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T.J. Raphael

Digital Content Editor of The Takeaway

T.J. Raphael appears in the following:

Will Iran Come to the Bargaining Table on Syria?

Friday, September 20, 2013

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is set to arrive in New York early next week for the United Nations General Assembly and it’s anticipated that Rouhani will present to the U.N. an Iran ready to engage with the West. Gary Sick, senior research scholar at Columbia University's Middle East Institute and adjunct professor at the University's School of International and Public Affairs, joins The Takeaway to discuss the distrustful relationship between the U.S. and Iran. Bill Keller, former executive editor of our partner The New York Times, says Iran needs to be engaged in Syria talks with the West.

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Pope Francis: Church 'Obsessed' with Abortion, Gays & Birth Control

Friday, September 20, 2013

Pope Francis says that the Church has become "obsessed" with abortion, gay marriage, and contraception. Reverend James Bretzke, professor of Moral Theology at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, describes the historical context of the Pope's remarks. Dr. Victoria Flemming, a Catholic from Illinois, is happy with the Pope's comments and sees this as a new direction for the Church. 

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Boehner Bows to Pressure From Conservatives as Government Shutdown Looms

Thursday, September 19, 2013

House Speaker John Boehner agreed to a plan that would force funding for Affordable Care Act to be delayed for one year in exchange for a one-year increase in the debt ceiling. It's a deal that stands no chance of passing the Senate, and Speaker Boehner knows it could mean we're heading towards a shutdown. Joining us to explain what may happen next on Capitol Hill is Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich.

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Can Georgia's Mysterious Monument Help the Local Economy?

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Just 90 minutes outside Atlanta, the town of Elberton, GA is home to a mysterious monument: The Georgia Guidestones. The stones consist of two massive granite slabs weighing more than 100 tons, engraved with a few words of advice: Guidelines in eight languages for how to rebuild society after a nuclear attack. Mart Clamp helped his father engrave the stones more than three decades ago. He's hoping to use them to revitalize Elberton’s flagging economy.

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Here's What Happens When You Take on the NRA: You Lose

Thursday, September 19, 2013

It is uncertain if the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard will revive the debate about tougher gun control measures. Some states have passed stricter firearms laws, but a recent recall election in Colorado backed by the NRA demonstrates the political risks associated with supporting stronger gun laws. The Takeaway talks with one of the Colorado state legislators unseated in the recall election, Colorado Senate President John Morse.

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Iran's New Leaders May Be Ready for Nuclear Compromise

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Next week could open a new chapter in the history of the United States and Iran—there are tentative signs of a possible sea change in Iran with newly elected Iranian President Hasan Rouhani. Iran's repositioning has caused some skepticism from the West, but joining us to explain the significance of the country's charm offensive is Thomas Erdbrink, Tehran bureau chief for our partner The New York Times.

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Federal Reserve Shocks with Move to Hold Bond-Buying Program Intact

Thursday, September 19, 2013

In a major surprise to investors yesterday, the Federal Reserve announced a recommendation to leave the bond buying stimulus program intact. Joining The Takeaway to discuss the Fed's decision is Sheila Bair, the former chairwoman of the F.D.I.C. and author of "Bull By the Horns: Fighting to Save Main Street from Wall Street and Wall Street from Itself."

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Major Companies Change Health Plans in Anticipation of ACA Roll Out

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Drugstore giant Walmart announced this week that it will provide payments to eligible employees to purchase insurance on a private health insurance marketplace. Ezekiel Emanuel is the former Obama administration adviser on health care. He explains how and why more and more companies are transforming their health plans as the Affordable Care Act goes into effect.

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The Doctor Will See (All Of) You Now

Thursday, September 19, 2013

To increase efficiency, physicians are increasingly scheduling multi-patient appointments.

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Should Starbucks Ban Guns From Its Coffee Shops?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Starbucks says guns are no longer welcome in its cafes, though it is stopping short of an outright ban on firearms. The coffee chain moved away from its neutral stance on guns in its stores Wednesday, publicly requesting that customers not bring weapons into its coffee shops. The Takeaway wants to hear from you. Do you agree or disagree with this policy? Take our mini poll here.

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Rep. Westmoreland Weighs In On Budget Battles

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

October is looming, and if Congress doesn’t approve new spending bills the federal government will shut down. If this fight sounds familiar, that's because it is. Joining The Takeaway to discuss the budget battle is Republican Congressman Lynn Westmoreland. Rep. Westmoreland serves Georgia's third congressional district and sits on the House Committee on Financial Services.

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A Story of Kidnapping and Survival in Somalia

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

It was August 23, 2008 when journalist Amanda Lindhout and her partner Nigel Brennen were were kidnapped in Somalia.They remained in captivity for 460 days. Amanda Lindhout is the author of a new book about her experience called “A House in the Sky” and she joins The Takeaway to discuss her experience.

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Bill McKibben on Confronting Climate Change

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The effects of climate change are growing more frequent and more aggressive. Environmentalist Bill McKibben's new book, "Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist," tells two parallel stories of what it means to confront our warming planet on both the local and global levels, from protecting a bee colony through the seasons, to fighting fossil fuels.

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With Generational Shifts, The New Sharing Economy Flourishes

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

In the new sharing economy, consumers can easily rent or share everything from bikes to luxury clothing. Arun Sundararajan, professor at NYU's Stern School of Business, says the new investment in renting is fueled by the rise of the internet and urbanization. The millennialtendency to rent caught the eye of Jennifer Hyman, the co-founder and CEO of Rent the Runway, a company that allows its customers to rent luxury clothes for a tenth of the retail price. 

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Are Bicycle Shares Good for Business?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

How have bike share programs affected business for bicycle shops? Charlie McCorkell is the owner of Bicycle Habitat in New York City and Ashanti Austin is the co-owner of the Hub Bike Co-op in Minneapolis. While both agree that bike share is a positive force in their community, the impact on business has been quite different.

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Navy Yard Gunman Kills 12

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The nation's capital went into lock down on Monday morning when a former Navy reservist killed 12 people in a shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, and injured several more. Joining The Takeaway to share a sense of the mood in the capital is our Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich.

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Colorado Floods: The Rescue Efforts and the Challenges Ahead

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Severe flooding and mudslides in Colorado have led to at least five deaths, as well as the destruction or damage of nearly 20,000 homes across 15 counties. Heather Hansen, a resident of Boulder, CO currently staying in Ft. Collins and author of "Disappearing Destinations," a book about environmental damage around the world, joins The Takeaway to discuss the challenges ahead.

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Did Egypt’s Military Ever Stop Running Egypt?

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

In June 2012, Egypt saw its first democratically elected president: Mohammed Morsi. But just one year later, President Morsi was overthrown and Egypt’s military was back in charge. The Takeaway talks with FRONTLINE correspondent, and co-founder and Editor-at-Large of the GlobalPost, Charles Sennott, about the implications of Egypt’s troubled revolution and the lessons that the U.S. and its allies should learn as they push for stability in Syria.

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United Nations Report Confirms the Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The U.N.’s long-awaited report came out on Monday confirming the use of chemical weapons in Syria. But there are several competing interests in the Syrian conflict. Robin Wright is distinguished scholar at the Wilson Center and the U.S. Institute of Peace. She's the author of "Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World." She joins The Takeaway to discuss the ways that all parties may find common ground.

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Bicycle Shares: Rapidly Changing Public Transportation

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The visionary man behind Washington D.C.’s pioneering bike share program is now the transportation commissioner for another enormous American city that has rolled out a bike share program: Chicago. His name is Gabe Klein, and he joins us to discuss how biking is changing the face of public transportation and what's next.

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