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Follow Friday: Secret Service's Public Scandal, Death of a Radio Icon, War on Moms

Friday, April 20, 2012

This week we hear more about the Secret Service’s risqué public scandal in Colombia, the death of radio icon Dick Clark, the so-called war on mothers that swept the mideast, Mitt Romney’s possible veep options, and more. We're joined by Jeff Yang, who writes the Tao Jones column for Wall Street Journal and blogs for WNYC’s It's a Free Country, journalist and blogger Farai Chideya, and Ron Christie, Republican political strategist and political contributor for The Takeaway and It's a Free Country.

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Opinion: The 'Disgraceful' Blackness of Barack Obama

Monday, April 09, 2012

It’s clear from both context and content that Obama’s statement about Trayvon Martin's death wasn’t some kind of call to arms on race: It was a heartfelt and impulsive reaction of empathy.

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Follow Friday: Trayvon Martin, Mitt's Primary Sweep, and Yahoo's Huge Layoffs

Friday, April 06, 2012

Every Friday, The Takeaway convenes a panel to look back at the week's big stories. This week we hear more anger stemming from the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, the significance of Mitt Romney's recent primary wins, and what's left of Yahoo after a mass layoff. This week we're joined by author and blogger Jeff Yang, journalist and blogger Farai Chideya and Republican political strategist Ron Christie.

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Opinion: What if All the Candidates Were Toys?

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Time was the GOP primary reminded us of a three-ring circus with a surfeit of clowns. Now, after a spectacular own-goal by senior Romney campaign aide Eric Fehrnstrom, it’s looking more like Toy Story 4.

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Friday Follow: Santorum Takes Primaries, HBO Show Runs out of Luck, March Madness Sweeps the Country

Friday, March 16, 2012

Every Friday, The Takeaway convenes a panel to look back at the week's big stories. This week Rick Santorum wins Alabama and Mississippi, March Madness sweeps the country, and liquid detergent becomes a black market commodity.


Follow Friday: GOP, Linsanity, Whitney Houston

Friday, February 17, 2012

The Jeremy Lin story only gets more amazing this week, as the most unlikely sports hero of the past decade. Also this week, the tragedy of Whitney Houston. Michigan becomes the next battleground in the GOP primary. We look back at this week's stories with our panel. Ron Christie is a Takeaway contributor and Republican political strategist. Jeff Yang writes the Tao Jones column for The Wall Street Journal and blogs for our co-producer WNYC's It's a Free Country. Farai Chideya is a journalist and blogger at


Linsanity, Explained

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Jeff Yang, contributor to It's A Free Country, the WSJ Speakeasy blog, and former "Asian Pop" columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle, and Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, Takeaway sports correspondent, comment on the meteoric rise to fame of Chinese-American Knicks player Jeremy Lin, and what it says about sports, race and culture.

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Follow Friday: CPAC, Gay Marriage, Contraception

Friday, February 10, 2012

It's Friday, the time we spend time with our most valuable minds here on The Takeaway to look at the week's stories. Is the Conservative Political Action Conference a right-wing Star Trek convention? How will the gay marriage issue play out? And why has contraception become a political issue? Our panel tackles these stories and more.

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Friday Follow: Komen Cuts Funding, Romney's 'Poor' Comments, Florida GOP Primary

Friday, February 03, 2012

This week the Susan G. Komen Foundation cut funding for Planned Parenthood, Mitt Romney made headlines when he said he wasn't "concerned about the very poor," and Florida's GOP Primary went to Mitt Romney, with Newt Gingrich clenching a distant second.

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Opinion: Iowa, the Irrelevant

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Like a mindless herd, we journalists have anointed Iowa the nation’s presidential kingmaker, and established a narrative that assigns the candidate winning the state “momentum” and “electability”…despite the fact that the caucuses aren’t even a binding vote.

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Friday Follow: Russia Looks Post-Putin, Iraq War Ends

Friday, December 16, 2011

This week brought the end of the Iraq War and a Russia in turmoil after recent disputed elections. Also, the final GOP debate before the Iowa caucus was last night on Fox News. Joining The Takeaway for a look at this week's big stories are Jeff Yang, writer of the Tao Jones column for The Wall Street Journal and bloger for WNYC's It's a Free Country, and Farai Chideya, journalist and blogger at

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Opinion: If I Were a Rich White Dude

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

On Monday, Forbes columnist Gene Marks strayed from his usual beat — business technology — to write a column, "If I Were a Poor Black Kid,"  This is a response to that column, told from the perspective of one of Marks's "poor black kids." Note: Jeff Yang, the author of this response, is not in fact a poor black kid.

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Opinion: Are You Smarter Than a Frontrunner?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Slammed as the Stupid Party, the GOP turns to Newt Gingrich as its new egghead savior.

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Meme Patrol: "Megyn Kelly, Essentially"

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Yesterday's spirited defense of brutal police actions toward UC-Davis protesters by Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly is threatening to launch a fresh meme, already spilling out of a thread on Gawker into the free-range web.

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GOP Foreign Policy Debate: A Live Tweet Recap

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Perry is working on his statesmanlike gestures. And he seems to have reduced the dosage on his nerve tonic.

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Opinion: What if PETA Wins its "Free Willy" Slavery Lawsuit?

Monday, October 31, 2011

Legal experts think PETA's suit seeking to define animal captivity as slavery is unlikely to succeed. But what if it does?

Last week, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals once again made headlines — it's what they do — by filing suit in federal court on ...

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Who Would Your Favorite Superhero Vote For?

Friday, October 14, 2011

Contributor to It's A Free Country and one of the editors of Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology, Jeff Yang, talks about his most recent column on how comic books and politics mix, and who he thinks various superheroes would endorse in the 2012 election.

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Super Delegates: Who Would our Comic Brethren Endorse?

Friday, October 14, 2011

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The New Littles: Kicking Off, And Where's Chinatown?

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Each Thursday this month we explore New York's "New Littles" - ethnic communities that are changing or you may not know about.

Andrew Beveridge professor of sociology at Queens College, the CUNY Graduate Center, and the man behind Social Explorer helps kick off the project. And Jeff Yang, "Asian Pop" columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, discusses his new project Our Chinatown and where Chinatown really is these days.

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Movies: 'The Hangover Part II' Offends Asians, Moviegoers and Humans

Friday, May 27, 2011

It's Memorial Day weekend, and for many people that means a visit to see whatever is playing at the local movie theater. Certainly the most heavily advertised option is sequel "The Hangover Part II," the bro-tastic comedy flick featuring Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis. But some people, like San Francisco Chronicle columnist Jeff Yang, aren't happy about the way Asians are portrayed in the film. Yang and producer Kristen Meinzer join us to talk about the film.

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