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John Hockenberry

Host, The Takeaway

John Hockenberry appears in the following:

Drug King Captured Near Texas Border

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Miguel Ángel Treviño Morales is one of the most violent, most feared, and until recently, the most wanted man in Mexico. He was captured last night by Mexican marines just south of the Texas border. Treviño is the leader of the Zetas—one of Mexico's most violent drug cartels. Joining us is Monica Ortiz Uribe, senior field correspondent for the Fronteras desk. She fills us in on the capture.

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Is Egypt's Interim Government Losing Ground?

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Is there a change in the mood in Egypt? Is the interim government losing ground in its attempt to reassure the population that change is coming? Fighting broke out last night between supporters of ousted President Mohammad Morsi and Egyptian police. The clashes left at least seven people dead and more than 200 injured. David Kirkpatrick, Cairo bureau chief for our partner The New York Times, is on the ground covering the developments in Egypt. He joins us to discuss the clashes and what it could mean for the developing government.

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New Revelations Come to Light in Boston Strangler Saga

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

One of America's longest-running murder mysteries may now be coming to a close as the Boston Strangler case comes one step closer to being solved. Albert DeSalvo had confessed to being the Boston Strangler, but he was never charged and later withdrew his confession. But a newly discovered water bottle has given police the evidence they needed to definitively link him to one murder. Philip Martin is an investigative reporter for our partner WGBH Boston Public Radio. He joins The Takeaway to discuss the latest revelation.

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Florida's Stand Your Ground Law & Race Relations

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

This past weekend, George Zimmerman was found not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin. It’s a verdict that’s outraged many, and led to debates around the country about race relations, justice and the particular laws and social climate of Florida. As author T.D. Allman sees it, the focus on Florida is warranted—not just because the case reflects the unique history of Florida—but also because Florida is a microcosm of the rest of the United States. 

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California Prison System Sees Scrutiny for Overcrowding, Inhumane Conditions

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

California’s state prison system, one of the country’s largest, is under a great deal of scrutiny these days. A hunger strike by prisoners protesting their long-term solitary confinement is going into its second week, and federal courts have repeatedly found that California’s prisons are overcrowded and underfunded, and prisoners face inhumane and unsanitary conditions. Michael Bien, the lead lawyer representing inmates in a lawsuit over mental health care, joins us to discuss the conditions in the prisons.

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Neighborhood Watch Members React to George Zimmerman Verdict

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Today there are more than 20,000 local neighborhood watch programs and an estimated 50,000 informal programs operating across the U.S. But while watch groups originally formed in response to crime, they are now confusingly linked to what might or might not have been an overstep on the part of neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida. What does the trial mean for the future of these programs? The Takeaway turns to three neighborhood crime-watch leaders for their perspective.

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ROUND-TABLE: Is The Zimmerman Ruling About Race or the Justice System?

Monday, July 15, 2013

What is the Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman story really about? Does it show the strength of our justice system and belief in our institutions, or the weakness of those institutions? Or is it just about race? The Takeaway hosts a round-table discussion with Rich Benjamin, author of “Searching for Whitopia” and senior fellow at Demos; Avis Jones-DeWeever, host of the nationally-syndicated radio show, Focus Point with Avis Jones-DeWeever; and Republican strategist Ron Christie, to get at heart of these issues.

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Dissecting the Zimmerman Verdict's Impact on Race, Justice and Families

Monday, July 15, 2013

With the not guilty verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman, the ruling has brought up questions of our expectations of security, the right to a trial and the judgement of a jury. Sherrilyn Ifil, University of Maryland law professor and President of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, discusses the legal aspects of the verdict. Lamar Tyler, founder of Black And Married With Kids.com, and Christy Oglesby, quality assurance manager for CNN and mother of a 13-year-old-son, join The Takeaway to discuss the impacts of the verdict for families of color.

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Arrests Continue at North Carolina's 'Moral Monday' Protests

Monday, July 15, 2013

For the past 10 weeks, protesters from all walks of life have been assembling at the state capitol in Raleigh, NC as part of "Moral Mondays." The issues they are protesting are almost diverse as the population itself, ranging from the environment, taxes and abortion. In the past 10 protests, over 700 people have been arrested. WFAE reporter Ben Bradford joins us to provide an update on North Carolina state politics.

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With Napolitano's Exit, New Opportunities for the Department of Homeland Security?

Monday, July 15, 2013

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced late last week that she will be resigning from her post. Napolitano’s departure raises an interesting question: Could her resignation actually help immigration reform’s prospects? Michael Chertoff, is the former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. He joins The Takeaway to discuss the challenges associated with running the Department of Homeland Security, and how this announcement might impact the immigration overhaul being mulled in Congress.

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Rare Printing of the Declaration of Independence Sold

Thursday, July 04, 2013

You would never guess that the newspaper business was struggling, at least not if you were at an auction in New York City last week where a newspaper printing was sold for $550,000. But this isn't just any newspaper printing. It's a rare edition of the first newspaper printing of the Declaration of Independence. Seth Kaller is a leading expert in acquiring, authenticating and appraising American historic documents and artifacts. He partnered with the Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries to auction off this rare piece of American history. Seth Kaller joins us on the program to talk about this rare document and its significance.

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Takeaway Host John Hockberry Checks in From Africa

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Takeaway Host John Hockenberry is in southern Africa all this week and is looking at the economic realities on the ground there. In townships where the economy and putting food on the table are daily concerns, people in southern Africa are looking beyond symbolic leadership in the hopes of seeing real change.

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Fifty Years After Medgar Evers' Assassination

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

50 years ago, the U.S. lost a civil rights activist when Medgar Evers was assassinated in front of his home in Jackson, Mississippi. Evers fought valiantly in France and Germany in World War 2 and came back to go to school at Alcorn College. He became field secretary for the NAACP in Mississippi and took on the white businesses directly with protests and boycotts.

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Women Aren't Strangers to Combat

Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Pentagon announcement that they will open up combat postings to women may seem like a dramatic departure today, but in the context of world history, it's not such a giant leap. Host John Hockenberry explains.

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What Would King Think of Today's Inauguration?

Monday, January 21, 2013

This second inauguration day offers a second moment for President Obama to address the nation without the press of a crises or under the specific obligation of the U.S. Constitution. It's also Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We meet Dr. King through the archives of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reporter Eleanor Fisher, who interviewed Dr. King back in 1961.

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Essay: Owning a Gun Is Part of What It Means to Be an American

Thursday, December 20, 2012

In an essay mixed with listener responses, host John Hockenberry attempts to answer a simple, but at the same time limitlessly complex, question: Why do Americans own guns?

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Shooting at Connecticut School Leaves Dozens Dead

Friday, December 14, 2012

We'll have live updates starting at 3 PM Eastern on the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that has reportedly left at least 27 people dead, including over a dozen children.

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Listener's Respond to Our Stories on Irony, Empathy

Friday, December 14, 2012

We've received a ton of responses over the last few days about our stories on the supposed death of irony, teaching empathy to kids, and more. Takeaway host John Hockenberry runs through some of our favorites.

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A Day of Twelves, But What Does It All Mean?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Today is the last day in nearly one hundred years that the date will line up along the same number, as in 12/12/12. What, if anything, does it mean? John Hockenberry investigates.

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Essay: The Roots of Opposition to the U.N. Disability Convention

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Takeaway host John Hockenberry, who uses a wheelchair, looks at the people opposing the United Nations Convention on Rights for People with Disabilities.

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