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First Take: WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange, Death Along the Arizona Border, BP Quarterly Earnings and Suggestions for a New CEO
Monday, July 26, 2010
Noel King, on the day shift, with some stories we're following today.
This morning on The Takeaway we spoke to New York Times reporters Jane Perlez and Eric Schmitt, who reported on the release of more than 90,000 classified military documents by the website Wikileaks.org. Tomorrow, we speak to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange— a man whom some consider a hero and others call a villain.
BP quarterly earnings are due out tomorrow. Bloomberg’s Alice Schroeder tells us what to expect. Meanwhile, Tony Hayward might soon get his life back. Robert Dudley, an American, is expected to replace Hayward as CEO of BP. We’re asking some of our regular guests from the Gulf region to weigh in on what they would like a new CEO to do first.
Arizona’s immigration law SB 1070 is set to take effect on Thursday and we’re asking how residents—documented and undocumented—are preparing. We’re digging into a report out of Pima County that some immigrants are returning home, and that increased security and high temperatures are leading to more and more deaths along the border.
Greg Mortenson, author of "Three Cups of Tea," joins us to talk about how his book became a must-read at the Pentagon. Mortenson’s Central Asia Institute has built over 100 schools for girls in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He weighs in on the way forward in the region.
And a slice of life from Houston: Reporter Melissa Galvez hit the streets to ask city residents if the Gulf spill is changing the way they think about energy consumption. The answer may surprise you.
Plus, author Gary Shteyngart on his new book “Super Sad True Love Story,” and seventy years of Bugs Bunny.
Friday, July 23, 2010
This week, Democrats in Congress broke a Republican filibuster and passed legislation to extend unemployment benefits. 2.5 million unemployed people will get payments retroactive to the time they stopped receiving benefits. One of those is Michelle Ives, who got her last check in June, and has resorted to desperate measures while she waited for her check (including taking out a 35 percent loan on her car).
Friday, July 23, 2010
You've got something you want taken offline: a drunken Facebook photo, an ill-advised blog post about your flirtation with Satanism, a frustrated tweet you wish you could take back. As Facebook passes its 500 millionth user, we take a look at new proposals to reduce the threat that we users of the internet pose to ourselves.
White House Sorry, Breitbart Sympathetic, NAACP Snookered: Have We Learned Anything from Shirley Sherrod?
Thursday, July 22, 2010
In this day and age, we're used to the rapid rise and fall of public officials. This week, the story changed, and instead, we witnessed the rapid fall and then rise of Shirley Sherrod, the USDA official who was pressured to resign after a video of her making racially-tinged remarks was made public by conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart.
First Take: Where the Jobs are Going; Young, Undocumented College Students; Shirley Sherrod Defends Racism Charges
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Noel King on the day shift with some stories we’re following this afternoon.
As unemployment hovers at just over nine percent, the Senate is expected to vote to extend benefits for out-of-work Americans this afternoon. But here’s a question that’s baffling even economists: Where did all the jobs go? We’re asking listeners and former Takeaway guests, if you’ve lost your job, do you know where it went? And we’ll have an economist break down the national picture. Text the word TAKE to 69866 and tell us.
First Take: The Coming Battle over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; Getting Medical Care to Rural Veterans; Lucy -- Half Teen Girl, Half Bonobo
Monday, July 19, 2010
Updated 6:00pm EST
Arwa Gunja here on the evening shift.
Tomorrow, Senate Democrats are going to reignite their fight to extend unemployment benefits to millions of unemployed Americans. With a new Senator from West Virginia being sworn in on Tuesday, Democrats are confident they will get the 60 votes they need to push the measure through. But for those tired of waiting on Congress to get some relief, there is another federal program aimed at helping unemployed Americans get back on their feet – job re-training programs. For Sandra Cole, the experience so far has been worthwhile. She retrained as a dental assistant and just last week was hired for part-time position. She is hoping to transition into a full-time job soon, but she recognizes that she is "one of the lucky few." Many people tend not to find jobs as easily, even after going through training. Jeanette Brown is one of them. After being unemployed for two years, she trained in a bookkeeping and accounting program. She completed the training in May and still unemployed. But, she says she is optimistic.
Tomorrow we'll hear from Cole and Brown about their experiences. And if you’ve gone through a similar situation, tell us if you think job re-training works. Were you able to successfully find a new job after going through a training program? Leave us your comments by calling us at 877-8-MY-TAKE, visiting us on Facebook, or leaving a message right here on our website.
Monday, July 19, 2010
In June, 32 members of the U.S. Army took their own lives. That's a sharp uptick compared to the first five months of 2010, when the number of suicides in the Army was actually down thirty percent, from the same months in 2009. What happened in June?
Friday, July 16, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Census Data from the years 2002 - 2007 show that the number of minority owned businesses in the US rose by 46 percent during those five years, to about 5.8 million. That's nearly twice the national rate for all businesses during that time.
Thursday, July 08, 2010
On Friday, Chrysler will make its last PT Cruiser. Ten years ago, the Cruiser became a cultural phenonenon with buyers willing to wait in line for their chance to own one. Why did the Cruiser strike such a chord?
Thursday, July 08, 2010
During this heat wave, many of us are thankful for our air conditioning, despite the power costs. We're talking about the problems with our reliance on A/C and about some of the cultural changes that go with shutting ourselves indoors. We want to know from you, What would your life be like without air conditioning? Would you leave your house more? Interact with more people?
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Around 1.3 million people in the U.S. have lost their unemployment benefits since the beginning of 2010.
Yesterday, we talked with two people who have recently lost their benefits: Donovan Marsden in New York and Michelle Ives in Texas. And we asked: does the extension of unemployment benefits provide a disincentive to finding a job? We got an overwhelming number of responses on both sides of that argument. Some listeners thought it was callous even to suggest that people receiving unemployment benefits don't want jobs. A few listeners actually admitted that receiving benefits has made them lazy. Today, we get an economic perspective.
Monday, July 05, 2010
We've all heard a lot about Arizona's controversial and stringent immigration law, SB 1070, which allows Arizona police to question anyone they suspect may be in the country illegally. But 44 other states have introduced immigration legislation of their own since the beginning of 2010. Some worry that the U.S. may soon be facing a patchwork of different laws for different states.
Thursday, July 01, 2010
In California, an outbreak of whooping cough — a bacterial infection that results in fits of coughing — has reached epidemic propotions. Five infants, all of them Latino, have died this year. California health officials are urging residents to get vaccinated. Meanwhile, in Colorado, an outbreak of meningitis has killed two Fort Collins residents. The two diseases aren't connected, but their appearance is raising questions about whether we've become complacent about getting vaccinations — or whether lack of access to health care is to blame.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
We're following up on a story we did yesterday, from the perspective of Chicago funeral home owner Spencer Leak Sr., about the challenges Chicago is facing in combatting gun and gang violence. On Monday, the Supreme Court struck down a Chicago ban on handgun ownership, a move that divided city residents. Some Chicagoans were thrilled, and say the ability to own a handgun makes them feel safer. Others say even more people will lose their lives. Why is gun violence such a problem in Chicago? The Chicago Police Department says that gang activity was involved in 74 percent of murders in the first five months of 2010. 80 people were shot and thirteen killed over the past two weekends in the city.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
General David Petraeus faces the Senate Armed Services Committee today for confirmation hearings. The General is expected to take command of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan — after his predecessor Gen. Stanley McChrystal lost his post for making disparaging remarks about the Obama administration in Rolling Stone Magazine. How will General Petraeus do in the hearings, and what challenges does he face in his new position?
Friday, June 25, 2010
Corruption is rampant in Afghanistan. It is one of the biggest problems faced by coalition forces, and citizens there worry about corruption in the government corruption and the bribes they have to pay in their day-to-day lives. Earlier this week counterinsurgency expert David Kilcullen spoke to the Takeaway about these challenges. "Most importantly is the issue of corruption and abuse on the part of the Afghan government. If we don't deal with that, no amount of military changing the deck chairs is going to fix this problem," he said.
Friday, June 25, 2010
In April, British Maj. Gen. Nick Carter, who commands NATO forces in southern Afghanistan, proposed creating an award for "courageous restraint." As avoiding the loss of civilian life is a cornerstone of the coalition's counterinsurgency campaign in Afghanistan, does rewarding restraint makes sense? Is restraint a courageous act of discipline under fire or does it put our troops in danger?
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Thursday, June 24, 2010
President Obama on Tuesday relieved Gen. Stanley McChrystal of his duties in Afghanistan, less than 48 hours after it was revealed that McChrystal and his aides made disparaging remarks about high-ranking members of the Obama administration to a freelance journalist from Rolling Stone. McChrystal will be replaced by Gen. David Petraeus. We want to know what you think. Should Gen. Stanley McChrystal have kept his job?
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
A federal judge in New Orleans has overturned a moratorium on deepwater oil drilling, instituted by President Obama at the end of May. The judge said the Interior Department's decision to suspend drilling in the Gulf was arbitrary. Obama, on Tuesday, vowed to appeal the decision.