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T.J. Raphael

Digital Content Editor of The Takeaway

T.J. Raphael appears in the following:

Pay to Play? Obama Faces Uproar Over Diplomatic Nominees

Thursday, February 27, 2014

It’s been 22 years since the independently-run American Foreign Service Association last made a complaint about the suitability of a US ambassador. But that time may come again soon after a slew of recent nominations raised questions about how much campaign contributions play in determining the nominations. Joining The Takeaway is American Foreign Service Association president Robert Silverman.

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Inside the Highly Organized World of Drug Cartels

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Saturday’s capture of the notorious drug lord El Chapo was hailed as a major victory in the war against the international drug trade. But the crime syndicate has a presence in as many as 50 countries. And it is run, in many ways, as efficiently and as well organized as a multi-national corporation. So with El Chapo out of the game, will Sinaloa even feel the loss? Mike Vigil, a former U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency agent, weighs in.

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Today's Highlights | February 26, 2014

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Also on Today's Show: A stunning new report shows that childhood obesity rates have dropped by 43 percent for kids 2- to 5-years-old...Early voting started this week in Texas and the race for Governor, along with some other statewide offices, might just show where the Republic and Democratic parties are headed down the road....Scientists from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory are using imaging tools to better manage one of the worst droughts in this country's recorded history...World Science U provides another entry point in the online education universe and aims to make science visual, interactive, and exciting.

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Winter Misery Index Measures How Horrible Your Winter Really Is

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

How miserable has your winter been? Is it the worst winter ever? The worst winter since that one winter when you were a kid? If you’re a Minnesotan, there’s no need to be so imprecise. For the last several decades, Pete Boulay, Assistant State Climatologist at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, has been measuring just how miserable winters are with his Winter Misery Index. It scores each winter on how cold it is, how much it snows, and how long snow stays on the ground to measure exactly how much misery the winter has inflicted.

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Arizona Under Fire Over Gay Discrimination Bill

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

After state lawmakers passed a measure granting business owners the right to refuse to serve gay customers, protesters marched through downtown Tucson in part of a larger effort to stop Gov. Jan Brewer from signing the bill.

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Meet the Real People Behind the Best Pictures: '12 Years a Slave'

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

All this week on our "Real People / Best Pictures" series, we're looking at some of the films that are nominated for Best Picture, and exploring the stories with people who are intimately connected with the films. "12 Years A Slave" tells the story of Solomon Northup, who was enslaved until he was eventually able to regain his freedom 12 years later. The film is based on Northup’s memoir, which was a bestseller during his time. Today we talk to Clayton Adams, the great-great-great-grandson of Solomon Northup. 

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Ice Warriors Chronicles U.S. Sled Hockey Team's Journey To Sochi

Monday, February 24, 2014

After losing the 2013 World Championship to the their most vicious competitor—Canada—nothing could be sweeter to the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team than revenge. The team will have their chance to face-off against their Canadian rivals and reclaim their Paralympic gold medal when they head to the Paralympic Games in Sochi in March.

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Examining Ukraine's Uncertain Future

Monday, February 24, 2014

Who is in charge in Ukraine? Will President Yanukovych face charges of mass murder? How might Ukraine move forward during this uncertain time? What action should the international community take? The Takeaway explores this and more with Andriy Kulykov, a reporter for Ukraine Public Radio; Oleh Rybachuk, chief of staff to former President Viktor Yushchenko; Regina Smyth, an expert on Russia and associate professor of Political Science at Indiana University; and Nicolai Petro, a political science professor at the University of Rhode Island currently stationed in Ukraine's third largest city, Odessa, for a Fulbright Scholarship.

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Notorious Drug Lord El Chapo Captured After Decade-Long Manhunt

Monday, February 24, 2014

His name is Joaquin Guzman Loera, a man that Chicago law enforcement called "Enemy Number One." But most know him simply as "El Chapo"—the kingpin of the Sinaloa drug cartel, who netted up to $3 billion a year through his international drug trafficking operations and left a bloodbath along the away. This Saturday, he was captured in a joint effort by Mexican authorities and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Ioan Grillo discusses the significance of this arrest. In addition to having covered Mexican cartels for more than a decade, Ioan is the author of “El Narco: Inside Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency.”

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Today's Highlights | February 21, 2014

Friday, February 21, 2014

Also on Today's Show: The Takeaway's Movie Date team—Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzma—reviews this weekend’s new releases which include the Victorian Era film noir "In Secret," the action film "Three Days to Kill," and the over-the-top popcorn flick "Pompeii."... Composer Michael Hearst has written a dozen songs for a new PBS Digital series that focuses on unusual creatures. From the Jesus Christ Lizard to the blobfish, the songs help to explore some of the world’s most mysterious animals. 

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A Peek at the Final Weekend of the Olympics

Friday, February 21, 2014

The 2014 Winter Olympics is wrapping up, but there's still plenty of excitement to be had. From the men's ice hockey final to the four-man bobsleigh race, the final weekend of the Winter Games is upon us and there are some real surprises and spectacular events to watch. Mary Pilon, sports reporter for our partner The New York Times, has been reporting from Sochi and fills us in on the home stretch of the Winter Olympics. 

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News Quiz | Week of February 21

Friday, February 21, 2014

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.

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Violence & Political Unrest Continues to Erupt in Ukraine

Friday, February 21, 2014

For the past few days, live video from Kiev's Independence Square has been streaming in real time, giving people around the world a first-hand glimpse at the scope and scale of the protests.

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Rosanne Cash on Seeking Inspiration

Friday, February 21, 2014

Rosanne Cash just released her first new album in four years, called "The River and the Thread." Seeking the inspiration for truly great songwriting, beyond Grammy's, pop hits and genre classics, has been a lifelong journey for Cash. The inspiration for her latest album came from a trip back to the South, which put her back in touch with her roots. Rosanne Cash discusses the process she went through to breathe life into her new music—and what she learned about herself along the way.

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The Most Memorable Olympic Heroes of All Time

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Back during the time of the ancient Greeks, the word "hero" was used in a very different way. For the ancient Greeks, it didn’t just describe someone who was victorious or noble. It also described people who stood out for unexpected acts—sometimes problematic ones too. Even today, what’s heroic at the Olympics isn’t sheer mettle or technique. David Wallechinsky, president of the International Society of Olympic Historians, has seen more than a few Olympic heroes in his years of watching the games.

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Kiev, a City Long Besieged Continues to Seethe

Thursday, February 20, 2014

At the center of the feud between protesters and the government, between Ukraine and the West, is Kiev—a city long steeped in political turmoil and significance.

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Young, Rich and Working on Wall Street

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Wall Street is a place that's hard to make your way into and even harder to find your way out of. Kevin Roose recently sneaked his way into a black tie Kappa Beta Phi event and wrote about this experience for New York magazine. He found that young inductees to Wall Street are entering a very different environment today than a decade ago. He explores this new generation of Wall Streeters, and the culture of fear and extravagance that accompanies the job.

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Today's Highlights | February 20, 2014

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Also on Today's Show: Since the foreclosure crisis, a growing number of specialty firms known as servicers have emerged...Could student loan debt be having adverse affects on the housing market? Housing experts say that fewer young people are buying homes and even for those who are trying, they are having a hard time getting loans...The men's hockey semifinals begin this weekend in Sochi, and the United States will face off against Canada, Sweden and Finland. As the world’s greatest players take to the ice, what chance does the U.S. stand?

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Union Radio Fades from the Airwaves

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

During the heyday of American unions, there were more than 250 programs produced or funded by labor unions. Elizabeth Fones-Wolf, history professor at West Virginia University and author of “Waves of Opposition: Labor and the Struggle for Democratic Radio, 1933-1958,” explains the history of a now lesser-known news source. The Union Edge is the only nationally syndicated labor program remaining. Its co-host and executive producer, Angela Baughman, explains how these newscasts have evolved.

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Today's Highlights | February 19, 2014

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Also on Today's Show: A new report out by the Congressional Budget Office shows that increasing the federal minimum wage would mean an increase in family income but also the elimination of some low-wage jobs...The top five in the world sounds pretty impressive everywhere from academics, to wealth or life expectancy. It's impressive everywhere except the Olympics. What is it like for an Olympic athlete to finish in fourth place?

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