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Todd Zwillich

Washington Correspondent, The Takeaway

Todd Zwillich appears in the following:

Takeouts: Bernanke, TSA Nominee, Broncos

Monday, January 04, 2010

  • Fed Takeout: Louise Story, financial reporter for our partner, The New York Times, talks about Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's speech in Atlanta yesterday, where he said faulty regulation, not the Fed's interest rates policy, is to blame for the housing bubble.
  • Washington Takeout:  Our Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, explains how, in the wake of an attempted airline bombing on Christmas day, the routine appointment of a Director to the TSA will now be conducted under intense scrutiny.
  • Sports Takeout: Kim Constantinesco is a blogger for predominantlyorange.com, a Denver Broncos fan site, and she joins us to discuss the Broncos' last game of the season and their playoff fate.

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Remixing the Holidays: Twisted Sister, 'Twisted Christmas'

Friday, December 25, 2009

If you love guitar solos with your eggnog and mistletoe, then you're probably familiar with Twisted Sister's holiday album "Twisted Christmas." Dee Snider and Jay Jay French – lead singer and founding member of Twisted Sister – tell us about how this album came to be. They also share with us some of their favorite Christmas songs (full lists below). It's all for the final day of our week-long music series, "Remixing the Holidays."

JAY JAY’S FAVORITE CHRISTMAS SONGS:

  • I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (The Ronettes)
  • The Christmas Song (Nat King Cole)
  • Baby, It’s Cold Outside (Dean Martin)
  • Run, Run Rudolph (Chuck Berry)
  • Also, any songs from:
  • Christmas With The Rat Pack
  • The Phil Spector Christmas Album

DEE’S FAVORITE CHRISTMAS SONGS:

  • The Magic of Christmas (Celine Dion)
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Judy Garland)
  • O, Come All Ye Faithful
  • White Christmas
  • I'll Be Home For Christmas
  • Silver Bells
  • I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
  • Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
  • Deck the Halls
  • The Christmas Song
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas

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Unwed Mothers in the Gaza Strip

Friday, December 25, 2009

BBC correspondent Christopher Landau traveled to the Gaza Strip, where he reported on the lives of unwed mothers - and their children - in the region. He joins us with his account.

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Takeaway Listeners Sing the Songs of Christmas

Friday, December 25, 2009

All week long, our listeners called into 877-8-MY-TAKE and sang us their favorite Christmas tunes, and we share them with all of you.

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A Priest's Permission to Steal

Friday, December 25, 2009

    A priest is stirring a bit of controversy in the U.K. over what he said in his sermon earlier this week. Rev. Tim Jones, the parish priest for Saint Lawrence and Saint Hilda in York, told his congregation that under certain circumstances it is okay to steal.

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      Takeouts: Obamas' Hawaiian Holiday, New Movies, NFL Preview

      Friday, December 25, 2009

      • First Family Takeout: Politico's Carol Lee is traveling with the Obamas as they go on vacation to President Obama's boyhood home, Oahu.
      • Film Takeout: Newsday film critic Rafer Guzman runs down the new holiday films: "Sherlock Holmes," "It's Complicated," and "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus."
      • Sports Takeout: Sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin previews the upcoming weekend in the NFL. The playoffs are coming!

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      The Indian Ocean Tsunami, Five Years Later

      Friday, December 25, 2009

      Tomorrow, December 26, is the 5-year anniversary of the Indian Ocean Tsunami. How have things changed since 2004? Indeed, have things changed? The BBC's Karishma Vaswani reports on the progress Indonesia's Aceh province. We also talk with Christoph Gorder, Vice President of Emergency Response with Americares, about what's still needed for the region to fully recover.

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      Senate Health Bill Passed; Road for Reform Still Bumpy

      Thursday, December 24, 2009

      Trudy Lieberman, contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review, and Carrie Budoff Brown, health reporter for Politico, join us to talk about the next steps for the Democrats' top legislative priority: reconciliation with the House bill and keeping their fractious caucus together.

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      President on Senate Health Care Reform Passage

      Thursday, December 24, 2009

      Jeff Young, reporter for The Hill, joins us as President Obama speaks briefly about the Senate's just passed version of health care reform.

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      Takeouts: 'Midnight' Mass at 10 p.m., Listeners Sing

      Thursday, December 24, 2009

      • Rome Takeout: The Pope will break tradition by holding Christmas Eve Mass two hours early, at 10 p.m. instead of midnight. We speak with David Willey, BBC Vatican correspondent, about why 82-year-old Pope Benedict might be making the change.
      • Listeners' Takeout: We hear listeners croon more of their favorite holiday music.

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      Senate Passes Health Care Reform ... Now What?

      Thursday, December 24, 2009

      The Senate passed its version of the health care bill, but there is still much work to be done before the President signs a reconciled bill into law. We talk with Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News and John Stanton, Senate reporter for Roll Call, about how the upcoming negotiations between the House and Senate negotiations will affect the end result of health care reform.

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      Remixing the Holidays: Sen. Orrin Hatch pens Hannukah Hit

      Thursday, December 24, 2009

      Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) might not be the first person you think of when you think of memorable holiday ditties, but you might have heard his latest magnum opus, a Hannukah song called "Eight Days of Hannukah." Sen. Hatch has been a prolific composer for years in his spare time – from Christian rock to patriotic ballads – but calls this song his "gift to the Jewish people." (He's Mormon.) He and his co-writer, Madeline Stone, join us to talk about their favorite Christmas songs, and how to write music for faiths that aren't your own.

      Eight Days of Hanukkah from Tablet Magazine on Vimeo.

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      $20 Billion Debt: Gov. Threatens California Welfare Cuts

      Thursday, December 24, 2009

      California is facing a $20 billion dollar deficit and is asking the federal government for roughly $8 billion to help stay afloat. The governor has threatened to cut back, if not eliminate, basic social services like the state's welfare program, if not granted some financial assistance. We talk with Dan Walters, political columnist for the Sacramento Bee, about what the state needs to recover.

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      Are More Doctors What the Doctor Ordered?

      Thursday, December 24, 2009

      Teaching hospitals are pushing hard for an amendment in the health care legislation that would increase the number of medical residencies by 15,000 from the already 100,000 that already exist, financed by the federal government. More doctors sounds like a great idea to cure those long waits to make an appointment... would they work out in practice? Shannon Brownlee, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation and the author of "Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer," says in her latest column in The New York Times, that simply adding more doctors might actually do more harm than good. Dr. Moitri Savard is a family physician with a private practice in Long Island City, N.Y.; she believes the biggest problem are young doctors choosing higher paying specialist jobs instead of going into primary care.

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      Takeouts: Blackberry, Pricing Partridges, Sports Gifts

      Thursday, December 24, 2009

      • Tech Takeout: New York Times tech reporter Nick Bilton explains the implications of Blackberry manufacturer Research In Motion having had a second major email and internet outage in recent weeks.
      • Financial Takeout: New York Times finance reporter Louise Story tells us about a price index that for more than two decades has been charting  just how much all of those items listed in The Twelve Days of Christmas would cost.
      • Sports Takeout: Sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin discusses gifts for sports lovers and the possibility of redemption for disgraced quarterback Michael Vick.

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      Senate Passes Health Care Reform Bill

      Thursday, December 24, 2009

      In the moments as the Senate passes their version of health care reform, we check in with Jeff Young, reporter for The Hill, along with Trudy Lieberman, contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review.

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      TV: Cutting the Cable, Watching Online

      Thursday, December 24, 2009

      A few stories about the future of TV caught our eye this week that we wanted to follow up on.  The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple may begin to offer TV subscriptions via the internet.  The thought of Apple competing with your cable box made us wonder if making the switch from cable or satellite TV to watching everything online. Nick Bilton and his wife Danielle recently said good riddance to their high cable bills and switched over to using their computer to watch TV.  Nick is the lead writer for the Bits Blog, for our partner The New York Times.

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      The Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan, 30 Years Later

      Thursday, December 24, 2009

      Today marks thirty years since the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. On December 24, 1979, the Soviet 40th army was ordered to deploy in Afghanistan by then Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev.  Of course, today’s anniversary resonates not just with Russians and other members of the former Soviet Union, but also with Americans after the recent announcement of 30,000 extra US troops to Afghanistan.  To remind us of the events of 30 years ago, Kira Fomenko from the BBC Russian service joins us.

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      How Banks Bet Against the Housing Market... and Won

      Thursday, December 24, 2009

      You might have heard of collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) and the role they played in the housing crisis, but have you heard of a 'synthetic CDO?'  Gretchen Morgensen and Louise Story report in today's New York Times, ("Banks Bundled Bad Debt, Bet Against It and Won,") on how banks used this special category of bundled debt to bet against the housing market, and win. Sometimes it meant the banks profited while their clients lost out.

      Louise Story joins us to explain synthetic CDOs and the three government investigations that are already underway about the practice. The government wants to know if investment firms may have exacerbated the housing crisis as they tried to hedge their vulnerable mortage positions. We also speak with Sylvain Raynes, a structured finance consultant, to give us details on how firms used synthetic CDOs and how they pitched them to clients.

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      Takeouts: Brett Favre, Listeners Sing

      Thursday, December 24, 2009

      • Sports Takeout - Sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin brings us his next entry in his top ten sports stories from 2009: a humble QB named Favre.  Brett Favre.
      • Listener Takeouts - Listeners respond to a story on “whitening” names, and sing us their favorite holiday songs.

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