2014: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, And The Hidden Gems

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The calendar might have changed at midnight, but we're not done with 2014. Today we're delivering you a special New Year's episode dedicated to some of the high & low points of 2014.

Happy New Year! The calendar might have changed at midnight, but we're not quite done with 2014. Today, The Takeaway is delivering you a special New Year's Day episode dedicated to some of the high points of 2014.

First we hear from Heidi Moore, finance and economics editor at The Guardian. She reflects on how the economy fared in 2014. She explores the automotive industry, oil and gas prices, banks, jobs, inequality, and she shares her favorite corporate mismanagement story of the year.

Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent, examines the year on Capital Hill—everything from the midterms elections, court cases on Obamacare, the president's executive action on immigration, the CIA torture report, and more.

When looking back, 2014 wasn't just a big year for Washington and Wall Street. Manoush Zomorodi, host and managing editor of WNYC's New Tech City, sums up the tech industry's greatest scandal of 2014 and what it means for innovative companies and tech culture.

The last year was also filled with its fair share of awesome scientific breakthroughs. Emily Rice, professor of astrophysics at the College of Staten Island and the CUNY Graduate Center, and a researcher at the American Museum of Natural History, rounds up the year in space exploration.

The Takeaway's Movie Date Podcast team hits the theaters every week. Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman weigh in on the best films of 2014, and some hidden gems that you might have missed.

Every holiday special needs a bit of good music. John Schaefer of WNYC's Soundcheck gives us his playlist of the top songs of 2014.