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Todd Zwillich

Washington Correspondent, The Takeaway

Todd Zwillich appears in the following:

Takeouts: Lieberman, Christmas Trees, Fed Meeting

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

  • Washington Takeout: Todd Zwillich on Senator Joe Lieberman's move to get the Medicare expansion out of the healthcare bill.
  • Christmas Takeout: Prof. Gary Chastagner, AKA "Mr. Christmas Tree," may have found a way to keep Christmas trees from shedding.
  • Listener Takeout: Wall Street Journal reporter Kelly Evans on what to expect for the dollar from today's scheduled Fed meeting.

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Takeouts: Guantanamo to Illinois, MLB Trades, Listeners

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

  • Washington Takeout: Todd Zwillich on the announcement from the White House that they'll move some of the detainees from Guantánamo Bay to a maximum-security prison in the "sleepy" town of Thomson, Illinois.
  • Sports Takeout: Ibrahim Abdul-Matin on Hideki Matsui's move to the Angels and other MLB trades.
  • Listeners' Takeout: We hear from our listeners on their experience with freelance jobs.

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This Week's Agenda with Todd Zwillich and Jonathan Marcus

Monday, December 14, 2009

We've uncovered our crystal ball and are peeking into the week ahead with our Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, and Jonathan Marcus, BBC diplomatic correspondent.  They'll discuss what's next for health care reform in the Senate as Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) throws a wrench into the works ... again; President Obama's meeting with some of the heads of the largest American banks; the continuing climate talks in Copenhagen; and continuing nuclear troubles with Iran.  All that and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi getting socked in the face with a statuette.

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Health Care and Financial Services Battle Lines

Monday, December 14, 2009

The Takeaway's Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich discusses the continuing wrangling for votes on health care reform, and the President's meeting later today with financial industry leaders.

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Green Business: The Giant and the Little Guy

Friday, December 11, 2009

Some businesses go green by having bicycle-operated blenders. Others do it by redefining what "acceptable packaging" is for an entire category of retail products. We talk with Sean Meenan, owner of New York's first solar-powered restaurant, Habana Outpost, along with Candace Taylor, director of sustainability for the world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart. They share with us the unique challenges and opportunities they each face – as a small business and an enormous one – in staying green, staying afloat, and setting an example for businesses and consumers.

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H1N1 Still Active; Vaccine Easier to Find

Friday, December 11, 2009

Federal health officials say that 10,000 people have died due to H1N1 (or "swine flu") since April. To put that number into context, we speak with Dr. Richard Wenzel, infectious disease specialist at Virginia Commonwealth University and  immediate past President of the International Society for Infectious Diseases.

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2009: The Year in Ideas

Friday, December 11, 2009

On Sunday, our partners at The New York Times will run their ninth annual "Year in Ideas" issue, compiling some of the best (and and most eccentric) ideas that made headlines this year.

Moon-centric-legislation, Twitter-based-revolutions, hybrid car ringtones and zombiefied Jane Austen are all on the table as we speak with Chris Suellentrop, staff editor of the New York Times Magazine.

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Takeouts: Heisman Trophy, Movies, Listeners on Princesses

Friday, December 11, 2009

  • Sports Takeout: Pablo Torre, reporter with Sports Illustrated, joins us to look at the candidates for this year's Heisman Trophy.
  • Movie Takeout: Newsday film critic Rafer Guzman joins us with a look at the films opening on the big screen this weekend. 
  • Listener Takeout: We hear from our listeners about Disney's "The Princess and the Frog."

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TARP Extended; Banks Try to Leave the Program

Friday, December 11, 2009

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner defended his extension of TARP on Thursday, saying it will help fight foreclosures and increase lending for small businesses.  But many banks have already paid back the bulk of their TARP money: Bank of America returned the entirety of its bailout funds on Wednesday, and Citigroup is playing catch-up, trying hard to get out from under government ownership by repaying $45 billion of TARP money.  We speak with Andrew Ross Sorkin, chief acquisitions and mergers correspondent for The New York Times and author of "Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System - and Themselves." We also hear from Richard Bove, an analyst with Rochedale Securities in Lutz, Florida, on whether the paybacks mean the economic crisis is over, or just that banks want out of the program's regulation.

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The Controversy Behind Eastwood's "Invictus"

Friday, December 11, 2009

Director Clint Eastwood's latest, "Invictus," opens this weekend. The film shows Nelson Mandela shortly after his release from prison, as a new president working to unite a polarized South Africa by changing the image of the nation's all-white rugby team.  Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon star in the film, but South African actors say they should be playing these major roles set in their country.

Takeaway film contributor Rafer Guzman and South African arts and entertainment journalist Nadia Neophytou discuss the convroversy behind "Invictus."

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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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