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Todd Zwillich

Washington Correspondent, The Takeaway

Todd Zwillich appears in the following:

Obama Administration Moves to Finance New Nuclear Plants

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

President Obama is expected to announce loan guarantees for the construction and operation of two nuclear reactors in Georgia. The announcement is part of an effort to create jobs, find alternative energy sources and gain bipartisan support. 

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Bill Keller Explains Why The New York Times Held the Story of Captured Taliban Commander

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Last night's breaking news that allied troops captured Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban's top military commander, was actually uncovered by The New York Times last week. 

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Remixing Mardi Gras Music with Terence Blanchard and Nick Spitzer

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

It's Fat Tuesday, the day of excess before Lent begins, and the day would not be complete without the sound of horns, drums and jubilant voices singing throughout the French Quarter of New Orleans.

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North Korean Leader's Birthday Offers Rare Glimpse Behind Curtain

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Today marks the 68th birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il. He is well known for keeping his country and citizens isolated from the outside world, and now, with rumors of his failing health, North Korea watchers are keenly focused on the future of this extremely secretive, and isolated regime.

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Killing vs. Capturing Terrorists

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

On repeated occasions, President Obama and members of his administration have boasted not just of capturing, but of killing terrorists. We take a closer look at the implications of this “kill-over-capture” bias and what makes these targeted killings legal.

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Takeouts: European Finance Ministers Fight Obama Bank Plan, Ice Hockey Heats Up at the Winter Olympics

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

  • MONEY TAKEOUT: European Finance Ministers are uniting against a plan by President Obama to overhaul the banking system. New York Times finance reporter Louise Story tells us more.
  • OLYMPICS TAKEOUT: The international men's hockey tournament is heating up at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Freelance sports writer Dan Friedell joins us from Vancouver.

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Evan Bayh Delivers New Blow to Senate Democrats

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Yesterday, Indiana's Democratic Senator Evan Bayh announced that he will not be seeking re-election later this year. The news came as both a shock and a painful blow to national Democrats still reeling from last month's upset in the Massachusetts special election that saw the loss of their supermajority status.

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How to Turn your Hobby Into a Business the World Wants

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Have you ever thought of turning your daydreams into a business? The economic climate may be stormy, but now might be the perfect time to do it − depending on where your interests lie. Justin Jones-Fosu, leadership trainer and host of WEAA's "Listen Up!" explains.

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For Sale: Abbey Road Studios

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The EMI music group has been looking for bidders for the London property where Abbey Road studios was built in 1929.  In order to avoid breaching the terms of a $5 billion loan contract with Citigroup, they need to raise some money soon.  James Whittington from the BBC Business Unit explains the business issues and how the buyer will also be buying the Abbey Road brand.  Meanwhile, the iconic property immortalized by the Beatles' final album, "Abbey Road," is still being used as a music studio. Friend of John Lennon, Bill Harry tells us about Abbey Road's relevance as an icon and its continued importance within the music industry.

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Visiting Doctors Haunted by Haiti

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Dr. Steven Landau, a family physician from Smithfield, N.C. rushed to Haiti after the earthquake to do his part in the relief effort. He was not prepared for the emotional toll of the experience. He tells us what he saw and how he coped.

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Takeouts: Privacy Issues for Google Buzz, Tough Contract Negotiations for NBA, Your Olympic Dreams

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

  • MONEY TAKEOUT: New York Times finance reporter Louise Story takes a look at Google Buzz and privacy issues.
  • SPORTS TAKEOUT: Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin reports on heated contract negotiations between the NBA and players.
  • RESPONSES: Listeners share their dream Olympic sports.

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US, Pakistani Intelligence Forces Capture Senior Taliban Figure

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

U.S. and Pakistani intelligence forces, working together, have captured a leading Taliban figure. The apprehension of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar may cause a significant disruption to Taliban operations in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and raises questions of whether ties are warming between Pakistan's intelligence service, the ISI, and the CIA. Baradar is reportedly being interrogated by both American and Pakistani operatives. Georgetown Prof. Christine Fair, who focuses on Pakistan and Afghanistan, joins us for analysis.

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Let's Move to Canada! Global Liveability Report Reveals World's Top Cities

Monday, February 15, 2010

Cities in Australia and Canada top the list of the world's most liveable places, according to a new survey, with Vancouver at number one. One reason is these towns are less dense, with lower crime rates and less pressure on infrastructure. We find out more from Jon Copestake, editor of the Liveability Survey for The Economist Intelligence Unit.

 


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University of Alabama Shooter's Past Reveals Strange Details

Monday, February 15, 2010

Amy Bishop, who was charged with killing three people at the University of Alabama, may face the death penalty or life in prison. The Harvard-educated professor had been denied tenure and opened fire on her colleagues. New York Times reporter, Shaila Dewan gives us the details on the strange twists behind the violent story.

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The Westminster Kennel Club and Why We Love Dogs

Monday, February 15, 2010

Today, the 134th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show begins.  173 breeds are competing for Best in Show, including three new breeds. What is it about our canine friends that we humans find so captivating? And have our doggie obsessions gone too far?

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In Afghanistan, Waiting for Gen. McChrystal's 'Government in a Box'

Monday, February 15, 2010

Allied forces continue to fight in Marjah, Afghanistan as they attempt to clear hundreds of Taliban fighters out of the region.  But what happens once the offensive is over? 

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Takeouts: Afghans React to Marjah Offensive, Hollywood Sign's New Message, Wall Street Lurks Behind Greece's Woes

Monday, February 15, 2010

  • AFGHANISTAN: Emal Pasarly, editor at the BBC Pashtu service gives us insight into how ordinary Afghans are responding to the joint offensive in their country.
  • HOLLYWOOD LAND: The Trust for Public Land covered the Hollywood sign with a sheet saying, "Save the Peak" to raise awareness about a plan to cover the Cahuenga Peak with luxury houses being built. Sam Hodder from the Trust for Public Land joins us to talk about why they are doing this and how much money they need to raise to conserve the land.
  • FINANCIAL TAKEOUT: New York Times Wall Street and finance contributor Louise Story details Wall Street's involvement in the current financial woes of European countries like Greece, Portugal and Italy. 

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Illegal Immigration on the Decline, Impact in Florida

Monday, February 15, 2010

According to the Department of Homeland Security, the number of illegal immigrants living in the U.S. has declined by one million since 2008, with states like California, Florida, Arizona, New York and New Jersey seeing the largest drops. The economic recession has made it difficult for many undocumented immigrants to find work and make enough money to send to their families in their country of origin.

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Are the Olympics Moving too Fast?

Monday, February 15, 2010

Vancouver, British Columbia, host of the 2010 Winter Olympics, pulled out all the stops for this year's games — spending approximately $100 million to construct newer, bigger and faster courses for the world’s finest athletes.  But we're discovering bigger isn’t always better.  

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Autism Facts, Autism Fiction

Monday, February 15, 2010

New studies and rumors fly almost every week on what (allegedly) causes autism and what "cures" it. At the same time, autism studies (including the frequently-cited Wakefield study linking MMR vaccines to autism in 1998) occasionally get retracted. What's true and what's not? Dr. Perri Klass and Dr. Eileen Costello, pediatricians and co-authors of "Quirky Kids: Understanding and Helping Your Child Who Doesn't Fit In - When to Worry and When Not to Worry," distinguish autism facts from autism fiction.

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