Anders Kelto, Africa Correspondent for The World, shares a glimpse of the issues Ethiopia, Kenya, and South Africa face when it comes to family planning. Those issues range from getting men to participate in the conversation to tackling infertility. Kelto's three-part series "Family Choices: Fertility and Infertility in Africa" recently aired on The World.
Harry Dean Stanton has appeared in over 200 films, including "Cool Hand Luke," "Alien," and "The Avengers." And yet, he's mostly managed to fly under the radar. A new documentary called "Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction" may change that. The film's director Sophie Huber and Harry Dean Stanton discuss the film.
Back in the late 1960s, when the first female traders were allowed on the floor of Wall Street, they were treated more like the butts of jokes than like trailblazers. Today, the finance and business sectors have come a long way, but they still struggle to put women in the ranks, or keep them there. Malli Gero and Rachel Sklar are two people who are trying to change that.
Today is the first day of school in Philadelphia, which is facing some of the nation's worst educational budget cuts. Karen Thomas is principal of Cook-Wissahickon Elementary, which has lost four full-time staff members. Robin Dominick is the parent of two children at Powell Elementary, which will see its student body increase by nearly 20 percent. Charles Zogby, Budget Secretary for Pennsylvania Gov.Tom Corbett, weighs in on what the government is doing amidst the budgetary crisis.
When Margo Epprecht worked on Wall Street in the 1980s, she noticed that after women rose through the ranks they left. She writes about the phenomenon in a new piece for Quartz. Ginny Clark, a broker at Beech Hill. She was the first ever female trainee at Salomon Brothers, where she was also the first female trader in 1967. She was also the first female block trader at Merrill Lynch in the late 1970s.
In the newest Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen explore the theme of seclusion in this week's big releases: from the self-imposed recluse life of J.D. Salinger (in the new documentary "Salinger") to the lonely survivalist life of Vin Diesel's character (in "Riddick"). Rafer and Kristen also share their own strange memories of being all alone, and read through a large pile of listener mail.
This week there are three releases on the chopping block. The first is "Riddick," the latest in the multi-part sci-fi action franchise. There’s also the documentary “Salinger,” which promises to divulge some secrets about writer J.D. Salinger. Finally, Michael Landon Jr. follows in his father’s footsteps with an inspirational film called “The Ultimate Life.” Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, weigh in.
Instead of economic issues, the G-20 Summit may attract more attention for the tensions between the U.S. and Russia over Syria, Snowden, and LGBT human rights. Kimberly Marten, a professor of political science at Columbia University’s Barnard College, joins The Takeaway to discuss what President Obama will be able to accomplish at the summit.
Yesterday afternoon, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a resolution on military action in Syria. Before the Senate Committee vote, Democratic Congressman Kurt Schrader of Oregon’s 5th Congressional District came out in opposition of unilateral U.S. action against Syria. Congressman Schrader joins us from Canby, OR to discuss his views on the issue.
On Tuesday, U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) was caught playing video poker on his smartphone during the three hour meeting of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Is the poker game a sign that McCain needs a break? And if so, is a device the best way to get that break? Sherry Turkle, MIT technology and society specialist, weighs in.
President Obama is seeking approval from Congress to launch a military strike against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. But not everyone in Congress is on board, and at least one member has proven to be incredibly vocal in his opposition to President Obama’s plan. That Congressman is democrat Rick Nolan of Minnesota’s 8th District.
This week’s movie releases include "Our Nixon," which examines the Nixon presidency, and “Closed Circuit,” the British crime thriller, in addition to “One Direction: This Is Us,” a documentary on the boy band One Direction. As usual, the Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, weigh in with their thoughts.
New recordings—all Super 8 home movies—made between 1969 and 1973, and seized by the FBI during the Watergate investigation show a new picture of Nixon. The 37th president's home movies are available now to the public in a new film by Penny Lane called "Our Nixon."
In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen wonder if anyone trusts the government anymore, and consider whether beauty is enough to make up for a lack of substance. They also sit down with director Morgan Spurlock to discuss his newest and very surprising film project. It's all in honor of "Closed Circuit," "Our Nixon," "The Grandmaster," and "One Direction: This is Us."
Most of profiling has been based on race, gender and neighborhood. But what if those identifying factors were combined with other information, and maybe bits and pieces collected by the NSA? Jim Adler knows from experience that these questions aren’t just the stuff of science fiction. He recently created a program that makes predictions about criminal behavior based on identity.
Quin Etnyre wanted to make tech education more fun, so he became a teacher. He started his own company, called Qtechknow, which sells DIY electronic starter kits. But Etnyre is not an MIT professor or grad—he's a 12-year-old. He joins The Takeaway to discuss some of his inventions and the ways he is working to make technology more accessible.
This week’s movie offerings visit the present, future and possible end. In the present tense, we have the teen romance “The Spectacular Now.” Looking toward the future there's “You’re Next.” And for those who want to see things through to their conclusion, we have the “The World’s End.” Kristen Meinzer weighs in with her thoughts, as usual.
In this week's Movie Date podcast, Kristen and Rafer review movies that are about drinking...or that might be best watched while drunk. They include: "The World's End," which is about an alcoholic embarking on a 12-pub crawl gone wrong; "The Spectacular Now," which is about an alcoholic embarking on a romance gone wrong; and "You're Next," which is about a a bunch of rich people at a family gathering gone wrong. Also, Kristen and Rafer take a few minutes to complain about the current state of movie etiquette.
When studying nature, we often focus on predatory relationships. But there are other kinds of relationships in nature as well. Some, like the suckerfish and shark, fall under the category of commensalism. Others, like coral and algae, are built on mutualism, or symbiosis. Katie McKissick, also known as “Beatrice the Biologist” online, explains.
Last month, Bob Filner was accused of inappropriate conduct by 16 women. After intense public scrutiny, the democratic mayor of San Diego enrolled in two weeks of intensive behavioral therapy, which ended on August 10th. Sandhya Dirks, has been covering the Filner story for KPBS News in San Diego. She joins The Takeaway to discuss what the next steps for Filner may be.