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?
Are you a newsie? Do you know what's happening from Washington to Hollywood to Pyongyang? Are you one of those people who always need to know? Do you listen to the news religiously, convinced that what you hear will give you an edge? Be smarter than your pals. Prep your dinner party factoids. Gauge your knowledge about what happened this week, as heard on The Takeaway.
Also on Today's Show: Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are experiencing a disagreement over what to do about the Ukraine crisis...It's been more than a month since protests broke out in Venezuela, with no signs of ending soon. With violent clashes taking place between opposition and government forces, some worry the country may be on the brink of an even bloodier battle...The Takeaway's Movie Date team reviews this weekend’s releases.
There are only two weeks left for Americans to sign up for the Affordable Care Act, and this week, President Barack Obama made a comedic appeal to young people by appearing on Zach Galifianakis’s web show, “Between Two Ferns.” Now web traffic at HealthCare.gov is up 40 percent. How many young people still need to enroll and why are so many still resistant? Mary Agnes Carey, senior correspondent for Kaiser Health News, and Josh Carpenter, explain.
It is finally a joyous day for the Americans in the U.S.-Canada hockey rivalry: The U.S. Paralympic sled hockey team defeated the Canadians 3 to 0 in yesterday's semifinals. Team USA's preparation and grit has certainly paid off. The Paralympic sled hockey players bring a fierce athleticism to the ice, with flips and turns that seem to defy nature. Nikko Landeros is a key player for the U.S.
The sex trade is a lucrative business, nowhere more than in Atlanta, where it rakes in $290 million every year—more than the underground drug and gun trades combined.
Also on Today's Show: As President Barack Obama and acting Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk meet in Washington, it’s looking increasingly likely that the people of Crimea may vote for annexation...Six days after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, the country's leaders are facing pressure from around the world to supply some answers about just what happened to the flight.
Where did teenagers come from? During the end of the 19th century and into the first half of the 20th, a population that once went straight from childhood to adulthood now had another stage entirely.
This week, we've been pondering the significance of aging, and aging well in today's world. Detecting cancer or picking up on genes for Alzheimer's sounds pretty great, but many agree that our society may not have the infrastructure in place to adapt to an ever-growing, ever-aging population. Joining The Takeaway to discuss the intersection between the aging and the economy is Courtney Coile, associate professor of economics at Wellesley College.
Wheelchair curling is one of the five unique sports in the Winter Paralympics. You might have a hard time finding someone who loves the sport more than Team USA wheelchair curler James Joseph, or "Jimmy Jam" as he is called by his teammates. After surviving a vehicular accident in 1987, Jimmy continued to pursue his passion for sports. The 51-year-old athlete says that curling is "in his blood."
Would you want to live to be 100-years-old, or even older? And if everyone could, what excites or worries you about what the future has in store? S. Jay Olshansky, a professor in the school of public health the University of Illinois at Chicago, knows a lot about human aging through the centuries and what society stands to gain—or lose—from having a much larger, older human population. He joins The Takeaway to discuss the history of life expectancy.
Also on Today's Show: Each year, Americans generate more than 10 million tons of electronic waste and three quarters of these discarded gadgets go straight to the trash...Last week, eight Democrats joined a large group of Republicans in voting against confirmation for Debo Adegbile, a former NAACP lawyer who was being tapped to head up the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Unit...Manoush Zomorodi, host of WNYC's New Tech City, decodes the latest, most ridiculous lingo being tossed around at the SXSW interactive conference this week.
Sheryl Sandberg is tired of the word "bossy," so much so that she's launching a campaign against it. Sandberg says "the other B-word" discourages girls from thinking of themselves in positions of leadership. Is it so much the word "bossy," or the way we teach young girls to think about themselves? Sarah Burningham, author of "Girl to Girl: Honest Talk About Growing Up and Your Changing Body" and two other books for teen girls, and Micki Maynard, contributor to Forbes.com, weigh in.
Snowboarding makes its debut at the Paralympic Winter Games this year in Sochi. The inclusion of the sport is crucial to the growth of the Paralympic movement, which strives to gain more viewers, athletes, and supporters. Athlete Cristina Albert is making her first-ever appearance at the Games as a member of the U.S. Paralympic Snowboard Team. She joins The Takeaway to tell her inspiring journey to the top of her sport.
For the last five years, environmentalists and energy companies have lobbied, protested and fought over the Keystone XL Pipeline. Whether or not the Alberta-to-Nebraska leg of the pipeline is approved, the Canadian oil sands are already up and pumping. Journalist Tony Horwitz traveled the length of the proposed pipeline, and he says that North America could become the Saudi Arabia of the Western Hemisphere.
Would you want to live to 150? What would be the impacts if everyone could? Genomic and synthetic life scientist J. Craig Venter says aging is a phenomenon we can control and arrest.
The economic climate of today's Russia is nothing like the Soviet Union's was two decades ago — and that could be the crucial factor that prevents the current conflict over Crimea from escalating.