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Megan Quellhorst

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Megan Quellhorst appears in the following:

First Generation Muslim-Americans Navigate Challenges of Faith and Country

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

This generation of Muslim-Americans are some of the first to grow up entirely in the United States. For those making the choice to depart from their parents’ faith, the decision can be traumatic—in some cases it can even tear apart families. Kamran, a first generation Afghan-American; Tasneem, a first generation South Asian-American; and Zahra Noorbakhsh, a first generation Iranian-American discuss the ways they're navigating their religion, culture, and nationality.

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What Does It Mean To Be Jewish?

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

32 percent of young American Jews identify as Jewish but describe themselves as having no religion. Today, young people are more likely to define their Jewish identity by ancestry, ethnicity, or culture. What does it mean to be Jewish? Three young Jewish Americans, Adam Chandler, Michael Yashinsky, and Sarah Seltzer, share their stories.

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Data Shows Millennial Youth Are Less Religious

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Pew Research Center has found that Americans ages 18 to 30 are significantly less religious than older Americans. Current data shows that "millennials," people born after 1980, are unaffiliated with any religious group. The Takeaway is joined by Dante Chinni, director of the American Communities Project, to discuss the data behind religion and how it affects American culture today.

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Governor Steve Beshear on Why Kentucky Embraces the Affordable Care Act

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Democratic Governor Steve Beshear has beaten the odds in his red state, pushing through the Affordable Care and the Medicaid expansion program, and having the state run its own state run exchanges. This move has made Kentucky the only Southern state that to fully embrace the Affordable Care Act. Gov. Beshear joins The Takeaway to discuss how a deeply conservative Southern state came to adopt the ACA, and why he believes it will be a job creator.

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Educating America's Waiting Rooms on the Affordable Care Act

Friday, October 04, 2013

Peter Nicks is the the director of "The Waiting Room," a documentary film and social media project that follows the life and times of patients and staff at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California. Through his project, he met Warren Steptore, who was uninsured and suffering from dental issues. Warren is covered by the V.A., but because there isn't one close to him he often resorts to the ER for treatment.

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DOJ Sues North Carolina Over New Voting Law

Friday, October 04, 2013

This week, the United States Department of Justice sued North Carolina over the state's restrictive new voting law. Among other things, the law requires voters to use special government IDs, cuts back on early voting, and eliminates same day voter registration. Michael Tomsic is a reporter for WFAE in Charlotte, North Carolina and Kareem Crayton is a professor of law at the University of North Carolina law school.

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One Man's Experience With Obamacare Exchanges

Thursday, October 03, 2013

The online healthcare marketplaces are up and running and Americans have rushed to see what they have to offer. Hugh Meade, a carpenter and independent sign contractor living in Oklahoma City, was among them. Hugh has been priced out of purchasing health insurance for much the last 10 years, but Tuesday he logged on to the marketplace in the hope of finding coverage he can afford.

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Chemical Weapons Inspectors on the Ground in Syria Amidst Civil War

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

A team of chemical weapons inspectors arrived in Syria yesterday to begin their mission of securing, removing, and destroying all 1,000 tons of the country’s chemical weapons. Michael Luhan is the spokesperson for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. He explains the logistical and political challenges the organization faces as it begins dismantling the Assad regime's chemical weapons stockpiles this week.

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Furloughed Federal Worker Speaks Out on Government Shutdown

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Working for the government used to mean job security, but that's not the case for about 800,000 federal workers who are now furloughed because of the government shutdown. These workers are unsure when they will return to work or receive a pay check. Chris Butler is an electronics technician for the Navy and the Vice President of IFPTE, the International Federation of Professional & Technical Engineers.

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A Skeptic & Supporter Debate Healthcare Reform

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Just like the general public, experts are divided on how they believe the ACA will work in practice. Ezekiel Emanuel is an oncologist and former Obama administration adviser on healthcare. He also serves as the chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. Avik Roy is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. Together they debate the new healthcare rollout.

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Examining Day 1 of The Affordable Care Act

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Despite the government shutdown, the Affordable Care Act is here. What will implementation really be like? Will there be challenges? How will the law impact minorities? Joining us to discuss all of this is Mayra Alvarez, Associate Director of Office of Minority Health in the Department of Health and Human services. Welcome to the program.

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Health Insurance Companies Weigh in on Obamacare

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Today's launch of the Affordable Care Act's online exchanges will give millions of Americans new health insurance options. Two health insurance companies participating in the exchanges joined the Takeway to discuss how their businesses will be impacted. Ray Smithberger is general manager of Individual and Family Plans for Cigna Insurance. Garry Maisel is CEO of Western Health Advantage, a not-for-profit health insurance company in California.

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A Look at Obamacare Around the Country

Monday, September 30, 2013

What are local governments doing to get the word out about the new healthcare law? How are states are utilizing navigators? Gina Jordan is a reporter from WLRN in Miami. Kristian Foden-Vencil is a reporter for OPB in Portland. Fred Mogul is a reporter for WNYC in New York City. Together they fill us in on the ways different parts of the country are preparing for the new healthcare law.

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Apprehension Around Healthcare Rollout Lingers

Monday, September 30, 2013

The next phase of the Affordable Care Act arrives tomorrow. But the American public remains unconvinced the Affordable Care Act is a good idea. Dante Chinni is the director of the American Communities Project at American University. He mined the data for us and found that even among America's uninsured there is a great deal of apprehension about the law.

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Obamacare 101: A Guide to the New Healthcare Law

Monday, September 30, 2013

Here to answer your healthcare questions is Neera Tanden, formerly the senior adviser for health reform at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Tanden advised HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and worked on President Barack Obama’s health reform team in the White House. Here you'll also find our free tool that will allow you to find out what your healthcare options are and how to get them.

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Navigators Prepare for Opening of Healthcare Exchanges

Friday, September 27, 2013

To begin understanding how the new Affordable Care Act online healthcare exchanges work, many American’s are going to need help. That job falls to the federally funded navigators and counselors who have been trained to answer questions and can help individuals enroll once the exchanges open. Florida navigator Maria Velasco-Fontaine and Chicago organizer Jillian Phillips discuss how each state is working to educate the public about the Affordable Care Act's healthcare exchanges, which open nationwide on Oct 1.

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Technology Industry Races to Complete Online Healthcare Exchanges

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Manoush Zomorodi is the host and managing editor of WNYC's New Tech City. On this week's show, she reports on the tech firms rushing to build the exchanges before the October 1st deadline. She says that for a lot of technologists, they are more than a forum for shopping healthcare plans, they represent a huge business opportunity.

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As Sen. Ted Cruz Enters Hour 16, The GOP's In-Fighting Worries Some Republicans

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Seantor Ted Cruz’s faux filibuster against funding Obamacare lasted through this morning—his marathon entered its 15th hour at 4:41 a.m. ET and there was still no end in sight. Ron Christie is a Republican Strategist and former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush. Ben Domenech is Senior Fellow at the Heartland Institute and publisher of The Federalist. They debate the pros and cons of Senator Cruz's strategy. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich fills us in on what the GOP's next move might be.

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Union Unease Over Implementation of Affordable Care Act

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Labor Unions were nothing short of a major force in the passage of the Affordable Care Act, so it may surprise you to learn that at the ALF-CIO's convention earlier this month, Terence O'Sullivan, President of the Laborers' International Union of North America, was speaking in terms of repeal. Steven Greenhouse, the workforce and labor reporter for The New York Times, explains the friction between the White House and unions.

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Schwinntonation: Making Music With Bicycle Parts

Friday, September 20, 2013

Charlie Malave and Ezra Lange, members of the Chicago-based band "Schwinntonation," hear in bikes something that many of us miss: music.  Bike Harp, Basscycle, Little Poppy, Cricket, Handlebars, and Seat-Post Flutes are just some of the instruments the band has invented over the years out of re-purposed bicycle parts.

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