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T.J. Raphael

Digital Content Editor of The Takeaway

T.J. Raphael appears in the following:

Examining Our Changing American Families

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

What does your family look like? The quintessential American family has been changing dramatically in recent years. This week, we're talking about those changes and how they will be reflected at your Thanksgiving table. We're asking about your families as our partner The New York Times takes up the question. Natalie Angier is the reporter behind this effort. Andrew Solomon, author of “Far from the Tree,” writes about all kinds of different families and different kinds of love—notably his own composite clan. 

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Archaeologists Uncover Buddha's Birthplace

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

For a few years, archaeologists have been excavating a site in Nepal that is said to be Buddha's birthplace. And they now say that they've found evidence of a Buddhist shrine there that dates back to sixth century B.C. Robin Coningham has published his research and findings in the journal Antiquity. Coningham is a professor of archaeology at Durham University in England and joins The Takeaway to explain this revelation.

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Activist: Families Need Immigration Reform

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

When it comes to immigration, the American public once again finds its government at a standstill, with Congress unable to confront the issue of a path to citizenship. Today The Takeaway speaks to one immigration activist—Maria Rodriguez, the executive director of the Florida Immigrant Coalition—who believes that such exclusion is fundamentally anti-American and that a path to citizenship is the only true path to reform.

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Immigration Reform Loses Steam as Clock Ticks

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

In Washington, with just seven days left on the House calendar, prospects for immigration reform are waning. The policy high that peaked in June after the Senate passed a massive, bipartisan bill—which has taken a major hit after a refusal from the House to vote on the Senate immigration legislation, a bill President Barack Obama guaranteed he would sign. Joining The Takeaway for an update on the immigration fight in the Capitol is Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich.

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The 'Paradox' of American Healthcare: Spending More for Less

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

While Americans have long known that we spend more on healthcare than any other country, most of us aren't reaping the benefits. Compared to most other developed nations, the U.S. falls short on measures of life expectancy. Elizabeth Bradley, a professor of public health at Yale University, and Lauren Taylor, a presidential scholar at Harvard Divinity School, are the co-authors of "The American Health Care Paradox." They argue that the problem may lie in the way Americans think about health care.

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FDA Challenge Raises Questions on Right to Genetic Information

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The genetic-analysis company 23andMe has garnered a devoted following since its launch in 2006. Now the Food and Drug Administration has ordered the company to halt sales of its signature product, the Saliva Collection Kit and Personal Genome Service. Nita Farahany, professor of law, genomics and policy at Duke University, took the 23andMe test. She argues that the FDA is overreaching in their regulation of the company.

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Why Has the Stock Market Been Climbing?

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The NASDAQ reached its highest levels in 13 years this week, breaching the 4,000 mark—and putting the index 33 percent higher than where it was last year. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Standard & Poor's 500 have already set several records of their own this year. So what’s driving this spike? And what do these climbing stock prices tell us about the broader health of the economy? Rana Foroohar, Assistant Managing Editor of Time Magazine, takes a look at the forces pushing our economy and markets.

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Deal Reached With Iran on Nuclear Program

Monday, November 25, 2013

The interim nuclear agreement with Iran is a potential game changer. The deal has been met with a mixed reception, but many see this development as significant. Mark Fitzpatrick, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Non-Proliferation at the U.S. State Department who is now with the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and Gary Sick, a senior research scholar at Columbia University’s Middle East Institute and author of “All Fall Down: America’s Tragic Encounter with Iran,” discuss how the deal came about and what's next for Iran and the U.S.

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'One Red Rose' Sets JFK's Assassination to Music

Monday, November 25, 2013

Composer Steven Mackey was only 7-years-old when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. But he still has vivid memories from the tragedy, and he wrote the musical piece "One Red Rose" in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination. "One Red Rose" was commissioned by Carnegie Hall, Yellow Barn, and the Nasher Center. It premiered at Carnegie Hall in February 2013 and is being performed in Dallas this weekend by The Brentano string quartet.

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Revisiting the Dark and Toxic Tale of Love Canal

Monday, November 25, 2013

The Retro Report documentary team takes us back to 1978, when residents of Love Canal in Niagara Falls, New York got some shocking news about the disposal of toxic chemicals in their community: In the 1940s and 50s, Hooker Chemical company had dumped 21,800 tons of toxic waste in the canal. Thirty-five years later, J. P. Olsen, producer for Retro Report, reports on what he found when he went back to the community.

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In Harm's Way: The Faces of Gun Violence

Monday, November 25, 2013

Since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School nearly a year ago, more than 30,000 people in the United States have died from gunfire, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Slate. Kathleen Horan is a reporter at WNYC Radio. She profiled 10 children killed by gunfire in New York City in the past year in an attempt to put a face, a voice and a story to these statistics. Kathleen joins us today to discuss her findings. 

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Seattle Labor Dispute Causes Boeing to Take Flight

Monday, November 25, 2013

Earlier this month, Boeing machinists in Seattle refused a new contract. Now, Boeing is looking for a new location to build the 777x, a place where unions have less of a foothold. Washington State is still lobbying to keep 777x production at home. But Aviation Industry Analyst Scott Hamilton explains why the state expects a lot of outside competition and what this means for American labor overall.

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FCC May Lift Cell Phone Airplane Ban

Monday, November 25, 2013

The Federal Communications Commission is poised to make a decision on whether to lift the ban on cell phones in flight. Now the cell phone proposition has flight crews up in arms—and passengers aren't so sure how they feel about it, either. Barbara Peterson, senior aviation correspondent for Condé Nast Traveler, looks at the changes ahead, and what we can expect as the holiday travel season kicks off.

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World Powers Reach Deal With Iran on Nuclear Program

Sunday, November 24, 2013

In a landmark deal, the group of nations known as the P5+1—the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China—reached an agreement with Iran on Sunday to temporarily freeze Iran’s nuclear program. In exchange for Iranian compliance, the P5+1 will provide limited, temporary, targeted, and reversible sanction relief. "Diplomacy opened up a new path toward a world that is more secure—a future in which we can verify that Iran’s nuclear program is peaceful and that it cannot build a nuclear weapon," President Barack Obama said in a statement. What do you think about the deal? Leave us a comment or call 1-877-869-8253.

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Movie Reviews: 'The Hunger Games,' 'Delivery Man,' 'The Christmas Cradle'

Friday, November 22, 2013

Each Friday, The Takeaway's Movie Date team delivers reviews of the new releases slated to hit the box office. This week, the Movie Date team weighs in on "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," "Delivery Man," and "The Christmas Candle." In addition to hosting the Movie Date podcast, Rafer Guzman is film critic for Newsday and Kristen Meinzer is culture producer for The Takeaway.

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Senate Makes Landmark Change to Filibuster Rules

Friday, November 22, 2013

In one of the most fundamental changes to Senate policy in decades, the Senate ruled on Thursday in a 52 to 48 vote to end the use of the filibuster against the majority of presidential nominees. Joining The Takeaway to weigh in on how this move will impact an already polarized Congress is Vin Weber, a former Republican Congressman for Minnesota from 1980-1993 and now co-chairman and partner at the lobbying firm Mercury/Clark & Weinstock.

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With Memories Frozen, A Remembrance for JFK

Friday, November 22, 2013

Down a long 50 year corridor, November 22, 1963 produced a collective national moment like none before: A nation's breath stopped 50 years ago today when it was announced that President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated.  For many, that day produces memories frozen in time. Today The Takeaway remembers John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States who served just over 1,000 days in office before he was assassinated in November 1963.

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Law, Regulation & Medicine: A Tricky Balancing Act

Friday, November 22, 2013

Perhaps no other field represents the tricky balance between public protection and private life than medicine. Questions of when the legislature should intervene to protect the public, and when decisions are best left to the doctor and her patient, have been politically fraught territory for decades. Jessie Hill, a professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, is an expert on the law, regulation, medicine, and the difficult decisions in between.

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Texas Law Ties Doctor's Hands on Abortion

Friday, November 22, 2013

A controversial new law is Texas is keeping many doctors from being able to provide safe abortions. Lester Minto, a physician at Harlingen Reproductive Services in Harlingen, TX, says his hands are now tied. For a number of Dr. Minto’s patients—many of whom are undocumented immigrants—even traveling across the border isn't an option. He joins The Takeaway to discuss how his clinic has been impacted by the new law.

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Narco Cultura: Odes to Drug Lords

Friday, November 22, 2013

The music of Narcocorridos aspires to be the next hip hop. And among Mexicans and Latinos in the United States, it's already the most popular genre. The new documentary, “Narco Cultura” juxtaposes the flashy life of Narcocorrido artists—who sing in praise of drug lords—with the lives of individuals and families personally affected by the drug war’s destruction. The film is directed by award winning photographer Shaul Schwarz, and opens in limited release today.

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