Also on Today's Show Some news out of Australia could have some big implications for the Malaysian jetliner mystery...A new face of the 9/11 terrorist attacks took to the stand yesterday in a federal courtroom in Manhattan...The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has announced that 50 percent of Syria's declared stockpile of chemical weapons has now been removed...Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair pleaded guilty to mistreating his mistress and other charges. But today a judge decided that he will not serve time in prison and he'll keep his pension.
Forty percent of inmates held at Rikers Island Correctional Facility have a diagnosed mental illness. This week, a report revealed the cause of inmate Jerome Murdough's death: He had been left in an overheated cell and, as one official put it, "baked to death."
For much of the United States, it has been a long, harsh winter. And though today—the first day of spring—may still not quite feel like winter has departed, there are signs that spring is on the way in. Jeff Spurgeon, morning host for classical station WQXR, has his favorite signs of spring as well: All in the form of spring music. He joins us today to discuss some spring-sounding tunes as the Sun crosses the celestial equator for the Vernal Equinox.
This week, we're taking a close-up look to see how learning actually happens in real schools across the nation. Today we go to Earl Boyles Elementary School in Portland Oregon—a school that's been experimenting with how to teach young students with poor English language skills how to read and write proficiently. Oregon Public Radio reporter Rob Manning provides a glimpse inside the classrooms of Earl Boyles.
Also on Today's Show General Motors has announced yet another round of recalls this week. What do these moves say for the future of the company?...On Wednesday, the Israeli military announced that its planes had attacked several Syrian Army positions across the Israeli-Syrian cease-fire line in the Golan Heights...Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 remains missing and is turning into a global mystery. Several theories have emerged, but no concrete evidence on the situation has presented itself.
From 1961 to 1972, more than 150 commercial flights were hijacked in the U.S. As the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 continues, the search for answers moves to the motives of hijackers in the past.
It’s college admissions season and high school seniors are figuring out which schools they want to attend—and if they can afford to go to them. What students can do to improve their financial literacy and limit their debt.
International sanctions and non-recognition are starting to be felt inside Crimea, and it appears to U.S. Vice President Joe Biden that they are also being felt in Russia. The NATO alliance is suddenly back on the front line in the strategic situation in Europe after years of involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lilit Gevorgyan, senior economist at IHS Global Insight, weighs in on the impact of NATO sanctions and Russia's long-term stability.
All this week, The Takeaway is getting a close-up look at classrooms around the U.S. Today, we head to Monroe Middle School in Tampa, FL. Like many schools around the country, Monroe is adopting the curriculum called Common Core—a shift to a more structured, discussion, and logic-oriented approach to teaching writing and math. John O’Connor covers education for StateImpact Florida and WUSF in Tampa. He says that the Common Core seems to be a good fit for Monroe.
Like every actor, Bruce Lee had humiliations and setbacks as he struggled to make it in Hollywood. But those difficulties eventually put him on his way to international super-stardom, and those moments are now the subject of a new Broadway play written by Tony Award winning playwright David Henry Hwang. For Hwang, this was a project that took a very long time. He joins The Takeaway to explain this new bio-play and his creative process.
Also on Today's Show: Searching the seabed for the missing airliner is a daunting task, as Mike Purcell knows well. In 2011, Purcell led sea search operations for the mission that found Air France flight 447 in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean...President Barack Obama’s pick for Surgeon General is facing tough opposition from the NRA that could ultimately tank his nomination. Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy is a Harvard- and Yale-educated doctor who has advocated for stricter gun control laws.
After two long years, the case of Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair, once a rising star in the United States Army, finally comes to a close this week. General Sinclair, a 27-year Army veteran, was accused of sexual assault by his former mistress, an Army captain. Roger Canaff is a career prosecutor who served as an expert for the Department of the Army from 2009 to 2012. He examines the Sinclair case, its consequences and how the military should move forward on the issue of sexual assault.
In defiance of the U.S. and Europe, Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared his intention to make Crimea a part of the Russian Federation. Latvian and Estonian diplomats tell us how their nations see the Crimea vote.
After a decades-long search for answers about the creation of the universe, scientists believe they have found a smoking gun. On Monday, a team of scientists announced the first direct evidence for what's known as cosmic inflation, or proof of the first fractions of a second that were initiated after the Big Bang. Clem Pryke is an experimental cosmologist at the University of Minnesota and one of the principal investigators on the team that made the discovery.
Also on Today's Show: On St. Patrick's Day, The Takeaway speaks with Joan Burton, Ireland’s Minister for Social Protection, about her thoughts on showing solidarity for the LGBT movement amidst generations of traditions during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade...The Retro Report documentary team looks back at the California Mediterranean fruit fly infestation that began in the 1980s and spanned through the 1990s—and beyond—and why spray-pesticides were so controversial. Joshua Fisher, Retro Report producer, explains.
On Sunday, an overwhelming majority of Crimeans voted to secede from Ukraine and join Russia. Is the map changing, and can this referendum, along with the presence of Russian troops, reverse a half century of history? Nina Khrushcheva, the great-granddaughter of Nikita Khrushchev and a professor of international affairs at the New School in New York, looks at Russia's fixation on the past. Ukrainian politician Oleh Rybachuk, a former deputy Prime Minister in Kiev, weighs in on the way forward for Ukraine.
After sorting through six years of files, the Miami Herald has revealed that at least 477 children died of abuse or neglect—even though their homes had already been investigated and flagged by the state. The vast majority of victims were under 5-years-old, and over 70 percent were under 2 years of age. Were these deaths preventable? Were these children betrayed by the very state agency that was charged to protect them? Carol Marbin Miller, an investigative reporter for the Miami Herald who worked on this report, joins The Takeaway to explain.
In the months following 9/11, airport security changed dramatically. The latest news regarding Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 has aviation security analyst Chris Yates wondering whether the country was meeting even those minimum standards. Our partners at WNYC used runway data from around the world to determine that the plane could have landed on one of 634 runways across 26 different countries. Noah Veltman with the WNYC Data News team explains.
About 42 million women in America are living in poverty or teetering on the brink. More than a third of them are the mothers of young children. A new HBO documentary,"Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert," takes an intensely personal look at the story of one woman, Katrina Gilbert, a single mother of three. Katrina and one of the film's directors, Shari Cookson, explore what poverty looks like for women in America.
As science enables humans in today's world to live longer, how do we assess the value of years we weren't otherwise prepared to live out?