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T.J. Raphael

Digital Content Editor of The Takeaway

T.J. Raphael appears in the following:

Uncovering The Mystery of Vermeer

Friday, January 31, 2014

Teller, from the popular magical duo "Penn & Teller," is bringing magic to the big screen. In his documentary "Tim's Vermeer," Teller chronicles Tim Jenisen, an inventor who has joined the handful of artists and historians that have attempted to solve the Vermeer mystery. Jenison, after enormous thought, expense and effort, tried to recreate a Vermeer masterpiece with an optical technique he theorizes Vermeer could have used with the technology of the times.

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Russian Weapons Removal & The Cold War Backpack Bomb

Friday, January 31, 2014

After the Cold War, MIT Physicist Thomas Neff developed a program to allow Moscow to sell the uranium from its retired weapons and dilute it into fuel for electric utilities in the U.S. He explains the program today. New details about portable nuclear weapons designed by the U.S. military during the Cold War describe a weapon small enough to be strapped on a backpack, but still powerful enough to potentially cause devastating damage. Adam Rawnsley of Foreign Policy magazine has the details.

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VOTE: Should The Boston Bombing Suspect Face the Death Penalty?

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty for alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is awaiting trial and has been charged with 30 counts, including killing three people and using weapons of mass destruction. More than 250 people were injured in the twin blasts on April 15, 2013. Do you agree with the government's decision to pursue the death penalty? Vote in our poll.

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U.S. 'Deeply Concerned' as Syria Drags Its Heels on Chemical Weapons Removal

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Last year, Syria agreed to eliminate its stockpile of chemical weapons, and now the regime's deadline to give up its entire arsenal is looming. To date, Syria has released less than 5 percent of its chemical weapons—and there's evidence that the Syrian regime is deliberately stalling on its agreement for political purposes. Reuter's correspondent Anthony Deutsch has been reporting on the delays in Syria's compliance. He joins The Takeaway to discuss the delays and whether they are politically motivated.

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Dead Zebras May Hold the Key to Fighting Anthrax

Thursday, January 30, 2014

While examining the carcasses of zebras that were killed by anthrax in Africa, Holly Ganz, a research scientist at the University of California in Davis, found a type of virus that can fight anthrax. In the future the virus, known as a bacteriophage—which literally means bacteria eater—could be used as an alternative to antibiotics for anthrax treatment, or for decontamination efforts. Ganz joins The Takeway to explain her research.

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With New Leader, Will Change Come to the NSA?

Thursday, January 30, 2014

National Security Agency director Keith Alexander is preapring to step down in March, and according to reports, President Barack Obama is interviewing Alexander's potential successor himself. If he is confirmed by the Senate, Navy cryptologist and Vice Admiral Mike Rogers will take the helm of the NSA as the agency faces renewed public scrutiny. Rogers's former colleague John Nagl, a retired Lieutenant Colonel, counterinsurgency expert and headmaster of the Haverford School, discusses the Vice Admiral's resume and how he might change the NSA.

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Soup or Bowl Recipe Contest Countdown

Thursday, January 30, 2014

As the calendar moves closer to Super Bowl Sunday, The Takeaway is counting down to declare a winner in our Soup or Bowl game day recipe contest. We received so may recipes in our quest for the perfect cold weather half-time meal. Yesterday our friend Dan Pashman, founder and host of The Sporkful podcast and our Soup or Bowl judge, rolled out two of the final four. Today he walks us through a tasting of our last two finalists.

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Robots and Hollywood: Fact Vs. Ficiton

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Rosie from the Jetsons, R2-D2 from Star Wars, and the Terminator—here in America, our understanding of robots has been built around what we see on the big screen. But as scientists and technology companies begin developing robots and incorporating robotics technologies into our every day lives, will our Hollywood understanding ring true in reality? Erik Sofge contributes to Popular Science and writes about science fiction for Slate. He explains how Hollywood has driven our perception of robots, and how far off it is from reality.

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A New Era of Robotics & Artificial Intelligence

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Last night, scientists, roboticists and ethicists gathered in New York City to discuss the very nature of robotic progression. As artificial intelligence makes a larger space within our lives, how will human behavior evolve with the inclusion of intelligent robotics? Joining The Takeaway to talk about the future of human interaction with robots are Heather Knight is a social roboticist and researcher at Carnegie Mellon, and Wendell Wallach, a lecturer at the Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics at Yale University.

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Synthetic Food Takes the Hassle Out of Eating

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

What if you didn’t have to ever eat to get all the nutrition you need? This dream of never having to deal with the hassle of "food" is what inspired Rob Rhinehart to create a grayish, macro-nutirtious cocktail called Soylent which he concocts in an ex-garment factory outside Los Angeles. About 20,000 customers have placed pre-orders of the stuff, and more than $2 million in orders will be shipped in early March. Rhinehart explains why in the future, everyone will eat Soylent.

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Big Block of Cheese Day: From Andrew Jackson to 'West Wing' to Obama

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

In the first season of "The West Wing," the White House hosts an open house for "Big Block of Cheese Day," a nod to President Jackson, who hosted a similar event for the American people. This year, the Obama Administration has adopted the tradition. Today the White House is hosting a virtual "Big Block of Cheese Day" over social media. Eli Attie, writer and producer for "The West Wing," discusses the tradition, from the Jacksonian Era to the fictional Bartlet Administration to the Obama White House today.

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Crystal Meth is North Korea's State Secret

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Throughout the 1990s, meth was produced by the government of North Korea. But these days it’s ordinary North Koreans who have set up their own labs and are manufacturing and distributing it. In North Korea, “meth is offered as casually as a cup of tea,” according to LA Times Beijing Bureau Chief Barbara Demick. She joins The Takeaway to explain why the government stopped producing the drug, and how entrepreneurs have since picked up the business.

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Today's Highlights | January 29, 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Also on Today's Show: A blanket of ice in the South is leaving thousands stranded in cars, schools, and even public radio stations...The Takeaway got a lot of great entries for our Soup or Bowl recipe contest and we've managed to narrow it down to our top four recipes...The battle over gay rights in India is in the courts and on the streets after the Indian Supreme Court refused to review a decision to restore the criminalization of gay sex.

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Anti-Gay Advocates Take Their Mission Overseas

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Facing a losing battle in the United States, evangelical advocates are seizing the opportunity to spread their mission abroad in countries like Belize, Nigeria and Russia, where receptive audiences are latching on to anti-gay sentiments. Political correspondent Alex Seitz-Wald reported on the efforts to undo gay rights overseas in a new piece out in the National Journal. He joins The Takeaway to discuss the strategy for appealing to anti-LGBT audiences abroad.

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The Messy, Valuable World of Bitcoin

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Today the New York Department of Financial Services begins its first of two days of hearings on digital currencies like Bitcoin. Charlie Herman, economics editor for WNYC, discusses how today's hearings could change our understanding of virtual currency. While Bitcoin may be on the rise, the currencies in emerging markets are on the decline. Gillian Tett, assistant managing editor and columnist at The Financial Times, predicted the early months of 2014 would bring this sort of turbulence.

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Folk Legend & Activist Pete Seeger Dies at 94

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A tall serious looking man with an inner smile, legendary folk singer and activist Pete Seeger touched the lives of several generations. His death at age 94 simply remind us that the movements he set in motion go on and cannot be stopped. There is no silencing of Pete Seeger. Today The Takeaway remembers the life and legacy of the legendary Pete Seeger, along with Dr. Alan Chartock, President and CEO of WAMC/Northeast Public Radio.

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Today's Highlights | January 28, 2014

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Also on Today's Show: Takeaway listeners gave us their to-do lists for President Barack Obama in 2014. From healthcare to the state of the criminal justice system in America, we call upon experts to tell us whether we can realistically expect these issues to be addressed...As President Obama prepares to deliver his State of the Union address, a big focus on tonight's speech will be on income inequality in America. But, a new analysis of the data might suggest that we are misinterpreting the state of income inequality.

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Is the NFL Doing Enough to Protect Players?

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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.

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The State of the Union Through an Artist's Eyes

Monday, January 27, 2014

Artist, composer and performer R. Luke DuBois developed his signature style through data mining. In his 2008 piece, "Hindsight is Always 20/20," DuBois isolates the most frequently mentioned words from State of the Union Addresses that span from George Washington to George W. Bush. As President Barack Obama prepares for the 2014 State of the Union Address, DuBois examines word patterns in State of the Union Addresses over time, and describes how a president's rhetoric reflects their era.

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Today's Highlights | January 27, 2014

Monday, January 27, 2014

Also on Today's Show: The political crisis in Ukraine is escalating, with the justice minister threatening a state of a emergency—a move that many on the ground believe will make a bad situation worse...Last week, Alabama declared a state of emergency over propane shortage. But it's not just Alabama—Texas and Ohio have also declared a propane emergency. Today on The Takeaway, the details behind the propane shortage hitting farmers and residential customers all across the country.

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