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Jen Poyant

Senior Producer, The Takeaway

Jen Poyant appears in the following:

The brave new world of salary transparency

Monday, February 02, 2009

The boss's salary has always been fodder for gossip around the water cooler. And knowing what you’re worth and how much others are paid can be key to negotiating your own pay. In the past it’s been considered gauche to bring up the subject in the office, but is the conversation about how much money your peers and bosses make becoming less taboo? Kristina Cowan, senior writer for Payscale.com helps The Takeaway figure out whether we're headed for a new era in salary transparency.

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What's next for Rod Blagojevich? Job hunt.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Rod Blagojevich was impeached yesterday. So, when you’re a very recently out of work, 52-year old ex-governor with nice hair, but not much political capital, how do you begin your job search? Hank Sheinkopf, President of Sheinkopf Communications, is a political and governmental consulting firm in New York and he may be able to help answer that questions.

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Luxury items in an economic downturn: The fate of the $10,000 aquarium

Thursday, January 29, 2009

We’ve all heard about how the recession is hitting everyone and everything from automakers to coffee houses. But what about the manufacturers of luxury items? The gold-plated toilets. The private jets. The luxury aquariums. As we take a look at luxury in the downturn, we are joined by K.C. Carter. He’s the financier behind Acrylic Tank Manufacturing in Las Vegas.

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RNC Chairmanship up for grabs

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Republican National Committee begins its winter meeting today and by the end of the week they will have elected a new chairman. The race for the chairmanship has just started to heat up and there are no shortage of contenders for the job. Politico reporter Alex Burns joins us from Washington, D.C. for a look at the horse race. Or is that an elephant race?

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Obama courts the GOP

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The President will meet with Republican House and Senate members today in the hopes of selling them on his stimulus package. GOP party leaders have so far been unswayed. One of the lawmakers meeting with President Obama today is Jason Chaffetz, the Republican Representative for the 3rd Congressional district in Utah. He joins us to explain his take on the president's proposal.

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The menu for the Year of the Ox

Monday, January 26, 2009

Today marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year and according to the lunar calendar it’s the Year of the Ox. In Chinese astrology, the ox represents perseverance, patience, balance and hard work. What foods pair well with the symbolism of The Ox and what is the traditional fare to ring in the Chinese New Year? To help answer those questions and to give us a real taste of the holiday is Eddie Chan, catering manager of the Sweet N Tart restaurant in Queens, New York.

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Blagojevich impeachment trial gets underway

Monday, January 26, 2009

Things aren’t looking good for Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, whose impeachment trial starts today. His lawyer, high profile defense attorney Ed Genson, has stepped down. And a federal judge has ruled that four of the secretly recorded tapes of Blagojevich’s conversations should be released to the state Senate, which is conducting the impeachment trial. Amanda Vinicky, reporter for Illinois Public Radio, joins Adaora and Katherine with a look at the Governor’s future.

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Small change can mean big change in the right hands

Thursday, January 22, 2009

President Obama’s $825 billion stimulus package includes $300 billion in tax cuts, which would come to the American spending public in the form of rebates. But history proves that refunds, whether dispersed in a small steady amounts or in one lump sum, do little to jumpstart a spending spree. For an assessment of what a tax rebate should look like under an administration that runs on the motto of “change,” we are joined by Dan Ariely, who is the James B. Duke Professor of Behavioral Economics at Duke University and author of Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions.

Have a better idea how to get the economy going? Create your own stimulus plan here.

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A big vision for the future: a billion glasses for those in need

Thursday, January 22, 2009

In sub-Saharan Africa vision and eye care services are costly and hard to come by. While 60-70% of people in wealthy nations wear corrective lenses, only 5% of people in the developing world wear glasses. Josh Silver, director of research at The Centre for Vision in the Developing World, has been working to make it easier for the world’s most destitute people to get glasses and keep them, even as they get older and their vision changes. He joins us now to talk about his efforts to bring sight to the world.

For more on this story, read this article on Josh Silver's amazing invention in The Guardian or this article in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

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Where the jobs are

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

When considering places to look for work cities like Rapid City, South Dakota and Idaho Falls, Idaho might not jump to mind immediately, but maybe they should. A new report out this week claims that these cities are looking pretty good job-wise, despite the economy, and are not projecting the job losses that New York City and Chicago expect. For a closer look at these numbers, we are joined by Demetra Nightingale, a professor of public policy at Johns Hopkins University.

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Order in the court: Former Guantanamo prosecutor says evidence is in chaos

Thursday, January 15, 2009

This week a former military prosecutor filed a federal court declaration stating that evidence against detainees is in such chaos that it’s impossible to build a fair case. The ex-prosecutor, Darrel Vandeveld, joins The Takeaway to explain his story.

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Hilda Solis heads to the Hill for confirmation hearings

Friday, January 09, 2009

Confirmation hearings for Representative Hilda Solis, D-Calif., President-elect Barack Obama’s pick for Labor secretary are set to begin today. All eyes are on this confirmation as job creation is instrumental in executing Mr. Obama’s economic stimulus plan. Joseph McCartin, a labor historian and associate professor at Georgetown University, join us to share his impression of Rep. Solis and the job she will take on if she is confirmed.

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The Takeaway's weekend to do list

Friday, January 09, 2009

It's Friday, do you know what you're doing this weekend? We do. Between the Golden Globes Awards, a Battlestar Galactica recap on the Sci Fi Channel, the return of 24, a new Animal Collective album on vinyl, and Neil Patrick Harris hosting Saturday Night Live, we'll be staying in. But if you want to go out there's always watching Mickey Rourke in a singlet in The Wrestler. For a strategic plan of attack for the weekend we turn to Time Out New York's Allison Williams.

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Rockin' the recession in style

Friday, January 02, 2009

A new year is upon us, and the country is dealing with some very important economic troubles that are trickling into every area of life--including fashion. When Chanel starts the layoffs you know the industry is in trouble. Some designers might be keeping a lower profile to save money, but Scott Schuman, founder of the popular style blog, The Sartorialist says that could mean big opportunities for regular folks.

Want more from The Sartorialist? Watch and learn.



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The recession hits professional sports (despite what the Yankees may think)

Friday, January 02, 2009

If you can drag yourself away from watching football this holiday season, it may be worth noticing that in this economy the recession-proof industries of sports and sports media may not be so recession proof. Here to talk about what could be a very important trend in the sports world in 2009 is Jeff Beresford Howe, The Takeaway tailgater and sports commentator.

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The end of media as we know it? Maybe.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Calls for the end of the media as we know it are not new to anyone in the business. For years media clairvoyants have been peering into their crystal balls to find ever shrinking staffs at newspapers and radio and television stations across the country. However, the combination of the significant shifts in technology and the economic downturn may constitute a critical mass for changes in the media. Between bankruptcies of significant media companies and transformative technology rushing to market, 2009 may be the year that media finally has to change. Siva Vaidhyanthan, an associate professor of media studies at the University of Virginia, joins us for more on the issue.

"Are we now seeing the sort of ebbing of a pretty enlightened age and are we going to struggle to find that really high quality work?"
— BBC's Siva Vaidhyanthan on the impact of the recession on the media

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The $10 trillion dollar hangover

Monday, December 29, 2008

$438 billion. That was the projected cost of the deficit in September of this year, before the word "bailout" entered the American lexicon and exploded the national deficit. Linda Bilmes is a lecturer in public policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and she's been keeping her eye on the government’s mounting debt. She talks with John and Adaora, about how much we owe, and who we owe it to.

Read Linda Bilmes' story, "The $10 trillion hangover: Paying the price for eight years of Bush," in the January 2009 issue of Harper's Magazine.

"What is the interest rate on trillions of dollars?"
— John Hockenberry on repaying our booming national debt

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Green up your holiday cleanup

Friday, December 26, 2008

Ater the presents are opened and the Christmas parties are over, take a moment to think about restoring homes back to order. But before stuffing the wrapping paper into a trash bag, or tossing your Christmas tree to the curb, listen to Meaghan O’Neill, the founder and editor of Treehugger.com, for suggestion to green up our Christmas cleanup.

Read Meaghan's 10 tips for recovering from holiday clutter.

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The Republican Party looks for a new vision, or perhaps an old one to restore

Friday, December 26, 2008

In just a few days, it's a new year. And a new beginning might be exactly what the Republican Party needs to get its groove back. David Frum, former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and editor of a forthcoming blog the New Majority joins The Takeaway to talk about what 2009 may hold for the GOP.

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Opportunity in crisis: Solving environmental problems

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Has the urgency of climate change dimmed since the global economic crisis? Or is it a potential economic stimulus? Environomental engineer David Greene from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory discusses the other global concern that will dominate Barack Obama's administration in the coming years.

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