Rupert Allman joined The Takeaway as part of the partnership with the BBC. He was appointed Executive Producer in September 2012.
He is an award-winning producer with an international reputation for creativity and innovation. His awards include three Sony Gold Awards, the highest honor given to those in the UK radio industry. His previous projects before joining New York Public Radio included time in Washington, DC & in London. He oversaw Presidential election coverage for the BBC Radio in 2000, 2004, and 2008. He was Election Editor for the BBC and launched a number of new programs targeted at a domestic and international audience.
He is an advocate for, and passionate about, the use of social media and the role it plays in the 21st newsroom. He led some of the first multi-platform programs in London, taking some of the early work done in the United States back to the United Kingdom. He is a versatile leader who has been trusted to manage some of the most prestigious and challenging broadcast events over the past 15 years, including the Olympic Games, the Soccer World Cup, and Gulf Wars 1 and 2. He is a past judge and host for the UK’s Radio Festival. He is now leading the team at The Takeaway in New York.
As the crisis in Crimea continues to escalate, the threat of a new balkanization is fostering a sense of insecurity across the West. Rodger Baker, vice president of Asia-Pacific analysis at the global intelligence research firm Stratfor, explores Russia's occupation of Crimea. Though the conflict can have long-term geopolitical impacts, there is also a great deal of fear emerging in the Crimean peninsula for ethnic minorities. Natalia Antelava, a reporter for the BBC, The New Yorker and PRI's The World, explains.
Broadcaster James Brown has witnessed the rise of the NFL, and he's seen the Super Bowl become America's most watched and loved sporting event. But he's also seen downfalls in the league when it comes to players' health. This weekend, 100 million people are expected to tune in to watch the Denver Broncos take on the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl 48. Ahead of the big game, J.B. weighs in on the league's approach to the safety and well-being of its players.
More and more signs indicate that the 2014 Olympics will be not just a showcase of Russia's security forces, but a showcase for Russian President Vladimir Putin's broader ambitions in Europe. General Wesley Clark was the NATO Supreme Commander back in the 90's. In a wide ranging conversation, General Clark says Putin's ambitions with Ukraine were apparent more than two decades ago. Andrew S. Weiss, Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, also weighs in on the latest news coming out of Ukraine.
While Olympic Games often attract critics -- as London and Beijing residents can attest -- the road to Sochi may be the most corrupt yet. The new BBC documentary "The Putin Project" examines the corruption and disruption in Russia as the country prepares for the 2014 Olympic Games. Lucy Ash, an investigative reporter for the BBC, and Anastasia Uspenskaya, BBC Russian Service reporter, discuss the documentary and what lies ahead for Russia and the world as the Sochi Opening Ceremonies approach.
The South Dallas Concert Choir has produced a remarkable project to honor the life of President John F. Kennedy, and some history that was never made. The project is called "Unspoken Speech" and it's based on the last speech that Kennedy had prepared—and was on his way to deliver—before he was assassinated. Jowanda Jordan, the director of the choir, joins us today to discuss this music project and a piece of history that never got to happen.
Two new, distinct art projects are trying to reclaim the city of Dallas' reputation by casting a new narrative. The first is called "Dallas Love"—a rebuff to those who dubbed Dallas "the city of hate." Karen Blessen is its Executive Director. The second is a documentary film, directed by Quin Matthews, called “City of Hate: Dallas and the Assassination.” Blessen and Matthews join The Takeaway to discuss their own memories of Kennedy's death and how the city is responding some 50 years later.
Earlier today, France said it would put forth a proposal that would secure and destroy Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles in the form of a binding U.N. resolution. But that's not something Russia would support. To see how President Obama may navigate the Syria puzzle, we're joined now by Nicholas Burns, former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs under President George W. Bush.
British Prime Minister David Cameron has introduced a plan that would block pornography on most computers, smartphones and tablets. Does the effort contribute to Internet policing or get in the way of free speech? Joining the program to discuss the measure are Cindy Gallop, an advertising agency legend and founder of Make Love Not Porn; and Gail Dines, professor of sociology and women's studies at Wheelock College in Boston and founder of Stop Porn Culture.
If Congress were to come up with a new formula in the wake of the Supreme Court's Voting Rights Act decision, what factors would it take into account? On today's show, we examine the regions that look almost nothing like they did in 1965, and what places might change even more in the next five to 10 years. To help walk us through this we welcome Dante Chinni, director of the American Communities project.
Congress holds the first hearing today into the Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative groups for unwarranted scrutiny. Over a series of hearings, the House Ways and Means Committee will question current and former officials about the screening of applications for tax-exempt status.
A series of deadly storms tore through an area of North Texas late Wednesday night. Today will be a day of tragedy and cleanup for hundreds of families facing the loss of loved ones, injuries, or even homelessness.
In an op-ed piece for our partner The New York Times, actress and director Angelina Jolie announced that she recently underwent a double mastectomy after learning that she is a carrier of the BRCA1 breast cancer gene and was at high risk for developing the disease. Is her choice one that is available to all women?
We now know the I.R.S.'s special scrutiny of small-government groups applying for tax-exempt status went far beyond keyword hunts for organizations with “Tea Party” or “Patriot” in their names. It also included searches for applicants seeking to “make America a better place to live” or “criticize how the country is being run,” according to a draft audit by the inspector general.
17 days after the collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh, a resourceful worker was found trapped but alive. She was pulled from the rubble in Dhaka earlier today to the cheers of workers who had for days been only moving wreckage and disposing of bodies of victims.
The twin airstrikes in Damascus on Friday and Sunday attributed to Israel appear to be more about Jerusalem’s broad, mostly covert battle with Iran and Hezbollah than about the bloody civil war raging in Syria. Homman Majd is the author of "The Ayatollah Begs to Differ."
The crisis in Syria escalated yet again this weekend as Israel carried out a powerful aerial assault on military targets near Damascus, opening up the possibility that the currently contained war in Syria could become an international conflict.
This week, the beloved Dutch Queen Beatrix abdicated her throne to make room for her son, Willem-Alexander. In a ceremony outside the royal palace attended by tens of thousands of people, the Queen ended her 33-year reign. What makes the Dutch monarchy so special? We take a closer look at a monarchy that remains relevant in the modern day.
Stephen Sackur has spent most of his professional career reporting on the biggest news events, based both in the United States working as a Washington correspondent for the BBC and abroad, reporting for many years in the Middle East. He joins us to reflect both on the bombings in Boston and the funeral scheduled today for the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
According to her spokesman, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died of a stroke this morning at 87. She served at the head of the Conservative party from 1979 to 1990. She was the first female prime minster.
Donald Trump is no stranger to controversy, and now he's courting it overseas. The real estate mogul has been engaged in a years-long battle with the residents of the Scottish city of Aberdeen, but now the project has hit another snag.