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Todd Zwillich

Takeaway Washington Correspondent

Todd Zwillich appears in the following:

Minority Communities Receiving a Minor Share of Stimulus Funds

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Minority communities have been hit hardest by the recession, but they are receiving fewer of the stimulus project contracts doled out by the government.  

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As Male Employment Numbers Drop, Female Breadwinner Numbers Soar

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Since December 2007, seven million jobs have been lost in our country, and the majority of those who’ve lost their jobs have been men. At the same time, females have been returning to the workforce in higher numbers than their male counterparts, and more and more women have taken on the role of primary breadwinner for their families.

 

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It's Python Huntin' Season

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Python hunting season is currently open in South Florida until April 17th.  The region has been ravaged by a huge invasion of the Southeast Asian reptile. The snakes were meant to be exotic pets, but have found their way into the wild.

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Takeouts: Rep. Eric Massa's Defensive Strategy, Listeners Respond

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

  • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: Everyone loves a political dogfight. Rep. Eric Massa, freshman congressman from western New York resigned on Monday. Is that because the House Ethics Committee is investigating complaints that he made innappropriate sexual remarks to a staffer? Or because, as Massa says, his president and party have pushed him out? Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich joins the show with a play by play in the tete-a-tete between the former representative and… well… everybody else in his Democratic Party.
  • YOUR RESPONSES: We asked you to weigh in about what is and isn't genius, and got plenty of feedback. We hear what you had to say.

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As Marjah Battle Winds Down, Forces Set Sights on Kandahar

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates visited the Afghan capital on Monday. Gen. McChrystal said the U.S. has all but routed the Taliban from their former stronghold of Marjah and that the military will now turn its attention to Kandahar — a key city that dwarfs Marjah in size.

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Takeouts: Obama Pushes Health Care in Pennsylvania, March Madness Begins

Monday, March 08, 2010

  • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: Health care is back on the front burner for President Obama this week, and today he travels to Glenside, Pa. to push health care at Arcadia University. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich tells us more.
  • SPORTS TAKEOUT: In like a lion, march madness begins now that college basketball is heating up across the country. Ibrahim Abdul-Matin talks about the UConn women's basketball team tying their own record for consecutive wins, and number one team Syracuse losing.

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Bobby McFerrin's Cultural Heritage

Friday, March 05, 2010

You may know him best as the voice behind the song, "Don't Worry, Be Happy," but Bobby McFerrin comes from a line of history-making artists. Robert McFerrin, Sr. was the first black man to sing at the Metropolitan Opera, and he sang the role of Porgy for Sidney Poitier in the the film version of "Porgy and Bess." Bobby McFerrin will appear in a special tribute to his father on March 5th, 2009 in New York's Schomberg Center. Bobby stopped by our studios to talk a bit about the legacy of his father, who has a connection to Takeaway host Celeste Headlee.

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The Takeaway's Oscar Pre-Show

Friday, March 05, 2010

After weeks of anticipation, the Academy Awards show is finally upon us. At 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Sunday, Oscars will be handed out and speeches will drag on forever. Telling us about what to expect from this year’s show, which will be broadcast on ABC, is Rafer Guzman, Takeaway movie contributor and film critic for Newsday. He gives his predictions on the winners.

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Bombers Strike in Run-Up to Iraq Parliamentary Elections

Friday, March 05, 2010

Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis are expected to go to the polls on Sunday for the nation's first full parliamentary elections since the U.S.-led invasion of 2003. But with violence that some see as scare tactics possibly preventing the delivery of democracy, some in Iraq wonder if the U.S. forces should be extending their stay. Yesterday on CNN Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki hinted at the possibility of asking the American military to stay in the country, but Gen. David Petraeus seems to be holding fast to the goal of an August transition.  

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Analyzing National Unemployment

Friday, March 05, 2010

Friend of the show Lakshan Achuthan joins us to tell a tale of two economic Americas. Contrary to popular belief, the current recession has not been all that bad for many Americans. Unfortunately, the other 40 percent of unemployed fall into what Lakshman calls the "long term unemployed;" and he adds that their plight may not be over any time soon.

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Small Towns and the Economic Recession

Friday, March 05, 2010

Later today we expect to hear new national unemployment data which should offer economists a reasonable idea of where our economy is moving on a macro scale. But what about the smaller economic engines of America? How about the small towns in our country that may be largely sustained by a single industry or plant? Even if the economy, as a whole, were to make an unexpected recovery, that wouldn’t bring back the single manufacturing plant that sustaining some ten percent of its nearby residents, or the auxiliary economy that springs up around it like housing, restaurants, or shopping centers.

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Don Cheadle and Antoine Fuqua on 'Brooklyn's Finest'

Friday, March 05, 2010

Today, the latest film by "Training Day" director Antoine Fuqua hits theatres nationwide. It's called "Brooklyn’s Finest," and it follows three cops who are forced to make impossible decisions during crisis points in their lives – and then live with the outcome of those choices.

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The Oscar Ballot Briefcase Guys Reveal All!

Friday, March 05, 2010

When most of us watch the Oscars, our eyes are glued to the movie stars. But if you’re a movie star on Oscars night, it’s more likely that your eyes are glued to two accountants. We refer, of course, to the accountants of Pricewaterhouse Coopers – those guys with the briefcases who hit the red carpet each year, ballots in tow. From the actor's perspective, it's they who hold the key to your acceptance speech, or your stiff upper lip as a loser in front of the cameras.

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National Step Competition Sparks Race Controversy

Friday, March 05, 2010

The national step competition in Atlanta, Ga. two weeks ago was packed with mostly African American competitors. The dance form, rooted in African American history, has largely been associated with black colleges and fraternities. But on Feb. 20, a white team from the University of Arkansas did more than just win the competition. They ignited a dialogue about race relations and whether a particular race should be entitled to a certain part of American culture.

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Good Week/Bad Week: Venting in Nepal and the Trouble of Walking Dogs

Friday, March 05, 2010

Along with our friends at The Week Magazine, we look at the past week, review give you the score. Who had a good week? Who had a bad week? In this week’s segment we learn that it was a great week to vent your frustrations … if you happen to live in Nepal. A ritual in the country allows young people from neighboring villages Parsaway and Lamipur get to yell insults at each other as part of an annual festival this week. They say it's all in good fun.

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Takeouts: Weekend in College Basketball, Your Winning Cats, Your Favorite Teachers

Friday, March 05, 2010

  • SPORTS TAKEOUT: There's a big game scheduled for college basketball this weekend, but it doesn't involved Syracuse, Kansas, Kentucky, or any of the top-ranked teams. Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Adbul Matin joins us with a look at college basketball, where the Ivy League teams are heating up.
  • YOUR CATS TAKEOUT: You report, you decide! We have the winners of The Takeaway's furry and furiously competitive cat show.
  • YOUR RESPONSES: For our last takeout, we hear from our listeners and their fond recollections of the teachers that made a difference in their lives.

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New Guidelines on Prostate Cancer Stoke Controversy

Friday, March 05, 2010

Millions of American men are tested every year for prostate cancer, but the blood test used for screening isn’t completely reliable. Now, the American Cancer Society says there's a chance the screenings can do more harm than good. What are men at risk of prostate cancer supposed to do?

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A Year Later, Obama Says it's Time for Health Care Vote

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Yesterday, President Obama made one last-ditch attempt to push for health care overhaul. After a year of debate, the president said it was time for the Senate to cast an "up or down vote" on the final version of the bill. Still, many Republicans — and even some Democrats — do not support the proposal. The push comes just a week after the president's heath care summit at the White House, and after he said he would be open to four republican ideas gleaned from that discussion.

 

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Charles Rangel Steps Down As Committee Chair

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Under continuing questions about possible ethics violations, New York Congressman Charles Rangel announced this morning he would temporarily step down as chair of the powerful Ways and Means Committee. Rangel, who is the dean of his state's delegation, said he would relinquish control of the influential post in order to allow an investigation by the Ethics Committee to run its course.

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Takeouts: Obama's Final Health Care Push, Your Responses on the Narrative Power of Numbers

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

  • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: Kentucky Republican Sen. Jim Bunning made the news this week by holding up a bill for jobless benefits, payments for doctors, and a host of other programs. Last night he finally relented. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explains the fracas. We also get a preview of President Obama's health care speech today.
  • LISTENER TAKEOUT: Yesterday, we looked at how we understand events through numbers. Listeners tell us their view on numerical storytelling. 

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