Tomorrow will bring three off-year elections that have garnered national attention: New Jersey and Virginia will elect governors, and a special election – which grew more special over the weekend as the Republican candidate suspended her campaign and endorsed her Democratic opponent – is scheduled for New York's 23rd Congressional District. For more on the New York race we turn to Brian Mann, reporter for North Country Public Radio. WNYC reporter Bob Hennelly has been covering the New Jersey governor's race. And Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney is watching the Virginia governor's race.
Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger shot to fame after safely landing a US Airways plane in the Hudson River last January. He's written a new book about the experience, "Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters," and talks to us about what went through his head in the seconds before the emergency landing and why he's using his new platform to advocate for other airline pilots.
"Jeff and I only had 208 seconds from the time we hit the birds and we landed.... Part of my message is that the profession of the airline pilot is a very important one and it's hard. It's not easy."
—Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger on his experience landing a US Airways flight on the Hudson River
The Sugar Hill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" hit the disco and pop charts 30 years ago this week, transforming hip-hop from live street perfomance to a mainstream moneymaker. We look at the impact of 30 years of "Rapper's Delight" on music and culture with Mark Anthony Neal, professor of black pop culture at Duke University, and Paul Miller (better known as DJ Spooky). And for a firsthand account of the phenomenon that was the Sugar Hill Gang, we talk to Keith Shocklee of The Bomb Squad, and a producer for Public Enemy.
(Celeste continued the conversation with Miller and Shocklee in an After-Air conversation: Check it out below.)
Hans Blix, former head of the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), reacts to President Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize win.
Democratic Senator Max Baucus finally unveiled his plan for health care yesterday. No Republicans have endorsed the bill in its current form, but that doesn't mean they won't. We'll look at what's in a proposal that has been a year in the making and what may or may not be altered to win over moderate Republicans. We speak to Trudy Lieberman, Contributing Editor for the Columbia Journalism Review and healthcare blogger for CJR.org; and Dean Rosen, health care advisor to former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.
The brave, curious, or wanna-be-health-care-wonks can read the full text of the Finance Committee bill (1.2Mb PDF).
Want to hear what Sen. Baucus thinks of his bill? Watch the video below:
New Jersey Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts Junior says he'll be stepping down at the end of the year. He says he's been planning the move for some time, but wanted to get the state budget passed first.
ROBERTS: I had an obligation as the presiding officer of the general assembly, and ...
On Wednesday this week, we speculated on what would happen next in the career of former NFL star-turned-rehabilitated-felon, Michael Vick. Coincidentally, on Thursday his next step was announced: he will return to professional football after signing with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Takeaway's sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin joins us to forecast how the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback will fare in his new job, along with some notes on the PGA.
President Obama's pledge to shut down the infamous federal detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, by January 2010 means the administration needs to quickly find a place for the 229 detainees still housed there. After federal officials took a tour of the facility on Thursday, speculation mounted that the new Guantánamo might be a maximum security prison in Standish, Michigan (population 1,581). We speak to Detroit Free Press reporter Kathleen Gray, who was at the prison during the tour, and to the mayor of Standish, Kevin King, about what this might mean for the town.
"We're getting into a really exciting time with the kinds of technologies that are being developed. I'm thrilled to be getting in at the ground floor of Constellation and to be part of the exploration that's coming up."
—future astronaut Kate Rubins
It's widely believed that if you knew how much energy you used every day, you'd be more motivated to cut back. But what if you also knew how much your neighbors used? Would you be even more careful not to hog resources? The city of Sacramento is experimenting with an energy awareness system in the hopes that it will push residents to conserve energy. It's a start-up project by a company called Positive Energy. The Takeaway is joined by the mind behind that company, and a professor of social psychology at Arizona State University, Robert Cialdini.
"When we send them the information that says 'You're doing better than your neighbors,' we put a smiley face emoticon next to the information."
— Robert Cialdini of Arizona State University on encouraging energy conservation