°F We should be hitting 90 degrees today. Hear what this means for Maeve, a curator at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Jim Colgan

Former digital editor at The Takeaway, former producer at The Brian Lehrer Show.

Jim Colgan appears in the following:

Your Signs of Prepared or Unprepared New York

Friday, August 26, 2011

Maybe it's the empty shelves in the grocery store or the boarded up windows on the ground floor. WNYC and The New York Times are looking for signs of a city prepared or unprepared for the hurricane. Just text the word IRENE to 30644 on your cell phone and follow the prompts. Or you can answer our online survey.

Comments [3]

Vote for Your Favorite Company Name

Thursday, July 21, 2011

As part of our coverage on the importance of choosing a name for startup companies, we've been asking for suggestions for company names based on the descriptions of three actual businesses. Vote for your favorite — and least favorite — ones here.

Comments [2]

Name That Company: Match the Company Name to What You Think It Does

Monday, July 18, 2011

Branding experts say a good company name should have something to do with what the company does. Although it's not always the case with successful companies (e.g. Apple), when there's little or no budget, the name often has to do the marketing. Here are some company names taken from The New York Tech Meetup, a monthly gathering in New York City where new start-ups demo their products or services. 

Comments [1]

How Twitter Was Nearly Called Twitch: Twitter Co-Founder Jack Dorsey on Coming Up with a Name

Monday, July 18, 2011


One of the first things any new company has to do when it's starting is to come up with a name. WNYC's Lisa Chow and Jim Colgan interviewed company founders about how they chose their names, including Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey. Here's an extended transcript of their interview.

Comments [4]

Birth of a Name: What NYC Startups Can Learn From Google, Twitter & Apple

Monday, July 18, 2011


Would Google be as successful a company had it been named Backrub? That was the name the search engine started with in 1996, and it's a question that weighs on the founders of hundreds of companies that are created in New York City every week.

Comments [3]

Movie Date: 'Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Pt. 2'

Friday, July 15, 2011

Apparently there's a big movie out this weekend, though Rafer and Kristen can barely remember what it is. Kidding! They both saw the new Harry Potter movie, as did The Takeaway's former Digital Editor Jim Colgan — a self-described fan who loves the books and movies equally. The three of them discuss the final big screen installment, ten years later, of J.K. Rowling's cultural phenomenon. 

Read More


Gas Prices: Are They Affecting Travel?

Thursday, May 19, 2011

As the summer season comes closer and closer, one question abounds: where are you going for vacation? If you have a large car and a large family, the answer might be closer to home. Gas prices are at a nearly all-time high around the U.S. So, is it really affecting behavior? We've been asking listeners to weigh in with the prices at the pump in their own communities, and whether or not that will have an impact on summer travel. John Manrique, Takeaway listener on WLRN in South Florida talks about his expensive commute. And other listeners weigh in.

Comments [1]

Help Us Gauge Gas Prices

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Gas prices are at record highs. And we want to know if it's changing what you do. Are you ditching the car? Changing your summer vacation plans? Help us gauge the nation on gas prices. Send your submission below or just text GAS to 69866.

Read More

Comments [5]

A Bird Expert on Your Sightings

Sunday, May 08, 2011

WNYC got hundreds of texts when we asked for your favorite bird-watching spots throughout the city. Bird expert Tom Stephensen weighs in here.

Comments [1]

Best NYC Bird-Watching Map

Friday, May 06, 2011

Emily Rueb, New York Times senior producer at the Metro desk, and Jim Colgan, digital editor at the Takeaway, wraps up the WNYC/New York Times collaboration for Bird Week. Alongside them is Tom Stephenson who travels the world to birdwatch. He is a birding trip leader, photographer, sound engineer and the author of a forthcoming book about Warblers.

→ Watch the live Hawk Cam nested outside the 12th floor office of NYU President

Check out Your Favorite Bird-Watching Spots in NYC!

Comments [7]

Your Favorite Bird-Watching Spots in NYC

Thursday, May 05, 2011

In collaboration with The New York Times, we've been asking you to send your favorite spots to watch birds throughout the city. We received hundreds of text messages and we've plotted the submissions on the map below. Click on the place-markers to get the info for each location, along with the bird mentioned. Many of you also left audio messages, which you can hear by clicking the link where available.

Comments [7]

Obama Speaks About His U.S. Birth Certificate

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

This morning, the White House released President Obama's U.S. birth certificate. Obama said in a statement that he hoped this would end any debate over his birthplace, and allow those questioning his country of origin to move on to more important issues. Todd Zwillich, the Takeaway's Washington correspondent, spoke about whether or not this will be the death of the birthers. 

Comments [5]

Obama to Name CIA Director Panetta as Defense Secretary

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Associated Press reports this morning that President Obama will name current CIA director Leon Panetta as the replacement for Defense Secretary Robert Gates. He'd also make General David Patreaeus Panetta's replacement at the CIA. The changes are expected to take effect this summer, after a Senate confirmation. David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times speaks with us about this news.


Abortion Restrictions, State by State

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Legislatures in more than a dozen states are trying to tighten the laws on abortion. Nebraska passed a law a year ago and 14 others are introducing similar bills. We're talking about this new wave of anti-abortion measures on the air with legal writer Linda Greenhouse. Meanwhile, here's a map showing the current abortion laws in every state, as of January 2011. The information comes from the Guttmacher Institute. Click on each map marker for information on the laws or click the link for detailed information on abortion in that state.

Read More

Comments [2]

Do You Live Near a Nuclear Reactor?

Monday, March 14, 2011

This map details the operating nuclear power reactors in the United States, based on data from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (see full info). It also represents fault information based on data from the U.S. Geological Survey (read more).

The red markers signify nuclear reactors. The blue markers show faults.

Are there reactors near you? Are you concerned about safety?




Read More

Comments [24]

Peter King's Radical Change

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Tomorrow, Rep. Peter King will drop the gavel on the House Homeland Security Committee's hearing on "Islamic radicalization." The hearing starts while we're on the air and we'll take a close look at what's in store. We'll also look at why the hearings are happening now. King is drawing criticism from American Muslims for singling out Islam, but there was a time when the Long Island congressman had close ties in the Islamic community — even attending one Muslim constituent's son's wedding. But that all changed after 9/11. We'll try to find out why, with Robert Kolker, who writes about it in this week's New York magazine. We'll also hear from Dr. Faroque Khan, who once called King a close friend.

We've also been hearing from a lot of your about the controversial hearing. Most of you say it's nothing but divisive, but today we asked if you think that anything good can come out of it. Here's some of what you said by text message.

Only if all stakeholders are involved in the hearing and I don't think all parties have been given a chance to speak.
—Oakland, Calif.

Focusing on Islamist radicalism would be a start. Need multi-front approach though. Education of non-Muslims as to true nature of Islam is essential as well. Same goes for radicalism of any ideology.
—Tacoma, Wash.

While some useful information may emerge, I'm expecting more of the empty political theatre the GOP does best to be the outcome.
—Baruch DovBe, Brooklyn, NY

Read More

Comments [1]

Google Changes Website Rankings to Increase 'High Quality' Content

Monday, February 28, 2011

Google is changing the way it ranks websites in search results, by changing its famous, mysterious algorithm so that sites deemed "intuitively low quality" get lower rankings. Takeaway digital editor Jim Colgan looks at what's changing and why Google is doing it now.


Should Expats Be Allowed to Vote in Irish Election?

Friday, February 25, 2011

Voters in Ireland go to the polls today to decide who should lead a country wrenching from near-economic collapse. The fallout from the banking crisis there is driving unemployment to 13 percent and forcing thousands to flee. The country's statistics office says 100,000 people will emigrate over the next two years — that's two percent of the whole population. But in this election, those people who left get no say in who runs the country. Ireland is one of the few nations that does not give the to vote to citizens living abroad. 

To make this point, a website site called is letting Irish expats vote in a kind of shadow election. The site was created by John Byrne and Brian Reynolds, who emigrated from Dublin last year.

Comments [1]

Your Take: Chinese Competition

Friday, January 21, 2011

China's President Hu Jintao has been in Washington this week, and all week we have been looking at the China-U.S. relationship, the economy, and American misperceptions about China. One of the questions we asked was whether or not we should be wary of China's economy in relation to our own. Listener Charles George, who grew up in Washington state and has lived in China for ten years, wrote to us on our website. He says that fears of economic competition from China are overblown. Charles joins us from Yantai, in eastern China, to talk more about his experience and views living in that country.


Assignment: The State of Your Refrigerator!

Monday, January 17, 2011

In the run up to the president's State of the Union address, we're taking on a listener's idea to get the state of your union: Open up your refrigerator and show us the state of your refrigerator.

Take a photo or video and send us a snapshot of what's inside the fridge and what it says about your life. Is the fridge full? Is it bare? Why did you pick what's in there? Is there anything you're embarrassed about?

John from Brooklyn, Conn., showed us the state of his union by opening up his refrigerator (see video below).

Read More

Comments [1]