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":
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.
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.
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
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.
During the holidays, weather problems have stranded passengers throughout the nation. But what does future travel have in store for passengers? To tell us about what 2009 may bring is Barbara Peterson, the senior aviation correspondent for Conde Nast Traveller.
Scientists have long suspected that poverty affects children’s brains. In recent years they’ve begun to use sophisticated imaging tools and other methods to understand exactly how the process works. Professor Martha Farah, director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania, has just written an article for a scientific journal reviewing recent research on poverty and brain development.
"If you put it in terms of a public health issue, these adverse environments that kids are growing up in are really having a physical impact on their bodies and minds." — Martha Farah on new research in neuroscience
California’s Proposition Eight, which bans gay marriage, has brought to light a conservative streak among African Americans. Around seventy percent of black voters in California say they voted in favor of the ban. New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow joins The Takeaway to share his insight into why blacks voted yes on Prop Eight.
Call the office door etchers — President-elect Barack Obama's Cabinet is starting to take shape. Actions of Democratic officials continue to suggest that presidential nomination rival Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., is the top choice for the highest Cabinet position, secretary of state — though we don't expect to know for at least a few days. With urgency in tackling a struggling economy, the economic players could be named sooner. We're expecting Timothy Geithner, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York since 2003 and central player in the Wall Street bailout, to be named as Treasury secretary.
"Obama is not really interested in taking risks right now -- the economy is too precarious. He's reaching out to people who are known performers."
--Jodi Kantor, speaking about President-elect Obama's transition team
"I take the Church at its word. I think they have very genuine and sincerely held beliefs about marriage but that doesn't necessarily mean that we can't find something short of that that can be helpful to gays and lesbians in the state of Utah." -- Scott McCoy
Splitting from your guy or gal is hard enough. So how do you break up with the entire electorate? "Breakup Girl" Lynn Harris tells The Takeaway how Senator Hillary Clinton could exit gracefully from the race for the Democratic nomination.
About 275 of the Democratic superdelegates have not endorsed a candidate — they may be the tiebreakers in the nomination contest. So, what's on an uncommitted superdelegate’s mind these days? We check in with one to find out.
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