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John Hockenberry

Host, The Takeaway

John Hockenberry appears in the following:

[Web Special] Transcendent in Life and Death

Friday, June 26, 2009

Comparisons come almost too easily. One can rank the hype and pure star power of Michael Jackson up there with the most famous people who have ever lived. His reach was planetary in scale. His loss delivers the shock and tragic complexity of the death of Elvis Presley, John Lennon or Marilyn Monroe. But focus on Michael himself and the comparisons evaporate. This is an irreplaceable talent that sadly the world lost some time ago. By the time of his death at age 50 this week, Jackson had receded from a world that could only witness him in bizarre glimpses. Those glimpses continued all evening on television news reports showing blurry crowds and telephoto shots of ambulances. As in life, in death the best mere humans can do is get a ticket for the global stadium event.

Michael was outsized from the moment he took the stage as part of his family's irresistibly appealing Motown act. But he immediately outgrew his family; over time he became, as the King of Pop, bigger than his genre. Then, at the top of his game, he exceeded the scale of celebrity itself. In the late 80s and 90s Michael hung out with actress Elizabeth Taylor because almost no one could match his towering profile of talent and weirdness. ... Continue reading

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Everything Sounds Better with AutoTune

Monday, June 22, 2009

Let's say you're a musician and a news junkie, and you want to combine the two. If you were really talented, you might end up with something like the work of musical brothers Evan and Michael Gregory. They use the sound tool "Autotune," often used by rappers like T-Pain and Kanye West, to make music with the news. Evan and Michael, two of the four members of The Gregory Brothers, join us with more on how they Autotune the News.

Continue reading for the Gregory Brothers' remixing of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, news personalities, as well as John and Femi.
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Taxpayers to GM and Chrysler: Hey, these cars are mine!

Friday, April 17, 2009

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The Takeaway's John Hockenberry heads over to the New York Auto Show to check out the cars his taxpayer bailout dollars have bought him.
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How much information is too much information?

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

A lot of information is available online. Whether it is on Facebook, Twitter or your blog, there may be some details about your life that you don't want your kids to know about. Where do you draw the line? Or has a parent told you something that you wish they hadn't?

What's your take? Listen to the best comments after the jump, or leave a comment below.
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"How to Cook a Wolf" during an economic crisis

Friday, March 20, 2009

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In 1942, in the middle of World War II and at the start of food rationing, the writer MFK Fisher published How to Cook a Wolf. It's was meant to be a part cookbook part self-help guide to inspire those faced with the “wolf” of hard times to get creative in the kitchen. With today's economic climate, we thought it would be fun to revisit MFK Fisher’s classic book. So we asked New York Times food writer Melissa Clark to give us some tips from this classic.
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Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in times of economic crisis

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

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Today American consumers have nearly $1 trillion of outstanding credit card debt. A quarter of all homeowners are paying more on their mortgage than their home is worth. And unemployment nationwide has reached 8.1 percent. Does this economic crisis put the American dream at risk? Many may wonder that, as a nation, have we so corrupted the fundamental ideals of the American dream of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that we instead find ourselves living through the American nightmare? Joining The Takeaway to help answer this is David Kamp. He’s a contributing editor for Vanity Fair and has written the article Rethinking The American Dream. Kamp joins us for the first in a series of conversations about what the American dream means in this day and age.
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Jimmy Fallon's week in review

Friday, March 06, 2009

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Jimmy Fallon now sits in the throne of late-night giants Conan O'Brien and David Letterman, but it's been a tough week for the former Saturday Night Live star. Troy Patterson, the TV critic for Slate, reviews the first week of NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon."

Listen to the full Takeaway segment with Troy Patterson here.
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Takeaway guest host Farai Chideya on the art of staying connected to her audience

Thursday, March 05, 2009

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Your food may be organic, but that doesn't mean it's safe

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

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Over the past few years a rash of food-related illnesses caused by everything from tomatoes to spinach to peanut butter has sparked nationwide concern over food safety. Conventional wisdom has always said you can assure your food is safe by buying organic. But New York Times reporter Kim Severson did some digging and she found that organic certification has nothing to do with food safety.

Listen to the full Takeaway segment with Kim Severson here
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Ypsilanti, anyone? Guest host WDET news program director Jerome Vaughn demystifies Detroit pronunciation for The Takeaway

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

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Channeling Kate Winslet and Mickey Rourke for our Takeaway red carpet Oscar questions

Friday, February 20, 2009

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Have a question for an Oscar nominee? Place your vote in our red-carpet poll here.
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Mark Bittman is thinking outside the (cereal) box for breakfast

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

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Mark Bittman had one thought on breakfast: YAWNNN! So he decided to shake things up and started serving up breakfast items you would more closely associate with dinner. Things like black olives, miso, dried tomatoes, bok choy, and roasted carrots. Mark Bittman joins us with a stirring defense for serving wheat berries with soy sauce.

Listen to the full Takeaway segment with Mark Bittman here
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Take Two: Soap operas about safe sex...on a cellphone near you

Friday, February 13, 2009

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Today in Take Two, a new video series where we go behind-the-scenes with The Takeaway's hosts, John Hockenberry pulls out his iPhone to watch a little safe-sex soap opera, while WNYC healthcare reporter Fred Mogul explores some of this new project's finer points.

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Sex ed goes mobile and melodramatic
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Power Tripping

Friday, February 06, 2009

John Hockenberry, co-host of The Takeaway, on what he learned from his week on the West Coast taking an in-depth look at the future of energy.

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More from Bill Weihl, Google's Green Energy Czar

Thursday, February 05, 2009

How much energy does a Google search take?



The future of geothermal energy



The future of high-altitude wind energy



The future of solar thermal energy

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Google's search: It's all about energy

Thursday, February 05, 2009


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The little black box that reveals your energy-guzzling ways

Thursday, February 05, 2009


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For the algae company Bionavitas, one problem solved for making biofuels

Tuesday, February 03, 2009


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John Hockenberry, powered by biofuel

Tuesday, February 03, 2009



The Takeaway is on a Power Trip, taking an in-depth look at the future of energy: technologies, ideas, innovators, and your stories about the one thing that you won't give up to save energy.

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Welcome to the World Economic Forum, please leave a message

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

A message from the welcoming committee at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

For the actual news from Davos, listen to our segment with the New York Times' Andrew Ross Sorkin.

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