We got this email on Sunday from Carol Fipp, an aid worker with The Hôpital Sacré Coeur in Milot, Haiti. She is trying to coordinate an airlift of injured quake victims from Port-au-Prince to their full-service hospital in Milot, which is 75 miles north of Port-au-Prince. So far, the hospital has only airlifted four patients. The New York Times reports a similar story from the medical charity Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières.
Jim (the web editor) here, with an update on our plans for Monday. We expect -- hope -- to be talking about the aid effort that will be reaching the people who need it in Haiti. In fact, The Associated Press just reported that the U.S. military distributed its first aid shipment outside the main airport in Port-au-Prince this afternoon.
We're still following the events on the ground in Haiti. We're using any means we can to get through to our contacts there and we're also reaching out to people who are trying to coordinate relief from here without access to their outposts in Haiti.
We’ll check in with more survivors from the earthquake and hear about the latest effects of the devastation. We’ll also get an update on the relief effort, once it starts in earnest.
Jim here with the latest on our plans for tomorrow's show.
And we're putting together a great conversation about identity and politics. Two groups are forging an unlikely alliance to make a difference in this year’s census result: African Americans and black immigrants. Blacks have traditionally been undercounted in the census and if more people get counted, it could have a wide-ranging impact on redistricting battles and future elections.
It seemed like an essential move after the September 11 attacks: having dozens of fighter jets on alert at all times in case it happened again. But eight years later, military commanders are now questioning such an expensive policy. New York Times reporter Eric Schmitt tells us about the biggest reassessment of the terrorist air threat since the attacks.
Read Eric Schmitt's exclusive story in today's New York Times
The Takeaway's Farai Chideya speaks to Anna Deavere Smith about "The Value."
Today we present the first installment in a new multimedia series called “The Value,” hosted by our correspondent Farai Chideya. The series explores what we — as individuals and as a society — place value on.
Farai sat down with Anna Deavere Smith, who is an award-winning playwright, actress and professor famous for her “documentary theatre.” Her newest, play, “Let Me Down Easy,” focuses on the issue of our nation’s health care and is now playing at New York's Second Stage Theater.
Your calls and emails came in all weekend about the news of President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize. We listen to what you had to say and compare responses from pundits and talk show hosts.
We’re still getting responses to the conversation we had last week about "Driving While Distracted." Since that segment, the Obama administration banned all federal employees from texting while driving, and calls are growing for a nationwide ban. We hear some more of what our listeners had to say.
Yesterday we asked how often people do things like texting and talking on the phone while driving. Listeners weighed in all day, suggesting solutions to combat DWD ("Driving While Distracted") and responding to 19-year-old Alicia Jones, who admitted on the air yesterday to texting while driving.
We revisit your responses to our recent questions: the housing situation in your block, and what you think the biggest "clear and present danger" is to America.
Last Friday, when we talked about young people coming out at younger ages, we got phone calls, emails and comments on our website, including one from Susan in Oklahoma who told her 14-year-old daughter she would love her no matter what her sexual orientation turned out to be. We also heard from an anonymous listener who said that her husband of 19 years just came out after years of knowing he was gay.
This Takeout comes from our listeners: We spoke yesterday about daughters overcoming difficult relationships with their mothers, and vice-versa. After we got off the air, 75-year-old Dolores from Oklahoma called us to talk about her relationship with her mother. We also got many responses here on the website, one from a woman describing taking care of her mother with Alzheimer's.
As more news stories get reported and updated multiple times a day online, they've made once-daily newspaper deadlines seem quaint. Book publishing, however, is still back in the Dark Ages when it comes to turning around publications quickly. Tina Brown, former editor of The New Yorker and current editor of The Daily Beast, wants to change that by publishing books in electronic and print form in a fraction of the current time it currently takes. We speak to New York Times reporter Motoko Rich, who wrote about this in today's New York Times: "Daily Beast Seeks to Publish Faster."
The White House announced an addition to the president's agenda next Wednesday; he will speak about health care reform before a joint session of Congress. Obama's oration skills have long been considered one of his strengths, but pundits wonder if a few words from the bully pulpit can bring about agreement on the challenging health care bill. Joining us with a preview of what the president might say is Jay Newton-Small, Washington reporter for Time Magazine. We also speak to presidential historian Allan Lichtman, from American University, for a look at how presidents have waged their battles with Congress in recent decades.
"The president has got to come up with some kind of plan. And the members of Congress have got to zip their lips, and zip their egos and do one thing and one thing only, get that plan through."
—Presidential historian Allan Lichtman on how President Obama can pass health care reform