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Friday, May 21, 2010
In honor of “MacGruber,” which hits theatres nationwide today, we look at the best and worst movies based on Saturday Night Live sketches – from "The Blues Brothers" (quite successful) to "It's Pat" (called "shockingly unfunny") and ask: What makes for a good SNL movie? The story? The characters? The acting?
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Facebook executives are preparing for a ‘privacy summit’ to discuss the site’s controversial new default privacy settings (which do little to protect users’ privacy). But in a world of over-sharing online, does privacy even matter anymore? And have our notions of public and private changed so dramatically that we couldn’t reverse things if we wanted to?
Talk to someone sharing their information. Take part in our "TMI" experiment!
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
For this week’s food segment, we talk with Manny Howard, a man who turned his tiny New York City backyard into a farm, complete with produce and livestock.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Twenty years ago this week, the World Health Organization ceased to categorize homosexuality as a pathology, but is it still considered one socially in the workplace?
For this week's work segment, we look at the issue of being openly gay at work. Takeaway contributor Beth Kobliner explains the current laws and trends. And Jeff Barnes, a gay manager at an IT outsourcing company in Colorado, tells us why he keeps his orientation a secret from most of his colleagues.
We want to know from you, Is it acceptable to be gay in YOUR workplace? Text TAKE to 69866 and send your response. (Message and data rates may apply.) You can also just leave a comment below.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Kristen and Rafer look at rappers-turned-actors and the movies they pick to bridge those two roles.
Friday, May 14, 2010
As Elena Kagan prepares for her confirmation hearings, we are wondering: What should she read? Essence Magazine senior editor Patrik Henry Bass came up with some suggested reading for the nominee as she awaits her confirmation hearings.
Do you have recommended reading for her? Share your suggested book list in the comments.
Here's Patrik's list:
- "The Eyes of Willie McGee: A Tragedy of Race, Sex and Secrets in the Jim Crow South" by Alex Heard
- "Blue Orchard" by Jackson Taylor
- "Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet" by Bill McKibben
Thursday, May 13, 2010
After decades of inflexible TV schedules, American home entertainment is swiftly shifting from something we watch live, at a scheduled time, to something we watch on-demand, whenever we choose. And the changes are visible almost everywhere. Our gaming consoles now offer us ESPN-on-demand. Netflix allows us watch movies instantly. This week, the FCC announced that they'll be paving the way for home viewers to watch theatrical film releases on opening day, and Comcast announced yesterday that they’ll be tripling the number of films they make available on-demand.
But how do all these on-demand technologies work, and how will they affect our entertainment options outside the home?
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Over the past three years, the popularity of unpasteurized milk – or raw milk, as it’s sometimes called – has grown across the country. Advocates say heat-treating milk destroys enzymes and nutrients, while detractors say it's necessary to keep people from getting sick. Battles over how milk is sold and regulated have exploded.
Ten states, including Maine, Connecticut, and New Hampshire, have made it legal to sell unpasteurized milk in stores. Meanwhile, other states are fighting to make it easier to purchase. In Wisconsin, Governor Jim Doyle indicated last month that he’ll sign a bill – already passed by the senate and assembly - legalizing and regulating the sale of raw milk between farmers and consumers. In Massachusetts, raw milk supporters this week protested the fact that they ONLY have this right. They’d like to be able to buy milk from more places than the state’s 27 regulated farms. And in many states like New Jersey, raw milk supporters secretly run unpasteurized milk across state lines.
If you’re not part of the milk wars, you might be wondering: Why are people fighting so hard to drink milk that’s not pasteurized? And is it safe?
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
For this week’s work segment, we look at a coming-of-age ritual that teenagers have engaged in for decades, but might be missing out on this year due to the bad economy: the summer job. A new study indicates that the unemployment rate for 16- to 24-year-olds has doubled in the past three years, from 10 percent to 20 percent, making the search for the summer job harder than ever.
But it’s not entirely hopeless.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Kristen and Rafer talk about 'Babies,' and other movies people will be shocked that you dislike.
Monday, May 10, 2010
For this week's conversation about family, we talk with John Schwartz about his book "Short: Walking Tall When You're Not Tall At All." Among the issues he explores are confidence, prejudice, and the choice of some parents to "treat" their children's small stature with hormones.
We're asking listeners of any height: Has your height served as an advantage or disadvantage in your life?
Friday, May 07, 2010
Today, in honor of Mother’s Day, we’re looking back at our favorite on-screen moms, from the fierce to the nurturing to the lullaby-singing. We love them, we hate them, and we’ve enjoyed them on screen for as long as we’ve enjoyed movies.
Friday, May 07, 2010
She's adored by millions for her teenage roles in movies like “Sixteen Candles,” but today, Molly Ringwald has grown up. She is both an on-screen and off-screen mom. She stars in ABC Family’s “Secret Life of the American Teenager.” She has three kids. And on top of that, she's written a new book that’s part autobiography, part beauty guide and part mommy handbook called “Getting the Pretty Back.”
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
It’s Cinco de Mayo, and The Takeaway wants to go beyond beer and tortilla chips to talk about what should really be on your plate if you’re celebrating tonight. Helping us with the task are Jesse Vendley and Peter Oleyer. Along with Jesse's brothers Brian and Dave, they are the co-owners of Calexico, one of the east coast's most famous food carts and winner of the 2008 New York Vendy Award.
See Jesse and Peter's tasty and simple Cinco de Mayo menu. Try out the recipes and send us a photo of the result on our Facebook page!
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
Each week, Newsday film critic Rafer Guzman and Takeaway producer Kristen Meinzer get in a heated, but friendly debate about the movies. This week, as a remade version of "A Nightmare on Elm Street" claws its way onto screens all over the country, Rafer and Kristen talk about slasher movies and how they've changed over time.
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
For this week's work segment, we're asking, How do we know if we're getting paid what we're worth? Is it ever okay to ask our peers about their salaries for comparison's sake? And what can we do if our salary seems to fall below our worth?
Beth Kobliner, Takeaway work contributor and author of “Get a Financial Life,” guides us through the murky waters of determining our worth — and offers advice on what to do if we believe our value exceeds our paycheck.
Monday, May 03, 2010
With the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico dominating news headlines, some families are reacting by turning off the TV. But other families have instead chosen to respond by signing up to volunteer, as a family. Megan Miller and her 16-year-old daughter Savannah Miller are signed on as volunteers with the Alabama Coastal Foundation. Together, along with dad Sean and 13-year-old sister Annalese, the Millers plan to help clean up the coast.
Friday, April 30, 2010
In literature, the African-American family has changed and morphed over the years. From the churchgoing family of James Baldwin's "Go Tell It On The Mountain" to the rural female-led household of Toni Morrison's "Beloved" to the inner city of Sapphire's "Push." But now, the black American family is being rewritten all over again in a totally new way. We take a look at three upcoming books about family written by black men.
Friday, April 30, 2010
Rafer Guzman, Takeaway contributor and Newsday film critic, walks us through the best movies hitting theatres this summer, and a few that are bound to be big, even if he doesn't want to see them.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman host our Movie Date podcast. In this blog, Kristen and Rafer fight it out and find some common ground on the summer movie schedule.
In the coming weeks, over 100 movies will be hitting theaters, ranging from teen romances like the latest “Twilight” flick to big budget action movies like “Iron Man 2.” It’s hard to know what to see and what to skip. Nonetheless, Rafer and I have dared to choose a few favorites and pass a few judgments. Below, our thoughts on some of this summer's highly anticipated flicks, organized by category.