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Todd Zwillich

Washington Correspondent, The Takeaway

Todd Zwillich appears in the following:

Countering Copenhagen Carbon with Kilns

Friday, December 11, 2009

With luminaries flying in from all over the world, the carbon footprint of the Copenhagen summit had worried the Danish government ...but they've come up with a surprising way of making the summit carbon-neutral.  The Danes are contributing about $1 million into a project to replace 20 traditional brick kilns with energy efficient ones, thousands of miles away in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Denmark says the scheme will cut 50,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions a year, offsetting the fuel spent by the 15,000 delegates' flights to Copenhagen. We talk with the BBC’s Mark Dummett from Dhaka to find out more about the program.

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One Year After Madoff's Arrest

Friday, December 11, 2009

Hard to believe, but it's been one year since Ponzi scheme 'mastermind' Bernie Madoff was arrested for scamming over $50 billion from investors. We thought it'd be the perfect time to check in and see how Madoff's victims and associates are doing, one year after his arrest. Aaron Lucchetti is a reporter for The Wall Street Journal whose latest article says the Madoff sons are having an incredibly hard time finding themsleves new jobs. Cynthia Crane was one of Madoff's many victims; she decided to adapt her story for the theatre in a show titled, "John Denver, Bernie Madoff, and Me."

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Takeouts: Bank Bonuses, Editor & Publisher, Listeners on Nobel

Friday, December 11, 2009

  • Business Takeout: New York Times finance reporter Louise Story explains why Goldman Sachs is paying its 30 top people bonuses entirely in stock, rather than cash.
  • Publishing Takeout: Another blow was dealt to the newspaper industry yesterday when the Nielsen company decided to fold Editor & Publisher magazine. Greg Mitchell, editor of the 125-year-old trade magazine, shares his memories of the paper and his expectations for the industry it leaves behind.
  • Listener Takeout: We hear from our listeners about President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize award in Oslo, yesterday.

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Five American Muslims Detained In Pakistan

Friday, December 11, 2009

Five young men from Northern Virginia were arrested in Pakistan on Thursday for alleged ties to Muslim militant groups there, and will likely be deported. Just weeks after the Fort Hood shooting, we take a look at these young American Muslims. We're joined by Ibrahim Hooper, the national communications director at the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and Siobhan Gorman, intelligence reporter at the Wall Street Journal, who break down what we know about these five men and report reactions from the Muslim community in Virginia.

This case and possibly others raise enough concerns that it's something the Muslim community wants to deal with. That's why we're planning an outreach campaign to Muslim youth, offering a mainstream perspective on a variety of issues, so that when they go on the Internet and have access to these kinds of extremist viewpoints from overseas, that they have a balancing perspective. I don't think we're seeing this kind of thing develop from something that's said in a mosque in America -- you're seeing it develop from people accessing extremist websites or extremist viewpoints in the international arena.
--Ibrahim Hooper, the national communications director at the Council on American-Islamic Relations

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Examining a Tentative Health Care Compromise

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Details of the health care compromise reached by Senate Democrats – which will certainly change as Congressional negotiations grind on – are trickling out. Changes on the table include dropping the contentious 'public option,' and an expansion in Medicare coverage to include people aged 55-64. To discuss this and other aspects of yesterday's deal, we talk with our Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich and Ken Thorpe, chair of the Department of Health Policy at Emory University.

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Takeouts: Health Care Reform, Seized Assets on Sale, Princesses

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

  • Health Care Reform Takeout: Our own Todd Zwillich describes the balancing act Senate Democrats are performing as they try to move health care reform forward.
  • Property Takeout: Denver Post reporter Michael Booth walks us through government-seized assets now on sale from the FDIC.
  • Listener Takeout: We hear from you about holiday parties, jobs and why you think Disney princesses aren't the best role models for little girls, no matter their race.

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Public Option Cut as Dems Wrangle Health Care Reform

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Late last night, Senate Democrats reportedly furthered the effort to get their fractious members to move ahead on reforming the nation's health care.  The deal, as reported by The New York Times, sets aside the contentious 'public option' and will instead expand Medicare coverage and provide incentives for insurers to set up national not-for-profit plans.  For more on the delicate negotiating, we turn to our own Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich.

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Takeouts: Pakistan, Listeners, EPA on Greenhouse Gasses

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

  • Washington Takeout: Todd Zwillich brings us yesterday's announcement from the Environmental Protection Agency, which says greenhouse gasses are harmful to humans and can be regulated without Congressional approval.
  • World Takeout: The BBC's Aleem Maqbool joins us from Islamabad to update us on recent bombings in the Punjabi city of Multan.
  • Listener Takeouts: We hear from our listeners about climate change and creative job hunting.

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Abortion Funding Complicates Senate Health Negotiations

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

The issue of taxpayer money funding health plans that cover abortions is once again thoroughly complicating negotiations over health care reform in the Senate, despite the 33-year-old 'Hyde Amendment,' which bans the use of federal funds for abortions. To lay out the current positions in the debate, we speak with Jessica Arons, director for the Women's Health and Rights Program at the Center for American Progress, and our own Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent.

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Student Protests Ramping Up in Tehran

Monday, December 07, 2009

We're watching the story unfold in Tehran today, where student protestors have gathered to express their opposition to the government.  Our partner, the BBC, is reporting that riot place have fired live ammunition and used tear-gas and batons against the anti-government protestors. We talk with Hamid Dabashi, professor of Iranian studies and comparative literature at Columbia University.

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Why It's Not Easy Being Green

Monday, December 07, 2009

Most of us know that environmental change is an issue and that our choices affect it... so why aren't we doing all we should to fix things? David Biello, associate online editor for Scientific American, and Benjamin Ho, behavioral economist at Cornell University, discuss why humans aren't more ecologically responsible, and how we can convince (or trick, even) ourselves to change our behaviors for the common good.

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Dangers of 'Car Phones' Known Early

Monday, December 07, 2009

We've talked a lot about research on the dangers of texting and even talking on the phone while driving.  But a new report out by our partner The New York Times shows evidence of a cell phone industry that was aware of those risks decades before most people had ever seen seen the devices initially marketed as "car phones."  It's part of the Times' Driven to Distraction series; we're joined by the series' editor, Adam Bryant, deputy business editor for The New York Times.

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How the President Made an Afghanistan Strategy

Monday, December 07, 2009

In a front page article published in Sunday's New York Times, Peter Baker details how President Obama came to decide on the new Afghanistan war strategy he delivered to cadets at West Point last week. Baker's article describes a patient, methodical and oftentimes frustrating process which, over the course of three months, led to a policy that may define Obama's presidency.  

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Takeouts: Health Reform, College Bowls, Listeners on the Economy

Monday, December 07, 2009

  • Washington: Jay Newton-Small, of Time Magazine, discusses the week's health care reform negotiations in the Senate a day after President Obama huddled his party for a "pep talk."
  • Sports Takeouts: Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin questions if Texas belongs in the BCS Championship; and he previews the Ravens vs. the Packers on Monday Night Football.
  • Listeners' Takeouts: Listeners have written and called in to tell us how the better-than-expected unemployment numbers are affecting their towns and neighborhoods. Some are wondering what worse than expected might look like. 

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Copenhagen Climate Conference Begins

Monday, December 07, 2009

The most anticipated conversation about the environment in years will kick off in Copenhagen today. It'll last seven days: Leaders from 192 countries, including President Obama, will attend at least some of the conference. by. International Herald Tribute correspondent James Kanter joins us from Copenhagen to tell us what's on the agenda there. Meanwhile, climate legislation seems low on the list of major priorities for the Obama administration. Politico's Ben Smith joins us to talk about how, with healthcare and financial reform on the agenda, serious legislative action on climate will likely be a long time coming.

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As the Economic Downturn Hits Under the Christmas Tree

Monday, December 07, 2009

For many families the holidays are a time of togetherness, good food and especially, presents. But in the middle of an economic downturn, it is harder than ever for many families to stack the hearth high with gifts for the kids. We talk with two parents who have been thinking a lot about downsizing their holidays. Marvin Powell lost his job with General Motors in October, and when he tried to explain a leaner Christmas to his son, the six-year-old suprised him with some youthful wisdom, saying "Daddy, [presents] are not even what its about. It's about being thankful." Ylonda Gault Caviness, longtime parenting journalist for the website iVillage, shares her tips on how to explain a scaled-back holiday to children.

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Senate to Vote on Abortion Coverage in Healthcare Bill

Monday, December 07, 2009

The President made a rare visit to Capitol Hill this Sunday to urge Democratic lawmakers to "finish the job" of hammering out the details in the health care reform bill currently on the Senate floor.  The Democrats need a 'supermajority' of 60 Senators to keep the bill moving in the face of determined opposition from Senate Republicans. Divisive issues within the majority party leaving the future of the bill uncertain.  This morning, the Senate is scheduled to vote on an amendment which will determine whether or not taxpayer money goes to paying for abortion procedures.  The New York Times' David Herszenhorn joins us to explain exactly how this morning's vote could prove a tipping point for national health care reform as a whole.

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This Week's Agenda with Reihan Salam and Adam Mynott

Monday, December 07, 2009

Reihan Salam, fellow at the New America Foundation; and Adam Mynott, BBC world affairs correspondent, look at the week's agenda: what to look for from Copenhagen as international climate talks kicks off; what's ahead for health care in the Senate; what President Obama could say in his new-jobs speech on Tuesday, and what's in store for an overhaul of America's financial system.

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Takeouts: TARP, Openly Gay Bishop, Undefeated NFL Teams

Monday, December 07, 2009

  • Money Takeout: Louise Story, of The New York Times,tells us about the unexpectedly good news about TARP bailout money: almost all of it will be paid back! So the next question is, what to spend the nearly $700 Billion on?
  • Religion Takeouts: Kevin Eckstrom, editor for Religion News Service, talks about the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles' election of the nation's second openly gay bishop.
  • Sports Takeouts: Takeaway sports contributor, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, recaps Sunday's NFL action including Michael Vick's comeback to Atlanta, and the Saints and Colts both keeping the perfect season hopes alive.

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Credit Crunch Leaves Small Businesses Wanting

Monday, December 07, 2009

At last week's White House Jobs Summit, small business owners from across the country pressed President Obama on dozens of issues related to the economic downturn. Credit, though, was a central issue: The credit crunch has prevented thousands of businesses from obtaining loans to expand, shift gears, or even just fund day-to-day operations. Today, Maryland governor Martin O'Malley will unveil a strategy intended to help small business owners get credit. One such business owner, Dawn P. Jackson, is the owner of NuDawn Marketing Group in Maryland and president of Women Business Owners of Prince George's Country. Dawn hoped to expand her small marketing business, but she has been discouraged from applying for credit after several banks told her that she was unlikely to get any. Maryland's Secretary of Commerce, Christian Johannson, joins us with a preview of what the governor's plan entails.

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