Comic book heroes travel at the speed of light, leaving the rest of us in the dust...until now. If Harold G. White gets his way, we’ll all eventually be traveling at the speed of light. White is a physicist and advanced propulsion engineer at NASA. He's been given a green light to begin looking at how we might move through space at what amounts to faster than the speed of light.
A team of scholars from the University of Maryland and Morgan State University have discovered what appears to be the oldest, independent community of free blacks in the U.S. Mark Leone is a professor of anthropology at the University of Maryland, who’s been heading the dig of “The Hill,” in the backyard of a building that dates back to the 1790s.
In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen tackle a strange, intense, and in some cases disappointing variety of movies, from the teen sex comedy, "The To-Do List" to the latest Woody Allen offering, "Blue Jasmine," and in between, the comic book action flick "Wolverine" and the biopic based on a tragic true event, "Fruitvale Station." They also answer voicemail, from one listener who's frustrated and another who sounds genuinely concerned.
On January 1, 2009, Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old unarmed black man, was shot and killed by a white transit police officer while heading home from New Year's festivities. Cephus Johnson, Oscar's uncle, tells the Takeaway about what he hopes audiences will take away from the film.
This week, movie theaters have offerings for everyone from comic book fans to teen movie lovers or Bernie Madoff haters. Bringing us the reviews of these films is our Movie Date team— Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer. They weigh in with their top picks from the week and the films to steer clear of. Rafer is also film critic for Newsday, and Kristen is culture producer for The Takeaway.
Call it the summer of zombies! World War Z is just one of the movies this season with an apocalyptic feel.
Yesterday, President Obama gave his first address, in what will be a series of major speeches centering on the economy. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich translates the president's speech for us, including plans, intended audience, and the future of the sequester.
The Snowden case has caused friction between the United States and Russia and China, as the U.S. believes China may have played a role in Hong Kong's decision to allow Snowden to leave the country. Ambassador Stephen Young, outgoing American consul general in Hong Kong and Macau and Kimberly Marten, Professor of Political Science at Columbia University's Barnard College, examine the relationships between the U.S. and its former Cold War foes.
The Netflix original series, “Orange is the New Black” is the first scripted series to feature a trans actor, playing a trans character in a leading role. Laverne Cox plays that character, Sophia Burset. She shares her story of identity, acting, and working on the critically acclaimed new series about life behind bars.
It was announced yesterday that Netflix has not only become the best performing U.S. stock in the Standard and Poor’s Index for 2013, it's also the second most expensive. Weighing in on the rise of Netflix—and whether the success can last—is Laura Hudson, culture and entertainment editor for Wired Magazine.
A little over a week ago, in the aftermath of the George Zimmerman verdict, Stevie Wonder announced that he’d be boycotting the state of Florida and all other states with Stand Your Ground laws. But what do people in Florida—specifically those in the Florida music scene—think about this boycott? Jerry Dufrain, co-owner of The Orpheum music venue in Tampa, weighs in. Craig Kopp, a host at Takeaway affiliate WUSF in Tampa, discusses the backlash against the state and whether there really is a problem with Florida.
In this week's supersized Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen face what might be the worst opening weekend all summer. On the chopping block: "The Conjuring," "RIPD," "Red 2," and "Turbo."
But it's not all bad. They also sit down with Joshua Oppenheimer, director of the critically acclaimed new documentary, "The Act of Killing."
Snails, spooks, spirits...and Bruce Willis. That's your Movie Date lineup for this weekend. The new films "Turbo," "R.I.P.D," "The Conjuring," and "Red 2" are all out this weekend. Bringing us the reviews of these films is our Movie Date team—Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer. They weigh in with their top picks from the week and the films to steer clear of.
Yesterday afternoon, it was announced that the city of Detroit would be filing for bankruptcy today. This bankruptcy petition would seek to protect the Motor City from creditors who are owed over $18 billion dollars. While the city government may be going bankrupt, Detroit residents are picking up the slack. The Takeaway talks with Craig Fahle, Host of WDET's the Craig Fahle Show and Amy Peterson, a Detroit resident who won a local competition that supports creative local projects aimed at social change.
There was a lot happening musically during the summer of '93 -- and there was also a lot happening in the movie theaters. The blockbuster hit "Jurassic Park" -- directed by Steven Spielberg and scored by John Williams -- became the top earning film of all time (only to be beaten out a few years later by "Titanic"). But that wasn't the only memorable film to come out of that summer, especially when it came to soundtracks.
Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman of The Takeaway's "Movie Date" podcast join us to talk about their personal favorites from that summer -- from the rap-rock of "Judgment Night" to the indie pop of "So I Married An Axe Murderer."
It’s the time of year when many of us find ourselves on the beach, or in a park, or on the back porch with a tall glass of something cool and a delicious summer read. But while many of us dive into our summer reads, more than a few of us also set those books down before finishing them. What makes a book hard to finish? And which books—especially in the sultry days of summer—just aren’t worth the effort? Patrik Henry Bass, books editor for Essence, shares his very special list of what not to read this summer.
Today, Nelson Mandela’s birthday, is also known as “Mandela Day.” It's a day when people are encouraged to volunteer 67 minutes of their time - that's one minute for each year that Mandela served others in South Africa, while in prison and in politics. Sharing what Mandela Day means at home in South Africa, and abroad, are Anders Kelto, reporter for PRI's The World, and Ntshepeng Motema, a South African living in New York.
All this week, the music program Soundcheck is looking back on the music of 1993—including chart topping singles, landmark albums and watershed moments from that summer 20 years ago. Soundcheck’s host John Schaefer gives Takeaway listeners an introduction to the series, and asks what their favorite songs from summer that was.
Before Usain Bolt captured the title of world’s fastest man, fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell held the title in the 100 meter. And when she won the 2008 Olympic silver medal in the women’s 100, Jamaican track star Sherone Simpson was just shy of the fastest. But this past Sunday, Powell and Simpson admitted that they had tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. How will these revelations affect the future of the celebrated Jamaican track and field team? Ellis Cashmore, author of "Making Sense of Sports," weighs in.
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.