Last year, more than 5 billion school lunches were served to over 30 million students across the country through The National School Lunch Program. In total, more than 224 billion lunches have been served since the program’s start. But with every lunch comes new criticism of the program. Marion Nestle, professor of Nutrition and Food Studies and Public Health at New York University, has given this issue much thought. She joins The Takeaway to discuss the main obstacles to better lunches and what the lunch program of the future should look like.
The top dogs have been separated from the under dogs, crowning one canine best in show. This year there were nearly 3,000 entrants from around the world at the 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. But in the end, the judges could crown only one and they selected a 5-year-old wire fox terrier named Sky, giving that breed its 14th win in the 138th edition of Westminster. Here to tell us more about the winner, the losers, and the headline makers is Sarah Montague, WNYC’s resident dog expert.
Meet the founders of The Hummus, a new humor site with a Muslim-American lens and headlines like, “Muslim Daughter Feared Missing After Father Calls 38 Times Within 5 Minutes” and “Conversion Of Ryan Gosling To Islam Halts Arranged Marriages Nationwide.”
The U.S. government has identified an American citizen who is a member of al-Qaida and is actively planning attacks against Americans overseas. The administration is debating whether to kill him with a drone strike and how to do so legally. When, if ever, is it appropriate to use a drone strike to kill an American citizen abroad? Karen Greenberg, Director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School, examines this question and the future of the U.S. drone program.
Also On Today's Show: The iconic depression-era child star Shirley Temple Black has passed away at the age of 85...The band “One Ring Zero” has released eight albums, including one where the lyrics were written by famous authors. Two band members discuss their innovative albums...Today The Takeaway gives you a look at the task of preserving the ancient art and artifacts of Egypt in a country plagued in recent years by unrest.
If you're like most people, you might be wondering how Olympic athletes do what they do. Though ski jump is a spectacular combination of athletics, fearlessness, and beauty, it is ultimately about physics. Eric Goff, The Takeaway's resident Olympics physicist, is the chair of the Physics Department at Lynchburg College and author of "Gold Medal Physics: The Science of Sports." Mick Berry, a freestyle skiing coach in Park City, UT, weighs in on the precision and speed required to compete at this level.
Are you a newsie? Do you know what's happening from Washington to Hollywood? Are you one of those people who always need to know? Do you watch or listen to the news religiously, convinced that what you hear will give you an edge? Be smarter than your pals. Prep your dinner party factoids. Gauge your knowledge about what happened this week, as heard on The Takeaway.
Could Tennessee be a model of future innovation and thinking? We explore how the state is revolutionizing both education and technology. From Chattanooga, Mayor Andy Berke, and Drew Belz, co-founder of Fancy Rhino, a creative agency, talk about the city's success in creating the fastest city wide internet in the country. And Dr. Janice Gilliam, president of Northeast State Community College, weighs in on the state's proposal to make community college and technical schools free for all Tennessee students.
The biggest drug store in the country, CVS, announced this week that it plans to stop selling cigarettes in all of its stores across the country. What does this move mean for the tobacco industry? Are we witnessing the end of cigarette companies as we know them—or does this just signal a change in the market as we know it? Stanton Glantz, medical professor at the University of California, San Francisco, has been following the movements of the tobacco industry for years, and thinks CVS's decision is a significant one.
The drugstore chain will stop selling cigarettes and all tobacco products at its more than 7,600 stores nationwide by October 1, 2014.
Three years ago this month, protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square reached a fever pitch—and the voice of the people was heard. But in the months and years since, Egypt’s future remains in limbo. At the end of January, news that interim military leader General Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi planned to run for the presidency left much of the world wondering if true democracy will ever have a place in Egypt. It's a question Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer, the director and producer of the Oscar-nominated documentary “The Square,” have grappled with.
Conventional scientific understanding holds that there are only six classic emotions: Happy, surprised, afraid, disgusted, angry, and sad. That is until now. A new study finds that, in fact, we don't even have six emotions—but only four "basic" emotions: Happy, sad, afraid/surprised, and angry/disgusted. Dr. Rachael Jack of the Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of Glasgow, is one of the scientists behind this new finding. She joins The Takeaway to explain how we categorize emotions.
Other Highlights From Today's Show: Protests continue in Kiev, with opposition groups demanding changes to the Ukrainian constitution to limit the president’s powers. As MPs negotiate for the change, we look at the possible outcome of the upheaval...The March Against Fear aimed to unify and solidify the civil rights movement by marching from Memphis Tennessee to Jackson Mississippi. What actually happened, starting with the near fatal shooting of James Meredith, started a conversation among black activists.
Over the last few months, the Keystone XL pipeline has become a national controversy. While environmental groups protest the pipeline's expansion from Cushing, Oklahoma to Alberta, Canada, Congressional Republicans are pushing for the Obama Administration's approval. With the national debate in the headlines, The Takeaway hears from three reporters to examine the impact of the proposed pipeline. Mose Buchele, a state impact reporter for KUT in Austin, Texas; Katie Schubert, news director for KIOS Omaha, and Joe Wertz, a state impact reporter in Norman, Oklahoma, weigh in.
Earlier this week, Milwaukee concertmaster Frank Almond was walking to a car after a performance when his 1715 Stradivarius violin was stolen by a thief. A former FBI special agent discussed the world of high art theft and the history of stolen violins.
The power of the Tea Party continues to divide and fracture House Republicans. House Speaker John Boehner has decided to stand strong and push forward with immigration reform, but the Tea Party has made it clear they will fight back against legislation. What is on the table for immigration reform this time around? And what is at the heart of the GOP split? For answers, we go to Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich.
Some researchers are tying the rise in heroin use to tighter restrictions on prescription opiates like Oxycotin and Vicodin.
About 1,000 new generic top-level domain names—the last bit of an internet address, such as the .org in TheTakeaway.org—are coming into existence. Cyrus Namazi, vice president of Domain Name System Services at ICANN, and Michael Froomkin, professor of law at the University of Miami, explain why the web is getting a new look. As the select few scramble to buy up new domains, many are left without any Internet access entirely. Michael Liimatta, co-founder and president of Connecting for Good, provides a snapshot of the digital divide.
Is America's approach to Syria failing? Nancy Soderberg, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, discusses Syria's future and the Obama administration's agenda. Each morning, Syrian composer Kinan Azmeh asks himself if everything is all right—he asks this of himself, his family and his friends. Yet sometimes there is no answer to that question, as his piece "A Sad Morning Every Morning" shows. He joins The Takeaway to discuss the relationship between war and music.
Philip Seymour Hoffman, called one of the most ambitious and widely admired U.S. actor of his generation, died yesterday in a Manhattan apartment at the age of 46. Hoffman struggled with substance abuse throughout his career, yet on the screen and off the screen he always kept audiences and critics coming back. Most knew Hoffman from his memorable acting roles in "Boogie Nights," "Almost Famous," "The Big Lebowski," and of course, "Capote," for which he earned an Academy Award. Today The Takeaway remembers Philip Seymour Hoffman.