Oliver Lazarus

Takeaway Associate Producer

Oliver Lazarus is an associate producer for The Takeaway. 

He comes to The Takeaway by way of Missouri, where he graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, not to be confused with his hometown of Washington, D.C. He began at the show as an intern in 2015, and his transition to full-time marked the end of a multi-year career of college internships in journalism, politics, and international affairs. At The Takeaway, Oliver produces stories and series on everything from Southern sounds, to the U.S. bail system, to smart cities

Oliver Lazarus appears in the following:

Trump Looks to Mine in Afghanistan

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Searching for reasons to stay in Afghanistan, the Trump Administration is turning to the country's estimated $1 trillion mineral reserves. 


How the DOD's Approach to Waste Harms Citizens and the Environment

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

There are 39,400 known or suspected toxic sites on current or former Pentagon properties encompassing over 40 million acres in total — an area larger than the state of Florida.  


The Trump Vs. Sessions Feud Escalates

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

What started as a friendly relationship has turned sour between President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. 

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Shake-Up in Cybersecurity at State Department

Friday, July 21, 2017

Reports emerged this week that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to shut down the State Department office that coordinates cyber issues with other countries. 


Democrats Grasp For an Identity — And a Message

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Six months into the Trump Administration, the majority of Americans think that the Democratic Party only stands against Trump, and has no real message. 

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Can Obamacare be Fixed? Answers From An ACA Architect

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

As the Republican effort to repeal Obamacare stalls, one of the chief architects of the Affordable Care Act explores the stability of the program.

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Why It's So Hard to Buy American

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Trump Administration is hosting “Made in America” week to highlight domestic products and businesses. But removed from the rhetoric, will a manufacturing push help most Americans?

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ICE Sets its Sights on America's Most Iconic Sanctuary City

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

New York City's ability to protect its undocumented population is being tested in the early days of the Trump administration. 

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Hobby Lobby to Forfeit Thousands of Smuggled Artifacts From Iraq

Friday, July 07, 2017

The craft store Hobby Lobby is being forced to return more than 5,500 artifacts that were reportedly smuggled into the United States from Iraq.

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How South Koreans Are Responding to the North

Thursday, July 06, 2017

As tensions with North Korea escalate, we look at how the people and countries within the range of North Korean missiles, from South Korea to Hawaii, are responding and preparing.


New Documents Show US Role in 1953 Iranian Coup

Friday, June 30, 2017

The U.S. role in the 1953 Iranian coup has been an open secret for decades, but the actual CIA and State department documents surrounding the event have been slow to trickle out.


Trump Meets South Korean President

Thursday, June 29, 2017

North Korea and free trade will be at the top of the discussion between President Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-In. 

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Officers Indicted in Laquan McDonald Case

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Three Chicago cops were indicted on Tuesday on charges of conspiring to cover up alleged wrongdoing by officer Chicago officer Jason Van Dyke, who shot teen Laquan McDonald. 


Report: U.S.-Led Strikes Killed Nearly 500 Syrian Civilians in One Month

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Between May 23rd and June 23rd, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights counted 472 civilian deaths in Syria caused by U.S.-led coalition strikes. 


'America's Toughest Sheriff' Heads to Court

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The contempt-of-court trial for former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, once dubbed "America's toughest sheriff," begins this week.


Navigating The 'Sick' and 'Horrific' Conditions in Family Detention Centers

Monday, June 26, 2017

Women and children who are held in family detention centers face dire conditions and a number of obstacles when attempting to file for asylum.

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Big Bad Behemoth? How Amazon Could Upend the U.S. Economy

Thursday, June 22, 2017

What do we stand to gain or lose as our economy becomes dominated by a handful of powerful companies?

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The Fight to Shine a Light on the GOP's Healthcare Plan

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Republican healthcare plan is being hashed out behind closed doors. The bill, which has been kept in secret, may finally be revealed on Thursday.


Tommy Caldwell on Climbing the World's Hardest Wall

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Tommy Caldwell is arguably the best all-around rock climber in the world today. He discusses his six-year climb up the Dawn Wall, and what shaped him as a climber. 

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London Fire Escalates Political Tension for May

Monday, June 19, 2017

After a fire tore through a public housing building in London, U.K. citizens are furious with the government of Prime Minister Theresa May.