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T.J. Raphael

Digital Content Editor of The Takeaway

T.J. Raphael appears in the following:

Sex, Love & Intimacy: What 'Fifty Shades' Gets Right & Wrong

Friday, February 13, 2015

How does “Fifty Shades of Grey” change our conversations and perceptions about sex in America? What does it get right and wrong? Make Love Not Porn Founder Cindy Gallop weighs in. 

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Alabama's Long Struggle for Equality

Friday, February 13, 2015

A look at Alabama's struggle for equality—from the civil rights era of the 1960s to the present-day fight for gay marriage. 

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A Digital Mausoleum: Facebook After Death

Friday, February 13, 2015

Facebook is letting users decide what should happen to their profile when they die. Your account can be frozen, deleted or you can designate a "legacy contact" to take over your account.

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Looking for Love? Try This Potion

Friday, February 13, 2015

On the eve of Valentine's Day, The Takeaway brings you a story about a love potion—a magic method that can supposedly allow any two strangers to fall in love with each other.

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If the Digits Are Random, the Price Is Right

Thursday, February 12, 2015

For most people, ten bucks sounds prohibitively steep for a bottle of artisanal olive oil. But at $12.67, you're more likely to buy it. Here's how marketers are working us.

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Chapel Hill Murders Rattle Community

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Why did a Chapel Hill, North Carolina man brutally murder his Muslim neighbors? Was it because of a parking dispute, as his lawyer says, or was it an act of religiously-targeted hate?

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Ungovernable Chaos: How Failed States Give Rise to Terrorism

Thursday, February 12, 2015

As Boko Haram terrorizes Nigeria, and ISIS threatens the Middle East, The Takeaway examines the threat of failed states, and how such countries give rise to terrorism.

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The Reunion of Tommy Tutone & 867-5309

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Tommy Tutone, one of the greatest one-hit wonder bands of all time, discusses their hit song "867-530/Jenny," before hitting the stage together for the first time in 30 years. 

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Your TV Is Listening to You. And Messing With It Could Be a Felony.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Your TV might be listening in on your conversations. Want to change it? Meddle with the technology on the TV, and it could be a felony under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. 

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The FAA Will Regulate Business in Outer Space

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

If you ever decide to start a business on the moon, fear not. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says that it will make sure other private companies can't steal your location.

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Controversy and Asbestos in Nevada

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Two geoscientists and an epidemiologist found cause for concern in Nevada: A high incidence of asbestos, and a high incidence of mesothelioma. Why is the state blocking their research?

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Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on the Future of Asia

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

In his first broadcast interview since taking over as president of the Asia Society, former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd reveals a new vision for the future of Asian geopolitics.

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Harper Lee's Sequel Brings Excitement & Worry

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Starling Lawrence, former editor-in-chief at W. W. Norton and a friend of Harper Lee, responds to the news that the author will publish a sequel to "To Kill a Mockingbird." 

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After Months of Bombing, Congress to Vote on Use of Force Against ISIS

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

President Obama wants formal legal authority to carry out bombing campaigns against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Will Congress give him more latitude? 

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Beauty in The Eyes of a Sightless Beholder

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

When you're blind, how do you define beauty? And is it important? UC Berkeley English Professor Georgina Kleege, who is blind, shares her thoughts. 

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What's in a Face? Exploring The 'Curse' of Beauty

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Amanda Filipacchi's novel "The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty," imagines a beautiful woman hiding under an elaborate disguise to make herself appear unattractive.

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Ukraine: A Crisis Slipping Towards the Brink?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tomorrow, the leaders of France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia will meet to discuss the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. How will Putin respond?

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Retired Army Pilot Urges Hollywood To Portray Veterans Fairly

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A group called "Got Your 6" plans to certify the films that meet their criteria. 

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Payday Loans: A Necessary Evil?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is drafting regulations to govern short-term loans. How will this impact those who need small amounts of money fast? 

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Preparing to Die: Dr. Atul Gawande on Medicine's Struggle with Mortality

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

How do you help a dying person? Boston surgeon Atul Gawande discusses some of the difficulties doctors—including himself—have helping patients with end-of-life care.

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