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T.J. Raphael

Digital Content Editor of The Takeaway

T.J. Raphael appears in the following:

Remembering Literary Icon Doris Lessing

Monday, November 18, 2013

Doris Lessing, surely one of the worlds most uncategorizable and prolific writers, died yesterday at the age of 94 in London. Being uncategorizable and prolific are qualities she was perhaps most proud of, even more so than her Nobel Prize for literature, which was awarded in 2007 for a body of work that includes poems, stories, and some of the most imaginative science fiction. Nicholas Pearson was Doris Lessing's editor at Harper Collins, and he remembers her today on The Takeaway.

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New Cholesterol Calculator Doesn't Add Up

Monday, November 18, 2013

Last week the country's leading heart organizations released new guidelines for lowering cholesterol. The key to these changes is an online calculator that helps doctors assess risk. But today our partner The New York Times says this calculator "greatly overestimates the risk, so much so that it could mistakenly suggest that millions more people are candidates for statin drugs."Joining The Takeaway to explain why this new cholesterol calculator doesn't add up is Dr. Michael Blaha, director of clinical research at the Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease at Johns Hopkins University.

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The Challenges of the Legal Marijuana Economy

Monday, November 18, 2013

While marijuana acceptance and legalization are on the rise, a number of questions are emerging about how to create a viable legal marijuana economy—and how to keep marijuana use safe. Patrick Radden Keefe explores these issues in his New Yorker piece, "Buzzkill: Why Washington State is Struggling to Create a Legal Marijuana Economy." He joins The Takeaway to discuss the big questions surrounding marijuana, like safety, taxes and the age of consumption.

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China Relaxes Decades-Long One-Child Policy

Friday, November 15, 2013

For decades, the family structure in China has been limited by the nation's one-child policy. But yesterday the Chinese news agency Xinhua announced yesterday that the nation will loosen its one-child policy, allowing couples to have two children if one of the two parents is an only child. Shirong Chen, Managing Editor at Foremost 4 Media Limited and former China Editor at BBC Global News, joins The Takeaway to explain the cultural and political significance of this shift in Chinese policy.

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What Do the New ACA Developments Mean?

Friday, November 15, 2013

President Barack Obama announced yesterday insurance companies can reinstate healthcare plans that were cancelled, or maintain existing plans that would otherwise have been cancelled by January 1st. But maintaining plans that would otherwise be deemed substandard could add additional complications for insurance companies. Julie Appleby, Reporter for Kaiser Health News, joins The Takeaway to break down this policy shift.

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Examining The Fed Under Janet Yellen's Stewardship

Friday, November 15, 2013

Janet Yellen, President Barack Obama’s nominee for chair of the Federal Reserve, gave a passionate defense of stimulus efforts in Senate hearings Thursday. If confirmed, Yellen, who currently holds the number two post at the Fed, is expected to reinforce many of the policies current Chairman Ben Bernanke has put in place. But there are some significant ways in which her economic philosophies differ from Bernanke’s.  Heidi Moore, finance and economics editor for The Guardian U.S. explains.

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Scandals Around Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Threaten City's Image

Friday, November 15, 2013

Most Americans have probably heard the soundbite that's been echoing around the world. "Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine," Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted last week. "Am I an addict? No. Have I tried it ? Probably in one of my drunken stupors, probably approximately a year ago." Stephen Marche, novelist and contributing editor for Esquire is a Toronto native. He recently wrote an op-ed in our partner The New York Times about the image of Toronto under Ford.

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New Movie Releases: 'Best Man Holiday' and 'Nebraska'

Friday, November 15, 2013

Each Friday, The Takeaway's Movie Date team delivers reviews of the new releases slated to hit the box office. This week, they look at the holiday reunion movie “The Best Man Holiday” and “Nebraska,” which is already getting some Oscar buzz. 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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A Look Ahead After the Devastation of Haiyan

Friday, November 15, 2013

As rescue and aid efforts continue on the ground in the Philippines, the rest of the world has been reacting to the devastating storm nearly a week after its landfall. Perhaps few know the country’s ability to maneuver out of crises better than former U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Stephen Bosworth. Ambassador Bosworth was in the Philippines from 1984 to 1987 and witnessed a tumultuous shift in regimes and the country's transition to democracy.

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Art of the Assassination: JFK and the Art That His Death Inspired

Friday, November 15, 2013

In the 50 years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, people have found themselves horrified, fascinated and mystified by the story. Some have explored those feelings through writing, others though film and music. In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the assassination, KERA News is presenting an ongoing series on how artists have responded to JFK’s death. Jerome Weeks, Art & Seek Producer and Reporter at KERA in Dallas, joins The Takeaway to explain how the Kennedy assassination lives on in pop culture.

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Cricket Legend Sachin Tendulkar to Retire

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Today, Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar played the start of his 200th and final test match—the match that marks the coming close of his 24-year career.The “Little Master,” as he’s sometimes called, is a sports icon like no other. In 2011, he led India to a cricket World Cup victory but long before that, he captured the heart of the country with his exploits. Rahul Tandon, BBC Cricket reporter in Mumbai, reflects on day the first day of Tendulkar's last match.

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ACA Enrollment Low, But Washington State Shines

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Many can argue that the Obamacare marketplace is not working. But in Washington state, more than 55,000 people enrolled in health coverage during the month of October. About 40,000 more have applied for coverage through the state-run exchange. What’s working in the evergreen state? It may be that the website actually is. Joining The Takeaway is Michael Marchand, Director of Communications for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange.

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In Pivot, Obama Allows Americans to Keep Canceled Policies for 1 Year

Thursday, November 14, 2013

After promises from President Barack Obama that Americans would be able to keep their health insurances plan if they like them, the president has come out to apologize for healthcare plan cancellations. The Obama Administration pivoted on Thursday, saying that states and insurers can extend current policies canceled under the new healthcare law for one year. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent, is with us to explain the changes coming from the administration.

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How to Help the Philippines Recover from Haiyan

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever recorded on Earth, has ravaged the Philippines. There are now almost 2.5 million people in urgent need of food and about 600,000 are homeless. The U.S. Marines have landed in the Philippines, and another 700 U.S. troops are reportedly on their way to help. But you don't have to be a member of the armed forces to support the relief effort, nor do you need to be on the ground in the Philippines. Below are a list of organizations you can contact if you'd like to assist the relief effort.

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An Inside Look & First Hand Account of The Warren Commission

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Howard Willens went to work on the Warren Commission a week after President John F. Kennedy's assassination as a senior staff attorney. He is the author of the new book "History Will Prove us Right," which defends the findings of the commission that concluded Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman, and that Jack Ruby, who killed Oswald two days later, also acted alone. Willens joins The Takeaway to provide an inside look and first hand account of the Warren Commission.

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Love and Hate in Dallas

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Two new, distinct art projects are trying to reclaim the city of Dallas' reputation by casting a new narrative. The first is called "Dallas Love"—a rebuff to those who dubbed Dallas "the city of hate." Karen Blessen is its Executive Director. The second is a documentary film, directed by Quin Matthews, called “City of Hate: Dallas and the Assassination.” Blessen and Matthews join The Takeaway to discuss their own memories of Kennedy's death and how the city is responding some 50 years later.

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Considering the Caribbean: Possible Effects of Rising Sea Levels in Our Backyard

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Last week's tsunami-like surge in the Philippines might be far away, but there's another vulnerable coast line right in our backyard: The Caribbean. Rising sea levels could have considerable effects on the Caribbean islands, profoundly impacting tourism and immigration. Member station WLRN in Miami is running a week-long series on the impact of sea level rise. WLRN Reporter Tim Padgett joins us to discuss his report on the projections for the Caribbean.

 

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U.S. Military Makes Landfall in Philippines

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

In the days and weeks of the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, America will likely be the strongest international presence in the region. But the U.S. and the Philippines have a long history, a relationship once largely represented by one of America’s main overseas military bases—Subic Bay. Joining The Takeaway to explain the how the U.S. will assist in the relief effort is Dr. Ronald Ratcliff, professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College and a retired Navy Captain who spent some time in the Philippines during his service.

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Designing Networks for Answers in Syria

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Is there another way to approach intervention in Syria, and can answers be found in the real time networks of individuals making decisions on the ground? Alexa Courtney is the executive vice president of Caerus Associates. According to Courtney, designing tools to access localized Syrian networks are what gives the group an ear to quality information, that in turn can be used by policy makers to make quality decisions about U.S. action.

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Negotiating Lasting Peace In Syria: Lessons From Bosnia & Kosovo

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Efforts to end the long-running conflict in Syria have proved elusive. Retired Ambassador Wolfgang Petritsch was the European Union’s chief negotiator at the Kosovo Peace Agreement talks and, as former high representative of the international community for Bosnia and Herzegovina, he also oversaw implementation of the Bosnia peace accords. The Takeaway talks with Petritsch about the potential for securing peace in Syria.

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