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Todd Zwillich

Washington Correspondent, The Takeaway

Todd Zwillich appears in the following:

Tufts University Looks to YouTube for College Applicants

Monday, February 22, 2010

College applications used to be all about personal essays and letters of recommendation. Now YouTube videos are entering the mix.

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Why the Marjah Offensive is a Different Kind of Battle

Monday, February 22, 2010

U.S. and NATO forces are approaching the campaign in Southern Afghanistan in a novel way — from the allies' struggle to win the hearts and minds of Afghan civilians in the region, to the dropping of leaflets urging the Taliban to leave the area. New York Times Pentagon correspondent Thom Shanker looks at how the strategy of this military campaign differs from others.

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Takeouts: 'The New Poor,' Olympics Preview, Animal Protections in California

Monday, February 22, 2010

  • BUSINESS:  Our partner, The New York Times is looking at the lasting negative effects of the recession in a series called "The New Poor." Times finance contributor Louise Story describes the series and the effects of long-term unemployment on Americans.
  • OLYMPICS: New York Times reporter, Jason Stallman, previews the Olympic ice dancing finals, the semi-finals in women's hockey, and freestyle skiing aerials.
  • ANIMAL PROTECTION: There is a new bill in the works in California that could treat people who abuse animals like sex offenders. New York Times reporter, Jesse McKinley, explains how animal abusers could soon be listed in an online registry.

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Why Americans are Angry and D.C. is Broken

Monday, February 22, 2010

A new CNN poll finds that 86 percent of Americans think that government is broken. This week, we kick off a series called "Frustration Nation," where we examine the gridlock in the capital and how politics has come to be so divisive in America. For the first installment, we put today's situation in a historical context.

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The Challenges of Blending a Family in a Second Marriage

Monday, February 22, 2010

Takeaway co-host Celeste Headlee will be getting married this summer and, in the process, she'll be taking on the role of stepmother, as her husband-to-be brings a new son into the household. At the same time, her son will get a new stepfather. She's not alone: 65 percent of remarriages involve children from a previous marriage, so we look at the challenges of blended families.

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'Olympic Buzz' Inspires Skaters Around the Country

Monday, February 22, 2010

The U.S. Figure Skating Organization has a name for the increased interest in the sport they get every four years: They call it "The Olympic Buzz," and it's linked to the media exposure skating gets during the Winter Olympics. Takeaway correspondent Femi Oke goes in search of the 2010 "Olympic Buzz" at one of the most famous ice rinks in the world: Wollman Skating Rink in New York's Central Park.

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This Week's Agenda: Fallout from Afghan Civilian Deaths, Toyota Hearings, Health Care Summit

Monday, February 22, 2010

Our weekly look ahead at the news for the next seven days with Marcus Mabry, international business editor for The New York Times, and Jonathan Marcus from the BBC. This week: the fallout from a NATO air strike that killed a number of Afghan civilians; what's in store for Toyota executives as they face a grilling from U.S. lawmakers; and how Republicans are preparing to face President Obama at his health care summit.

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Takeouts: Harry Reid's Jobs Bill, Bode Miller Wins Gold, Listeners' Top Sports Movie for Sports-Haters

Monday, February 22, 2010

  • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: An update from Time Magazine Washington correspondent Jay Newton-Small on legislation President Obama just introduced that would crack down on insurance companies. It's the first time the president has introduced legislation in the health care debate.
  • OLYMPICS TAKEOUT: From Vancouver, New York Times reporter, Jason Stallman recaps the Olympics weekend, including the U.S.- Canada hockey team and Bode Miller's gold performance in the super combined.
  • LISTENER RESPONSE: All weekend our listeners called in with their nominations for the top sports movies for people who hate sports. We hear some of your favorites.

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New Rules for Credit Card Issuers

Monday, February 22, 2010

President Obama signed the CARD Act back in May 2009, but the new regulations on credit card issuers took until today to come into effect. The law was designed to protect consumers from many of the hidden fees, rate changes and small print traps that cost Americans $15 billion each year, but some aspects of the bill changed along the way. Now that it's here, how will it affect your monthly statements?

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Black Farmers Win Settlement from Government

Friday, February 19, 2010

The Obama administration announced a $1.25 billion settlement yesterday, resolving a decades-long fight by thousands of black farmers who say the Agriculture Department discriminated against them in loan programs. At times, this discrimination forced them to lose their farms.

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45 Years After the Assassination of Malcolm X

Friday, February 19, 2010

Malcolm X was assassinated 45 years ago this weekend. Earlier this year, WNYC Radio unearthed a 1960s interview between the civil rights leader and a reporter named Eleanor Fischer. On this somber anniversary, we consider Malcolm X’s legacy through the rediscovered tape, which has not been heard since the 1960s. We also speak to two people whose lives were profoundly affected by his leadership.

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Our Man in Dubai: A Spy Novelist on a Real Life Assassination

Friday, February 19, 2010

The assassination of Hamas official Mahmoud al-Mabhouh last month in a Dubai hotel room has been compared to the plot of a cheap spy novel. Bad costumes, security footage, and Interpol all make for a good thread.  

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Good Week/Bad Week: Manure for Valentine's Day, Kevin Smith's Bad Airplane Ride

Friday, February 19, 2010

A Valentine's Day message made out of cow manure tops our good week list, while Kevin Smith gets a nod for having a rough time on a Southwest Airlines flight when he was booted off for being too fat. In conjunction with The Week magazine, we take a look at who had a good week and who had a bad week and as always, we take your suggestions.

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Takeouts: Olympics Looks to Skeleton Event, IRS Building Hit in Austin, Texas

Friday, February 19, 2010

  • AUSTIN PLANE CRASH: Joseph Andrew Stack allegedly flew his small plane into an IRS building in Austin, Texas after confessing on his website in a rambling screed against the U.S. government. Ian Crawford, news editor for KUT in Austin, Tex. brings us the latest.
  • OLYMPICS: We preview a sport that many people didn't know existed: The Skeleton. New York Times Olympics editor Jason Stallman explains.

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Experts Weigh in on Early High School Graduation

Friday, February 19, 2010

Yesterday, we talked about high schools in eight states that are considering an initiative to let students place out of their senior year in high school and enter community college. It sparked a heated debate among listeners on the merits of the program, so we revisit the issue with a psychology professor and an expert in early graduation.

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Sports Movies for People Who Hate Sports

Friday, February 19, 2010

For all the people out there who couldn't care less about the Olympics, NASCAR or the Super Bowl, but are forced to live in a world where everyone else does, this week's movie segment is for you. The topic: sports movies for people who hate sports.

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Some See Iran's Influence on Upcoming Iraq Elections

Friday, February 19, 2010

Iraq's elections, scheduled for March 7, have already led to a spike in violent attacks throughout the country. Now, in Washington, there's concern that Iran is attempting to influence those elections.

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Dalai Lama's White House Visit Invokes the Ire of Chinese Government

Friday, February 19, 2010

President Barack Obama complicated U.S./China relations by hosting the Dalai Lama at the White House yesterday. The meeting was not a state visit and the fact that it took place in the Map Room rather than the Oval Office means that the conversation was more symbolic than official.  However, the White House drew strong criticism from China just for hosting the Dalai Lama.

 

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Takeouts: Federal Reserve Raises Interest Rate, Men's Olympic Figure Skating, Tiger Woods' Press Conference

Friday, February 19, 2010

  • MONEY: Yesterday, the Federal Reserve raised the interest rate it charges on short-term emergency loans to banks, a sign that the Fed is exiting from measures they put in place during the financial crisis. New York Times finance reporter Louise Story fills us in on how this rate hike will affect regular Americans.
  • SPORTS: Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin tells us about the highly anticipated Tiger Woods press conference. Woods may not have the answers we're looking for.
  • OLYMPICS: New York Times Olympics editor Jason Stallman joins us with the latest news from Vancouver, including a full report on men's figure skating.

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Assessing Strategy, One Week Into Marjah Offensive

Friday, February 19, 2010

It's been one week since NATO and Afghan forces began their offensive in Marjah, Afghanistan. In that time, much of the Taliban has fled the region and key leaders have been caught. But will controlling the city help defeat the Taliban in the long run? 

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