Sitara Nieves

Senior Producer

Sitara Nieves appears in the following:

DNA testing: The California spit wars

Monday, June 23, 2008

The California Public Health Department has halted the work of 13 genetic testing companies, barring them from selling tests without a doctor’s orders. Today the companies must detail how they’ll “prevent further violation of California state laboratory law” to the health department. The Takeaway talks with Wired's Alexis Madrigal about the intertwined issues of privacy and public health, and whether there’s a potential health benefit from barring individuals from their own genetic information.


The end of food

Thursday, June 12, 2008

The signs are all around us: salmonella outbreaks; riots over food shortages; fears over mad cow disease; water shortages; skyrocketing global food prices. These are portents for the end of easily accessible food. Paul Roberts, author of "The End of Food" and "The End of Oil" sees the potential cataclysm ahead.


The economy of energy

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Saudi Arabia wants to call a meeting between oil-producing and oil-consuming countries to discuss record high prices. President Bush has called for the United States to be less dependent on hydrocarbons. The Takeaway speaks with Lisa Margonelli to discuss the persistent high price of energy and its social and cultural effects.

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Hillary's last stand (except she won't admit it)

Thursday, May 29, 2008


November strategy: Obama and McCain head West

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

This week, presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama travel to Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico. Though the three states account for 19 of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House, they’re likely to be pivotal in the November presidential election.


High prices, low margins hurt gas station owners

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Chicago residents are now paying the highest gas prices in the country - an average of $4.07 per gallon. You might think that gas stations are thriving with high gas prices, but gas station owners are actually losing money.


Young West Virginian voters mobilize

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

For the first time in almost 50 years, West Virginia matters. The polls already foretell West Virginia primary’s likely outcome — a victory for Hillary Clinton — but the Democratic nomination race continues to energize young voters across the state.


China's earthquake, tectonics and the shape of things to come

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The earthquake that struck China’s central region yesterday is the deadliest the country has seen since 1976. We talk with Roger Bilham, professor of geological sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder, about how both natural and man-made factors created such devastation.


Missouri aims to place additional demands on voter ID

Monday, May 12, 2008

The fight over voter identification requirements has heated up after the Supreme Court upheld Indiana's voter ID law. Nineteen states are considering new voter ID measures, but we focus on Missouri, which The New York Times' Ian Urbina tells us is the only proposal that could become law in time for November’s presidential election.


The Sunday pundit mash-up

Monday, May 12, 2008

The theme of Sunday's talk shows: Hillary is toast. But then again, anything could happen...


The new Russia... might look a lot like the old Russia

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Vladmir Putin is expected to be confirmed as Russia’s Prime Minister today. Putin's nomination was the first official presidential act of newly sworn-in Dmitry Medvedev. The Takeaway asks: What’s ahead for Russia?


Primary focus shifts to tiny Guam

Friday, May 02, 2008

Guamanians head to the primary polls on Saturday...


Shock and oil

Monday, April 28, 2008

Lisa Margonelli says this could be a day we all remember, when oil finally spikes to a price that makes us change our behavior.


Guest blogger Lisa Margonelli: A short history of the future of British oil

Monday, April 28, 2008

Sign up here to join Harvard's oil crisis simulation, April 28, 2008.

In 1988 I drove more than a thousand miles on a whim-fueled road trip to see an ichthysaur skeleton. The dirt cheap gas that enabled this ridiculous and ultimately unsuccessful project (the ichthysaur was closed when I got there) was partly and indirectly provided by the Forties Pipeline in the UK's North Sea, which was just closed by a strike at a Scottish refinery.

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Betting on the oil markets

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The last time that we saw gas prices rising this quickly was in the 1970s, when Americans responded by cutting their gas use by 30 percent. Lisa Margonelli, author of "Oil on the Brain: Adventures from Pump to Pipeline," says the high price of oil is, in part, driven by one group of people that surprised us: oil speculators.


Fewer immigrants arrested crossing the U.S.-Mexican border

Friday, April 11, 2008

The United States has spent millions per mile to build a border fence to keep unauthorized migrants out of the country, and recently, there has been a substantial drop in migrants arrested at the border. Professor Josiah Heyman says it's not solely because of the wall. There are other deterrents, such as the struggling U.S. economy and the downturn in the housing and construction markets.


The politics of coming and going: HIV-positive visitors banned from the United States

Friday, April 04, 2008

Thirteen countries in the world ban HIV-positive visitors from entry, including Saudi Arabia, Russia, Sudan, Moldova... and the United States. We take a look at the ban and ask why that law has stayed on the books.