe his administration's ideological bent, harsh words are often tossed into the fray. Whether it's Socialism, Marxism or Fascism, the President’s first term has been marred with accusations of adherence to a number of controversial ideologies. Is there any truth behind these heavily loaded terms? James Morone, political scientist and author, speaks about the many "isms" used to describe the Obama administration.

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A World Without Wikipedia

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The anti piracy laws being considered in the U.S. have produced worldwide internet turmoil. Perhaps you are already aware that the giant Wikipedia website in English is down not because of some pirates, but in protest to what the Wikipedia people think this would do to the internet. Well Wikipedia's message today is that we in the 21st century world community need the open architecture of the internet and sites like Wikipedia. Just check out what it is like suddenly not to have them.

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