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Todd Zwillich

Washington Correspondent, The Takeaway

Todd Zwillich has been reporting from Washington, DC for close to 15 years. Todd's first byline was as a science and medicine reporter in the trade press, but it didn't take long for him to find his way to Capitol Hill. Todd worked for several years for Reuters, wrote about new research for Science and covered the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina for the British Lancet. He found his way to radio in 2006, becoming a public radio reporter on Capitol Hill. He covered the 2008 Republican and Democratic National Conventions for WAMU in Washington and several other public radio stations. Todd first appeared on the The Takeaway when it was in pilot and joined the show as Washington Correspondent in 2009.

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OKCupid Co-Founder Speaks Out

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

This week, online dating giant OKCupid came under some fire for taking the "scientific approach" to match-making to the next level when it revealed that it had conducted experiments on the site's users. Christian Rudder, co-founder of OKCupid, explains what the company did and why. 

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The 2014 Midterms: Here Are the Open Races to Watch

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

We continue our game of Texas Hold'em —Senate elections style—and take a look at how the battle for the United Sates Senate might go. Today the deck is stacked with races with open seats, where incumbents are retiring, leaving the door wide-open for a new candidate.

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The Violent Past of the NRA's Top Lawyer

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." That has become something of a motto for the National Rifle Association. But according to a new report by Mother Jones magazine, a bad guy with a gun might be the NRA's top lawyer. 

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Lessons from a Jewish Mother & Palestinian Father

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The daughter of a Palestinian father and a Jewish mother, Claire Hajaj's expertise on the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is personal. Her new novel is based on the story of her parents who met and fell in love at at British university in the summer of 1967 as the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians raged on.

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Can the West Curb Russia's Bad Behavior?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Even though the pressure is mounting from both Europe and the United States, it's possible sanctions may not go far enough. What’s taken the U.S. and E.U. so long to reach consensus on sanctions? And how is this changing the relationship between Western Europe and Russia?

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Has Congress Fixed the VA for Good?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

After six weeks of negotiations, Congress has finally reached an agreement on how reform the veteran healthcare system. A key part of the proposal lets veterans bypass the VA system in the case of a backlog and instead seek out treatment from non-VA Medicare-eligible providers. 

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2014 Midterm Elections Heat Up

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Democrats have held the majority in the Senate for almost eight years now, but as the November 2014 elections approach Republicans are feeling confident they can take it back. This week, we're taking a closer look at some of the 36 races heating up across the country. 

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The Electronic Waste Orchestra

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Musician and programmer Colten Jackson is getting some use out stuff most of us call trash. With six hard drives and an old keyboard number pad, Jackson put together his first e-waste instrument: The hard drive guitar. It's part of a project called the Electric Waste Orchestra.

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An Inside Look at Gaza's Tunnels

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

In a televised address late Monday night, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his citizens to prepare for a long fight in Gaza. 

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Mistrust Fuels Deadly Ebola Outbreak

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The deadliest Ebola outbreak on record continues to spread in West Africa, claiming the lives of nearly 700 people. Part of what makes fighting the outbreak in Sierra Leone so difficult is the deep-seated mistrust of the government.

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ISIS: From Militia to State

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The conflict in Syria is producing some gruesome images and harrowing statistics. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is reporting that 1,600 people had been killed in just 10 days this month.

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Deadly Ebola Virus Reaches U.S. Physicians

Monday, July 28, 2014

Healthcare workers in some parts of Africa are now taking on two battles—the fight to control the growing threat of the Ebola virus, which has killed more than 670 people in four countries since March, and now armed youths who are threatening doctors who they believe are spreading the disease, not containing it.

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At This School, Students Rule the Classroom

Monday, July 28, 2014

At this school, there are no tests, or textbooks—and the students are the teachers. Instead of textbook homework assignmentsthe usual line-up of pop quizzes, and final exams, each semester students design their own curriculum and carry out their own independent projects.

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A Different Kind of Senate Candidate

Monday, July 28, 2014

Gil Fulbright may have is very own campaign bus, but Gil won’t be featured on the ballot come November, because he’s not even a real person. He’s a satirical character, a product of the bi-partisan organization Represent.Us, designed to highlight the corrupting influence of big money in politics.

 

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Congress Reaches Deal on Veterans Bill

Monday, July 28, 2014

It's the last week before Congress heads home for August recess, and we may actually see a break from the usual congressional gridlock when it comes to veterans affairs. House and Senate negotiators reached a compromise over the weekend to help the embattled veteran healthcare system.

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The Price of Chocolate is Rising

Monday, July 28, 2014

Earlier this year, we reported that shortages of limes, avocados, and pork have sent prices of margaritas, guacamole, and bacon sky high. And now the unthinkable: Mars and Hershey have announced that they will be increasing the prices of chocolate products price by seven and eight percent, respectively. How will we cope?

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The Takeaway Weekender: A Dream of Peace, A Vacation From The News, and A Prescription for Play

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender! Our weekend podcast consists of a round up of the week's best interviews and top stories. Catch up on the news you missed with some of these must-hear stories. 1. The Elusive Dream of Peace in Gaza | 2. How to Cope When the News is Grim & Overwhelming | 3. Tax Dodgers: U.S. Fears Firms Who Choose to be 'Un-American' |  4. 40 Years After Watergate, New Film Lets Nixon Speak in His Own Words | 5. Doctors Prescribe New Medicine For Kids: Go Outside

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How to Cope When the News is Grim

Friday, July 25, 2014

It's been one of those weeks where the bad news just kept piling on: Gaza, Ukraine, plane crashes and an ebola outbreak, just to name a few. Sometimes, simply taking a vacation from the news seems like the only way to preserve some sanity.

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Is Morgan Freeman Lying To You About Your Brain?

Friday, July 25, 2014

The new movie “Lucy” is based on the oft-cited statistic that we only use 10 percent of our brains. But is 90 percent of your brain really just untapped potential?

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Gaza: A Day of Rage & The Search for a Cease-Fire

Friday, July 25, 2014

Yesterday in Gaza, an apparent Israeli strike rocked a school run by United Nations relief workers and killed at least 10 people. As the violence intensifies, international aid workers are finding it increasingly difficult to continue doing their job.

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