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Jennifer Hsu

Video Producer

Jennifer Hsu appears in the following:

Kid Art: A Brooklyn 4-Year-Old Takes You To The Rainbow City

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Your kid's art isn't just good for decorating refrigerators and office cubicles. It's also a glimpse into imagination and the creative process.

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Sultana, The Queen of the Middle East Village

Monday, November 30, 2009

Sultana is an East Villager who feels as deeply about Middle East peace as he does about high heels after dark. 

"I believe in makeup," the Palestinian drag queen says. "Even if you're doing the laundry, you should have lip gloss on."

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Cooking with a pork pro

Monday, May 25, 2009

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The Takeaway reclaims the mighty pig this Memorial Day and gets a cooking lesson from pork-loving restaurateur Craig Samuel at Peaches, his joint in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Learn how to make his signature "Watermelon Salad with Country Ham," shop for the best-tasting pork, and turn anyone into a pork lover.
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Subway Riders with No Pants? It's 'Improv Everywhere'!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

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Networking technology has radically changed how we do many things -- including startling other people. The group Improv Everywhere uses it to pull off pranks—or, as they call them, missions. Two of their best known missions are the famous annual no-pants subway ride, and the Grand Central Station freeze. Now the Improv Everywhere guys have a book: Causing a Scene: Extraordinary Pranks in Ordinary Places with Improv Everywhere. It's part a documentation of their work, part a how-to manual. Co-author Alex Scordelis joins The Takeaway to discuss the group and its methods.
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The high cost of higher education: Is it worth it?

Friday, May 15, 2009

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This year 3.2 million students are expected to graduate from high school and of those, roughly 70 percent will go on to get a college education. But with two-thirds of college graduates carrying debt—and the average student loan debt topping $20,000 dollars—is a college degree worth it? What does it get you in today's global economy?
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Hillary Clinton's advice to graduates

Thursday, May 14, 2009

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke to the graduating class at New York University yesterday. Did she tell the new grads what they wanted to hear?
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Save money and look good on the job: How to cook right at your office desk

Monday, May 11, 2009

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It's a recipe for frustration. In tough economic times, many people are working too hard to take off for an hour-long lunch. And who wants to leave your desk empty when the threat of layoffs is looming? So we dine "al desko": a sandwich in one hand and the mouse in the other. The culinary cost of "just grabbing a sandwich" everyday quickly adds up. But the task of making lunch the night before can be daunting, and boil-in-bag food can be dull. Is there anything you can do at your desk to prepare or pep up your midday meal? New York Times food writer and friend of The Takeaway Melissa Clark has some tips.

Check out a video response from YouTube user BradyDale, who tells us the one condiment Melissa forgot to include!
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How to save the pork industry

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

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You can't get swine flu from eating pork. (And it’s not even called swine flu anymore—technically it’s H1N1 Influenza A.) Nonetheless, the pork industry can’t be happy about having its product associated with a frightening illness, even if that association is completely imaginary. Advertising consultant Cindy Gallop joins The Takeaway with her creative suggestions for resuscitating a product that has been sullied by circumstances.
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What does "pandemic" mean?

Friday, May 01, 2009

What does a pandemic mean? We hear it and we think panic. But strangely the word pandemic has no other synonym in the English language. The Takeaway asks Grant Barrett, lexicographer, dictionary editor and co-host of public radio program "A Way With Words," to break it down for us.
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Kids on the economy

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

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The Takeaway's Femi Oke talks with middle school students in Brooklyn, New York, about how they’re dealing with the recession. The kids describe fewer trips to the movies and grocery stores, worrying about crime or becoming homeless and coping with their parents losing jobs. And, they offer some advice to stressed out grown-ups.
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Taxpayers to GM and Chrysler: Hey, these cars are mine!

Friday, April 17, 2009

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The Takeaway's John Hockenberry heads over to the New York Auto Show to check out the cars his taxpayer bailout dollars have bought him.
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What is your Tax Day message to the government?

Wednesday, April 15, 2009



If there was a comment box on the bottom of your 1040 form this year, what would you say? Whether it's "I took this deduction because I deserve it!" or "I did everything right because I'm terrified of being audited," we want to hear it. Tell us your 1040 tweaks.
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Step inside a hacker space, where technology enthusiasts are making the next big inventions by having fun

Friday, April 10, 2009



The promise of open source can be found in a dull commercial building in downtown Brooklyn. The fruits of this approach -- where people share ideas for others to build on -- are coming out of the laser cutter buzzing away in the corner. Or in the disassembled parts of the robot that automatically served drinks. Or the 3D printer that can build other 3D printers.

The 5th floor office of NYC Resistor is a hacker space, one of scores popping up around the country and hundreds emerging around the world. In Germany, the government subsidizes them. In the U.S., a few people who like to tinker with electronics pool money for a place that lets them keep the circuit boards and soldering irons out of their small apartments. They're creating devices that let you turn off any TV in range of a remote control. They're building giant antennae for ham radio enthusiasts. And then there's the 3D printer.

A 3D printer is exactly what it sounds like. A plain old 2D printer prints letters. This spits out objects you can hold in your hand. Toys, door knobs, jewelry. A couple of these guys have quit their day jobs so they can sell 3D printer kits to people interested in building their own. These people are building objects that build other objects.

In a way, this hacker space is like the MIT media lab without the academic reputation. It draws the best talent in computer engineering and the innovation that emerges in highly valuable. But NYC Resistor - or any other hacker space - does not have the institutional burdens of academia or the profit demands of a company. The main goal is to tinker. Take in people's old ipods and make new machines out of them. Rip out the resistors of discarded monitors and make a box that plays high or low-pitched music based on the weather of the city you select. Point the powerful antenna in the right direciton and talk to ham radio users on the other side of the planet. Bounce the signals off the International space station and if you're lucky, you may get a response from the astronauts on board.

Most of the members of this hacker space have important day jobs. One works for the New York Times in the department charged with designing a newspaper that will survive the 21st century. Another works for a university that might train the next engineers for Google. But all the members pool their skills to teach classes to anyone that wants them Recently a team of Google employees signed up for a lesson.

The amazing part of all this: nobody gets paid. This is just for fun. The social part is paramount, the founders say. They don't even allow members to nominate exes as other members. So no ex-girlfriends, ex-boyfriends, ex-roommates, ex-colleagues. Everyone's got to get along or it just doesn't work. And in case you're wondering, it's not just a bunch of pimply guys. Almost half the members are women and most of the guys have a fashion sense as keen as their soldering skills.

NYC Resistor, and the other hacker spaces around the country, might point to a new model for innovation. One where the best ideas come from the volunteers that play with them. Where the next inventions come from a group of technology enthusiasts just having fun.

>>Listen to the full Takeaway segment with producer Jim Colgan here.
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Angry dogs, sex drugs and $880,000 face cream: John Waters gives The Takeaway a private art tour

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

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Our recession hero: Behrooz the good broker

Friday, March 27, 2009

This week, we sent Senior Editor Femi Oke out to bring your stories about the economic crisis back to the show. Sam Jordan was listening in New Jersey and sent us an e-mail. He wanted us to meet a real estate broker who he describes as more or less his real estate hero. Not something you hear about brokers these days, so Femi Oke went and got the story. She found a broker who, even during the height of the real estate boom and easy mortgages, preached caution and budgetary restraint. He lost clients over his moderation and colleagues laughed, but that real estate philosophy saved families, like Sam Jordan's, from mortgage overload. Femi joins us now with the story.

The Takeaway's videographer Jennifer Hsu captured the action on film:

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Our recession hero: Behrooz the good broker

Thursday, March 26, 2009

This week, we sent Senior Editor Femi Oke out to bring your stories about the economic crisis back to the show. Sam Jordan was listening in New Jersey and sent us an e-mail. He wanted us to meet a real estate broker who he describes as more or less his real estate hero. Not something you hear about brokers these days, so Femi Oke went and got the story. She found a broker who, even during the height of the real estate boom and easy mortgages, preached caution and budgetary restraint. He lost clients over his moderation and colleagues laughed, but that real estate philosophy saved families, like Sam Jordan's, from mortgage overload. Femi joins us now with the story.

The Takeaway's videographer Jennifer Hsu captured the action on film:
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"How to Cook a Wolf" during an economic crisis

Friday, March 20, 2009

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In 1942, in the middle of World War II and at the start of food rationing, the writer MFK Fisher published How to Cook a Wolf. It's was meant to be a part cookbook part self-help guide to inspire those faced with the “wolf” of hard times to get creative in the kitchen. With today's economic climate, we thought it would be fun to revisit MFK Fisher’s classic book. So we asked New York Times food writer Melissa Clark to give us some tips from this classic.
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Greens, rice, fish...and Sean Penn: Cooking for Iranian New Year with filmmaker Marjan Tehrani

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

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Marjan Tehrani is a documentary filmmaker. Born and bred in the United States, Marjan had an American mother and an Iranian father. Her latest film, Arusi Persian Wedding, takes her back to her Persian roots and tells the story of Marjan’s brother taking his American wife to Iran to have a traditional Persian wedding.

When The Takeaway’s Femi Oke went to meet Marjan Tehrani it was just a few days before the Persian New Year. So as they chatted Marjan showed Femi how Iranian families celebrate their new year, talked about growing up half Iranian and why Sean Penn is on her fridge!


Sabzi Polo Mahi (rice with green herbs and fish)
Ingredients:
Parsley
Cilantro
Scallions
Basmati rice
Coriander
Chives
Dill
Fenugreek
Saffron
Fresh white fish
Plain yogurt
Salt and pepper

Chop parsley, cilantro and scallions. Cook basmati rice. In a saucepan, add rice and mix in chopped parsley, cilantro and scallions. Dissolve saffron in water and add to rice with salt and pepper. Cook rice until the bottom of the saucepan is layered with golden crunchy rice. Don’t burn it--just make it crunchy! Steam the fish with the seasoning. Serve fish on a bed of rice with a side helping of plain yogurt.
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Students charting the course

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

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Studies show less than half of the students in New York City high schools graduate on time. And many think that New York City is a rough place to go to school. The Takeaway invites two students from Democracy Prep Charter School in Harlem who think otherwise. Daniel Clark Jr., a seventh grader, and Nia Hill-Mims, an eighth grader talk about what it's like to go to charter school in New York City.
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