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Todd Zwillich

Washington Correspondent, The Takeaway

Todd Zwillich appears in the following:

Takeouts: H1N1, Banks, Listeners' Responses

Monday, October 26, 2009

  • Washington Takeout: The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich tells us why the Obama administration had declared H1N1 a national emergency.
  • Business Takeout: Columnist for Slate and Newsweek Dan Gross gives us a hint at what the government might label "too big to fail" when it comes to banks.
  • Listener Takeouts: On vaccinations, H1N1, and living without credit cards

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Bankruptcies Rise as Medical Debt Mounts

Friday, October 23, 2009

In this weak economy, more and more Americans are filing for bankruptcy. Contrary to what you might expect, the biggest reason people are doing so isn’t excessive spending or job losses. According to a recent study, 62 percent of the people who file for bankruptcy do so because of medical debt. After legislation in 2005 removed the distinction between bankruptcy caused by credit problems and medical expenses, many more people – even those with health insurance – found themselves losing their homes after catastrophic medical events wrecked their finances. We ask bankruptcy expert Henry Sommer and The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, to explain this phenomenon. We also speak with Kerry Burns, a social worker who is struggling to pay back medical debt.

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Takeouts: War Funding, Football and Films

Friday, October 23, 2009

  • Washington Takeout: The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, has found some interesting predictors of future war planning buried in a military policy bill. 
  • Sports Takeout: The Takeaway's sports contributor, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, previews the upcoming NFL weekend matchups.
  • Movie Takeout: Newsday movie critic Rafer Guzman does a lightening round of previews for films being released today: Cirque du Freak: Vampire's Assistant, Lars von Trier's limited release Antichrist, and the re-release of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas.

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The State of the Debate on the Public Option

Friday, October 23, 2009

In a seeming about-face, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is leaning toward adding a public option onto the Senate's health care reform bill. Reid met with President Obama yesterday to discuss the possible addition. Moderate Republicans, including Maine's moderate Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe, are not happy about the addition, even if states can opt-out of the public plan. The Takeaway's Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich has more.

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Takeouts: Civil Rights, Playoff Baseball, Executive Pay Caps

Friday, October 23, 2009

  • Washington Takeout: Congress has passed an expansion to the federal definition of "hate crimes"; the law will now include crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability.  The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, has more about the bill now headed for the president's desk.  
  • Sports Takeout: The Takeaway's sports contributor, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, takes a look at Game 5 of baseball's American League Championship Series. The NY Yankees lost last night to the Anaheim Angels and now lead the series 3-2.
  • Listener Takeout: Listeners respond to our question on whether the government should regulate executive pay at bailed-out corporations.

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Takeouts: Public Option; Baseball; Responding to Henry Waxman

Thursday, October 22, 2009

  • Washingon Takeout: The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, continues reporting on health care reform's progress in Congress. Moderate Democrats may be warming up to the idea of a health care bill that includes a public option, especially if individual states could opt out.
  • Sports Takeout: The Takeaway's sports contributor, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, talks baseball after last night's NLCS game. The Philadelphia Phillies are headed to their 2nd consecutive World Series after beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-4. We also get a preview of tonight's Game 5 in the ALCS. Will the Yankees join the Phillies in the World Series or will the Angels fight them off?
  • Listener Takeout: Listeners respond to our interview with Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) about health care reform and the public option.

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Takeouts: Health Care; Hedge Funds; Listeners on Credit Cards

Thursday, October 22, 2009

  • Washington Takeout: The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, reports on health care reform in the House of Representatives as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi looks for the votes she needs for the public option.
  • Business Takeout: WNYC reporter Lisa Chow talks about the latest in the trial of two former Bear Stearns hedge fund managers accused of fraud just ahead of the economy's collapse in 2007.
  • Listener Takeout: Listeners respond to Wednesday's conversation about banks closing credit card accounts without warning.

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Takeouts: Public Option; B2B Comeback; Homelessness

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

  • Washingon Takeout: The Takeaway's Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich gives us his reaction to our discussion with Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) about the future of the public option in health care reform.
  • Finance Takeout: Newsweek writer Dan Gross joins with a look at the economic recovery of one aspect of the economy — the business-to-business sales market. But is this trend an indicator of an economy in recovery? Or just a small rebound?
  • Listener Takeout: Listeners respond to our conversation on the number of homeless increasing with the poor economy.

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Takeouts: Afghanistan Troops, ALCS, Winter

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

  • Washington Takeout: The Obama administration wants to wait until the disputed Afghanistan elections are resolved before deciding on a new war strategy, including new troop levels. The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, looks at how that decision is playing out in the capitol.
  • Sports Takeout: Baseball's post-season is wrapping up, and two teams are a game away from the World Series. The Takeaway's sports contributor, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, discusses the NY Yankees' "trampling" win (10-1) over the Anaheim Angels in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series. The Yankees now lead the series 3-1. We also get a preview of Game 5 of the National League Championship Series with the LA Dodgers squaring off against the Philadelphia Phillies.
  • Listener Takeout: Listeners respond to our question on how you know it's winter and how you're preparing this year.

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Takeouts: Hoaxes on the Hill, Dollar's Decline, MLB Playoffs

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

  • Washington Takeout: Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich describes some of the hoaxes that are making business not-so-usual on Capitol Hill this week. 
  • Business Takeout: Dan Gross, columnist for Slate and Newsweek, explains why the dollar continues to fall against other currencies. 
  • Sports Takeout: Ibrahim Abdul-Matin takes us through two exciting MLB playoff games, both decided in the final inning, and both with a final score of 5–4. 

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Takeouts: Fundraising, Football and Our Listeners

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

  • Washington Takeout: Todd Zwillich looks at the latest fundraising filings for Senate candidates and what they portend.
  • Sports Takeout: An exciting Monday Night Football game hinges on punt returns and pass blocking, as Ibrahim Abdul-Matin describes. 
  • Listener Takeout: Listeners respond to our new series, "The Value," about what matters most in the changing economy. We also hear your takes on the bailout and a personal story of impending foreclosure.

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Takeouts: Insurance Companies, Book Wars and Sports

Monday, October 19, 2009

  • Washington Takeout: Democrats on Capitol Hill continue pushing their campaign for health care reform. Takeaway Contributor Todd Zwillich drops by to tell us how the insurance companies are responding, and how the Democrats are hitting back.
  • Business Takeout: Wal-Mart and Amazon are competing head to head for book sales by pricing their books below wholesale costs. Newsweek reporter Daniel Gross talks to us about why the two are locking horns, and what this means for readers.
  • Sports Takeout: The Takeaway's sports contributor, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, takes a look back at baseball's AL and NL championship series over the weekend and looks ahead to Game 3 of the ALCS between the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

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Takeouts: Public Option, NFL and Listener Responses

Monday, October 19, 2009

  • Washington Takeout: Once again, health care reform conversations are happening behind closed doors. Takeaway Contributor Todd Zwillich drops by to tell us about Senator Conrad's (D-ND) possible lean toward the public option.
  • Sports Takeout: We play a little Monday morning quarterback with The Takeaway's sports contributor, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, as we look at a battle of undefeateds: the New York Giants and the New Orleans Saints. He also mentions a wild finish for Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings, and Tom Brady breaking the single quarter record for touchdowns.
  • Listeners Respond: Last week's discussion on Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his anti-immigration sweep started a heated discussion on our website. We take a look at a piece of that discussion, as well as listener responses to how the economy has effected your values.

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Washington Takeout: President's Nobel Win

Friday, October 09, 2009

Our Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, gives us an initial read on President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize win from D.C.

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Washington Takeout: Health Care Dollars and Sense

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office delivered its final estimates on the Senate Finance Committee's proposed health care reform bill. The CBO estimates the bill will cost $829 billion over 10 years – way less than the expected $1 trillion price tag – and is considered deficit-neutral. For more on the dollars and sense behind health care reform, we talk to The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwilich.

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Washington Takeout: Rep. Rangel Squeaks By

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) is still the chairman of the influential House Ways and Means Committee, despite the fact that House Republicans voted to oust him from the chair. As expected, the move failed on a near party-line vote. But that doesn't mean Rangel is out of the hot seat. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, has the story.

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Washington Takeout: White House Hosts Afghanistan Meetings

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich recaps yesterday's meeting at the White House on the next steps for the war in Afghanistan.

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Health Care Poetry Slam

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

The Takeaway's Femi Oke visited a town hall on health care reform that was unlike any other: part poetry slam, part politics. We bring you some of the voices from a health care debate of a different kind.


Hear Dina Smith sing her own adaptation of the classic "If I Were a Rich Man."


Hear 19-year-old James Jaydon Woodard read his untitled poem, incorporating themes of fast food and ill health, both mental and physical.


Hear 19-year-old Yafreici Peralta read her poem "Wealth Care."

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Who Does Health Care Reform Leave Behind?

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

As the health care bill enters a critical phase and the Senate Finance Committee gets ready to vote on it as early as next week, we take a look at who might get left behind. We talk with Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, and two ordinary Americans from the health care trenches: Dr. Harry Walker, director of MetroHealth Center for Community Health in Cleveland, Ohio; and Andre Singleton, a 23-year-old student and uninsured cancer survivor from Kansas City, Mo.

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Washington Takeout: White House Meeting on Afghanistan

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich looks ahead to a bipartisan White House meeting on Afghanistan, and a congressional battle over earmarks.

 

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