Jen Poyant

Senior Producer, The Takeaway

Jen Poyant appears in the following:

Sen. Saxby Chambliss Talks NSA, GOP's Future in Georgia

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Last week, at the urging of the White House, the House of Representatives defeated a bill to curb the NSA’s powers. But lawmakers are facing mounting pressure to limit government surv...

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Analyzing President Obama's Remarks on Trayvon Martin & Race

Monday, July 22, 2013

On Friday, President Obama addressed the nation, the verdict and commented on the racial climate in the country. Was the President a bridge builder? How has his identity and his place...

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ROUND-TABLE: Is The Zimmerman Ruling About Race or the Justice System?

Monday, July 15, 2013

What is the Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman story really about? Does it show the strength of our justice system and belief in our institutions, or the weakness of those institutio...

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Dissecting the Zimmerman Verdict's Impact on Race, Justice and Families

Monday, July 15, 2013

With the not guilty verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman, the ruling has brought up questions of our expectations of security, the right to a trial and the judgement of a jury. Sh...

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Nelson Mandela's Lifelong Friend Reflects on the Ailing Leader

Monday, July 01, 2013

Before John left for Africa, he sat down to reflect on the sentiments of South Africans as they prepare for the passing of one of history's greatest leaders and peace activists. Denis...


The Post-Sandy Recovery of New York and New Jersey's Coastlines

Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day is the official start of summer for most Americans, the time when people on the coasts and inland start heading to the beach for a break. But this year the usual New Yo...

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FBI Investigation of Man with Ties to Boston Bombing Suspect Ends in Shooting

Thursday, May 23, 2013

A mystifying development in the investigation of the alleged Boston Marathon bombing suspects came early Wednesday morning when an F.B.I. agent shot and killed a Chechen man named Ibr...


Why the Rich Don't Give to Charity

Monday, April 15, 2013

Tax day is upon us. Did you reduce your tax burden this year by giving to charity? According to our next guest, the answer to the question might depend on your tax bracket. Ken Stern ...

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Google's High Speed Internet Headed to Austin

Thursday, April 11, 2013

In Austin, Texas a new innovative project is in the works. This week, Google and the city of Austin announced a deal to launch the next city-wide super-high-speed internet project, ...

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When Will We Have a Female Pope?

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Catholic Church has finally elected its first pope from the Americas. But could you ever imagine a female pope? Or even women members in the conclave that chooses the pope?

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The Young Iraqi Translator Who Gave His Life for the American Effort

Monday, March 11, 2013

Imagine telling the story of the war in Iraq from the perspective of one young Iraqi who cared deeply about his country and who also worked on the front lines as an Arabic interpreter...

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With the A Train Gone, Traveling to the Rockaways Becomes Much Harder

Monday, March 11, 2013


For months, the 3.6 mile railroad bridge connecting the Rockaways to the rest of New York City has been out, doubling commutes for residents and further adding to the sense of deprivation brought on by Sandy.

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Assessing America's Counterinsurgency in Iraq

Thursday, March 07, 2013

This month marks 10 years since the start of the American war in Iraq. In military operations alone, the war totaled over $800 billion and largely defined by America's counterinsurgency efforts in the region. General David Petraeus, who led American military operations in Iraq, was the main proponent of the ...


Chavez's Death Leaves A Divided Venezuela

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Hugo Chavez, Venezuela’s deeply polarizing president, died Tuesday.  He was 58. His death leaves open questions about the future of the country-- and about the real impact of his le...

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Sequestration Could Put Nearly One Million Defense Employees on Furlough

Thursday, February 21, 2013

If you're a civilian employee working for the Defense Department, you've been put on notice. The sequester is very real and it's extremely likely you are gonna feel the effects of it ...

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Cruise Ship Docks May Be Good for Business, but Some Charleston Residents Want Them Gone

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Imagine yourself reclined on a cruise ship, sipping piña coladas, and leisurely moving through the ocean to the next stop along your week-long journey. What could be more idyllic? Now...


The Feminine Mystique at Fifty

Monday, February 18, 2013

Fifty years ago this week, Betty Friedan published "The Feminine Mystique."  The groundbreaking feminist text proclaimed that the stalled rigidity of sexual roles was out of step with...

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On the Brink of Insolvency: A Roadmap to Turning a City Around

Monday, February 18, 2013

Detroit may be on the brink of insolvency. This is not the first time a US city has hit run into major financial problems. Cleveland did so in 1978, Philadelphia in 1991 and New York ...

Why Working Less Leads to Getting More Done

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

More than a third of American workers regularly eat lunch at their desks, and more than half plan on doing work while they're on vacation. But Tony Schwartz, author of "Be Excellent a...

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The Postal Service Used to Make Multiple Deliveries Per Day

Thursday, February 07, 2013

The Post Master General says that he has no choice but to cut Saturday mail delivery given the billions of dollars of debt in which the organization finds itself. Once upon a time the...

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