Jim Colgan

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First Take: Monday's Show

Friday, January 15, 2010

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.

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First Take: Friday's Show

Thursday, January 14, 2010

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.

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First Take: Thursday's Show

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

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.

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First Take: Wednesday's Show

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

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.


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Christmas Special: 1941

Friday, December 25, 2009


iPhone vs. Droid

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Motorola Droid is the latest smartphone to hit the market. Is it an 'iPhone killer'? To settle the issue, two WNYC producers, On the Media's Mark Phillips, an Android enthusiast, and The Takeaway's Jim Colgan, an iPhone aficionado, bring their water-cooler debates on the air for a showdown.

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Orchid Hypothesis

Monday, November 23, 2009

People get passionate about their handheld devices. WNYC staffers Jim Colgan, a producer for The Takeaway, and Mark Phillips, a producer with On the Media, debate the virtues of their machines. Atlantic Magazine contributor David Dobbs talks about the orchid hypothesis and why genetic vulnerabilities might actually be genetic benefits ...

Military Commanders Rethink Terrorist Air Response

Friday, November 20, 2009

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



Takeouts: Civil Rights, Playoff Baseball, Executive Pay Caps

Friday, October 23, 2009

  • Washington Takeout: Congress has passed an expansion to the federal definition of "hate crimes"; the law will now include crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability.  The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, has more about the bill now headed for the president's desk.  
  • Sports Takeout: The Takeaway's sports contributor, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, takes a look at Game 5 of baseball's American League Championship Series. The NY Yankees lost last night to the Anaheim Angels and now lead the series 3-2.
  • Listener Takeout: Listeners respond to our question on whether the government should regulate executive pay at bailed-out corporations.


The Value: Anna Deavere Smith

Friday, October 16, 2009

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.

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Takeouts: Health Care, Enron in Court, and Age in the Workplace

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

  • Business Takeout: The disgraced head of Enron, Jeff Skilling, is heading to the Supreme Court. New York Times finance reporter Louise Story tells us what to watch in the case. She also gives us the details on another corporate fraud case that may be in the works against Bank of America, who is coming under closer scrutiny over some recently uncovered emails that reveal questionable behavior by the board of directors.
  • Washington Takeout: Julie Mason, White House correspondent for The Washington Examiner, says now that Sen. Max Baucus' (D-Mont.) health care reform bill has passed out of the Senate Finance Committee, the White House is going on the offensive for health care reform.
  • Listener Takeout: We hear your reactions to our story on age in the workplace.


Listener Takeout: Responses to President's Nobel Award

Monday, October 12, 2009

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.


Listener Takeout: More Driving While Distracted Responses

Monday, October 05, 2009

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.


Listener Takeout: Distracted Driving

Thursday, October 01, 2009

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.


From Our Listeners: A Personal Housing Snapshot

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

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.


Takeout: Listeners on Coming Out at a Young Age

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

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.


Takeout: Listeners, From Daughters About Mothers

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

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.


Publishing Books at Internet Speed

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

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."

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Obama to Give Congress Prescription for Health Care

Thursday, September 03, 2009

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

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Playing Telephone with Google (and Us)!

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Now that Google is rolling out a free phone management service, phone use is becoming more like email and instant messaging. Join The Takeaway and New York Times personal technology editor Sam Grobart as we play with a powerful new means of communicating and managing your identity in a world of instant communications.


Google Voice has a transcription service, but it's far from perfect. We're playing with it's flaws by having people leave a message with part of the Gettysburg address. Click through here, then click the Google Voice image, enter your phone number and when it connects you, pick a section below and read it. We'll post the (imperfect) transcripts later.

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