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T.J. Raphael

Digital Content Editor of The Takeaway

T.J. Raphael appears in the following:

Examining Day 1 of The Affordable Care Act

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Despite the government shutdown, the Affordable Care Act is here. What will implementation really be like? Will there be challenges? How will the law impact minorities? Joining us to discuss all of this is Mayra Alvarez, Associate Director of Office of Minority Health in the Department of Health and Human services. Welcome to the program.

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Boko Haram Violence Plagues West African Nations

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Over the weekend armed members of the terrorist group Boko Haram are believed to have killed as many as 50 students at a Nigerian University. The massacre comes on the heels of the four-day siege on Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, by the Somali terror group Al-Shabab. The Takeaway was joined by David Cook, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University to discuss these most recent events and what it may mean for the region.

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Health Insurance Companies Weigh in on Obamacare

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Today's launch of the Affordable Care Act's online exchanges will give millions of Americans new health insurance options. Two health insurance companies participating in the exchanges joined the Takeway to discuss how their businesses will be impacted. Ray Smithberger is general manager of Individual and Family Plans for Cigna Insurance. Garry Maisel is CEO of Western Health Advantage, a not-for-profit health insurance company in California.

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CIR: Vets Dangerously Over Medicated by VA

Monday, September 30, 2013

According to a new report from the Center for Investigative Reporting, the Department of Veterans Affairs has been over medicating veterans, which feeds addictions and contributes to a fatal overdose rate among VA patients. Joining us to discuss this is Aaron Glantz, a reporter for the Center for Investigative Reporting. 

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A Look at Obamacare Around the Country

Monday, September 30, 2013

What are local governments doing to get the word out about the new healthcare law? How are states are utilizing navigators? Gina Jordan is a reporter from WLRN in Miami. Kristian Foden-Vencil is a reporter for OPB in Portland. Fred Mogul is a reporter for WNYC in New York City. Together they fill us in on the ways different parts of the country are preparing for the new healthcare law.

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The Countdown to a Government Shutdown Begins

Monday, September 30, 2013

Unless Democrats and Republicans can strike a deal on a spending bill by the end of the day, the government will begin closing shop at 12:01 AM Tuesday. If the two parties can't agree, the government will shutdown for the first time since late 1995. Joining us to explain the showdown on Capitol Hill is Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich, who has followed the drama straight through the weekend.

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Walter Reed Medical Center 6 Years Later

Monday, September 30, 2013

As part of our onging partnership with our friends at the documentary team Retro Report, we flip the clock back to 2007. Each week Retro Report brings a fresh look to an archival story. In today’s installment, Retro Report catches up with the soldier who brought Walter Reed Medical Center’s lapses and abuses to national attention six years ago. Harry Hanbury, producer for Retro Report, explains.

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Apprehension Around Healthcare Rollout Lingers

Monday, September 30, 2013

The next phase of the Affordable Care Act arrives tomorrow. But the American public remains unconvinced the Affordable Care Act is a good idea. Dante Chinni is the director of the American Communities Project at American University. He mined the data for us and found that even among America's uninsured there is a great deal of apprehension about the law.

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Al Qaeda Goes Silent & Worries the U.S.

Monday, September 30, 2013

U.S. intelligence officials are less concerned with the leaks of Edward Snowden and more with a mysterious loss of signal in the monitoring of Al Qaeda. The terrorist group is now suddenly harder to track and a major communications channel has gone silent. But that's no reason to believe that the organization is any less active in planning and recruiting. Joining The Takeaway to discuss this is Michael Schmidt, reporter for our partner The New York Times.

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Obamacare 101: A Guide to the New Healthcare Law

Monday, September 30, 2013

Here to answer your healthcare questions is Neera Tanden, formerly the senior adviser for health reform at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Tanden advised HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and worked on President Barack Obama’s health reform team in the White House. Here you'll also find our free tool that will allow you to find out what your healthcare options are and how to get them.

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After 35 Year Diplomatic Hiatus, United States and Iran Begin Talks

Friday, September 27, 2013

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appeared at the Asia Society in Manhattan last night, and Takeaway Host John Hockenberry was on-site to witness Rouhani's speech and even a surprise appearance. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif arrived fresh from his meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry—the first substantive high level meeting between the two countries since 1979. Geneive Abdo, fellow with the Middle East program at The Stimson Center and non-resident fellow at The Brookings Institution, explains the diplomatic path being forged by Iran.

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U.N. Panel: Humans to Blame for Climate Change

Friday, September 27, 2013

A new report written by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows that climate change is not only real but that it is primarily—if not entirely—caused by humans. Coral Davenport, Energy and Environment Correspondent for the National Journal, and Raymond Schmitt, a Senior Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, worked on a previous IPCC Assessment Report and join The Takeaway to discuss the latest findings.

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Navigators Prepare for Opening of Healthcare Exchanges

Friday, September 27, 2013

To begin understanding how the new Affordable Care Act online healthcare exchanges work, many American’s are going to need help. That job falls to the federally funded navigators and counselors who have been trained to answer questions and can help individuals enroll once the exchanges open. Florida navigator Maria Velasco-Fontaine and Chicago organizer Jillian Phillips discuss how each state is working to educate the public about the Affordable Care Act's healthcare exchanges, which open nationwide on Oct 1.

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Movie Reviews of The Week: 'Don Jon,' 'Baggage Claim,' 'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2'

Friday, September 27, 2013

It’s Friday, and you know what that means: It's movie day at The Takeaway. This week, the Movie Date team previews three major releases. As always, our Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, are here to weigh in. Rafer, is film critic for Newsday. And Kristen is culture producer for The Takeaway.

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United Nations Reaches Landmark Deal on Syria

Friday, September 27, 2013

The Syrian conflict has raged on for the last two years, and now it seems to be entering a new phase. Yesterday the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council agreed to a resolution that requires Syria to give up its chemical weapons. With us to explain the way forward for Syria and the U.N. is Nancy Soderberg, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

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The Mogadishu Restaurant Owner Who Won't be Stopped by Terrorists

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Five years ago, Ahmed Jama, a successful restaurant owner in London, left his life in the U.K. to open a restaurant in his hometown of Mogadishu. Jama now owns several popular restaurants across Somalia's capital, but being a restaurant-owner in Mogadishu means contending with constant attacks from Al Shabab. Xan Rice is the West Africa correspondent for the Financial Times. He profiles Jama in this week’s issue of the New Yorker.

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Drawing The World's Most Wanted

Thursday, September 26, 2013

When hearings began for Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr in 2006, no cameras were allowed inside the courtroom. Instead the Associated Press sent sketch artist Janet Hamlin to illustrate court proceedings. In the seven years since, Hamlin's sketches have provided the only form of visual documentation of the hearings. Janet Hamlin, the Gitmo traibunals sketch artist, joins The Takeaway to discuss her work and her path to being assigned at the Tribunal.

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The Best Art is in the Airport

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Airports around the country invest millions of dollars in public art. Some airports have even opened museums and curate roving exhibits. Rebecca Blume Rothman is the Public Art Project Manager with the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, which is in the midst of a multi-million dollar public arts project in the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. Colleen McPoland is the manager of the Aviation Art Program at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

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1945: The Year that Shaped the World

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The year 1945 was a seminal moment for the world. From the bombing of Hiroshima, the end of World War II and the United Nations Charter, to Perry Como and Gandhi, a history began in 1945 that we're living today. Ian Baruma’s new book is called “Year Zero: A History of 1945.” He joins The Takeaway to discuss the ways the year 1945 came to shape global dynamics.

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New Report Shows State of Art in America

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) today releases its comprehensive survey of trends in participation, attendance and investment in art in America. It's a massive job for Sunil Iyengar, research director at the NEA, and not only because of the scale of the U.S. population. With all of the options Americans now have to consume entertainment media, it raises the question: What is art in the year 2013?

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