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Todd Zwillich

Takeaway Washington Correspondent

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'Jihad Jane' Charged With Recruiting Terrorists

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

An American woman who called herself "Jihad Jane" on the internet has been charged with trying to recruit Islamic terrorists. She is also accused of taking part in an international conspiracy to kill a Swedish cartoonist. Colleen LaRose, a blond-haired, green-eyed resident of suburban Philadelphia, was taken into custody last October, but her arrest was kept secret until yesterday. 

 

 

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New Investigation Into Toyota's Runaway Acceleration Problem

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A video of a Prius that lost control in a dramatic crash on a California highway has sparked a new investigation into Toyota's acceleration problems. Worse, the driver says he had already reported problems to the car dealer.

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The Problem With Child Prodigies

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

In this third installment of our series on genius, we look at the problem of child prodigies. Author David Shenk and chess champion Josh Waitzkin, who was the inspiration for the main character in 1993's Searching for Bobby Fisher, join us to discuss where prodigy comes from, and where it goes when the child grows up.

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Illinois Looks to Clean Up Dirty Political Reputation

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Illinois has a long history of political corruption. Four of the past eight governors have been indicted on corruption charges, and dozens of other public officials have been convicted on similar grounds. In February, the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, Scott Lee Cohen, stepped aside after allegations that he had abused his wife.

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Takeouts: No Tax Credits for Gay Characters, Latest NFL Moves and Rumors, Your Responses on Genius

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

  • TV TAKEOUT: A proposal could keep films and television shows depicting gay characters from recieving a tax credit for filming in Florida. Damien Cave, Miami bureau chief for The New York Times, tells us more about this state jobs bill, and who it may help and hurt.
  • SPORTS TAKEOUT: Football season may be over, but important moves are still being made. Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin has all the latest NFL transactions and rumors, and tells us which players are going where.
  • YOUR RESPONSES: We're asking you all week about what makes genius, and today we listen to more of your responses.

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Haiti Continues to Chart Path Toward Recovery

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Even after you restore safety and security, how do you begin to rebuild? Haitian President Rene Preval will meet with President Barack Obama in Washington today to discuss what Haiti needs two months after the earthquake that devasted large swathes of the country. Along with severe damages to infrastructure in the wake of the disaster, Haitians are trying to deal with economic issues — some of them pre-existent — brought into sharp relief by the quake. We're checking in with two people who have a birds-eye view of Haitian need, and how it interacts with that country's economy, past and future. 

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Americans Waiting Longer to Retire

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute released Wednesday shows that more Americans are waiting longer to retire because they are not financially secure.

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Takeouts: Bank of America's PR Gambit, College Basketball's Big East Tournament

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

  • FINANCIAL TAKEOUT: Bank of America offered an unexpected olive branch to its millions of debit card users when they announced a plan to do away with all debit card overdraft fees. But is this public relations gambit enough to improve the bank's public image? We talk with Louise Story, finance reporter for our partner The New York Times, who brings us details from an article in today's paper.
  • SPORTS TAKEOUT: The Big East tournament holds many of the major players in college basketball, and yesterday St. John's beat UCONN handily. Ibrahim Abdul-Matin joins us to take a closer look at the Big East.

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Analyzing Ahmadinejad's Afghan Diplomacy

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will visit Afghanistan today. His visit has strategists around the world scratching their heads as they try to discern his agenda.

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Biden Kicks Off Mideast Tour

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

The vice president kicked off his five-day Mideast trip in Israel where he told leaders that U.S. ties to Israel are "unshakable." Mr. Biden plans to focus on Iran and the indirect peace talks that Israel and Palestine are prepared to undertake. However, expectations are low that these talks will lead to an agreement, says BBC reporter Heather Sharpe.

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Ethnic Violence Strikes Nigeria

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Ethnic violence between Christians and Muslims in the Nigerian city of Jos has left hundreds dead. Both the U.S. government and Human Rights Watch have called for an inquiry into the violence and Nigerian troops are patrolling the area to try to keep it secure. The BBC's Ahmed Idris joins us with more from Abuja, Nigeria.

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Do Film Tax Credits Hurt or Help Local Economies?

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Massachusetts is one of forty-six states that offer tax credits to filmmakers who agree to produce their movies in that state. The benefit for the Commonwealth is added jobs and more local business while the film is in production. But some are calling for the governor to put a cap on the tax credit in order to balance the budget.

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Takeouts: A Tale of Two Pension Plans, LA Lakers' Losing Streak

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

  • FINANCIAL TAKEOUT:  New York Times finance reporter, Louise Story, joins the Takeaway with a look at how government and private employers have shifted their long term investment strategies.  One of them has been playing it safe, and the other may be taking your retirement to Vegas.
  • SPORTS TAKEOUT:  The Los Angeles Lakers are on their longest losing streak in three years. Takeaway sports contributor, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, explains why the team may be distracted. 

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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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