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T.J. Raphael

Digital Content Editor of The Takeaway

T.J. Raphael appears in the following:

Iraq War Vets Reflect as Al Qaeda Rebounds

Monday, January 13, 2014

Al Qaeda flags now fly over Fallujah and Ramadi, two of the major conflict zones for American troops throughout the Iraq War. For U.S. veterans who fought in the region, that news is hard to hear. Marine Michael Zacchea suffered severe injuries in a fire-fight in 2004 during what is known as the second battle of Fallujah. Benjamin Busch served two combat tours in Iraq as a Marine Corps infantry officer. David Retske is a former UAV pilot who served in Iraq from 2004 to 2005. Together they reflect on Al Qaeda's resurgence. 

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The Challenges of Depicting War on Film

Friday, January 10, 2014

One of the biggest challenges in American cinema has been bringing the stories of war to the civilian big screen. "Lone Survivor" is a new film by director Peter Berg  that attempts to bring the story of a mission gone wrong in Afghanistan to a civilian audience. Donna Axelson's son, Matt, was one of the SEAL team members killed in the mission. She discusses what it was like to see her son portrayed on film and shares her thoughts on how and why filmmakers should attempt to bring the realities of war to a civilian screen. 

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How Does Christie's Scandal Stack Up in NJ Politics?

Friday, January 10, 2014

In the annals of Jersey political history, in the myths and stories explored so well by the likes of Tony Soprano and Nucky Thompson,  how does the Chris Christie Administration compare? "I am embarrassed and humiliated," Governor Christie told reporters on Thursday. The 108 minute press conference was just the start of the Governor's apology tour. Congressman Rush Holt, a Democrat representing New Jersey's twelfth Congressional district, puts Christie's latest scandal into perspective.

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Meeting the Standard: Tech & the Developing World

Friday, January 10, 2014

The challenges of helping large segments of the rural and undeveloped world are extremely complex. Joining The Takeaway in our fourth and final installment of our "Meeting the Standard" series are two women who know a thing a think or two about the conscience of engineering on a global scale. Heather Fleming is the CEO of Catapult Design, a product strategy firm designing tools for disadvantaged communities, and Noha El-Ghobashy is the Managing Director for Engineering Workforce & Global Development at ASME.

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A Failure of Leadership in South Sudan

Thursday, January 09, 2014

More than 1,000 people have been killed in the violence in South Sudan that erupted last month, following a power struggle between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar. The Takeaway talks with Alex de Waal, executive director of the World Peace Foundation at Tufts University’s Fletcher School, about the roots of the current crisis. Deb Dawson, of Fargo, North Dakota also weighs in. Dawson works closely with Sudanese Lost Boys and Lost Girls both in the U.S. and abroad.

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Is NJ Bridge Scandal Business As Usual?

Thursday, January 09, 2014

A series of traffic jams that took place over the summer in Fort Lee, NJ now appear to have implications for Gov. Chris Christie. Newly released emails show that after Fort Lee’s mayor failed to endorse Christie for re-election, a Christie aide pinged a top official with a simple request: "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee." Gabe Klein, former transportation commissioner for Chicago and Washington D.C., notes that it's not unusual for politicians to meddle with transportation.

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Meeting the Standard: Securing Medical Devices

Thursday, January 09, 2014

eHealth has arrived and that means more gadgets, more devices, and more apps that can look inside our bodies and our lives. And if we want a shot at accuracy—or a chance of privacy—it's engineers that must implement the standards to keep medical devices safe and secure. In part three of our "Meeting the Standard" series, Alpesh Shah of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers discusses keeping pace with digitized healthcare.

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The Complex Relationship of Presidents & Generals

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Throughout American history tensions have often flared between the Commander in Chief and his top military brass. But the relationship between the current president and the military might be the worst yet. A new memoir by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates strongly criticizes President Barack Obama's leadership in military affairs, particularly on the war in Afghanistan. Kristen Rouse, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan and a captain in the Army National Guard, weighs in.

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The Surprising Sounds Detected by a Nuclear Monitoring Network

Thursday, January 09, 2014

The International Monitoring System is the world’s first planetary surveillance network. The system has picked up everything from the sounds of the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami to the sounds of whales near the Juan Fernandez islands and much more. Randy Bell, Director of the International Data Centre Division of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), explains how the nuclear detection system has yielded unexpected scientific discoveries.

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How Olympic Figure Skaters Pick the Perfect Song

Thursday, January 09, 2014

The song that frames an Olympic figure skater's routine needs to have a variety of tempos. It needs to have emotional resonance and perhaps a little bit of edge. Most importantly, it needs to be something the skater can listen to over and over and over again. As competitors gear up for the 2014 Olympics, Kristi Yamaguchi, the 1992 Olympic Champion in ladies' singles, reflects on the kind of music that brings home medals.

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Gov. Christie: 'I Am Not A Bully'

Thursday, January 09, 2014

In a press conference Thursday morning, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said his staff lied to him about their involvement in the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal. Gov. Christie apologized to the people of New Jersey, saying that he was embarrassed and humiliated by the conduct of the members of his team. The governor also announced that he had fired aide Bridget Kelly, calling her “stupid” and “deceitful” at the conference. Joining The Takeaway to explain these revelations is Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent.

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Coding Literacy is The Way of the Future

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects jobs in computer programming will grow by 12 percent from 2010 to 2020. Soon, we might all have to learn code—whether we want to or not. Manoush Zomorodi of WNYC's New Tech City explains why coding literacy is the way of the future. Ali Blackwell is one of the co-founder's of Decoded, which runs workshops to teach anyone to code. He discusses why coding is so important.

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How to Prepare a Drone for Commercial Use

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Big news for the world of drones came late last month when the FAA announced that it was authorizing sites in 10 states to carry out drone aircraft testing. One of the sites where testing will take place is Virginia Tech. Jon Greene is Interim Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership which is leading testing for Virginia Tech. He explains how his team is preparing drones for commercial use.

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Rodman Brings Team to Play Ball in North Korea

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Nothing says happy birthday to one of the world's most ruthless dictators more than a basketball game led by former NBA star Dennis Rodman. Today in honor of Kim Jong-Un's birthday, Rodman has assembled a 12-member team to play a game in North Korea. Is this just classic Dennis Rodman? Or is there something deeper going on? To help us get inside his head we've called upon William Rhoden, sports writer for our partner The New York Times.

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Meeting the Standard: Safety & Nuclear Power

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

As part of our second conversation in our "Meeting the Standard" series, The Takeaway sat down with Ken Balkey, consulting engineer at Westinghouse and senior vice president of ASME Standards, where his work focuses largely on standards for nuclear power. Ken is proof of the fact that every inch, valve and screw thread at a nuclear power plant is considered and constructed carefully, with your safety in mind.

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Should We Declare 'War' on Inequality?

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson stood before Congress and announced "unconditional war on poverty in America." Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon, reflects on the 50 years since President Johnson declared the War on Poverty, and discusses the best policy solutions to eliminate poverty today.

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After the NSA, Is the Internet Forever Changed?

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Are the tech giants of today just friendly competitors with an enlightened sense of customer service, or just the same scary communication monoliths of old? In his new piece for Wired, “How the NSA Almost Killed the Internet," Steven Levy explores how companies like "Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and the other tech titans have had to fight for their lives against their own government."

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Stephen Frears Gets Out of the Way

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

The latest film by British director Stephen Frears is Philomena, the true story of BBC reporter Martin Sixsmith's effort to reveal the extraordinary tale of a mother’s search for her lost son. Whatever the subject, this filmmaker prefers stories that get to the heart of the matter, but he says that any genius in directing is about getting out of the way.

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Meeting the Standard in a World Continually Transformed by Technology

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

All this week we are going to seat you next to people who might not have risky professions, but who quietly perform jobs as engineers—setting the standards for everything from nuts and bolts to usable technology in the developing world. Our series "Meeting the Standard" provides a chance for you to find out how it all works. Mark Sheehan, managing director for development standards and certification at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, joins The Takeaway.

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An 8-Hour Day? Workdays & Weeks Vary Nationwide

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

On its 100th anniversary, we explored the legacy of the 8-hour workday. But in today’s world, the structure and moderation of that schedule seems almost mythical. Here you'll find two people who embrace radically different ideas about the hours worked in a day. Jason Fried is the co-founder and president of 37signals, a software company based in Chicago, and Sabina Gault is the CEO of Konnect PR, a public relations firm based in Los Angeles.

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