It's the mystery that has captured the world's attention for the last four days: The disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 a Boeing 777 carrying 239 people on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. How does a plane simply vanish? Barbara Peterson, senior aviation correspondent and a contributor to Condé Nast Traveler, weighs in.
Senator Dianne Feinstein, chair the Senate Intelligence Committee, has launched a scathing attack about the behavior of the very agency she has spent years defending: The CIA. Senator Feinstein says the CIA has been spying on Congress. Other than what this means for the separation of powers, she says the agency has been involved in a catalog of cover-ups, intimidation and smears. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent, has been on the ground in D.C. following these developments.
The Paralympic Winter Games offer an opportunity for people with a wide range of disabilities to compete in adjusted versions of popular Olympic sports. As part of our week dedicated to America's Paralympians, The Takeaway speaks to Kevin Burton, a U.S. Paralympic Biathlete, who breaks down how he's able to navigate the kilometers of courses and shoot a rifle all while being visually impaired. He discusses what inspired him to become a competitive athlete.
The battle between Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Claire McCaskill over a military sexual assault bill sounds eerily familiar if you've been keeping up with Season Two of "House of Cards."
It's estimated there is a backlog of more than 350,000 immigration cases nationwide, and the number of deportations is set to top two million under President Obama. Immigration judges say change is necessary.
As a high school senior, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson boarded a bus from New York City to Ithaca, to meet his idol, Carl Sagan. The meeting had a profound impact on Tyson, host of the new "Cosmos" series. Three scientists reflect on "Cosmos" and the mentors that influenced their careers.
The Retro Report documentary team looked back at a courtroom drama that dragged on for years, and produced a climate of mistrust between parents and preschool teachers during the mid-1980s. During the McMartin Preschool trial of the 1980s, the staff of a California preschool was accused of sexually abusing young children in horrific satanic rituals. The accusations set off wide-spread panic among parents in Manhattan Beach, California. Barbara Dury, contributing producer for Retro Report, looks back on the case.
Four years ago the U.S. Supreme Court made a blockbuster decision in the case of Citizens United, which dramatically changed the way political campaigns are funded. With the midterm election season about to get underway, The Takeaway speaks with the founders of the ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s—Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield—about money and politics in the post-Citizens United era and their campaign to reverse the Citizens United decision.
Ralph Green, the first African-American man to make the U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Team, says he's proudly representing both his country and his hometown of Brooklyn.
Most Americans will "spring forward" this weekend and lose an hour to daylight saving time. But daylight saving is hardly standardized in the United States, much less the world. In fact, some say it's "madness."
Everyone has something they'd like to change about their bodies. At the same time, science and medicine keep breaking new ground in improving how human bodies function. Technology continues to improve how our bodies function, allowing people to achieve the impossible. Regan Brashear, producer and director of "Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement," discusses what these technological advances mean for those with disabilities.
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.
As the crisis in Crimea continues to escalate, the threat of a new balkanization is fostering a sense of insecurity across the West. Rodger Baker, vice president of Asia-Pacific analysis at the global intelligence research firm Stratfor, explores Russia's occupation of Crimea. Though the conflict can have long-term geopolitical impacts, there is also a great deal of fear emerging in the Crimean peninsula for ethnic minorities. Natalia Antelava, a reporter for the BBC, The New Yorker and PRI's The World, explains.
Daylight saving time begins this Sunday, March 9 and as we turn the clocks forward, we want you to look forward too. What signs of spring are you seeing? Green shoots? What about the birds? What will convince you to pack away the winter woolies? We’re asking for your stories, your sounds and your sights of spring. Your photos that capture the first signs of the season can be sent here to our Facebook page , or by tweeting or instagraming us a photo with the hashtag #MySpringSign. We'll collect your pics and stories, and we’ll celebrate the arrival of spring here at TheTakeaway.org.
The 2014 Paralympic Winter Games begin Friday in Sochi, with athletes representing more than 45 nations. Though it wasn't always this way, today the games are as elite in the sporting world as the traditional Olympics. A look at the history and culture of the Paralympics with Paralympic historian and author Dr. Ian Brittain. As these athletes compete over the next 10 days, the public will undoubtedly observe the highest levels of athleticism. What does it takes to have "flow" and physical abilities to their limits? Steven Kotler explains.
Also on Today's Show: An update on the trial of three Al Jazeera English journalists charged with spreading false news and belonging to a “terrorist group" with Reza Sayah, a Cairo-based CNN international correspondent. The three are among 20 journalists accused by Egyptian authorities of assisting the banned Muslim Brotherhood...How would Plato, one of the world’s greatest philosophers, reflect on the 21st century? Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, the author of "Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away," looks at whether modern-day civilizations are living up to the Greek ideals.
On Wednesday, College Board President David Coleman announced that SAT is getting re-calibrated. Its vocabulary words will be less arcane and more in alignment with what students encounter in college courses. The 9-year-old essay section will become optional, and will be scored separately. The math questions will focus now focus on linear equations, functions, ratios, percentages and proportional reasoning. There are other changes, too. Julia Ryan, writes for and produces The Atlantic's Education Channel. She's been following the changes to the SAT and weighs in on whether the SAT is still a good metric to test student aptitude.
Is the Ukraine crisis a reassertion of Russian pride and is Crimea becoming the symbol of Russia's reemergence as an empire in Eastern Europe? Many on Capitol Hill and in academia have long argued that the moment would come when Russia would try to get back some of what it lost after the fall of the Soviet Union—is this new crisis an "I told you so" moment from the voices in D.C. who never believed the Cold War is over? Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent, and Michael Hirsh, Chief Correspondent for the National Journal, join The Takeaway to explain.
There are currently 80,000 people being held in solitary confinement across America. Many of these prisoners have been there for years or decades without any human contact. In an effort to understand what these prisoners are feeling, Colorado Department of Corrections Executive Director Rick Raemisch submitted himself to 20 hours of “administration segregation,” more commonly known as solitary confinement. Three Oscar-winners also took action to explore how prisoners are feeling behind bars. Documentarian Alex Gibney, narrator Susan Sarandon, and producer Robert Redford, coalesced to create “Death Row Stories.”
The original "Cosmos" aired in 1980 on PBS, and in just 13 episodes, astrophysicist Carl Sagan captured the hearts and minds of a generation. On Sunday, more than 30 years after the original series began, "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" will premiere. Hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, the new series pays direct homage to Sagan's original vision, in part because the original and the re-boot share an executive producer in Ann Druyan, wife of the late Carl Sagan. Today Druyan discusses the series and her life with Sagan.