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T.J. Raphael

Digital Content Editor of The Takeaway

T.J. Raphael appears in the following:

Seattle Labor Dispute Causes Boeing to Take Flight

Monday, November 25, 2013

Earlier this month, Boeing machinists in Seattle refused a new contract. Now, Boeing is looking for a new location to build the 777x, a place where unions have less of a foothold. Washington State is still lobbying to keep 777x production at home. But Aviation Industry Analyst Scott Hamilton explains why the state expects a lot of outside competition and what this means for American labor overall.

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FCC May Lift Cell Phone Airplane Ban

Monday, November 25, 2013

The Federal Communications Commission is poised to make a decision on whether to lift the ban on cell phones in flight. Now the cell phone proposition has flight crews up in arms—and passengers aren't so sure how they feel about it, either. Barbara Peterson, senior aviation correspondent for Condé Nast Traveler, looks at the changes ahead, and what we can expect as the holiday travel season kicks off.

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World Powers Reach Deal With Iran on Nuclear Program

Sunday, November 24, 2013

In a landmark deal, the group of nations known as the P5+1—the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China—reached an agreement with Iran on Sunday to temporarily freeze Iran’s nuclear program. In exchange for Iranian compliance, the P5+1 will provide limited, temporary, targeted, and reversible sanction relief. "Diplomacy opened up a new path toward a world that is more secure—a future in which we can verify that Iran’s nuclear program is peaceful and that it cannot build a nuclear weapon," President Barack Obama said in a statement. What do you think about the deal? Leave us a comment or call 1-877-869-8253.

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Movie Reviews: 'The Hunger Games,' 'Delivery Man,' 'The Christmas Cradle'

Friday, November 22, 2013

Each Friday, The Takeaway's Movie Date team delivers reviews of the new releases slated to hit the box office. This week, the Movie Date team weighs in on "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," "Delivery Man," and "The Christmas Candle." In addition to hosting the Movie Date podcast, Rafer Guzman is film critic for Newsday and Kristen Meinzer is culture producer for The Takeaway.

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Senate Makes Landmark Change to Filibuster Rules

Friday, November 22, 2013

In one of the most fundamental changes to Senate policy in decades, the Senate ruled on Thursday in a 52 to 48 vote to end the use of the filibuster against the majority of presidential nominees. Joining The Takeaway to weigh in on how this move will impact an already polarized Congress is Vin Weber, a former Republican Congressman for Minnesota from 1980-1993 and now co-chairman and partner at the lobbying firm Mercury/Clark & Weinstock.

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With Memories Frozen, A Remembrance for JFK

Friday, November 22, 2013

Down a long 50 year corridor, November 22, 1963 produced a collective national moment like none before: A nation's breath stopped 50 years ago today when it was announced that President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated.  For many, that day produces memories frozen in time. Today The Takeaway remembers John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States who served just over 1,000 days in office before he was assassinated in November 1963.

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Law, Regulation & Medicine: A Tricky Balancing Act

Friday, November 22, 2013

Perhaps no other field represents the tricky balance between public protection and private life than medicine. Questions of when the legislature should intervene to protect the public, and when decisions are best left to the doctor and her patient, have been politically fraught territory for decades. Jessie Hill, a professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, is an expert on the law, regulation, medicine, and the difficult decisions in between.

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Texas Law Ties Doctor's Hands on Abortion

Friday, November 22, 2013

A controversial new law is Texas is keeping many doctors from being able to provide safe abortions. Lester Minto, a physician at Harlingen Reproductive Services in Harlingen, TX, says his hands are now tied. For a number of Dr. Minto’s patients—many of whom are undocumented immigrants—even traveling across the border isn't an option. He joins The Takeaway to discuss how his clinic has been impacted by the new law.

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Narco Cultura: Odes to Drug Lords

Friday, November 22, 2013

The music of Narcocorridos aspires to be the next hip hop. And among Mexicans and Latinos in the United States, it's already the most popular genre. The new documentary, “Narco Cultura” juxtaposes the flashy life of Narcocorrido artists—who sing in praise of drug lords—with the lives of individuals and families personally affected by the drug war’s destruction. The film is directed by award winning photographer Shaul Schwarz, and opens in limited release today.

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Gov. Christie Inches Closer to National Spotlight

Friday, November 22, 2013

This week, GOP governors from around the country convened in Scottsdale, Arizona for the annual Republican Governor’s Association Conference—a chance to welcome their new chairman, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The meeting is a chance for Gov. Christie to elevate his own profile and hobnob with some of the GOP's biggest donors.  Matt Katz, New Jersey Public Radio reporter has been reporting on this year’s RGA conference.

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Senate Passes Filibuster Reform in Landmark Vote

Thursday, November 21, 2013

On Thursday in a 52 to 48 vote, the U.S. Senate voted to eliminate the use of the filibuster against most presidential nominees, a move that is seen as one of the most fundamental shifts in the way the Senate functions in more than a generation. Joining The Takeaway to explain the change is Gregory Wawro, professor of political science at Columbia University and author of the book "Filibuster: Obstruction and Lawmaking in the United States Senate."

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Climate Change Talks Reignite Cold War-Era Conflicts

Thursday, November 21, 2013

United Nations-sponsored climate talks in Warsaw have reopened old wounds this week. Representatives from some of the world's poorest countries staged a walk-out yesterday as the United States, the European Union, Australia and other developed nations refused to discuss payment for extreme environmental damage until after 2015. Isaac Valero, the European Union's spokesman for Climate Action, explains where the E.U. stands and what's in store going forward.

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Scientists Bewildered by Strange Sun Activity

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Every 11 years the sun switches it's magnetic poles in the culmination of it's solar cycle. We are quickly approaching this planetary event, but scientists are curious about some unusual behavior this time around. Some of the sun's activity, including the intensity of it's sunspots and the placement of it's magnetic field, are behaving in ways not seen for over a century. The Takeaway is joined by Todd Hoeksema, director of the Wilcox Solar Observatory at Stanford University, who explains more about this interesting event.

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How Facebook is Hurting & Helping Student Writing

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Most of us these days don’t bother with writing letters—instead we send updates on social media, or write to each other in short texts. How are Facebook and Twitter affecting our writing? For younger people who are still learning their language skills along with these technologies, is their writing better or worse for the experience? English teacher Jessica Lahey of New Hampshire believes that writing skills are being eroded by things like Facebook. English teacher Andrew Simmons of California says he sees his student's writing improving from social media.

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A European Perspective on the Recession & Recovery

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Have American financial regulators and investors really learned from the mistakes that set off the financial crisis five years ago? Faisal Islam is the economics editor for Channel 4 News and author of “The Default Line: The Inside Story of People, Banks, and Entire Nations on the Edge.” He says so much of the story behind the financial collapse is one of excessive risk and recklessness. He joins the program to provide the British perspective on global financial crisis and why the story of the collapse is actually a series of portraits rather than a series of ideas.

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U.S. Deal With Iran Worries Some Allies, Congress

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

For the first time in three decades, the U.S. and Iran are engaged in dialogue that could fundamentally change the nature of the relationship between the two countries. But Israel and Saudi Arabia don't like the deal, and several Congress members from both parties are skeptical. Congressman Eliot Engel, ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, joins The Takeaway to discuss the deal the Obama administration is considering.

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Can Dimon Remain on Top at JPMorgan?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

JPMorgan Chase has agreed to pay a record $13 billion to the U.S. Department of Justice for bad mortgage-backed securities trades made before the 2008 financial meltdown. CEO Jamie Dimon was once the poster-child for resilience, the best and last banker standing after the financial collapse. Can he continue to carry JPMorgan forward? Joining The Takeaway to explain is Dawn Kopecki, JPMorgan reporter for Bloomberg.

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Monty Python: Reunited, And It Feels Like Only a Flesh Wound

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Nearly 44 years after Eric Idle, Terry Jones, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin first starred on “Monty Python’s Flying Circus”—along with the late Graham Chapman—the comedians have announced that they’re reuniting in a stage show. Is this a good idea? Helping us to ponder this is Andy Zaltzman, the British comedian and author who co-hosts The Bugle podcast along with comedian John Oliver.

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The Crash of 2016: Thom Hartmann on the Future of the U.S. Economy

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Did we learn from the financial crisis? Thom Hartmann, host of “The Thom Hartmann Program," doesn't think so. Hartmann is the author of a new book titled, “The Crash of 2016: The Plot to Destroy America and What We Can Do to Stop It.” In it, he warns that the U.S. economy is on track for another collapse—perhaps more devastating than the last one.

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Choir Project Captures JFK's Unspoken Speech

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The South Dallas Concert Choir has produced a remarkable project to honor the life of President John F. Kennedy, and some history that was never made. The project is called "Unspoken Speech" and it's based on the last speech that Kennedy had prepared—and was on his way to deliver—before he was assassinated. Jowanda Jordan, the director of the choir, joins us today to discuss this music project and a piece of history that never got to happen.

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