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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
$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.
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.
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.
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.
Blogger Nate Silver made his name by using his skills as a baseball statistician to call the presidential race for Obama back in March. His site—FiveThirtyEight.com became the go-to spot for obsessive poll-watchers during the elections. Now he’s turned his attention to Congress and what numbers can foretell about the Legislative Branch in 2009.
African lungfish, fermented shark in Iceland and porcupine are all typical Christmas cuisine. The Takeaway takes a look at some traditional (and some weird) Christmas dishes from around the world. We're joined by food writer and TV personality Andrew Zimmern.
Of all the sordid details aired in the criminal complaint handed down to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, one stuck out in Jeff Beresford-Howe’s mind. Find out how Wrigley Field may have factored into the latest gubernatorial scandal to rock the nation.
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