Egyptians go to the polls today to vote for a president, marking the first time the country's citizens will freely elect a president since coming under military dictatorship 60 years ago. A lot has changed in the country since President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February of 2011 – so much so that it's not even clear what the new president's powers will be. Joining us from Cairo is Hugh Sykes, correspondent for our partner the BBC.
Donna Summer died yesterday at the age of 63. She held many titles, including Disco Queen, Grammy winner, number one chart topper, and of course, gay icon. But as a born-again Christian, Summer’s relationship with her gay fans wasn’t always an easy one. At one point, she found herself the subject of controversy over anti-gay comments she made during the AIDS epidemic.
You’ve probably heard of Alcoholics Anonymous. Maybe you’ve heard of Narcotics Anonymous, or Gamblers Anonymous. But have you ever heard about Clutterers Anonymous? Or Online Gamers Anonymous? Probably not. For Genevieve Smith, the twelve-step program in her life was another one of these lesser-known groups: Underearners Anonymous.
Since joining the Atlanta Braves in 2009, organ player Matthew Kaminski has earned a reputation for the his highly personalized — and often playful — introductory music he gives players up to bat. Many of his best ideas come from Braves fans, who inundate him with their suggestions on Twitter.
Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng's daring escape from house arrest late last month set off a round of diplomatic tug-of-war between Chinese and American officials attempting to conduct high level strategic talks. After at first agreeing to stay in China, Chen changed his mind, publicly declaring his desire to leave the country last week. Details of Chen’s travels to the U.S. have not been finalized, but behind the scenes, intense negotiations and preparations continue. Jerome Cohen has been working to help make arrangements for Chen to travel to the US to study at NYU, and has been in touch with Chen regularly.
President Obama’s public declaration of his support for same-sex marriage in an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts yesterday, could have a polarizing effect this campaign season, invigorating some voters and potentially alienating others. Gay campaign political activists and campaign donors are among those with a strong reaction to the news. The Takeaway spoke to one top Obama bundler, Dana Perelman, who said he was "exhilarated" by the President’s announcement. From the other end of the gay community came a slightly different reaction. R. Clarke Cooper, Executive Director of Log Cabin Republicans called the timing of the president's announcement "callous."
There’s a new twist in the developing story of a thwarted terrorist plot orchestrated by Al Qaeda in Yemen. The would-be suicide bomber tasked with blowing up a United States-bound airliner was actually a double agent. Scott Shane, national security correspondent for The New York Times, explains.
You see it in movies all the time, and on the stage of life. Accomplished women being silenced by louder, more dominant men. And now there’s proof of just how often this happens – not just among attention-hungry celebrities, but in ordinary boardrooms. Tori Brescoll, assistant professor of organizational behavior at Yale, analyzed male and female behavior on the Senate floor and asked more than 200 men and women to describe how they respond to powerful women in the workplace. She joins us now to explain her findings.
It was a moment perfectly staged for an American audience: In a speech that neatly coincided with the one-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death, President Obama addressed the country from Bagram Air Base after secretly traveling to Afghanistan. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich breaks down the President's address.
According to a new survey from Ameriprise Financial, just one in four baby boomers are saving for their retirement. Instead, many are putting their money towards helping their aging parents and adult children. Suzanna de Baca, vice president of wealth strategies at Ameriprise Financial, explains the pinch boomers are finding themselves in. Takeaway listener Mark Niedt in Denver explains why he has been helping support his adult children.
Adis Medunjanin, a 28-year-old man a naturalized citizen born in Bosnia, was convicted of a host of terrorism charges connected to an plotting suicide attacks in the New York subways. Bob Hennelly, contributing editor for politics and investigations for Takeaway co-producer WNYC has been following the trial.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner arrive in China Wednesday morning. Ahead of their visit, American diplomats reportedly met with officials at the Chinese Foreign Ministry to quickly reach an agreement on what to do about Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng. David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for our partner The New York Times explains the strain Chen's position is putting on U.S.-China relations.
It’s being billed as "a day without the 99%" and it coincides with May Day — a day traditionally associated with worker's rights around the world. Today, leaders of the Occupy movement hope to put their cause back into the spotlight. Janet Byrne, editor of The Occupy Handbook puts today's planned strikes in context while Brigid Bergin, reporter for Takeaway co-producer WNYC, checks in from Bryant Park.
If wind speeds aren’t prohibitive Monday, a steel column will be lifted on top of the existing framework of 1 World Trade Center, making it New York’s new tallest building. WNYC digital producer Stephen Nessen spent a lot of time on the site of 1WTC this summer. He explains what it took to make a structure this massive.
This week marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. Meanwhile, the release of the April jobs report on Friday will provide an important picture of the status of the recovery. Christine Fair, professor at the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University, and Charlie Herman, economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC Radio look at what's in store for the week.
In March, Joseph Kony jumped into the national spotlight when a YouTube video about his Christian militia, the Lord’s Resistance Army, went viral. Six months earlier, however, American troops were quietly deployed to northern Uganda to fight the LRA. Dan Damon, host of the BBC’s World Update reports on the difficulties facing US Africa Command (AFRICOM) in their hunt for Kony.
It’s been a week of mixed economic news. Gas prices are down; jobless claims are up; pending housing sales are up. While it's been hard to put a finger on whether the recovery is progressing or stumbling, it is clear that as presidential campaigning pushes into full swing, talk about the economy will only grow heated. This may particularly be the case in the 14 states expected to be "swing states" this election: job growth in swing states has been well below the national average for job growth around the rest of the US this past year, and that could be a major cause for concern for President Obama come this November. Motoko Rich, economics reporter for our partner The New York Times explains the latest economic numbers, and what to look for in the months ahead.
The Department of Veteran Affairs says that 95 percent of patients seeking mental health care are evaluated with two weeks. A new report from the VA Inspector General, however, suggests those claims are vastly overstated — and less than half of patients are seen that quickly. The rest wait, on average, more than a month and a half. Former soldier Jacob Manning experienced the VA's limitations first-hand in January. After he unsuccessfully tried to kill himself, a friend convinced Manning to call a local VA clinic for help. He was told, to call back the next day because the clinic was about to close. Veteran Scott Swaim is the Director of Veteran Services at Valley Cities Counseling, has worked with many troubled former soldiers. He’s also a contractor for the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs’ War Trauma and PTSD Program.
The discovery of a case of mad cow disease in a cow in California prompted two major South Korean retailers to immediately suspend sales of US beef. Although it's the first such case in six years, and was found in a cow not intended for human consumption, the news set off fresh worries about the safety of American food. Scott Hurd, Associate Professor at the College of Vetinary Medicine at Iowa State University. He’s also former Deputy Undersecretary for Food Safety for the USDA explains what's behind the beef trade wars.
In the run-up to this years presidential election, campaign speeches, political analysis, and polls always dominate the headlines. But this year, the Supreme Court will be making big news too. With major rulings expected on President Obama's health care law and SB1070, Arizona's contentious immigration law, the Supreme Court's positions are likely to sharply influence voter's perceptions on the role of government. Amy Howe, editor of SCOTUSblog explains how the Supreme Court's upcoming decisions could be game-changers this election.