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T.J. Raphael

Digital Content Editor of The Takeaway

T.J. Raphael appears in the following:

The Fight to Make Science Apolitical

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Brian Cox, a leading British physicist and science broadcaster on the BBC, says scientists need to realize that if they don't step up like Galileo to argue against distortion and myth they will lose the war for truth—even if they win the battle of being correct. "We're trying to understand the natural world and the world that is out there—that has nothing to do with whether you're a Democrat or a Republican," he says. Professor Cox joins The Takeaway to explain why it is so important to make science apolitical. 

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Greenwald on Snowden Leaks: "Hold Me Accountable"

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who helped Edward Snowden break news of the NSA’s mas surveillance apparatus, has found himself in the middle one of the year’s biggest news stories. In this second half of a two-part interview with The Takeaway, Greenwald shifts his focus from national security issues to the meaning of responsible journalism. “The public will ultimately judge what it is that I do just like anybody else who’s acting in a way that affects public life, and I think that’s how it should be,” he says.

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How to Make $1 Billion

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

If you had the good luck to play the S&P 500 absolutely perfectly, it would’ve been possible to transform a $1,000 investment into hundreds of billions of dollars in returns. How? David Yanofsky, reporter for Quartz, tells you how.

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Detroit Seeks Help to Save City's Art

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The collection at the Detroit Institute of Arts sits among the top six in America, housing everything from Diego Rivera’s “Detroit Industry” fresco cycle to Vincent van Gogh’s “Self-Portrait.” But in the face of a debt of at least $18 billion, everything is on the table to help pay the city's bills. Dr. A. Paul Schaap, a Detroit philanthropist, joins The Takeaway to discuss what the art is worth to the city and the donor-driven plan to save this piece of the city's culture.

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Despite New Jobs, Middle Class May Be In Trouble

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Over this past year, there were increases in both high-end jobs and low-end service jobs. But the types of jobs that so many Americans rely on—those in the middle market—just aren’t being created. And if that doesn’t change soon, it could spell danger for the economy in 2014 and beyond. Rana Foroohar, Assistant Managing Editor of Time Magazine, lays out the problem—and how it might be solved.

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The Second Life of Sherlock Holmes

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Sherlock Holmes' love for logic and sharp eye would go on to inspire mystery writers and real-life crime scene investigators alike. A new PBS documentary takes a look how Sherlock Holmes still informs the way we think and investigate real crimes, even today. What is about Holmes that inspires even modern investigators to cautiously and methodically look at the clues in order to solve a crime? Kimberlee Sue Moran, a forensic archaeologist featured in "How Sherlock Changed the World" explains.

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Transcript: Glenn Greenwald's Takeaway

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Takeaway's Host John Hockenberry talked with Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who worked with leaker Edward Snowden to reveal the cache of classified NSA documents. Being involved with the leaks has forever changed Greenwald’s life. In a special two part interview, The Takeaway talks with Greenwald about everything from the safety of the United States to possible solutions to curb the NSA’s secretive surveillance plans. Here is a transcript of this interview.

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Rep. Tom McClintock: "Congress Should Prosecute James Clapper"

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

NSA officials are mulling a possible amnesty for leaker Edward Snowden. In exchange for the safe return of the rest of the documents he took from the NSA, Snowden could come back to the U.S. and avoid prosecution. The White House yesterday said that it opposes amnesty, while officials in the NSA are split. One supporter of an amnesty deal is Congressman Tom McClintock, a Republican representing California's Fourth District, who joins The Takeaway to discuss a possible deal.

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Syrian Refugees Face Harsh Winter Weather

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Early winter storms are hitting parts of the Middle East with snow and freezing temperatures. For Syrian refugees, the bitter cold is only exacerbating life in make shift homes and refugee camps. Dr. Hammam Akbik, a Syrian-American doctor who works with refugees, just returned from Jordan last week. He explains the short term challenges ahead for Syrian refugees and the aid workers trying to help them.

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Um, the Supervolcano Under Yellowstone is Way Bigger Than Previously Thought

Monday, December 16, 2013

Not 20 percent larger, or 50 percent larger, but a full two and a half times bigger than earlier estimates suggested.

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Glenn Greenwald: The U.S. Is Not Safer Since 9/11

Monday, December 16, 2013

“I think what we did made the threat much, much worse, and at the same time, destroyed many of the freedoms that we’ve all been taught define what the United States is all about,” says the investigative journalist.

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Forget Detroit, Puerto Rico Is In Big Trouble

Monday, December 16, 2013

Though Detroit seems to be in dire straights with its recent bankruptcy filing, there might actually be another piece of America that’s even worse off: Puerto Rico. The U.S. territory is facing massive debt, a potentially crippling bond ratings cut, a gaping hole in its massive pension fund, and a towering unemployment rate bolstered by federal entitlements. Ingrid Vila, chief of staff to Puerto Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla, joins us to discuss Puerto Rico's options.

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Wheels of Justice Slowly Turning at Gitmo

Monday, December 16, 2013

As Americans prepare to head home for the Christmas and New Year's holidays, the families of the victims of the 9/11 attacks will be keeping a close eye on the wheels of justice, which are slowly turning down in Guantanamo Bay this holiday season. A second set of pre-trial hearings for five Guantanamo detainees charged in the 9/11 attacks will be held this week. Carol Rosenberg, reporter for the Miami Herald, joins The Takeaway to give a sense of what we can expect to see.

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Hollywood Legend Peter O'Toole Dead at 81

Monday, December 16, 2013

Peter O'Toole, the Hollywood legend who was made famous in his title role in Lawrence of Arabia, died on Saturday at the age of 81. He was born in Ireland and raised in England, but he came to be known around the globe. "Ireland, and the world, has lost one of the giants of film and theater," said Irish President Michael Higgins. O'Toole's acting career began on stage in England as a teenager, later moving on to television roles in the 1950s and then the big screen. Today The Takeaway remembers Peter O'Toole.

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Ex-FBI Agent That Disappeared in Iran Actually on Rogue CIA Mission

Friday, December 13, 2013

More than 6 years ago, Robert Levinson, a former FBI agent, disappeared in Iran. He has been presumed to be a hostage of some kind, a designation that the U.S. government has not taken issue with. But now it turns out that Levinson may actually be a casualty of a CIA operation gone wrong. Tim Weiner is a former reporter for our partner The New York Times and author of "Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA" and "Enemies: The History of the FBI." He joins The Takeaway to discuss Levinson's case.

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Kim Jong Un Executes Uncle, Nation's Defacto No. 2

Friday, December 13, 2013

Dictator Kim Jung Un has executed his uncle, Jang Song Thaek—formerly the country's de facto No. 2 official. Earlier this week Kim Jong Un purged his uncle as an adviser and had him literally dragged out of a political meeting by military police. Yesterday the nation announced that he has been tried, convicted and executed for treason. Joining The Takeaway to explain what this decision means is Sokeel Park, Director of Research for Liberty in North Korea, an NGO working with refugees from North Korea.

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The Speaker of the House is Fed Up

Friday, December 13, 2013

What has gotten into John Boehner? The normally pliant Speaker looks like he has had enough of rigid Tea Party conditions and attitudes. He fears that these newest members of Congress, and the organizations that back them, are taking the GOP brand over the deep end—and he's fed up with it. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's D.C. Correspondent, helps us understand the sudden shift in Speaker Boehner's perspective.

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South Dakota Pleads for Farm Bill Extension

Friday, December 13, 2013

In October, an early blizzard killed tens of thousands of cattle in South Dakota and Nebraska. Ordinarily after this kind of turmoil farmers can expect disaster relief funding through the Farm Bill—but this year that relief is in limbo. Joining The Takeaway to discuss the importance of the Farm Bill is Gary Cammack, a South Dakota Republican state representative and a rancher who lost more than 100 of his own cows and calves in the storm. 

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New Movie Releases: 'Saving Mister Banks' and 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'

Friday, December 13, 2013

We’re well into December, which means that the Oscar contenders are taking over the theaters. Our Movie Date team is here to talk about two of those contenders today: The second installment in “The Hobbit” series called “The Desolation of Smaug,” and “Saving Mister Banks,” starring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks. 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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Gun Sales on the Rise a Year After Newtown

Friday, December 13, 2013

Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of the Newtown, Connecticut shooting spree at Sandy Hook Elementary. The desire to prevent a tragedy of this scope from ever taking place again is one shared by many Americans. But a year later gun laws are no stricter, and gun sales are on the rise. Robert Draper, contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine, writes about the legislative battle over gun control in this week's magazine.

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