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T.J. Raphael

Digital Content Editor of The Takeaway

T.J. Raphael appears in the following:

NATO in Focus as Russia Tightens Grip on Crimea

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

International sanctions and non-recognition are starting to be felt inside Crimea, and it appears to U.S. Vice President Joe Biden that they are also being felt in Russia. The NATO alliance is suddenly back on the front line in the strategic situation in Europe after years of involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lilit Gevorgyan, senior economist at IHS Global Insight, weighs in on the impact of NATO sanctions and Russia's long-term stability.

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Classroom Views: Common Core Comes to Tampa

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

All this week, The Takeaway is getting a close-up look at classrooms around the U.S. Today, we head to Monroe Middle School in Tampa, FL. Like many schools around the country, Monroe is adopting the curriculum called Common Core—a shift to a more structured, discussion, and logic-oriented approach to teaching writing and math. John O’Connor covers education for StateImpact Florida and WUSF in Tampa. He says that the Common Core seems to be a good fit for Monroe.

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Bruce Lee Goes to Broadway

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Like every actor, Bruce Lee had humiliations and setbacks as he struggled to make it in Hollywood. But those difficulties eventually put him on his way to international super-stardom, and those moments are now the subject of a new Broadway play written by Tony Award winning playwright David Henry Hwang. For Hwang, this was a project that took a very long time. He joins The Takeaway to explain this new bio-play and his creative process.

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Today's Highlights | March 18, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Also on Today's Show: Searching the seabed for the missing airliner is a daunting task, as Mike Purcell knows well. In 2011, Purcell led sea search operations for the mission that found Air France flight 447 in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean...President Barack Obama’s pick for Surgeon General is facing tough opposition from the NRA that could ultimately tank his nomination. Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy is a Harvard- and Yale-educated doctor who has advocated for stricter gun control laws.

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Jeffrey Sinclair & Sexual Assault in the Military

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

After two long years, the case of Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair, once a rising star in the United States Army, finally comes to a close this week. General Sinclair, a 27-year Army veteran, was accused of sexual assault by his former mistress, an Army captain. Roger Canaff is a career prosecutor who served as an expert for the Department of the Army from 2009 to 2012. He examines the Sinclair case, its consequences and how the military should move forward on the issue of sexual assault.

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Russia's Neighbors on Edge Over Crimea Crisis

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

In defiance of the U.S. and Europe, Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared his intention to make Crimea a part of the Russian Federation. Latvian and Estonian diplomats tell us how their nations see the Crimea vote.

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We Have an Update On What Started the Universe

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

After a decades-long search for answers about the creation of the universe, scientists believe they have found a smoking gun. On Monday, a team of scientists announced the first direct evidence for what's known as cosmic inflation, or proof of the first fractions of a second that were initiated after the Big Bang. Clem Pryke is an experimental cosmologist at the University of Minnesota and one of the principal investigators on the team that made the discovery.

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Today's Highlights | March 17, 2014

Monday, March 17, 2014

Also on Today's Show: On St. Patrick's Day, The Takeaway speaks with Joan Burton, Ireland’s Minister for Social Protection, about her thoughts on showing solidarity for the LGBT movement amidst generations of traditions during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade...The Retro Report documentary team looks back at the California Mediterranean fruit fly infestation that began in the 1980s and spanned through the 1990s—and beyond—and why spray-pesticides were so controversial. Joshua Fisher, Retro Report producer, explains.

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Will Crimea's Vote Trigger a Global Showdown?

Monday, March 17, 2014

On Sunday, an overwhelming majority of Crimeans voted to secede from Ukraine and join Russia. Is the map changing, and can this referendum, along with the presence of Russian troops, reverse a half century of history? Nina Khrushcheva, the great-granddaughter of Nikita Khrushchev and a professor of international affairs at the New School in New York, looks at Russia's fixation on the past. Ukrainian politician Oleh Rybachuk, a former deputy Prime Minister in Kiev, weighs in on the way forward for Ukraine.

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Report Links Government Neglect to Deaths of Hundreds of Florida Children

Monday, March 17, 2014

After sorting through six years of files, the Miami Herald has revealed that at least 477 children died of abuse or neglect—even though their homes had already been investigated and flagged by the state. The vast majority of victims were under 5-years-old, and over 70 percent were under 2 years of age. Were these deaths preventable? Were these children betrayed by the very state agency that was charged to protect them? Carol Marbin Miller, an investigative reporter for the Miami Herald who worked on this report, joins The Takeaway to explain.

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Malaysian Flight 370 Reveals Aviation Blind Spots

Monday, March 17, 2014

In the months following 9/11, airport security changed dramatically. The latest news regarding Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 has aviation security analyst Chris Yates wondering whether the country was meeting even those minimum standards. Our partners at WNYC used runway data from around the world to determine that the plane could have landed on one of 634 runways across 26 different countries. Noah Veltman with the WNYC Data News team explains.

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Living Paycheck to Paycheck: One Mother's Story

Monday, March 17, 2014

About 42 million women in America are living in poverty or teetering on the brink. More than a third of them are the mothers of young children. A new HBO documentary,"Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert," takes an intensely personal look at the story of one woman, Katrina Gilbert, a single mother of three. Katrina and one of the film's directors, Shari Cookson, explore what poverty looks like for women in America.

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Living Longer Means Rethinking Social Structures

Friday, March 14, 2014

As science enables humans in today's world to live longer, how do we assess the value of years we weren't otherwise prepared to live out?

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News Quiz | Week of March 14

Friday, March 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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Today's Highlights | March 14, 2014

Friday, March 14, 2014

Also on Today's Show: Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are experiencing a disagreement over what to do about the Ukraine crisis...It's been more than a month since protests broke out in Venezuela, with no signs of ending soon. With violent clashes taking place between opposition and government forces, some worry the country may be on the brink of an even bloodier battle...The Takeaway's Movie Date team reviews this weekend’s releases.

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Can Obama Get Young People to Enroll in the ACA?

Friday, March 14, 2014

There are only two weeks left for Americans to sign up for the Affordable Care Act, and this week, President Barack Obama made a comedic appeal to young people by appearing on Zach Galifianakis’s web show, “Between Two Ferns.” Now web traffic at HealthCare.gov is up 40 percent. How many young people still need to enroll and why are so many still resistant? Mary Agnes Carey, senior correspondent for Kaiser Health News, and Josh Carpenter, explain.

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Inside the Paralympics: Ice Sled Hockey

Friday, March 14, 2014

It is finally a joyous day for the Americans in the U.S.-Canada hockey rivalry: The U.S. Paralympic sled hockey team defeated the Canadians 3 to 0 in yesterday's semifinals. Team USA's preparation and grit has certainly paid off. The Paralympic sled hockey players bring a fierce athleticism to the ice, with flips and turns that seem to defy nature. Nikko Landeros is a key player for the U.S.

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The Economics of Sex Work

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The sex trade is a lucrative business, nowhere more than in Atlanta, where it rakes in $290 million every year—more than the underground drug and gun trades combined.

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Today's Highlights | March 13, 2014

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Also on Today's Show: As President Barack Obama and acting Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk meet in Washington, it’s looking increasingly likely that the people of Crimea may vote for annexation...Six days after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, the country's leaders are facing pressure from around the world to supply some answers about just what happened to the flight.

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Teenage: Inside The Invention Adolescence

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Where did teenagers come from? During the end of the 19th century and into the first half of the 20th, a population that once went straight from childhood to adulthood now had another stage entirely.

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