The New York Times has reported that AT&T is selling personal customer information to the C.I.A. for more than $10 million a year. There are no subpoenas or court orders involved. The reason? To assist with overseas counterterrorism investigations. Joining The Takeaway to weigh in is Susan Crawford, a professor at Cardozo Law School and the author of “Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age."
Yesterday, 12 players involved in the Biogenesis scandal each agreed to a 50-game suspension. Alex Rodriguez received a harsher penalty, banning him through the 2014 season, though he plans to appeal the 211-game suspension. Under league rules, he is allowed to play until an arbitrator decides the case. Jay Goldberg spent 15 years as a sports agent. He joins us to break down the consequences of the suspension for A-Rod, the MLB, and baseball fans.
It's thought that Albert Einsten once said, “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” Well, Einstein’s endorsement of the cluttered desk now has the backing of a team of researchers at the University of Minnesota. Ryan Rahinel is the author of a new study on orderliness, decision-making and creativity. He joins The Takeaway to discuss his findings about messy desks and the research behind it.
This week we're exploring the individual and collective experience of post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD in America as we enter the long aftermath of two wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. But for many, PTSD is about identity. For screenwriter Matt Cook, his identity changed after the 9/11 attacks, after serving in the war in Iraq and then going back to the battlefield as a civilian. He recently wrote about his experiences in Afghanistan for Texas Monthy magazine, which showcases a journey from movie mythology to his own grim reality.
Four years ago this November, Major Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire on soldiers at the Fort Hood Army Base in Killeen, Texas, killing 13 people and injuring many more. Today, Major Hasan’s trial begins. The Army has already spent more than $5 million on the case. But there are other reasons why this case is unprecedented. Geoffrey S. Corn, a former Army prosecutor and defense lawyer and a professor at the South Texas College of Law, explains.
The Washington Post announced on Monday that is selling ownership of the paper to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos for $250 million. The Graham family has owned control and editorial leadership of the Post for the last 80 years. Sheryl Gay Stolberg, political features writer for our partner The New York Times, says she was floored when she heard the news. Today Stolberg joins us to talk about the sale of a family dynasty.
Has there been a reset in the U.S. Iran relationship? Yesterday's inauguration of the newly-elected President Hassan Rouhani was a chance to assure Iranian and U.S. leaders that an opportunity for real change exists now. Joining us to discuss this is Amir Paivar, Business Correspondent with BBC Persian TV.
You and your television set may be caught in a standoff between the Time Warner Cable and CBS Television. Time Warner's current contract with CBS expired this weekend, blocking out CBS stations, and cable networks owned by CBS, in large parts of New York, Los Angeles and Dallas. Jon Lafayette, Business Editor for Broadcasting and Cable Magazine, joins us to examine the stalemate and what's next for the media giants.
The fate of next year’s Kentucky senate race—and that of Republican Senator Mitch McConnell—might be tied to his oratorical performance at a picnic that took place on Saturday in Fancy Farm, Kentucky. The event has developed into a crucial test of political power in Kentucky. Gabe Bullard, Director of News and Editorial Strategy at WFPL, reports on how the candidates fared.
Secretary of State John Kerry explained in an interview with Pakistani television that the U.S. could end drone strikes in the country in the near future. But there are those who claim that the U.S. and Pakistan have both benefited from the use of drones. C. Christine Fair, Professor at the Center for Peace and Security Studies at Georgetown University, explains why.
Over the weekend, a terrorism threat prompted the United States to close dozens of American diplomatic posts in the Middle East, North Africa and elsewhere. In addition to closing embassies, the Department of State issued a travel alert to U.S. citizens abroad. On Sunday the State Department extended the closure of some diplomatic posts. Joining us to discuss the closures is Mark Mazzetti, reporter for our partner The New York Times.
In this first installment in The Takeaway's series on post-traumatic stress disorder—commonly referred to as PTSD—we look at the disorder through multiple lenses. Former Marine and author of the upcoming book "The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress disorder" David Morris joins us to discuss his personal experience with PTSD, as well as in the context of psychology, medicine, and literature.
Christine Montross, assistant professor of psychiatry at Brown University, is a practicing psychiatrist who focuses on the most severe cases. Her patients ingest knives, nails and light-bulbs, and suffer from seizures and hallucinations and experience psychosis. She’s the author of “Falling into the Fire: A Psychiatrist’s Encounters with the Mind in Crisis.” She joins The Takeaway to discuss mental illness over the last 100 years and the strides that still need to be made.
Lindsay Lohan, Pornstars, Denzel and Marky Mark. That's your Movie Date lineup for this weekend. The new films "The Canyons"and "Guns 2" are all out this weekend. Bringing us the reviews of these films is our Movie Date team—Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer. They weigh in with their top picks from the week and the films to steer clear of.
A New York State law has caused a fair share of controversy because it forces some severely mentally ill to undergo treatment. On today's show, we hear from Dr. Paul Appelbaum, director of the division of Law, Ethics and Psychiatry at Columbia University’s medical school and Margaret, whose son has been forced into assisted outpatient treatment under the law.
"Fabulous Fab" Fabrice Tourre has been cast into the spotlight once again. Yesterday, he was found liable of civil securities fraud. New York Times DealBook reporter Michael de La Merced joins us from the New York Times newsroom with more on the case and its "fabulous" frontman.
NSA leaker Ed Snowden has finally found freedom for the next year. Russia granted the leaker asylum yesterday, souring relations with the U.S. The Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Andrew Weiss, has some ideas for a diplomatic solution. Steve Myers, New York Times Moscow Bureau Chief, explains the response on the ground.
Congress has stuck by its promise not to bail out Detroit in the wake of its bankruptcy filing. It’s a position that has Dan Kildee, a Democratic Congressman from Flint, Michigan, infuriated. The federal government has spent more than $700 billion bailing out banks and the auto industry. So, he asks, why can’t it bail out Detroit?
A new state law in Georgia called the “Lethal Injection Secrecy Act” keeps the names of pharmacies that manufacture the chemicals used in lethal injections secret from the public. Proponents of the law say it is there to protect the pharmaceutical manufacturers from protests and attacks. But at least one judge is questioning whether this new law is constitutional. Claire Simms, reporter for Georgia Public Broadcasting, has been covering this story.
The 113th Congress begins its summer recess tomorrow. It has a lot of unfinished business that it probably won’t manage to address before the recess starts. Congress can at least mark one item off the agenda. Yesterday, the House passed a student loan compromise. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich explains the new law, and what Congress didn't get done before its summer recess.