Jay Cowit

Technical Director, The Takeaway

Jay Cowit appears in the following:

Your Next Vacation: Outer Space?

Friday, July 19, 2013

Takeaway Host John Hockenberry visited the American Physical Society's newest production—but it's not what you would expect. The Intergalactic Travel Bureau looks like any other travel agency. But the destinations at this travel agency are different than what you might be used to. Instead of beach resorts and ancient cities, there are astrophysicists acting as travel agents who advise guests on which would be a better vacation—the far off rings of Saturn or the nearby moon. On today's show, we look at the different aspects of space tourism.


The Summer Music of 1993

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

All this week, the music program Soundcheck is looking back on the music of 1993—including chart topping singles, landmark albums and watershed moments from that summer 20 years ago. Soundcheck’s host John Schaefer gives Takeaway listeners an introduction to the series, and asks what their favorite songs from summer that was.

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Miami Heat Wins NBA Championship

Friday, June 21, 2013

It's official: The Miami Heat basketball team has won back-to-back NBA Championship titles. Game 7 of the 18th NBA Finals was finished last night with the Heat winning 95-88 against the San Antonio Spurs. Joining us today to discuss the game is Joey Palacios, reporter for KSTX in San Antonio, and Tim Reynolds, sports writer for the Associated Press.


Actor James Gandolfini Dead at 51

Thursday, June 20, 2013

HBO's "The Sopranos" changed television, it changed the entertainment industry and actor James Gandolfini himself changed the character of the Italian-American made guy. Today we take a look back at the impact of Gandolfini's break through role in The Sopranos, and the cultural significance of the show in America. Chris Carley, co-owner of Holsten’s, the restaurant where the the last scene of The Sopranos was filmed, discusses the late actor.

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John Hodgman on the End of the World

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Humorist, writer, and Daily Show "resident expert" John Hodgman has been thinking about the end of the world, and joking about it for the past year on stages across America. His new special documents the last night of his doomsaying tour. It’s called “Ragnarok” (as in the Norse mythology version of the end of the world). “Ragnarok” will be available exclusively on Netflix tomorrow, June 20.

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Fifty Years After Medgar Evers' Assassination

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

50 years ago, the U.S. lost a civil rights activist when Medgar Evers was assassinated in front of his home in Jackson, Mississippi. Evers fought valiantly in France and Germany in World War 2 and came back to go to school at Alcorn College. He became field secretary for the NAACP in Mississippi and took on the white businesses directly with protests and boycotts.


Your Oldest Gadgets

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

In praise of old gadgets! We live in a world where new technology is celebrated, but some of us still can’t let go of our 8-track players and Walkmans, including Takeaway listeners who share the old-timey gadgets they still love and use.

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40 Years Later: The Watergate Hearings

Monday, May 27, 2013

Republicans kept up the pressure on the Obama administration this weekend by calling for a special independent counsel to investigate the Justice Department's monitoring of journalists' records and the I.R.S.'s targeting of right-wing groups. Talk of overreach and possible criminality has led some in the G.O.P. to make perhaps tenuous comparisons to events 40 years ago. 

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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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