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Todd Zwillich

Washington Correspondent, The Takeaway

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Praise the Lard! A Maligned Fat Makes a Resurgence

Friday, June 05, 2009

Lard was once the most common fat for baking, but came to be seen as dirty and unhealthful. Now, food scientists have shown that home-rendered lard isn't as bad for your health as, say, margarine. And it tastes wonderful! Our guest, discussing the benefits of lard, is food writer Regina Schrambling. Also on the show is chef Zarela Martinez, a self-proclaimed lard crusader. She has been preaching the gospel of lard for over fifteen years and is glad that people are finally listening.

For pie crust and chocolate cupcake recipes, click here. Those recipes come from Southern cooks (and lard fans) Matt and Ted Lee.

Watch Zarela Martinez demonstrate how easy it is to render lard at home:

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The Muslim World Parses Obama's Speech

Friday, June 05, 2009

President Obama spoke in Cairo yesterday in an attempt to engage the Muslim world. New York Times reporter Michael Slackman has been collecting responses to the speech and joins The Takeaway from Beirut, Lebanon. What did Palestinians react to? Israelis? Did the president succeed in finding "a new beginning"?

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Now, Fraud Charges Against Countrywide

Friday, June 05, 2009

Countrywide was once the nation’s largest sub-prime mortgage lender. But yesterday, its former CEO, Angelo Mozilo, was charged with fraud by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC says Mozilo misrepresented Countrywide's shaky business practices to its investors. Joining The Takeaway this morning to go over the details is Tami Luhby, a Senior Writer at CNNMoney.com.

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Journalists in North Korea: The Families' Careful Pleas

Friday, June 05, 2009

American Journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee have been detained in North Korea since March, after they were accused of illegally crossing the border from China. Their trial was supposed to begin yesterday. If convicted, they could face 10 years of hard labor. The women’s families remained silent for the first two months of their captivity, but this week family members were on the Today Show, Larry King Live, and other programs, appealing for the journalists' release.

Steve Romano, a Former Chief Negotiator for the FBI and now a Senior Advisor with the Center for Personal Protection and Safety, joins The Takeaway to talk about how experts advise families what to say to the press when a loved one is held captive.

Here is some footage of vigils being held for the captive journalists.

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An FAA Whistleblower and the Question of Airline Safety

Friday, June 05, 2009

After Bombardier Dash 8 Q400, flown by Colgan Air, crashed in Buffalo, New York, earlier this year, a federal safety inspector at Colgan Air said he had reported to his supervisors that planes were flying at incorrect speeds, with a broken radio, and failing multiple attempts at landing properly. That safety inspector is Chris Monteleon, who says his complaints were ignored; he was relegated to a desk job.

Monteleon joins The Takeaway to talk about his experience with Colgan Air. Barbara Peterson, a Senior Aviation Correspondent for Conde Nast Traveller, also joins the show to talk about airline safety.

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Closing Bad Schools: Is Chicago a Model for the Nation?

Friday, June 05, 2009

In Chicago, Education Chief Arne Duncan's prescription for failing schools is to shut them down and start over again. Duncan wants to do this nationally. Does this approach work? Joining The Takeaway are Don Fraynd, Turnaround Officer for Chicago Public Schools who worked closely with Arne Duncan, and Marilyn Stewart, the President of Chicago's Teacher's Union.

When schools have single digit performance levels on the state tests, very low reading levels, high levels of disorder, and low attendance, they absolutely need quick change. Without it, students drop out and never realize their dreams. I would ask critics to consider if they would want their own children attending these schools and, if they did, would they want slow change for their children? While relationships are disrupted, they can be re-built with deliberate and honest dialogue. We can create new stability and relationships quickly, but we can never make up for lost time in learning how to read and do math!

– Don Fraynd, Turnaround Officer for Chicago Public Schools

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Obama and WWII Veterans, Remembering D-Day

Friday, June 05, 2009

Ceremonies are being held in Normandy today to mark the 65th Anniversary of D-Day. American, British and French veterans will attend a number of events; President Obama will attend a ceremony on Saturday with French President Sarkozy and Britain's Prince Charles. Joining The Takeaway from Normandy Beach is the BBC’s Defense Correspondent Rob Watson to talk about the commemoration.

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Helping Muslims Give to Charity

Friday, June 05, 2009

One of the five pillars of Islam, “zakat,” is the giving of a small percentage of one’s income to a Muslim charity. President Obama, in his Cairo speech, said that he is "committed to working with American Muslims to ensure that they can fulfill zakat." The practice of zakat came under scrutiny under the Bush administration, when seven charities were closed down and jailed leaders accused of helping fund terrorist organizations abroad. Many Muslims fear that if they give to a religious group, they may be accused of funneling money to terrorists. What steps are needed to make it easier for Muslims to practice this important part of their religion?

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Deepening Trouble for Prime Minister Gordon Brown

Friday, June 05, 2009

The British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will meet with President Obama on the beaches of Normandy, France, tomorrow in commemoration of the 65th anniversary of D-Day. This happens while an expenses scandal rocks Brown's governing Labor Party as well as the other major British political parties. Joining The Takeaway is BBC's Political Correspondent Nick Childs from Westminster and Michael Goldfarb, London Correspondent of Globalpost.com.

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Obama's Speech: Reaction in the Arab Press

Friday, June 05, 2009

President Obama received a standing ovation after his speech yesterday in Cairo calling for a “new beginning” between the U.S. and the Muslim world. But was the response around the Muslim world as enthusiastic? Asra Nomani, a Professor of Journalism at Georgetown University, and Mona Eltahawy, an Egyptian journalist who writes for the International Herald Tribune, join The Takeaway to take a look at what the Arab press is saying about the speech.

The video below shows a reaction from the Al Jazeera network.

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Obama in Germany: Debating the Future of Guantanamo

Friday, June 05, 2009

President Obama spoke this morning in a joint appearance with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He talked about some of the same themes as in his major speech yesterday in Cairo. Obama said he's determined to get peace talks started again. Another major issue on the table: the closing of Guantanamo Bay. The Takeaway talks to Jeff Zeleny, White House Correspondent for The New York Times who is in Dresden.

Watch a clip of President Obama's speech in the video below.

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[Web Special] Not Ready to Make Nice? Sotomayor and the Senate

Friday, June 05, 2009

The morning started out so nicely.

Judge Sonya Sotomayor visited Wednesday morning with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.). With television cameras rolling and microphones open, Whitehouse let President Barack Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court know that he, too, loves baseball. (She's credited with ending the sport's strike in 1995.)

Then it was on to visit with Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.). She informed Sotomayor, that, she, too, loved Nancy Drew novels.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican Judiciary Committee member from South Carolina, sat next to the judge on his office sofa. “We’re talking about the cost of living in New York. I told her she needs to move to South Carolina,” Graham announced to the assembled press.

Then, the niceness died. ... (continue reading)

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Sotomayor, Visiting the (Capitol) Hill

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Judge Sonya Sotomayor started her courtesy calls to Capitol Hill as a Supreme Court nominee. Sotomayor met with key senators, while harsh criticism continued on cable TV about her past statements and rulings. The Takeaway talks to Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich, who followed Sotomayor on the Hill.

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This Week's Agenda With Todd Zwillich

Monday, May 25, 2009

It's Monday, which means it is time to pull out our road map for the week. Our guide this week is our own Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich. On the agenda? A California court is expected to rule on the controversial ballot initiative Proposition 8 that barred gay marriage. The court will decide whether the initiative is legal and the fate of those couples already married in California. And President Obama is expected to announce his pick for the U.S. Supreme Court this week. Also this week Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbass and the U.K.'s Prince Harry will be in the U.S. Abbass will talk about Mideast peace, while Harry is likely to play polo.

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Attention! How To Lead A Focus-Driven Life

Friday, May 22, 2009

Although there is no calculator that can compute our national attention deficit, it is clear there are too many stimuli competing for our precious brain time. In a world where the temptations to twitter and text are 24/7, is there hope for our multi-tasked minds? Writer Winifred Gallagher says yes. In her new book, Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life, Gallagher reviews the latest developments in the psychology and neuroscience of attention. She joins us in our studio to discuss the benefits of training yourself to focus.

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The Curious Incident of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Friday, May 22, 2009

Today is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the British writer who created the detective Sherlock Holmes. Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson are two of the best known characters in fiction, and they are still alive and well—a new film called “Sherlock Homes” starring Robert Downey Jr. as Holmes and Jude Law as (a very attractive) Dr. Watson is coming out at the end of the year. Charles Rzepka, a Professor of English at Boston University who studies detective fiction and is co-editing the Blackwell Companion to Crime Fiction, joins The Takeaway with a look at Conan Doyle's best known character.

For a sneak peek at the new adventures of an old friend, here's the trailer for the film Sherlock Holmes:

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Why Employment-Based Health Insurance Is Ailing

Friday, May 22, 2009

Princeton University Professor Uwe Reinhardt is an expert on health care policy and an adviser to President Obama. In today’s Economix blog in the New York Times, he makes the case for why employment-based health insurance is a deeply flawed system. He joins The Takeaway to spell out his argument.

For more, read Uwe Reinhardt's blog post, Is Employer-Based Health Insurance Worth Saving?, in the Economix blog on nytimes.com.

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The Real Fakes in Hanoi's Museums

Friday, May 22, 2009

During the Vietnam War, the directors of the museum in Hanoi decided to hide their nation's valuable art work to keep it safe from the war. But they wanted to maintain their cultural pride. So they came up with an ingenious plan: hide the originals and fill the museum with well-crafted copies or forgeries. Now, curators at the Museum of Fine Arts in Hanoi have found that their walls are still covered with fakes. Where are the originals? We turn to Lawrence Pollard, BBC arts correspondent.

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Political Geometry: Obama's Art of Triangulation

Friday, May 22, 2009

President Obama delivered a strong speech on national security yesterday. And then, so did former Vice President Dick Cheney, who harshly critcized the current commander in chief. Meanwhile the liberal wing of the Democratic party is lambasting Obama as well. Pitting the extremes against each other while sliding through the middle -- "triangulation" -- is a political strategy that former President Bill Clinton came to rely on. Peter Baker, White House correspondent for The New York Times, joins The Takeaway to discuss how Obama seems to be developing a triangulation strategy of his own.

For more, read Peter Baker's article, Obama Faces Pitfalls With ‘Surgical’ Tack on Detainees, in the New York Times.

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How New York City Cops Keep Tabs on Terrorists

Friday, May 22, 2009

The four men accused of planning a terror attack on two synagogues in the Bronx and on military planes on a nearby air force base were arraigned in Federal Court in upstate New York yesterday. They had been under investigation by the FBI, the joint terrorism task force and by the New York City Police Department. The NYPD has been working hard for several years to sharpen its approach to uncovering home-grown terrorist plots. Joining The Takeaway is Lydia Khalil, she served as a counter terrorism analyst for the NYPD from 2006 to 2008 and is an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

For New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's comments on the work of the NYPD, watch the video below.

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