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Todd Zwillich

Washington Correspondent, The Takeaway

Todd Zwillich appears in the following:

Takeouts: Obama to Establish Debt Commission, Authorities Target Shady Business Practice, Glitches at Winter Olympics

Thursday, February 18, 2010

  • DEBT TAKEOUT: President Obama is expected to sign an executive order today, setting up a bipartisan commission to examine ways to reduce our soaring deficit. Walter Alarcon, a staff writer for The Hill, joins us with a look at a bitterly divided Congress.
  • FINANCE TAKEOUT: New York Times finance reporter Louise Story tells us why federal and state authorities are going after companies that try to pass off regular employees as private contractors.
  • OLYMPICS TAKEOUT: Freelance sports writer Dan Friedell joins us with some thoughts on how the Vancouver Olympics differ from the games in Beijing. He says the 2008 Games was a well-oiled machine, while the 2010 Games has seen glitch after glitch. You may be surprised which one Dan thinks is more fun. 

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Battling Rising Insurance Costs in Washington and Closer to Home

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Later this afternoon, the Department of Health and Human Services is expected to release a report criticizing insurance companies for their dramatically increasing insurance premiums.

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Tech for the Elderly and the Risk of a Robot Takeover

Thursday, February 18, 2010

In honor of all the silver foxes out there (and the people who love them), we dedicate this week's tech segment to assistive technologies for older people.

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E-mail Scams Exploit Haiti Earthquake Generosity

Thursday, February 18, 2010

A BBC Investigation has uncovered evidence that criminal gangs have been cashing in on the Haiti earthquake by asking people to donate to bogus charities. The charity asks for donations to pay for relief supplies using untraceable bank transfers. 

 

 

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'TIGER' Grants Aim to Revitalize Neighborhoods with Funds for Transit

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Yesterday, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the winners of a government stimulus grant called TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery). Communities around the country competed for federal money to revamp their public transit systems. A flood of entries — nearly 1,400 — were whittled down to 51 winners.

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Takeouts: 8 States Given Failing Grade on Pensions, US Women Win Skiing Gold, Listeners Respond to Nuclear Power Plans

Thursday, February 18, 2010

  • FINANCE TAKEOUT: A new report by the Pew Center gives a failing grade on eight states' pension funds. New York Times finance reporter Louise Story explains.
  • OLYMPICS: Daily News sportswriter Nate Vinton joins us with a look at women's Olympic skiing. American women took the top two spots in downhill skiing — including a triumphant gold for an injured Lindsey Vonn.
  • LISTENERS RESPOND: By email, phone and posts on our website, listeners weigh in on news of President Obama's nuclear power ambitions.

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Sexual Assault Still Major Problem in Military

Thursday, February 18, 2010

More women serve in America's armed services than in most other nations. Yet 30 percent of female veterans report being sexually assaulted or raped while serving, according to a 2003 survey funded by the U.S. Department of Defense. This month, Congress is hearing testimony from service members who say they were sexually attacked.

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Takeouts: Discovering How King Tut Really Died, New Airport Screening Measures

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

  • KING TUT: For years it was thought that King Tut had died from foul play, but new research reveals that he most likely was killed by a severe bout of malaria combined with a degenerative bone condition. He even used crutches! Egypt's top archaeologist and Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Dr. Zahi Hawass solved the mystery behind King Tut's death and discovered clues in the young pharoah's DNA that give us new insight into his ancestry.
  • AIRPORT SECURITY: In a few weeks, airport screeners will begin walking through terminals taking chemical swabs from randomly selected passengers and their luggage to check for explosives like those used in the attempted Christmas Day bombing. Joining us is Col. Randall Larsen, the founding director of the Institute for Homeland Security at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

 

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Skating on Thin Ice with Ugly Costumes

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Sequins, feathers and fur have this year's Olympic figure skaters taking heat for the drama behind their costumes. Last month, two Russian teammates who wore costumes, and makeup that were meant to make them look like Australian Aborigines were accused of being culturally insensitive. But first and foremost, says fashion designer Nick Verreos, their costumes were hideously ugly.

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Sadie the Scottish Terrier Wins Westminster Dog Show

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

For show dogs, it all came down to last night's results. After weeks of grooming, pampering and prepping, the officials at the Westminster Dog Show declared Sadie, a four-year-old Scottish Terrier, the "Best in Show."

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Will America Build New Nuclear Reactors?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

President Obama announced Tuesday that he approved a loan guarantee to underwrite construction of two new nuclear reactors in Georgia.  These would be the first new reactors built in the United States since the 1970s. Will this be the start of a new wave of nuclear energy in this country?

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Takeouts: US Deficit Numbers Released Today, Olympic Updates, Your Hobbies

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

  • BUSINESS TAKEOUT:  European investors are focusing on the debt in countries like Greece and Italy, but domestic analysts will be watching the U.S. Treasury, which releases the monthly deficit figures this afternoon. New York Times finance reporter Louise Story brings us more.
  • SPORTS TAKEOUT:  New York Times sports reporter John Branch brings us up to speed with the latest Olympic news.
  • LISTENERS RESPOND: We asked listeners which hobby you'd like to turn into a money-making venture. Here's what you said.

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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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