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Todd Zwillich

Washington Correspondent, The Takeaway

Todd Zwillich appears in the following:

Health Care Round Table: The Debate Outside Washington

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Tomorrow President Obama will hold his health care summit with House and Senate leaders from both parties.  Earlier in today's show, we spoke with two lawmakers from the House, who are also doctors,  Rep. Jim McDermott, a Democrat from Washington State and Rep. Michael Burgess, a Republican from Texas.  Now we bring the conversation full circle, from the lawmakers in Washington back to the public that they serve.

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Japan Reacts to the Congressional Hearing on Toyota

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The president of Japanese car giant Toyota will appear before Congress today as part of a probe into the company's recall of millions of vehicles over sudden acceleration problems, which have been blamed for about 30 U.S. deaths.

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Shrinking the American Broadband Gap

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Obama administration has made universal access to broadband Internet a top priority, but a new FCC study says that access or no access, 31 percent of Americans can't afford the cost.

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Takeouts: Lawmakers vs. Toyota, Olympics Preview, Supreme Court Rules That Ad Libbing Miranda Rights is Legal

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

  • CONGRESS TAKEOUT:   Some lawmakers may be facing a conflict of interest as they go toe to toe with Toyota executives.  Communications director for the Center for Responsive Politics, Dave Levinthal, says many of these lawmakers are stockholders in Toyota.
  • OLYMPICS PREVIEW: Jason Stallman, reporting on the Winter Olympics for The New York Times, has the latest from Vancouver and looks ahead to Lindsey Vonn's upcoming race.
  • SUPREME COURT: Supreme Court correspondent for The New York Times, Adam Liptak, explains the Court's latest decision that police may now ad lib the Miranda Rights.

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Lawmakers, Doctors: Reps. Burgess and McDermott on Health Care Reform

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A televised bipartisan summit on health care will take place in Washington D.C. on Thursday. Analysts, observers and the American people will watch to see if “bipartisan” is really the right way to describe this summit, as nationwide frustration grows over proposed insurance rate hikes and the details of the attempted reforms thus far.

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When is Expired Food Safe to Eat?

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

As more of us are being forced to stretch our food dollars further, the question on some of our minds is: Can I eat that old can of soup in the back of the cupboard? Or more generally: Can I eat expired food?

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Google Executives Convicted in Italy

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

In 2006 a video posted to Google-owned YouTube showed footage of a teenager with Down syndrome being bullied in school.  Local advocacy groups said that the video had infringed on the privacy rights of the young man and the court agreed. They ruled that Google was responsible for the video being posted in the first place and sentenced three executives with jail sentences.

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Takeouts: Analyzing New Economic Indicators, Bode Miller's Last Chance, Listeners Respond

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

  • FINANCIAL TAKEOUT:   The New York Times Wall Street and finance reporter Louise Story joins us with analysis of some of the important economic indicators that came out yesterday.  
  • OLYMPICS TAKEOUT: Jason Stallman, Olympics editor for The New York Times brings us the latest sports drama from Vancouver.
  • LISTENER TAKEOUT: Our listeners respond to legislative gridlock, saying that the government is only partially to blame and that the American media is just as guilty.

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Toyota CEO to Testify on Capitol Hill

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The CEO of Toyota, Akio Toyoda, will testify before Congress today as part of a probe into his company's massive car recall. Toyoda's prepared remarks have already been released and the embattled CEO is expected to apologize to customers and to lawmakers ahead of his testimony.

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Guest of the Taliban: Inside an Insurgency

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A group of Afghan insurgents invited "Frontline" journalist Najibullah Quraishi to go deep into the Taliban territory of the Baghlan province, so that he could document their mission to kill American and German forces working in the region.

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The Worsening Woes of Kwame Kilpatrick

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

2009 was a bad year for Kwame Kilpatrick. He lost his job as Mayor of Detroit, served four months in jail and had to surrender his law license after the details of a text-message sex scandal came to light. 2010 isn't seeming much better. The FBI now believes Kilpatrick used his office in a “criminal enterprise" and accepted bribes of over $100,000.

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In Face of Scrutiny, Banks Find New Ways to Keep Old Fees

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Buyer beware: your bank may be trying to protect its revenue stream in the face of increased government scrutiny by adding unnecessary fees to financial instruments like your debit card. A report in today's New York Times says banks are beginning to aggressively market products like automatic overdraft protection fees. Without these fees, banks stand to lose some $20 billion annually.

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Takeouts: Congress Says Toyota Misled Public, Results from Olympic Ice Dancing, Wal-Mart's Plan for Movies Online

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

  • TOYOTA: A congressional panel says Toyota consistently and wrongly dismissed the possibility that an electronic problem in some of its cars caused unintended acceleration. Kate Linebaugh covers the auto industry for the Wall Street Journal.
  • OLYMPICS: New York Times Olympics editor Jason Stallman assesses the last night's ice dancing competition and previews today's men's giant slalom ski race.
  • BUSINESS: New York Times finance reporter Louise Story tells us how Wal-Mart may start selling movies over the internet. It begins with the purchase of a Silicon Valley start-up called Vudu.

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The Media's Role in America's Political Divide

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

From television, to talk radio, to the newsstands, Americans are inundated with news about the sorry state of politics. But are the media merely covering the story of D.C.'s gridlock, or are they creating it? For the second installment of our series, "Frustration Nation," we examine the role of the media and its impact on the political divisiveness in America and Washington, D.C., today.

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Tight Job Market Prompts Outlandish Interview Questions

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

In the current economy, there are more than six applicants for every job opening. As a result, employers are looking for more ways to weed through the pool of applicants and are opting for unusual screening techniques. Takeaway work contributor, Beth Kobliner, explains what job seekers can be expected to endure in the interview process these days — from online identity searches, to questions about the shape of manhole covers.

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French Wine Exports Reach Record Low

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

French exports of expensive champagne and cognac suffered a record 17 percent drop last year, as people in the U.S. and Britain drank less and switched to cheaper brands. Will these market forces damage the traditional dominance France holds in the wine industry? Benedicte Paviot, correspondent with the television network, France 24 looks at the implications.

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Civilian Deaths in Afghanistan Jeopardize Support for Allies

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A NATO airstrike mistakenly killed 27 Afghan civilians in Uruzgan province in southern Afghanistan, Sunday. NATO apologized for the incident, but experts worry about the effects of this kind of event on the local populace. It was the third such incident by NATO in Afghanistan.

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Takeouts: S.E.C. & BofA Strike Deal, Women's Olympic Figure Skating, Listeners Respond to 'Frustration Nation'

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

  • MONEY: A federal judge has finally approved a 150 million-dollar settlement between the S.E.C. and Bank of America. New York Times finance reporter Louise Story explains the case.
  • OLYMPICS: New York Times Olympics editor Jason Stallman looks ahead to one of the most popular events of the Olympic games: women's figure skating
  • LISTENERS: Yesterday, we began our series chronicling America's feelings about Washington's seemingly stalled legislative process. Through emails, web posts and telephone messages our listeners prove America is truly a "Frustration Nation."

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Analyzing the President's Health Care Proposal

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

President Obama released a proposal for health care reform Monday that hewed close to the bill passed last year by the Senate. After watching months of rancorous debate in Congress, the White House is laying out the key points of the proposal in plain language. But will it be enough to get reform unstuck?

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Mark Johnson on the 30th Anniversary of the 'Miracle on Ice'

Monday, February 22, 2010

Today marks the 30th anniversary of one of the biggest upsets in the history of sport. In what came to be known as "The Miracle on Ice," the scrappy and determined amateurs of the U.S. men’s ice hockey team upset the best team in the world — the USSR. We relive the memory with the lead scorer in that game, Mark Johnson, who is currently the coach of Team USA's women's ice hockey team.

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