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T.J. Raphael

Digital Content Editor of The Takeaway

T.J. Raphael appears in the following:

Sir Ian McKellen Discusses Life on Stage & Screen

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Sir Ian McKellen stopped by The Greene Space at WNYC yesterday for a live lunchtime chat with a studio audience and our host John Hockenberry. He discussed his life and work in theater and on screen, from the Broadway stage play "Waiting for Godot," to X-Men and his friendship with Sir Patrick Stewart. Here you'll find selected audio and video clips of McKellen's interview, as well as a link to the full conversation.

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Why Your Late 30s Are the Best Time for Breakthroughs

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Albert Einstein once said that "a person who has not made his great contribution to science before the age of 30 will never do so." Genius may have come early for Einstein, but according to a new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research, most scientists don't achieve their first big breakthrough until their late thirties. David Shenk, author of "The Genius in All of Us: New Insights Into Genetics, Talent, and IQ," discusses the study and its implications.

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Today's Highlights | February 18, 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Also on Today's Show: Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro ordered the expulsion of three U.S. consular officials whom he accused of conspiracy and meeting students involved in anti-government protests. In a speech broadcast on national TV, President Maduro warned that there would be a more armed response...Yesterday at the Sochi Olympics, Meryl Davis and Charlie White won America's first ever gold medal in ice dancing. The Takeaway explains why America fell off the map in ice dancing. 

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Will the Pope Change his Mind on Divorce?

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

For 500 years, the Catholic Church denied communion to parishioners who divorce and remarry. But this week, Pope Francis may chart a new course, breaking ranks with his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, who refused to allow for pastoral discretion on the issue. James Carroll is the author of "An American Requiem: God, My Father, and the War that Came Between Us" and "Toward A New Catholic Church: The Promise of Reform." He examines the choices facing Pope Francis regarding marriage and the future of the Catholic Church. 

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Reimagining the Politics of Evangelical Christians

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

After generations of Evangelical Christians moving further towards the right, many found that their partisan politics were pushing people away. Now, a new generation of young leaders are calling for change and more moderation. Brandan Robertson, founder of The Revangelical Movement, an organization that promotes an alternative Evangelical perspective and Krista Tippett, host of On Being, join us to discuss the changing face of Evangelicals. 

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Talks Resume on Iran Nuclear Deal

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Talks have resumed in Vienna between Iran and six world powers to try and cement a nuclear deal. Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, has insisted that Iran has the political will to reach a deal. Such optimism contrasts with remarks from Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has poured cold water on these talks and said they would likely fail to deliver an agreement. Thomas Erdbrink, Tehran Bureau Chief for our partner The New York Times, weighs in on whether or not a deal can be reached.

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How "Network" Predicted Today's Media Culture

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

"Network," the 1976 film directed by Sidney Lumet, won four Academy Awards that year. But almost 40 years later, more significant than any of its accolades is the lasting statement the film made about the television industry—it seems to have seen into the future of our media culture. Dave Itzkoff, culture reporter for our partner The New York Times, is author of a new book on the classic film. It's called “Mad As Hell: The Making of Network and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies.”  

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A Nail in the Coffin for Organized Labor?

Monday, February 17, 2014

In Tennessee, a vote was held over the weekend that many believe could be a nail in the coffin for organized labor. Workers at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant voted against joining the United Auto Workers union—the move was opposed every step of the way by the state's governor and other members of the GOP. Kristin Dziczek, director of the Industry & Labor Group at the Center for Automotive Research, joins The Takeaway to describe why this vote caused such a fight. Andy Berke, the Mayor of Chattanooga, also weighs in.

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'Crimes Against Humanity' Rampant in North Korea

Monday, February 17, 2014

Urgent action is needed by the international community to address wide-ranging "crimes against humanity" in North Korea, a scathing 400-page report released today by the United Nations (U.N.) has found. The U.N.'s Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea details "unspeakable atrocities" committed in the country and a wide array of "crimes against humanity" that arise from "policies established at the highest level of State." Michael Kirby, Chair of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights, joins The Takeaway to explain the Commission's findings.

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Today's Highlights | February 17, 2014

Monday, February 17, 2014

Also on Today's Show: Over the weekend, Olympians broke records and broke down. Mary Pilon, sports reporter for our partner The New York Times, is on site at the Sochi Games and fills us in on the highs and lows. The Takeaway's Olympic series, "How Do They Do That?," continues. Resident Olympic Physicist Eric Goff, and Curt Schreiner, a three-time Olympian and director of the Saratoga Biathlon Club, gives us the ins and outs of the grueling sport.

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President: From the Origins of the Word to a Crazy Rabbit Attack

Monday, February 17, 2014

In honor of President's Day, we take two historical looks at the American presidency. First Mark Forsyth looks back at the word's humble origins and traces just how it came to have the heft it has today. The second recounts how a small angry mammal changed the course of history. WNYC reporter Jim O'Grady says that President Jimmy Carter's bizarre encounter with a crazed swimming rabbit on a Georgia lake crystallized an emerging sense that Carter was a man in over his head.

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The Truth About Netflix's 'House of Cards'

Monday, February 17, 2014

Early Friday morning, Netflix released the entire second season of its show "House of Cards." Though Netflix refuses to release the viewership numbers, when looking at the hype online, and the estimates by one internet provider that 15 percent of their Netflix subscribers watched the show over the weekend, it's safe to say that the show is a hit. But just how realistic is the show about a corrupt majority whip? A real former whip—Congressman David Bonior—joins us today to share his insights.

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Can You Trust The Media?

Monday, February 17, 2014

Over the last few years, technology has transformed how we understand and consume the news. A few decades ago, most of us read the morning paper or tuned in to the evening news, but those habits have changed with the growth of the internet and cable. As the news audience splinters, author Alain de Botton worries that the public isn't getting the whole picture. In his new book, "The News: A User's Manual," he argues that we need better training on how to consume and decode the news.

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Today's Highlights | February 14, 2014

Friday, February 14, 2014

Also on Today's Show: At least half a dozen states are looking to change their laws around alcohol this year, including allowing grocery stores in some states to sell either liquor and/or wine, reducing taxes, and eliminating mandatory “Sunday closing,” among other things...Our Movie Date team reviews this weekend’s releases, which include: “Winter’s Tale,” “Robocop,” “Endless Love,” and “About Last Night.”

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How Do They Do That? Inside the Physics of The 2014 Winter Olympic Games

Friday, February 14, 2014

The Winter Olympics is a spectacular combination of low temperature chemistry, physics, athletics, pure guts, and absolute beauty and grace. Beyond the costumes, the equipment and the music, we wanted to find out just how Olympic athletes do what they do. So we're pleased to introduce our series, "How Do They Do That?" Here we explore the physics of the Sochi Games. Our friend Eric Goff is the chair of the physics department at Lynchburg College and author of "Gold Medal Physics: The Science of Sports." He explains how the athletes flip, fly and hit the ice at high speeds.

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The Biology of Intimacy & Making Love Last

Friday, February 14, 2014

How do we make love last? Helen Fisher, biological anthropologist and professor at the Center for Human Evolution Studies at Rutgers, explains her recent research on the scientific underpinnings of long-lasting romance. The Takeaway also gets relationship advice from one couple, Jack Connelly and Bob Gaither, who began dating 37 years ago, in the late 1970s. At that time, they truly defied the odds as a gay couple and an interracial couple. They share their story, along with the relationship lessons they've learned over the past few decades together.

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News Quiz | Week of February 14

Friday, February 14, 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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Gay Discrimination to Expand Religious Liberty?

Friday, February 14, 2014

Kansas state lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow individuals and businesses to cite their religious beliefs and deny services or goods to a gay couple getting married or entering a civil union. Joining The Takeaway to weigh in is Kansas State Representative Barbara Bollier, one of 19 Republican House members to vote against the bill. And Allen Rostron, a professor of constitutional law at University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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"Being Ginger" and the Stereotypes of Red-Heads

Friday, February 14, 2014

Red-headed women are often perceived as fiery and dangerous. But their male counterparts are associated with different stereotypes - they're clownish, weak and maybe a bit hefty. Scott Harris, director of "Being Ginger," and Anne Margaret Daniel, a professor and blogger for the Huffington Post who specializes in the social history of red-heads, discuss why people across the world judge those with red hair.

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Openly Gay Eagle Scout May Be Banned

Thursday, February 13, 2014

This week, just nine months after the Boy Scouts of America lifted their longtime ban on openly gay scouts, 17-year old Pascal Tessier became the first openly gay member to be officially recognized as an Eagle Scout. But in six months, Pascal will no longer be allowed to be a part of the Boy Scouts of America. That’s because he’ll be turning 18, and according to the BSA guidelines, openly gay adults are not welcome.

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