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T.J. Raphael

Digital Content Editor of The Takeaway

T.J. Raphael appears in the following:

Roundtable: The March on Washington & The Future of the Civil Rights Movement

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Joining The Takeaway to discuss the future of the civil rights movement and what can be done to accomplish the objectives of the March on Washington, which took place 50 years ago today, is Farai Chideya, a distinguished writer in residence at New York University’s Journalism Institute; Peter Blair Henry, the Dean of New York University’s Stern School of Business; and George Packer, a staff writer at The New Yorker.

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C.I.A. Documents: U.S. Had Knowledge of 1980s Chemical Attacks in Iran

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A new report from Foreign Policy says that the U.S. knew Saddam Hussein was planning to launch a chemical attack and still provided him with support. Rick Francona is retired Airforce Lt. Col. and a liaison officer in Baghdad during the 1980's. He joins The Takeaway to discuss his experience on the ground in Baghdad and why the U.S. would accept the use of chemical weapons.

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New Study Shows Damaged Products Less Likely to Be Recycled

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Does a dent in a soda can or a crumpled piece of paper affect people’s recycling habits? As it turns out, yes. According to a recent study by professors at the University of Alberta and Boston University, what our refuse looks like may be a determining factor in whether or not we recycle. Jennifer Argo, co-author of the study, joins the Takeaway to discuss how people perceive waste and how re-branding recycling may help people to recycle more often.

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Remembering the March on Washington & Next Steps for Civil Rights

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Fifty years ago tomorrow, 250,000 protesters from across the country converged on the Washington Mall for the 1963 March on Washington. Dorothy Pitman Hughes is a civil rights activist who helped to organize the march. Though 50 years have gone by, she says the country and we all as Americans still have much work left to do.

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New State Department Office Aims to Engage Religious Communities

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A new initiative at the State Department aims to engage religious constituents throughout the world, and promote human rights by educating religious groups. Shaun Casey, director of the State Department's new Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives, says he's ready to engage with groups across the religious spectrum. 

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Five New J.D. Salinger Manuscripts to Be Published

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

For J.D. Salinger fans, 2015 will be a big year. Authors of a new biography claim Salinger left a time table and specific instructions for publishing five unseen manuscripts, starting in 2015. Amy Hungerford, a professor of English and American studies at Yale University, explains the potential literary significance.

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Greening The Sports Industry

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

To make everyone winners regardless of their team allegiance or political outlook, the sports industry is going green. The National Green Sports Alliance is holding it's annual convention in New York City, the city of the upcoming Super Bowl in 2014. Martin Tull, the executive director of the alliance, says being green is a team color in all sports these days.

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Reflecting on the March on Washington

Monday, August 26, 2013

This week, The Takeaway remembers the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Joyce Ladner was a field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee at the March on Washington. It was the violence of her childhood growing up in Mississippi amidst poverty and deeply rooted racism that inspired her activism.

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Chelsea Manning & the Transgender Prison Experience

Monday, August 26, 2013

Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Bradley, has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking state secrets. The day after sentencing, Manning came out as transgender. Her gender identity could complicate her stay at the all-male military prison Fort Leavenworth, where she is set to spend the next 35 years. Alisha Williams is Director of Prisoner Justice at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. She explains the predicament of transgender prisoners.

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Predicting Crime Through Data

Monday, August 26, 2013

Most of profiling has been based on race, gender and neighborhood. But what if those identifying factors were combined with other information, and maybe bits and pieces collected by the NSA? Jim Adler knows from experience that these questions aren’t just the stuff of science fiction. He recently created a program that makes predictions about criminal behavior based on identity.

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Bo Xilai Trial Ends in China

Monday, August 26, 2013

One of China's most closest watched trials in decades came to a close today—that of the fallen communist party politician Bo Xilai. Jonathan Fenby is former editor of the South China Morning Post, and a former correspondent for The Economist. He's also author of the book: "Tiger Head, Snake Tails." He joins the program to provide an update on the trial and to discuss a possible verdict.

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A 12-Year-Old Tech Prodigy's Mission

Monday, August 26, 2013

Quin Etnyre wanted to make tech education more fun, so he became a teacher. He started his own company, called Qtechknow, which sells DIY electronic starter kits. But Etnyre is not an MIT professor or grad—he's a 12-year-old. He joins The Takeaway to discuss some of his inventions and the ways he is working to make technology more accessible.

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Second Solar Storm Headed for Earth

Friday, August 23, 2013

The storm produces what astronomers call a coronal mass ejection where millions of tons of charged particles come hurtling towards Earth. Professor Richard Harrison, has been tracking the solar storm. He's chief scientist at the Space Science department of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire, England, and he says Earth is about to be hosed down by a magnet.

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New Movie Releases: The Spectacular Now, The World's End, You're Next

Friday, August 23, 2013

This week’s movie offerings visit the present, future and possible end. In the present tense, we have the teen romance “The Spectacular Now.” Looking toward the future there's “You’re Next.” And for those who want to see things through to their conclusion, we have the “The World’s End.” Kristen Meinzer weighs in with her thoughts, as usual. 

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Activists Confront a Changing Voting Rights Landscape

Friday, August 23, 2013

This week, The Takeaway has gone on a voting rights tour, examining how the Supreme Court decision in Shelby County Vs. Holder has changed voting laws across the country. Today, Marvin Randolph, senior vice president for campaigns at the NAACP, explains how his organization has had to revamp its get-out-the-vote strategies in light of the Supreme Court's voting rights decision. 

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Arianna Huffington Speaks Out on Anonymous Comments & Freedom of Expression

Friday, August 23, 2013

Beginning next month, the online news site will require users to comment on stories under their real names. Arianna Huffington, President and Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, says the site has garnered more than 260 million comments since it launched, and she wants the media property to promote civil conversation.

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$5.7 Trillion in Shares Locked Up During Glitch at Nasdaq

Friday, August 23, 2013

Nasdaq—the world’s largest electronic stock exchange—closed trading for more than three hours on Thursday. The stock exchange says it experienced a malfunction in “disseminating price quotes.” According to one estimation, as much as $5.7 trillion dollars in shares was locked up. Nathaniel Popper, a reporter for our partner The New York Times, explains.

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INFOGRAPHIC: What the Data Tells Us About Voting in America

Friday, August 23, 2013

This week, we've taken you on a voting rights tour of America. to states where the Supreme Court decision in Shelby County Vs. Holder has changed voting laws. What does the data tell us? For that we turn to Dante Chinni, the director of the American Communities Project at American University. He crunched the numbers on voter turnout during the 2012 election.

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Obama's New Plan for Higher Education

Friday, August 23, 2013

The proposals call for a new college ratings system and would be a significant disruption to the current U.S. News ranking system, that while somewhat maligned is largely relied upon. Weighing in on the president's plan is Kathryn Dura, a rising senior at Binghamton High School and her father Dr. Paul Dura.

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Revisiting the Civil Rights Movement Ahead of the March on Washington's 50th Anniversary

Friday, August 23, 2013

On the morning of August 28th 1963 the idea of America was tested and in the sounds of feet stepping and buses parking, there was a sign early that day that something would happen. It would not be a normal day, in Washington, in America, in the world. The March on Washington D.C. was a grass roots event, a first of its kind national news event. Today The Takeaway takes a look back on the March on Washington.

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