The Takeaway

What do Floridians Make of the Stevie Wonder Boycott?

Monday, July 22, 2013

A little over a week ago, in the aftermath of the George Zimmerman verdict, Stevie Wonder announced that he’d be boycotting the state of Florida and all other states with Stand Your Ground laws. But what do people in Florida—specifically those in the Florida music scene—think about this boycott? Jerry Dufrain, co-owner of The Orpheum music venue in Tampa, weighs in. Craig Kopp, a host at Takeaway affiliate WUSF in Tampa, discusses the backlash against the state and whether there really is a problem with Florida.

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Why My Family is Boycotting the Tests

Monday, June 03, 2013


"I heard warnings about fourth grade, how critical the test was for school report cards, teacher evaluation, and middle school admissions. Still, nothing prepared me for the onslaught of test preparation, test talk, practice tests, test prep homework, and threats about the negative consequences of the tests. It literally permeated all of fourth grade, from November to April."

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The Brian Lehrer Show

On the Chick-Fil-A Backlash

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Village Voice writer Steven Thrasher discusses the Chick-Fil-A boycott and what local politicians have said in response to the news that the company's CEO is against gay marriage.

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Group Wants Park Slope Food Coop to Consider Boycott of Israeli Products

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Coop members will vote to approve or reject a member-initiated proposal to hold a referendum about joining the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement at its general meeting on Tuesday night at Brooklyn Tech High School.

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The Takeaway

How Seriously Should We Take Airport Security Boycotts?

Monday, November 22, 2010

Many air travelers, both passengers and pilots, have expressed their frustration with the full body scanners and enhanced pat-downs enacted by the Transportation Security Administration earlier this month. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano say our privacy is a small sacrifice for our safety, but many people don't think this is a tradeoff they want to accept.

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The Takeaway

Race and Identity in 'The Last Airbender'

Friday, July 02, 2010

“The Last Airbender” is the live-action feature film based on the highly successful animated series on Nickelodeon. It’s also the center of a growing controversy about casting and race. The series features Asian settings, costumes, architecture, and character and location names that incorporate Chinese, Japanese and Southeast Asian phonemes — such as “Aang,” “Fong” and “Sing.” And yet, when casting the motion picture, the studio chose four white actors to play the leads. When one of the actors dropped out, he was replaced by Dev Patel of “Slumdog Millionaire” fame, but it’s still the case that three of the four leading actors are white.


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Raising Arizona. Or Not.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

John Schaefer has a family connection to the immigration issue. 

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