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T.J. Raphael

Digital Content Editor of The Takeaway

T.J. Raphael appears in the following:

Is Technology Dehumanizing the Workforce?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

In a push for workplace efficiency, are we losing the human expertise and interactions that fuel new ideas? In his new book, "Mindless: Why Smarter Machines are Making Dumber Humans," Simon Head, associate fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University, argues that large-scale computer business systems are actually making us dumber. 

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A World on The Edge: Echoes of 1914 in 2014

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Yesterday President Barack Obama promised to use the U.S. military to protect NATO nations against outside threats. "History has a funny way of moving in twists and turns, and not just in a straight line," he said. History also tends to repeat itself, as Margaret MacMillan, professor of history at Oxford University, knows well. She reflects on the fateful summer of 1914 and compares that century-old conflict to the current issues facing the West and Russia.

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Reigniting The Flame of Women in Tech

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Did you know the first computer programmer ever was a woman? Yet in recent decades, things have changed—today, men far outnumber women in computer science majors. Nowadays, only about 10 percent of computer science majors are women but that wasn't always the case. New Tech City host Manoush Zomorodi spoke to professors and students about why more women don't pursue computer science majors and how we can change that.

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Washington's Mudslides: An Unfolding Tragedy

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

It's day four in the rescue effort to find survivors after a mudslide devastated a community in Washington State. Residents are crying out for stability in the wake of this unfolding tragedy that has left many missing and at least 14 people dead. Ed Ronco, Morning Edition host and producer for KPLU in Seattle, weighs in on the rescue and recovery efforts and the way forward for Washington.

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As Deadline Looms, Some Still Wary of ACA

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

As of March 17th, over five million Americans had signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Eric Sturgis, a 47-year-old business owner from Tacoma, WA, tried to sign up at Healthcare.gov but, because of tech issues, he's still in limbo. Others like Chad Lindsey, a 31-year-old from Arlington, TX, say it's cheaper to pay the fine than to pay for insurance because his deductible is so high.

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Today's Highlights | March 25, 2014

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Also on Today's Show Last week, Transnistria’s leaders asked Russia’s parliament to consider its request to join the Russian Federation...With less than a week left for Americans to enroll in a healthcare plan, Oregon is still struggling with what's been dubbed "the nation's worst Obamacare site."...Hundreds of protesters marched on the Malaysian embassy in Beijing on Tuesday against what they call a cover-up and mishandling of the disaster by Malaysian authorities.

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Inside the World of Corporate Idealism

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Can you work for one of the world's largest oil companies and still advance the causes of climate change and human rights? Former BP Oil employee Christine Bader says yes. In fact, nowadays she says that there is a whole army of corporate idealists working to fight the good fight to prevent the next Deepwater Horizon explosion—all from within the corporate world. 

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Do Corporations Have a Right to Religious Freedom?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Supreme Court hears arguments today in a case that will determine whether for-profit corporations must provide insurance coverage for contraception.

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Never-Published Tennessee Williams Story Surfaces

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Drunken antics and foiled romance mark Williams’ campus story that sat on a shelf for years. But its new publisher says it showed signs of the genius to come.

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For Flight 370 Families, Loved Ones Forever Missing

Monday, March 24, 2014

Today Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said there was no longer any doubt about Flight 370 — according to satellite data, the plane flew south into remote waters in the Indian Ocean and could not have landed safely.

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Today's Highlights | March 24, 2014

Monday, March 24, 2014

Also on Today's Show In Washington State, a tragedy is unfolding after a mudslide destroyed close to 30 homes, killed at least eight people and obliterated a rural neighborhood...A barge carrying nearly a million gallons of oil collided with a ship in the busy Houston Ship Channel, spilling as much as 168,000 gallons from the barge. 

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U.S. Official Warns 'Putin Is Not Done in Ukraine'

Monday, March 24, 2014

Though some sanctions have already been put in place against Russia, some U.S. officials believe the political and economic consequences are not yet bold enough to counter the Kremlin's ambitions.

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Energy Giant Caught Illegally Polluting River

Monday, March 24, 2014

According to state regulators, Duke Energy illegally pumped 61 million gallons of contaminated water from a coal ash pit into the Cape Fear River in North Carolina. Michael Biesecker, a reporter for the Associated Press who's been following this story, and Kemp Burdette, a river keeper and executive director of Cape Fear River Watch, explain how the nation's largest electricity company got away with the illegal dumping for months.

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'Baby M' and The Question of Surrogacy

Monday, March 24, 2014

A collision between reproductive technology and child custody laws led to a legal battle back in the 1980s that got the attention of the world. It's the case of "Baby M," an infant who sparked one of the earliest legal struggles over surrogacy. The surrogacy business has grown, but the law has not kept up. And that’s created a lot of confusion as well as a lot of families. Jill Rosenbaum, Retro Report producer, explains.

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Classroom Views: Fighting Absenteeism in New York

Friday, March 21, 2014

At West Brooklyn Community High School in New York City, the focus is on getting chronically truant students back on track by surrounding them with adults who care about their success. WNYC reporter Yasmeen Khan, has been following the path of one West Brooklyn student named Paula. Paula began her journey as an angry, difficult freshman with a habit of cutting class. But after transferring to West Brooklyn her attitude began to change.

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Turkish Prime Minister Looks to 'Eradicate Twitter'

Friday, March 21, 2014

Today it's the social sphere that's boiling over after the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan got a court order to have Twitter taken down.

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The Confused Legacy of Westboro's Fred Phelps

Friday, March 21, 2014

Fred Phelps, the founder and anti-gay preacher at Westboro Baptist Church, died on Thursday at the age of 84. Phelps was a disbarred civil rights lawyer and ran for local offices several times. After several unsuccessful runs, he shifted his focus to mostly protesting. Recently, one of his estranged sons said his father had been excommunicated from the church. Today Mark Potok, senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, describes the confused legacy of Phelps and that of the Westboro Baptist Church.

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A New Face Off Over Voting Rights & Citizenship

Friday, March 21, 2014

A federal judge in Kansas ruled on Wednesday that federal election authorities must help states enforce their own voter registration laws, even if they differs from federal rules. Now, 10,000 Kansas voters and 2,000 Arizona voters will have their voting rights suspended until they can prove their citizenship to the state. To help us break down the case and it's implications is Kareem Crayton. He's a professor of law at the University of North Carolina, specializing in voter's rights. Also joining the program is Chris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State.

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News Quiz | Week of March 21

Friday, March 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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Today's Highlights | March 20, 2014

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Also on Today's Show Some news out of Australia could have some big implications for the Malaysian jetliner mystery...A new face of the 9/11 terrorist attacks took to the stand yesterday in a federal courtroom in Manhattan...The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has announced that 50 percent of Syria's declared stockpile of chemical weapons has now been removed...Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair pleaded guilty to mistreating his mistress and other charges. But today a judge decided that he will not serve time in prison and he'll keep his pension.

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