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T.J. Raphael

Digital Content Editor of The Takeaway

T.J. Raphael appears in the following:

The Health Concerns Behind NY's Fracking Ban

Thursday, December 18, 2014

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo cited public health risks when he announced a ban on fracking in the state yesterday. We take a closer look at the research on the health effects of fracking.

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Goodbye, Nation: A Farewell to 'The Colbert Report'

Thursday, December 18, 2014

As Stephen Colbert bids adieu to "The Colbert Report," On the Media's Brooke Gladstone weighs in the host's wide-ranging impact, from the network news to politics to satire.

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Cuba, The U.S. & The Poetry of Reconciliation

Thursday, December 18, 2014

To Cuban-American poet Richard Blanco, the restoration of U.S.-Cuba relations is like the reunion of two twins who've been separated. He reflects on what this moment means to him.

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Serial's Hard Lessons About Criminal Justice

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Today, "Serial" concludes its first season. While the story of Adnan Syed has captivated millions of listeners, it's also exposed flaws in the American criminal justice system. 

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Sony Hackers Threaten '9/11-Like' Attack Over Franco-Rogen Flick

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

This week, hackers promised "a bitter fate" to those who attend screenings of "The Interview," which North Korea has called "an act of war." Will Sony pull the film from distribution?

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For The Netherlands, a Complicated Year of Grief

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

In the wake of the MH17 crash that carried mostly Dutch passengers, the Netherlands considers its relationship with Russia in the year ahead.

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U.S. Creditors Worry as Oil Prices Dive

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Most Americans are thrilled to pay less at the pump. But the truth is that declining oil prices could post serious problems for the U.S. economy.

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Jeb Bush Stirs Political Déjà Vu

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The 2016 presidential race is shaping up to be quite the political throwback. But can former Governor Jeb Bush win the GOP's nomination for president in 2016?

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The U.S. & Cuba: A Historic Shift

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

For the first time in decades, the United States and Cuba will start talks aimed at normalizing full diplomatic relations. The news comes as an American prisoner is released from Cuba.

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As Ruble Plummets, Russian Media Calls For Calm

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Russian ruble plunged 20 percent on Tuesday, but state television insisted the falling currency is a good thing for the economy.

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Will the Taliban School Attack Spur Real Change?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Pakistan is still reeling in shock from a Taliban attack that left at least 140 people dead, nearly all of them children. But will this atrocious attack lead to real change?

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Pakistani-Americans Mourn a World Away

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The world is grieving in the wake of a terror attack this week in Pakistan that left more than 130 children dead. A Pakistani-American explains how his community is coping.

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Polish Officials Under Fire for CIA Torture Sites

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Senate's torture report discloses new details surrounding Poland's willingness to play host to an American "black site" in the years following September 11th.

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The Best 5 Versions of 'Silent Night'

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Silent Night has been recorded at least 733 times over the past 36 years. The Takeaway looks at one of the world's favorite Christmas songs.

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Taliban School Attack Kills More Than 100

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

At least five to six heavily armed Taliban gunmen entered an army-run school in Pakistan this morning, killing at least 141 people—132 of them children.

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Warren, Bush & Clinton: The New Politics of 2016?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Many are hoping that Senator Elizabeth Warren will run for president in 2016—a role many believe Hillary Clinton is hoping to fill. And now Jeb Bush is considering a presidential run.

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Russia Fails to Stop Ruble Crash

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Russia has raised its interest rate to a shocking 17 percent to try and stop the free fall of its currency, the ruble, which has hit an new low, experiencing its worst drop in 16 years.

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Cargoland: Automation Threatens Dockworkers

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Independent producer Lu Olkowski continues her tour of the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach with a look at automation moving to supplant the human dockworker.

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The CIA Torture Report Is an Amazon Best-Seller

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

But there's a problem: Amazon readers say the PDF they bought for $2.99 was nearly unreadable. Now an independent publisher is putting out a high quality print version.

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Why Women Are Opting Out of The Workforce

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

At home in the United States, the number of women working peaked in 1999 and is now declining. Here The Takeaway explores why more American women are choosing not to work. 

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