T. J. Raphael is The Takeaway's Digital Content Editor. Before joining The Takeaway, T. J. was Senior Editor of FOLIO: Magazine and FOLIOMag.com. There she covered the evolving media landscape, technology, economics, social media, apps, publishing and marketing.
As a staff reporter for The Legislative Gazette, based in the New York state capital, T. J. covered Constitutional law, Congressional elections and the New York State Legislature. She's also been a contributing writer to The Village Voice in New York City, and a general assignment reporter for the New York Daily News where she covered everything from entertainment to crime.
Her work has been cited by the New York Civil Liberties Union, the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, The Economist and Mashable.com, among others. She graduated with honors from Purchase College with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a minor in Political Science. Follow her on Twitter: @TJRaphael.
Most Americans will "spring forward" this weekend and lose an hour to daylight saving time. But daylight saving is hardly standardized in the United States, much less the world. In fact, some say it's "madness."
Everyone has something they'd like to change about their bodies. At the same time, science and medicine keep breaking new ground in improving how human bodies function. Technology continues to improve how our bodies function, allowing people to achieve the impossible. Regan Brashear, producer and director of "Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement," discusses what these technological advances mean for those with disabilities.
Are you a newsie? Do you know what's happening from Washington to Hollywood to Pyongyang? Are you one of those people who always need to know? Do you listen to the news religiously, convinced that what you hear will give you an edge? Be smarter than your pals. Prep your dinner party factoids. Gauge your knowledge about what happened this week, as heard on The Takeaway.
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.
The 2014 Paralympic Winter Games begin Friday in Sochi, with athletes representing more than 45 nations. Though it wasn't always this way, today the games are as elite in the sporting world as the traditional Olympics. A look at the history and culture of the Paralympics with Paralympic historian and author Dr. Ian Brittain. As these athletes compete over the next 10 days, the public will undoubtedly observe the highest levels of athleticism. What does it takes to have "flow" and physical abilities to their limits? Steven Kotler explains.
Daylight saving time begins this Sunday, March 9 and as we turn the clocks forward, we want you to look forward too. What signs of spring are you seeing? Green shoots? What about the birds? What will convince you to pack away the winter woolies? We’re asking for your stories, your sounds and your sights of spring. Your photos that capture the first signs of the season can be sent here to our Facebook page , or by tweeting or instagraming us a photo with the hashtag #MySpringSign. We'll collect your pics and stories, and we’ll celebrate the arrival of spring here at TheTakeaway.org.
Also on Today's Show: An update on the trial of three Al Jazeera English journalists charged with spreading false news and belonging to a “terrorist group" with Reza Sayah, a Cairo-based CNN international correspondent. The three are among 20 journalists accused by Egyptian authorities of assisting the banned Muslim Brotherhood...How would Plato, one of the world’s greatest philosophers, reflect on the 21st century? Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, the author of "Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away," looks at whether modern-day civilizations are living up to the Greek ideals.
On Wednesday, College Board President David Coleman announced that SAT is getting re-calibrated. Its vocabulary words will be less arcane and more in alignment with what students encounter in college courses. The 9-year-old essay section will become optional, and will be scored separately. The math questions will focus now focus on linear equations, functions, ratios, percentages and proportional reasoning. There are other changes, too. Julia Ryan, writes for and produces The Atlantic's Education Channel. She's been following the changes to the SAT and weighs in on whether the SAT is still a good metric to test student aptitude.
Is the Ukraine crisis a reassertion of Russian pride and is Crimea becoming the symbol of Russia's reemergence as an empire in Eastern Europe? Many on Capitol Hill and in academia have long argued that the moment would come when Russia would try to get back some of what it lost after the fall of the Soviet Union—is this new crisis an "I told you so" moment from the voices in D.C. who never believed the Cold War is over? Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent, and Michael Hirsh, Chief Correspondent for the National Journal, join The Takeaway to explain.
There are currently 80,000 people being held in solitary confinement across America. Many of these prisoners have been there for years or decades without any human contact. In an effort to understand what these prisoners are feeling, Colorado Department of Corrections Executive Director Rick Raemisch submitted himself to 20 hours of “administration segregation,” more commonly known as solitary confinement. Three Oscar-winners also took action to explore how prisoners are feeling behind bars. Documentarian Alex Gibney, narrator Susan Sarandon, and producer Robert Redford, coalesced to create “Death Row Stories.”
The original "Cosmos" aired in 1980 on PBS, and in just 13 episodes, astrophysicist Carl Sagan captured the hearts and minds of a generation. On Sunday, more than 30 years after the original series began, "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" will premiere. Hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, the new series pays direct homage to Sagan's original vision, in part because the original and the re-boot share an executive producer in Ann Druyan, wife of the late Carl Sagan. Today Druyan discusses the series and her life with Sagan.
The role of music within Islam has long been a source of deep controversy and debate in the Muslim world. Some Islamic scholars believe music is strictly forbidden, while others have found ways to incorporate music elements in their worship and spirituality. It's the intersection of faith and rhythm that Hisham Aidi charts in his new book, “Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture.” In "Rebel Music," Aidi explores the myriad ways practitioners of Islam around the world have used music to express their faith–and politics–in times of transition.
Also on Today's Show: On Tuesday, President Barack Obama submitted a $3.9 trillion budget that calls for spending cuts, more than $1 trillion in new taxes to slow borrowing over the next decade, and more than $55 billion in new spending...It looks like scientists have discovered a positive twist on the polar vortex: It’s killing destructive insects that cost the U.S. government and homeowners billions each year...A look at some workplace tips from Toyota’s factory productivity specialist that are surprisingly low-tech.
Russian forces in Crimea, violent protests in Kiev, escalating tensions between West and East. Here's a breakdown of the proposals Congressional leaders are crafting in response to the Ukraine-Russia crisis.
With Russia in the spotlight, China is watching the unrest in Ukraine from the sidelines. In recent years, China has invested a total of $10 billion dollars in Ukraine, and pledged $8 billion more last December. Jonathan Fenby, China director of the research company Trusted Sources, and Timothy Snyder, professor of history at Yale University, examine China's financial interests in the region, and the Chinese investment in the outcome of the Ukraine-Russia conflict.
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and host of "Cosmos 2014" will revisit the passion and evangelical energy of the late Carl Sagan by examining science, the unknown, and humanity's quest for understanding in what Tyson calls "the greatest story ever told." In many ways, the return of the "Cosmos" series is the return of the intellectual comet of Carl Sagan—he believed that the future was all about understanding science. Who is your Carl Sagan mentor today? Do you have a Sagan story? What would Dr. Sagan make of our world today?
The international community is on edge as the crisis between Ukraine and Russia continues to develop. Today The Takeaway examines the crisis in Crimea from the Russian and Ukrainian perspectives. Dmitry Babich, political analyst for the Voice of Russia Radio, explains the view from Moscow. Representing the Ukrainian-American perspective is Borys Potapenko, former president and current vice chair of the Ukrainian Congress Committee in Detroit.
After four decades representing the 33rd district in the state of California, Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman has decided that this term will be his final one. Some like Big Tobacco and the fossil fuel industry will no doubt be glad to see Waxman say goodbye—he fought and won big battles to sanction or regulate those industries during his time in Congress. He sat down recently with Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich to discuss his pioneering battles and the legacy he hopes to leave behind in Washington.
According to a new report out from the Demand Institute, local housing markets, when coupled with income and employment, are often the strongest predictors of local and national economic outlook. John Guarisco is the executive manager at MDI Marketing in Spokane, Washington, and Mark Dolfini is the owner of June Palms Property Management, in Lafayette, Indiana, both cities considered to be "transitional." And joining The Takeaway is Louise Keely, chief research officer for The Demand Institute and co-author of the report.
You'd expect people in wealthier communities to pay higher premiums, and more moderate or low-income communities to pay lower premiums, but it doesn't always work out that way. Here's why.