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John Hockenberry

Host, The Takeaway

John Hockenberry appears in the following:

World Cup: North Korea vs. Portugal

Monday, June 21, 2010

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Okay folks, in North Korea they are already trying to figure this out, but let’s give it a shot on our own. After today’s provocative insult on the World Cup soccer field, we must assume that North Korea is working on how to invade Portugal. A 1-to-nothing loss would have been just annoying and sad for the Dear Leader. Two-to-nothing or even 3-to-nothing would have had repercussions (possibly horrible) for the North Korean team back home, but nothing beyond that. But 5-to-nothing and you have to figure troops are on alert. 6-to-nothing and it’s a general mobilization of the population — but 7-to-nothing!!!!

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On Long Summer Days

Monday, June 21, 2010

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The summer is exciting to behold. Today on the longest day of the year we will have 907 minutes of daylight and that doesn’t count the long sunrise and slow twilight. I’m daydreaming, okay.  It’s kind of slow this morning and to pass the time I was thinking about the fabulous summer the Chinese currency is poised to have. It’s surging within the narrow sandbox that the Chinese government permits it to trade in. This morning it’s trading at around 14 cents to the dollar. 1 yuan = .1471. This means if I had a Yuan for every minute of daylight today I’d have $133.42. If the Chinese government allowed the Yuan to float to its ACTUAL VALUE, imagine how much of a windfall I would have?

One thing is clear, in this century the expression “If I had a Yuan for every time I, etc. etc. etc…” is going to become more common.

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Reflecting on Father's Day

Monday, June 21, 2010

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Father’s Day was full of fun and fatherly bliss. Although, after eating a fabulous breakfast of eggs benedict and fresh fruit, I made a mistake. Instead of doing nothing on a lazy Sunday, I decided to do an inventory of our camping equipment for an upcoming August vacation. This is the scene in which the father attempts to organize two eight-year-olds and two eleven-year-olds to set up some tents on a hot last day of spring.

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A Father's Day Movie to Remember

Friday, June 18, 2010

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Been thinking about Father's Day. Our terrific movie voices Emily Rems and Rafer Guzman had some suggestions for movies, with great (or at least memorable) dad movies. You should check them out. They are a little serious and dark but really fun. They got me thinking. I loved Spencer Tracy as the dad in "Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner." But more recently that amazing James Mangold movie "3:10 to Yuma" has fatherhood themes all through it.

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On Environmental Torture

Friday, June 18, 2010

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The BBC’s Caroline Duffield said it this morning: the Niger Delta is plagued by continual oil spills, sustaining spills equivalent to the Exxon Valdez spill every year for the past 50 years. In talking about the horrors there, Caroline delivered a really heartbreaking image. In the place considered to be the world’s most oil-polluted area, she mentioned that you can see “silver frogs” covered with oil-related chemicals all throughout the waterways. It is a snapshot of the possible future of the Gulf of Mexico — poor poisoned animals coping with mutations and environmental torture.

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Saying Goodbye to Simon Cowell, a (Painful) Truth Teller

Thursday, May 27, 2010

On Wednesday night, another season of American Idol ended and a new star was born. To make it to the top they all had to accept the hard showbiz truth from the Darth Vader of entertai...

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Greek Tragedies: When Markets Can't Find a Price

Friday, May 07, 2010

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The sub-prime mortgage crash of two years ago was not about mortgages and it was not about complexity of derivatives and the cross-betting lunacy of credit default swap insurance voodoo. It was about the simplest thing in economics: price. If you can’t find a price, there is no sale, no market, no value, no money. In that instance, everything seizes up and you see what happened yesterday, for a while, on Wall Street.

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Wet Blanket Dude: Why I Don't Like Brackets

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

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Brackets bug me. I’m sure it has something to do with money I lost betting on Gonzaga one time. But there’s a bigger issue for me and this brackets business sucking in all the office workers in North America this month.

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The Book of Murray: Journalism and 'Groundhog Day'

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

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Stories on the Takeaway have all kinds of origins. There are host pitches, obvious news stories, monster bookings, weird obscure stuff (my personal favorites) and the millions of great ideas that our staff comes up with. Then there is the occasional asteroid, a story that is whirling out there that seems possibly misguided, a rogue: destructive, preposterous, awkward, or worse, embarrassing. “Where did this story come from?” was my question about the idea that we were going to talk about the religious significance of the movie 'Groundhog Day' on the holiday Groundhog Day, February 2nd. What religious significance? I was imagining the crackpots who would come into the show with Bill Murray masks or with their hair all done up like Andie MacDowell, or worst of all Groundhog Day costar Chris Elliot would show up in a trench coat with a Bible in hand talking about his past lives.

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Remembering Previous State of the Union Addresses

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

John Hockenberry walks through some moments from past State of the Union addresses, looking at the themes that always recur: the economy, health care, jobs, the deficit and changes big and small to our constitution and government.

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The State of the State of the Union

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

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From its constitutional origins, the State of the Union speech – State of the Union message, gesture, whatever you want to call it – has evolved into a big media event worthy of the Kremlin. Although Article 2 merely directed the president “from time to time” to report on the state of the union, it’s now an annual speech, followed by a response from the party out of power and media evaluations of the president’s own evaluation of the state of the union. What would the framers think about this sober, elaborate ritual, picked apart by the jabbering class commenting on who smiled, who applauded and who walked out?

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Adm. Mike Mullen Says Guantanamo Bay is an Option in Haiti Relief Effort

Thursday, January 21, 2010

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John Hockenberry sat down with Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen at the Pentagon on Wednesday for a wide-ranging conversation. In this excerpt, we ask him about the use of Guantanamo Bay in the Haiti relief effort and working with a Haitian government in disarray.

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Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Explains US Military Role in Haiti Relief Effort

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

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The United States military is getting more involved in the Haiti relief effort by the day. On Wednesday, 4,000 more troops were added, bringing the total U.S. presence in the country to about 16,000. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the nation's highest ranking military officer, tells The Takeaway that he recognizes the scale of the U.S. footprint and insists the focus is to support other organizations. He also says the use of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is an option in the treatment of the many wounded Haitians.

John Hockenberry sat down with Adm. Mullen in the Pentagon on Wednesday. Here is a partial transcript of the interview.

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The Takeaway for Thursday, January 14, 2010 (Early Edition)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

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The Takeaway Family Gets Bigger!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

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I have a new baby. He can’t talk. He can’t walk. He loves to eat and he wants to be a part of his much bigger family. It’s a little like The Takeaway.

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[Web Special] Walter Cronkite Was My Space Buddy

Monday, July 20, 2009

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He was going to be my space buddy. He had always been. Walter Cronkite was my companion as a boy to understanding the world. His voice was the narration for the Kennedy assassination ...
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[Web Special] Transcendent in Life and Death

Friday, June 26, 2009

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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 i...
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Everything Sounds Better with AutoTune

Monday, June 22, 2009

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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...
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Taxpayers to GM and Chrysler: Hey, these cars are mine!

Friday, April 17, 2009

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Trouble viewing this video? Check out the YouTube version. The Takeaway's John Hockenberry heads over to the New York Auto Show to check out the cars his taxpayer bailout dollar...
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How much information is too much information?

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

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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...
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