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Todd Zwillich

Washington Correspondent, The Takeaway

Todd Zwillich appears in the following:

The Stimulus: One Year Later

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

One year ago President Obama signed a landmark economic stimulus package into law. So far, $272 billion has been sent into the country to keep teachers at work, build bridges and extend unemployment benefits. Now, a year later, we take a look at how the plan is working.

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Lucky Foods for the Chinese New Year

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Chinese New Year arrived on Sunday, and with it, a two-week period of celebration for the Year of the Tiger. In honor of the lunar new year, we talk with two prominent Chinese Americans about their favorite New Year foods and memories.

 

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Who Was Behind Dubai Killing?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

In January, 11 professional assassins wearing fake beards and carrying fake passports killed Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a senior Hamas official in his Dubai hotel.  Both Israel and Palestine have been accused of being involved in the assassination.

 

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Toyota's Campaign to Restore Confidence

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Over the last few weeks, Toyota has been criticized for poorly handling the media and its public relations campaign. In response, Toyota's President Akio Toyoda held a press conference in Tokyo this morning to answer questions. But is Toyota allaying consumer concerns?

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Takeouts: Greece Gets Economic Deadlines, NBA Trade Deadline, Our Dog Show Winner

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

  • BUSINESS TAKEOUT:  The Greek finance minister, George Papaconstantinou, is attempting to reassure the European Union that his country's deficit problems are largely under control, but New York Times finance reporter Louise Story tells us that not everybody is buying his story.
  • SPORTS TAKEOUT: Ibrahim Abdul-Matin takes a look at some possible moves that could happen before Wednesday afternoon's NBA trade deadline.
  • DOGS TAKEOUT: After more than a hundred submissions and several days of voting, the listeners' favorite was clear: a chihuahua named Benny, photographed looking anxious between a pair of Siamese cats.  We spoke with the owner and her mother about Benny and the advantages of looking scared in a competition.

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Troops Grapple with New Challenges in Afghan Offensive

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

American, British and Afghan troops have entered day five of a major offensive in a Taliban stronghold in Southern Afghanistan. While the offensive is largely going to plan, troops on the ground are dealing with far more than just encounters with Taliban fighters. The accidental killing of 12 civilians in Afghanistan in recent days has troops bringing condolences to the families of the victims.

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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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