Edgar Allan Poe was responsible for far more than some creepy stories and poems—he helped to create a fully independent American literary voice, paving the way for William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Toni Morrison, and Joseph Heller. A new exhibit on Poe at the Morgan Library & Museum gives us some insight into the literature behind the macabre man. Dr. Isaac Gewirtz co-curated the show, and he joins us to talk about the mysterious author, and his rather unfortunate life.
Olafur Grimsson, the President of Iceland, has launched the first international gathering on the Arctic, called Arctic Circle. This gathering will take place from October 11 to 14 in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik, and will include international leaders and players from the worlds of business, science, politics and policy. President Gromsson explains the importance of the conference, and why the U.S. should be paying more attention to the arctic.
Peter Nicks is the the director of "The Waiting Room," a documentary film and social media project that follows the life and times of patients and staff at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California. Through his project, he met Warren Steptore, who was uninsured and suffering from dental issues. Warren is covered by the V.A., but because there isn't one close to him he often resorts to the ER for treatment.
This week, the United States Department of Justice sued North Carolina over the state's restrictive new voting law. Among other things, the law requires voters to use special government IDs, cuts back on early voting, and eliminates same day voter registration. Michael Tomsic is a reporter for WFAE in Charlotte, North Carolina and Kareem Crayton is a professor of law at the University of North Carolina law school.
Republican Governor John Kasich finds himself at war with his GOP-dominated legislature over Medicaid expansion. Takeaway listener and Athens, Ohio resident Amy Farnsworth hopes her legislature will come around on Medicaid expansion. She explains why her healthcare depends on the expansion in Ohio.
This week has seemed like a movie at points, albeit a very long one with no predictable resolution. But our Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, are here to weigh in on the actual movies coming out this week. Together they review "Gravity," "Runner Runner," and "Parkland."
The economic consequences of the government shutdown are being felt by small businesses across the country. The closing of parks, national attractions and amenities, plus the ripple of effect of 800,000 national employees staying home from work this week, is hitting a lot of small businesses pretty hard. We've invited some of these small business owners on to talk about the economic impact they're feeling this week.
Sandra Bullock and George Clooney's highly anticipated sci-fi thriller finally hits theaters this week. Featuring the lone actors, "Gravity" is about astronauts marooned in space after an accident damages their shuttle. But what really happens when an astronaut floats off into space? Erik Sofge is a contributing writer to Popular Mechanics and has extensively researched space suits and survival.
Can we really call the Affordable Care Act universal healthcare? According to new data analyzed by our partner The New York Times, of the 26 states rejecting Medicaid expansion, roughly 2/3 of the nation's uninsured working poor call those states home. Joining us on the line to help explain these numbers is Sabrina Tavernise, health reporter for our partner The New York Times.
Could we prevent accidental shootings if we had the technology to somehow make guns ”child-proof?" Michael Recce, an associate professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, developed a technology that would make it almost impossible for a gun to be discharged by anyone but its owner. Jim Schaff is the vice president of marketing for Yardarm Technologies. The company is developing a “wireless trigger safety” application for firearms, which links a gun’s geospatial position to the cell phone of its owner.
Should body image be viewed as a public health issue? And if yes, is city hall the best forum to discuss these issues? The Takeaway is joined by Samantha Levine, an aide to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg who conceived of the NYC Girls Project and is serving as its project director. And Emily Rems is managing editor of Bust, a magazine that covers news and culture from feminist perspective. They feature models and editorial content with a wide range of women and body types.
Wikipedia is a site that generally doesn't sit well in the world of academia. But in a new effort pursued at the University of California at San Francisco, medical students will be able to get course credit for editing Wikipedia articles about diseases. Dr. Amin Azzam is a health sciences associate clinical professor at U.C.S.F and he will be teaching the one-month course of Wikipedia editing this December.
Just around the corner an even bigger national fiscal catastrophe is looming. In September the U.S. Treasury warned Congress that if the nation's debt limit is not raised by October 17th the U.S. will run out of cash to pay off its debts. What exactly is a debt ceiling? And why will so much be at stake in this next political fight? James Surowiecki, a financial columnist for The New Yorker, joins The Takeaway to explain.
While the shutdown has had a very real impact, particularly on the 800,000 fuloughed government workers, with the near-constant speeches by President Barack Obama and Republican leaders, the shutdown has become a battle of public relations. Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, examines who will come out on top in the 2013 image war.
The online healthcare marketplaces are up and running and Americans have rushed to see what they have to offer. Hugh Meade, a carpenter and independent sign contractor living in Oklahoma City, was among them. Hugh has been priced out of purchasing health insurance for much the last 10 years, but Tuesday he logged on to the marketplace in the hope of finding coverage he can afford.
This weekend, five members of Italian President Silvio Berlusconi's party resigned. Today Berlusconi announced that his center-right party would support the fragile coalition government, a dramatic reversal after he had spent days vowing to bring down the government and force new elections. Jim Yardley, Rome bureau chief for our partner The New York Times, has been covering this story and joins us to explain.
In the Constitution, there is a fundamental tension between the decision-making authority of the majority, and the protections granted to the minority. We take a closer look the assertion that the government shutdown is a sign of a functioning democracy. Geoffrey Stone, Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, explores the tension of the American democratic process between minority and majority.
The government shutdown doesn’t just mean the shuttering of offices on Capitol Hill. It also means the closing of the 84.4 million acres that make up the National Park System. This means that many of the 280 million people who visit the parks each year are being forced to modify their plans. Today The Takeaway examines the displacement of international tourists across the U.S., like Matti Puckridge of Australia.
A team of chemical weapons inspectors arrived in Syria yesterday to begin their mission of securing, removing, and destroying all 1,000 tons of the country’s chemical weapons. Michael Luhan is the spokesperson for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. He explains the logistical and political challenges the organization faces as it begins dismantling the Assad regime's chemical weapons stockpiles this week.
Ten years ago, Valerie Plame’s career as a CIA operative came to an abrupt end when her identity was revealed by Washington Post journalist Robert Novak. She’s just completed her first crime novel, which centers on a female CIA agent. In her new book, Plame doesn't just borrow from her own life, she also draws inspiration from real world events. She joins The Takeaway to discuss her new work.