Jillian Weinberger

Jillian Weinberger appears in the following:

How the Voting Rights Act Came to Be

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Supreme Court is set to decide whether an important part of the Voting Rights Act is still necessary. Judy Richardson and Charles Cobb, both of whom fought for voting rights on the front lines, explain how the act came to be.

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Supreme Court Hears Challenge to Voting Rights Act

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Supreme Court hears arguments today in what could be a landmark Supreme Court ruling regarding the state of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The act, first signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, was a major piece of civil rights legislation aiming to reverse a practice that long disenfranchised black Americans.

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How Thomas Edison Illuminated Modern America

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The 1893 Columbian Exposition introduced the United States as an industrial power on the world’s stage. As the exposition opened on May 1, 1893, President Grover Cleveland illuminated the fairgrounds with the push of a button, the first time most of the exposition's attendees had ever seen a light bulb.

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The Sequester Could Have a Devastating Impact on Scientific Research, Too

Monday, February 25, 2013

In addition to the Defense Department and other federal employees, the automatic spending cuts known as sequestration would also affect a number of other federally-funded projects, including scientific and medical research.

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The Rise and Fall of Jesse Jackson, Jr.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Elected to Congress in 1995, Jesse Jackson Jr. served Illinois's second district for seventeen years until his resignation last November. Chicago-based political consultant Delmarie Cobb worked for both Jesse Jackson Jr. and Jesse Jackson Sr. in the 1980s and 1990s. 

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Detroit on the Edge of Fiscal Insolvency

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Detroit's financial future may soon be out of the city's hands. Yesterday a review team appointed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder issued its final report, and explained what many in the city already knew: that Detroit faces enormous financial problems. Charlie LeDuff, author of "Detroit: An American Autopsy," explains what the future looks like for the city.

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A City's Comeback: Lessons from Philadelphia

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

As Detroit grapples with financial instability, what lessons can the Michigan metropolis learn from other American cities that have dealt with insolvency? Beset by a declining tax base, sky-high union contracts and rampant financial mismanagement, the City of Brotherly Love barely escaped bankruptcy in the early 1990s. Dave Davies, senior reporter for WHYY, discusses the city's fiscal demise and recovery. 


Economic Equality Still Eludes Women as 'Feminine Mystique' Turns 50

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Today, Betty Friedan's "The Feminine Mystique," the book that sparked the feminist movement of the 1960s, celebrates its fiftieth anniversary of publication. Stephanie Coontz, author of "A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s," argues that Friedan succeeded in revolutionizing American attitudes about gender, but that concrete policies to enable gender equality in the home and the workplace have stalled.

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Chuck Hagel Provokes Senate Showdown

Friday, February 15, 2013

Senator John Kerry may have sailed through his confirmation hearings for Secretary of State, but a showdown is brewing over Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich has the latest from Capitol Hill. 

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How Important Was Preschool to Your Child's Education?

Thursday, February 14, 2013

In Tuesday's State of the Union address, President Obama called for universal early childhood education. Why? Because research by Nobel Prize-winning economist James Heckman shows that preschool can make a remarkable difference in children's lives.

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Will Obama Go for Climate Change Legislation Alone?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

President Obama addressed climate change in his State of the Union address last night, but legislation to combat the problem has gotten so little traction in Congress, environmental activists wonder how the Obama Administration can achieve his goals when it comes to the environment.

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Will the Pope's Resignation Propel the Church into Modernity?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

As Pope Benedict XVI retires, will the church take a brave new step into the 21st century? Charlie Sennott, executive editor of GlobalPost and longtime reporter on the Catholic Church, explains.

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What Should Americans Be Worried About?

Monday, February 11, 2013

In advance of President Obama's speech, The Takeaway is asking the difficult questions the President will likely ignore on Tuesday. In 2013, what should weigh on American minds?

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Obama's C.I.A Nominee John O. Brennan Has "Personal Objections" to Torture

Friday, February 08, 2013

At his Senate confirmation hearing yesterday, John O. Brennan tried to restore Americans' faith in the C.I.A. While Brennan expressed his disapproval for torture, he staunchly defended the C.I.A.'s drone program.

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How Would John O. Brennan Change the CIA?

Thursday, February 07, 2013

If confirmed, how would Brennan shape the C.I.A.? Glenn Greenwald is a columnist on civil liberties and U.S. national security issues for the Guardian. He explores Brennan's foreign policy influence in the region, and his potential role in Obama's second term.


How Far Have Republicans Shifted on Immigration Reform?

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Before last November's election, few Republicans supported granting undocumented immigrants a path to legalized status. But then President Obama won reelection and 71 percent of the Latino vote. Have Republicans changed their minds about immigration reform?

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Todd Park: President Obama's Tech 'Entrepreneur-in-Residence'

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Congress created the Office of Science and Technology Policy in 1976, but Barack Obama was the first president to appoint a White House chief technology officer. In 2012, Todd Park became the second person to hold the position.


Hillary Clinton's Legacy: Ambassador to the World?

Friday, February 01, 2013

Hillary Clinton steps out of the political spotlight today as she departs from the U.S. State Department after four years as secretary of state. As we reflect on her legacy, John Cassidy, staff writer at The New Yorker, argues that Secretary Clinton achieved more as "an ambassador to the world" than as secretary of state.

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From Nick and Norah to Coach and Tami: A History of Marriage Onscreen

Friday, February 01, 2013

When author and Wesleyan University professor of film studies Jeanine Basinger decided to write a history of marriage at the movies, she remembered that her friends had been so skeptical of her own, back in 1967.

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Preview: The Film Professor Who Taught the Creators of 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Jeanine Basinger is a legend at Wesleyan University, where she's a professor of film. She taught Joss Whedon, creator of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," and Benh Zeitlin, who directed the Oscar-nominated film "Beasts of the Southern Wild."

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