Mary Harris

Senior Producer, News

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Next Week on the Takeaway

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Mary here at the “Futures” desk… It’s Friday, and that means I’m working with our producers to nail down the stories you’ll be hearing on the show for the next few days. Here’s a sneak peek at the conversations you’ll be buzzing about next week:

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The Week Ahead: John McPhee, 'The Runaways,' Breastfeeding...

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Coming up on the show this week: breastfeeding, SXSW, John McPhee, "The History of White People," personal finance tips from the Great Depression, The Runaways, our "Do-It-Yourself-Bailout," and more ...

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Next Week on The Takeaway

Friday, March 05, 2010

It’s Mary here with your (new!) Friday look ahead to what The Takeaway is up to in the week ahead. Let’s look in the crystal ball:

John Hockenberry is on the move next week; he’ll be in Oklahoma on Monday (home to the Takeaway’s own KOSU), speaking at the Governor’s Conference on Developmental Disabilities. Miles O’Brien fills in.

Later in the week, John heads to Miami, where he’ll broadcast live from WLRN while attending the We Media Conference...

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US Coach Tyler Shepherd on Ski Cross' Olympic Debut

Friday, February 12, 2010

It's long been a popular extreme action sport at the Winter X Games. Now ski cross will be included as a new sport at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The sport involves four to six racers who come out of the starting gate together and make a mad dash down the racecourse. U.S. ski cross coach, Tyler Shepherd, says the sport is dangerous, but fun.

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International Adoption or Child Trafficking?

Monday, February 08, 2010

Last week, ten American Baptist community members attempted to take 33 children out of Haiti, claiming their goal was to rescue the children. The Haitian government disagreed and charged the Americans with kidnapping.  For many, the story has raised new concerns and questions about adoption.


Remixing the Holidays: Sen. Orrin Hatch pens Hannukah Hit

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) might not be the first person you think of when you think of memorable holiday ditties, but you might have heard his latest magnum opus, a Hannukah song called "Eight Days of Hannukah." Sen. Hatch has been a prolific composer for years in his spare time – from Christian rock to patriotic ballads – but calls this song his "gift to the Jewish people." (He's Mormon.) He and his co-writer, Madeline Stone, join us to talk about their favorite Christmas songs, and how to write music for faiths that aren't your own.

Eight Days of Hanukkah from Tablet Magazine on Vimeo.


DC Sniper John Muhammad to be Put to Death

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

John Allen Muhammad, the "D.C. Sniper," is scheduled to die by lethal injection tonight in Virginia. In October 2002, Muhammad and a then-teenaged accomplice terrorized the Washington D.C. area with a series of shootings. Cheryll Witz's father, Jerry Taylor, was killed by the snipers in March 2002. She will attend the execution tonight, and says a confession by one of the killers helped her get closure. We'll put the search for closure to Dr. Sindey Weissman, a psychiatrist and professor of psychology at Northwestern University.

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Who Didn't Win the Nobel Prizes for Literature

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Today in Stockholm, the Nobel prize committee announced that Romanian-born German poet Herta Muller has won the 2009 Nobel Prize for Literature. Muller is the author of such books as "The Land of Green Plums" and "The Appointment: A Novel." We speak to Patrik Henry Bass, books editor for Essence magazine, about why American authors so rarely win what is arguably the literary world's most coveted prize.


Bill Clinton on Tape

Thursday, October 01, 2009

At the beginning of his presidency, Bill Clinton spent hours in private, secret interviews with close friend and Pulitzer prize–winning journalist Taylor Branch. They talked about Monca Lewinsky and the Oklahoma City bombings; they dished about world leaders and soon-to-be president George W. Bush. Now, after years, Branch has amassed his own musings about the talks into a more than 700-page tome. We ask him about his book, "The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History With the President."

(click through to read the first chapter of "The Clinton Tapes")


Neil Sheehan on a US Hero in a Fiery Cold War

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Neil Sheehan, the Pulitzer prize–winning author of "A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam," one of the best documentations of the Vietnam War, has written a new account of the cold war. In "A Fiery Peace in a Cold War: Bernard Schriever and the Ultimate Weapon," Sheehan says the decades-long tension between the Soviet Union and the United States was not as glacially still as most people imagine. He says the quiet conflict between the two nations had a fiery heat that most likely would have led to nuclear disaster if it were not for Bernard Schriever, an Air Force general responsible for the creation of the U.S. intercontinental ballistic missile system.


Reimagining American Education

Monday, September 07, 2009

At the end of last month, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan formally announced his plan to spend $3.5 billion dollars to radically change the nation’s worst-performing schools. As part of our look at back-to-school challenges, we talk to someone who is reimagining American education. Steve Barr is the founder of California-based Green Dot Public Schools, which has developed a reputation for making radical changes in large public schools in Southern California with lightning speed.

Steve Barr and Green Dot Public Schools took over ownership of Locke Senior High School in Los Angeles and changed it radically.

"We made the school safe, we pushed the gangs off the campus who used to own the campus to one block off. We found out, like we have in most neighborhoods that we serve, gang members don't want their kids to be gang members so they want the schools to work."
—Steve Barr, is the founder of California-based Green Dot Public Schools about radically changing Locke Senior High School

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Positive affirmations help improve some students test scores

Friday, April 17, 2009

Getting a little positive reinforcement from the watchful eye of a good teacher can make a big difference in the educational life of a young child, especially for a kid that’s struggling in school. Now a new study published in the journal Science, shows that encouraging young black children to write about their own value systems can make a big and lasting effect on their future success. Oh my, Oprah had it right! But, according to this study, that finding only holds true for minority students, not white students. Valerie Purdie-Vaughns, a co-principle investigator in the two-year study and Assistant Professor of Psychology at Columbia University joins the The Takeaway to talk about her study.

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The call for a World Sanitation Day

Monday, March 23, 2009

It's the day after World Water Day, a day highlighting the issues facing countries with scarce water resources. The issue of clean water is clearly important, but Rose George, author of The Big Necessity, The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters, suggests we also need a World Sanitation Day.

For more on the importance of clean water and sanitation, watch the video from the International Federation Global Water and Sanitation Initiative (GWSI) in action at the Zambia Red Cross Society:

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Getting the most out of unemployment benefits

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

For the unemployed, The Takeaway continues to discuss how to dust yourself off and get back on your feet. With more than half a million jobs lost in the U.S. last month alone, those who've been laid off may be confused as to what benefits are available to them. Andrew Stettner, deputy director of the National Employment Law Project talks to The Takeaway about exactly how to get the most out of unemployment benefits.

"You have to swallow your pride a little bit and be willing to work as hard as you did to get help as you did at your job."
— Andrew Stettner of the National Employment Law Project on coping with job loss


Bursting the auto-industry bubble

Friday, March 06, 2009

General Motors Corp. sent the stock market lurching downward yesterday after its annual report expressed doubts about corporate viability. Could The Big Three go bankrupt? Critics such as The Truth About Cars blogger Robert Farago wonder if bailouts can save U.S. carmakers.

"The company has squandered all its financial resources. Every last dollar. It's gone, it's dead, it has to go."
— Blogger Robert Farago on the state of General Motors

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California's gay marriage battle heats up again

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Today, California’s Supreme Court takes up the issue of whether Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that effectively banned gay marriage in that state, is legal or not. The hotly-contested proposition passed last year and heads to the court today over questions of constitutionality. The courthouse should be a spectacle as protesters on both sides of the issue rally and even Ken Starr is expected to make an appearance. To tell us more about the gay marriage debate in California and across the country, Kenji Yoshino of New York University Law School joins us.

For a comedic take on the gay marriage battle in California, here's "Prop. 8 The Musical":

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The unlikely friendship of a death penalty advocate and a condemned killer

Monday, March 02, 2009

When most lawyers debate the death penalty, they do it in a court room. Robert Blecker may be the only lawyer who goes into prisons and debates the death penalty with the residents of death row. As one of the few academics who makes a passionate argument in favor of capitol punishment, he’s spent the last 20 years speaking to those who face the ultimate punishment — and recording his visits on videotape. His relationship with one of those inmates, Daryl Holton, who admitted to killing his four children in 1997, is the subject of a new documentary, Robert Blecker Wants Me Dead. It just opened here in New York.

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The New MBA

Monday, January 05, 2009

After the dissolution of Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch, and numerous other investment banks, the Bernie Madoff scandal, and the global economic fallout of the sub-prime mortgages, business schools are finding themselves in a pickle. What do you teach about business when the future of business is up for debate? In response, business schools are adopting a new curriculum to deal with a new kind of student in the post sub-prime world. Chris McKenna, the MBA program director at the Said Business School at Oxford University, joins The Takeaway.

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Hollywood in 2009: Entertainment at a crucial crossroads

Monday, December 29, 2008

Will independent film studios breathe their final breath, only to be saved by culture vultures downloading lesser known films online? Will this be the year SAG members strike, only to watch their prime time acting roles make way for less scripted television programming? It's a pivotal year in the world of Hollywood and Sharon Waxman joins John and Adaora to discuss the future of "the business".

"These are really big changes that are just the beginning of the kinds of transformational changes we're going to see."
— Sharon Waxman on the entertainment industry

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Got time off? We've got suggestions

Friday, December 26, 2008

No matter how you've been celebrating the holiday season, you're likely to find yourself with some free time over the next week. What should you do with all that time off? The Takeaway talks to Allison Williams from Time Out New York. She'll tell you what to look forward to and what to avoid.

Allison's picks:
Slumdog Millionaire: Original Soundtrack
Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street by Michael Davis
Burn After Reading on DVD