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Todd Zwillich

Washington Correspondent, The Takeaway

Todd Zwillich appears in the following:

Small American Bank Owners Meet the President

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

One week after meeting with the heads of major banks, President Obama is scheduled to meet with the leaders of small and community banks today. He is likely to make the same request to them as he did the big banks: 'Please lend more.' With major banks taking up most of the headlines all year long, we wanted to take a look at how community banks are doing, and the answer may surprise you. Mike Menzies is the president and CEO of a small community bank, Easton Bank and Trust in Easton, M.D. – he says his bank will finish the year with a profit, but fears the next couple of years will be rough. David Gillen is finance editor for The New York Times, and says that community banks have actually done well despite the constant reports of bank closings.

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BBC Listeners Help Zambian Boy Live Dream to Fly

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A 13-year-old boy from a slum in Zambia is on his way to learning how to fly thanks to help from BBC radio listeners who heard his story. Freelance BBC reporter Jo Fidgen tells us about meeting the boy, Joseph Banda, and how she went along for the ride on his very first flight.

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After Death of Opposition Cleric, Iran Cracks Down on Protesters

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Since the disputed presidential elections in Iran this past summer, the government has cracked down on protesters, the opposition movement and the media. In the last several days (and since the death of noted cleric Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri, who had frequently spoken out against the government), protestors have again been taking to the streets. For an update on the political environment in Iran, we call Beirut to talk with Borzou Daragahi, the Middle East correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, who has managed to continue reporting from Tehran.

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Takeouts: Yelp Says No, Mojave Preservation, Usain Bolt

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

  • Money Takeout: Yelp walked away from an acquisition deal from Google worth more than $500 million... why? John Abell, of Wired.com, joins us to put the story in context. 
  • Environment Takeout: Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) is looking to make more than a million acres of the Mojave Desert into a national monument. Daniel Stone of Newsweek explains why this ambitious environmental effort might get government approval. 
  • Sports Takeout: After a brief discussion of the Redskins' trouncing at the Giants' hands last night, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin kicks off our series on the ten most memorable sports stories of 2009 with the fastest man alive, Usain Bolt. Watch him run!

 

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The Takeaway for Monday, December 22, 2009 (Early Edition)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Headlines; The Toyota Backlash

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Toyota Struggles With Recalls, Competition

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Toyota, as recently as a year ago, looked like it could escape the economic downturn unscathed and remain the auto giant it has been for decades. But recent bad press, including announcements of multiple recalls, may be hurting the Japanese auto maker and its times of dominance may soon be over. Paul Eisenstein is the publisher of The Detroit Bureau, and believes Toyota may be in big trouble. Steven Pecha thinks differently; he says the dealership he works at, Scott Clark's Toyota City in Matthews, N.C., has been doing well and all the bad news about recalls are a thing of the past.

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The Takeaway for Monday, December 21, 2009 (Final Edition)

Monday, December 21, 2009

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Remixing the Holidays: The Best And Worst Holiday Music

Monday, December 21, 2009

The Twin Peaks cast sings "The Twelve Days of Christmas," Charlie Brown gets remixed...and more! We kick off our week-long "Remixing the Holidays" series with the best and worst Christmas music as selected by Jon Solomon, a DJ who's hosted a 24-hour Christmas show for each of the last 20 years.

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Shady Auto Warranties Running out of Gas

Monday, December 21, 2009

Advertisements for extended auto warranties are everywhere on television and in mailboxes, but some customers have been complaining that when the repair bills come due, the warranty guarantors are nowhere to be found. Consumer watchdogs are looking sharply at some of the warranty companies, and reporter Scott Graf, from WFAE in Charlotte, NC, says it looks like the boom times for bogus insurance may be ending. 

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Military Recruitment

Monday, December 21, 2009

The military has spent a year looking for non-American citizens to boost the number of service members with diverse language skills, in the "Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest" (MAVNI) program. As the program wraps up, Army recruiter Staff Sgt. Khori Grant discusses how the recruitment campaign has gone and introduces one of his new international recruits, Srinivasa Dandu.

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Takeouts: Online Docs, Kobe, Listeners on Loans

Monday, December 21, 2009

  • Finance Takeout: New York Times business and finance reporter Louise Story tells us about a new program from the United Health Group that lets patients "visit" doctors online for about $45 a pop.
  • Sports Takeout: Ibrahim Abdul-Matin previews the Monday Night Football matchup between the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins. The Giants need to win this game in order to keep their playoff hopes alive. We also discuss Kobe Bryant, who has also been on an incredible scoring streak despite playing with a broken finger.
  • Listener Takeouts: Listeners called in and wrote us to share their student loan stories and also to share the stipulations they found lurking in their fine print.

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After Copenhagen: Reviewing the Climate Change Summit

Monday, December 21, 2009

The climate change summit in Copenhagen wrapped up over the weekend - and a muted response has greeted what some are calling a toothless agreement, which observers note is merely a statement of intent rather than a binding document. David Biello, associate editor of environment and energy at Scientific American, was at the summit in Copenhagen. He says if you try to pick winners and losers from the conference you'll find that no nation really came out on top. And Kathleen McGinty, chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality during the Clinton administration, says that the White House blew an important chance for diplomatic action.

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Managing Religious Differences at Family Holiday Dinners

Monday, December 21, 2009

Getting together with one's family during holidays is a pretty natural affair. But it’s also a time when you all get together and rediscover each other’s differences ... and this can be particularly true when it comes to religious beliefs.

How you do respectfully take on those differences, particularly when your kids may have become MORE religious than you? We talk with Lisa Belkin, who writes the family and parenting blog Motherlode for our partner The New York Times, and Laurie Dinerstein-Kurs, who has some of her ten grandchildren home at big holidays.

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Iranian Opposition Mourns Dissident Cleric

Monday, December 21, 2009

We're watching more turmoil in Iran this morning. Over the weekend, 87-year-old Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, one of the Islamic republic's founding leaders, passed away in his sleep. The revered ayatollah was a fierce critic of  the nation's current leadership ... and the country's opposition took to the streets in mourning yesterday.

Joining us is Robert Worth, the New York Times Beirut bureau chief.

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This Week's Agenda with Chris Hayes and Jill McGivering

Monday, December 21, 2009

We look ahead to the coming week with Chris Hayes, Washington editor for The Nation, and Jill McGivering, BBC's Asia editor.  On the agenda: this morning's Senate deal on health care reform; where U.S. and Pakistani relations are headed; when Guantánamo Bay might close; the end results of climate meetings in Copenhagen; and the president's coming vacation in his home state, Hawai'i.

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Takeouts: Citadel Bankruptcy, NFL, Listeners on Student Loans

Monday, December 21, 2009

  • Money Takeout: New York Times business and finance reporter Louise Story reports on the bankruptcy filing of Citadel Broadcasting Company - the third largest radio group in the country and the home of popular syndicated programs from Don Imus and Rush Limbaugh, among others.
  • Sports Takeout: Ibrahim Abdul-Matin recaps the weekend's NFL action, which leaves us with only one undefeated team in the league, a clearing playoff picture in the NFC but a murky one in the AFC.
  • Listener Responses: Listeners keep calling in with great stories (and great tragedies) that came in the fine print of their student loans.

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Health Care Reform Jumps Major Hurdle in Senate

Monday, December 21, 2009

Monday morning at 1 a.m., Senate Democrats scrambled over a major hurdle in their attempts to pass a comprehensive health care reform bill through Congress.  But in order to secure the 60 votes necessary to move forward, the proposed health care bill had to undergo a series of concessions and transformations that altered some of its original mainstays (no more public option, triggered or otherwise, and no Medicare expansion).  The compromise, some detractors say, may cost Democrats politically in the long run.

The Takeaway discusses the merits and shortcomings of a bill that aims to extend coverage to 31 million uninsured Americans with Theda Skocpol, professor of sociology and government at Harvard University.  Hanging over the discussion, a larger question looms: is there a problem with the mechanics of how a bill becomes a law?

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The Takeaway for Monday, December 21, 2009 (Early Edition)

Monday, December 21, 2009

Headlines; Health Care Reform Jumps Major Hurdle in Senate

 

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Takeouts: COBRA at 1 a.m., Chris Henry, Weekend Movies

Friday, December 18, 2009

  • Washington Takeout: From Washington, our own Todd Zwillich on why Senators were up at 1 a.m. to vote on extending unemployment insurance and COBRA subsidies.
  • Sports Takeout: Ibrahim Abdul-Matin explores what the death of a Cincinnati Bengals player says about young players in the NFL.
  • Movie Takeout: Rafer Guzman on what to see this weekend (Avatar) and what to avoid at all costs (Nine).

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Takeouts: Debt Ceiling, Scandal Insurance

Thursday, December 17, 2009

  • Washington Takeout: Todd Zwillich joins us to describe efforts by Congress to finish the year's work, including raising the nation's debt "ceiling" by a mere $300 billion. (To put the debt ceiling into context, see our previous Debtor Nation numbers segment.)
  • Business Takeout: LeConte Moore, managing director at DeWitt Stern Group, is about to offer a new type of insurance to companies who want to protect themselves from a Tiger Woodstype backlash.

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