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Recruiting & Retaining Women at the Top

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Back in the late 1960s, when the first female traders were allowed on the floor of Wall Street, they were treated more like the butts of jokes than like trailblazers. Today, the finance and business sectors have come a long way, but they still struggle to put women in the ranks, or keep them there. Malli Gero and Rachel Sklar are two people who are trying to change that.

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Proposals & Threats, But No Answers for Syria | The Quest to Save AM Radio | Recruiting & Retaining Women at the Top

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Proposals & Threats, But No Answers for Syria | Humanitarian Crisis in Syria Worsens as U.S. Deliberates Action | Missouri Moves One Step Closer to Nullifying All Federal Gun Laws | The Quest to Save AM Radio | New Super Camera Seeks Answers to the Mystery of Dark Energy | Recruiting & ...

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New Study Shows Damaged Products Less Likely to Be Recycled

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Does a dent in a soda can or a crumpled piece of paper affect people’s recycling habits? As it turns out, yes. According to a recent study by professors at the University of Alberta and Boston University, what our refuse looks like may be a determining factor in whether or not we recycle. Jennifer Argo, co-author of the study, joins the Takeaway to discuss how people perceive waste and how re-branding recycling may help people to recycle more often.

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Taxi-Hailing Apps Thrive Across the U.S. & Meet Unique Need in NYC

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Most city dwellers are familiar with the vain attempts to flag down a cab when it’s raining or freezing or both. But new taxi-hailing smartphone apps are revolutionizing the relevancy of the outstretched arm and whistle. The apps are serving an alternate, and perhaps more important purpose in New York however. They are bringing cabs to underserved areas and underserved people. New Yorker Stacy-Marie Ishmael explains.

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Report: Illegally Mined Conflict Minerals in Everyday Consumer Products

Monday, August 12, 2013

A new report for Bloomberg Markets Magazine exposes "conflict tungsten" from Colombia. A major tungsten mine in a remote part of Colombia is controlled by the guerrilla terrorist group FARC. It uses the proceeds from the sale of the precious metal to fund its activities. Michael Smith is a Bloomberg Markets Latin America Reporter. He joins The Takeaway to discuss the use of tungsten in electronic devices.

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Will Amazon's Bezos Transform the Newspaper Industry?

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos purchased The Washington Post this week for $250 million. There is speculation that Bezos has big plans for revamping the paper, which has suffered a 44 percent decline in operating revenue over the past six years. Alan D. Mutter, a media consultant and former newspaper editor, explains the opportunity Bezos has to re-envision what it might mean to be a newspaper in the digital age.

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Russia Grants Snowden Asylum Despite U.S. Demands | Should Detroit Get a Bailout? | Paul Schrader On His Controversial New Film, "The Canyons"

Friday, August 02, 2013

Russia Grants Snowden Asylum Despite U.S. Demands | Should Detroit Get a Bailout? | Paul Schrader On His Controversial New Film, "The Canyons" | Should The Severely Mental Ill Be Forced to Receive Treatment? | New Movie Releases of the Week: The Canyons & 2 Guns

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High-Tech Tools in Cars are Distracting for Drivers

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Car manufacturers are increasingly offering more and more ways for drivers to stay connected online even while driving. But could cars with cutting edge voice-activated hands-free systems pose a safety hazard because of the mental distractions they can create for drivers? Kara Miller, host of WGBH's Innovation Hub, discusses the newest technology showing up in cars and the implications for everyone’s safety. 

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Report Finds Serious Safety Concerns at Assisted Living Homes

Monday, July 29, 2013

The assisted living industry is a multibillion-dollar business. An investigation of the largest assisted living company in the country by FRONTLINE and ProPublica has found legal violations, serious lapses in care, and questionable deaths. A.C.Thompson has been the one investigating the assisted living industry. He joins The Takeaway to discuss his findings.

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Banks Inflate Prices of Commodities

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Think you've heard it all there about big banks manipulating consumers and markets to make a buck? You might be surprised. Everyday in Detroit, tons of aluminum is moved from one warehouse to another—all to exploit pricing regulations that allow banks to raise the cost of aluminum by tenths of a penny, adding up to billions of dollars. Saule Omarova, a professor of law at the University of North Carolina, joins The Takeaway to discuss how this works.

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Palm Oil & Human Rights Abuses

Monday, July 22, 2013

Palm oil is an increasingly ubiquitous, yet nearly invisible, substance. Consumers can find it in everything from Crest toothpaste and Gillette shaving cream to Nestle and Kraft food products. Benjamin Skinner, reporter for Bloomberg Businessweek and senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, says that rising demand for the product has masked the severe human rights abuses behind its harvest.

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Senator Menendez, Factory Owner Weighs In on Labor Concerns in Bangladesh

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Are American retailers that operate in Bangladesh doing enough to improve safety conditions at Bangladeshi factories? U.S. Senator Robert Menendez has been calling for better labor conditions and safety standards for workers in Bangladesh. Safina Rahman, the director of Lakshma Sweaters, an apparel production factory in Bangladesh's capital, responds to the senator's proposal. They join The Takeaway to take us through his plan and how it might impact the garment industry at home and abroad.

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Examining the Labor Concerns in Bangladesh | Almost 30,000 Inmates Go on Hunger Strike in California | Maternal Antibodies May Be Connected to Autism

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Examining the Labor Concerns in Bangladesh | In California, Almost 30,000 Inmates Go on Hunger Strike | Maternal Antibodies May Be Connected to Autism | The Benefits of Nostalgia | The Story of One Soldier Challenging Military Uniforms

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Spitzer Looks for Comeback With Run for NYC Comptroller

Monday, July 08, 2013

In New York, a once-disgraced politician is trying to be the next comeback kid. Last night, former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer announced his candidacy for New York City Comptroller. Governor Spitzer discussed his candidacy on our co-producer WNYC's program, The Brian Lehrer Show, earlier today. Brian Lehrer joins us to discuss these candidates looking for a comeback.

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The Latest Unemployment Report and What it Reveals About Our Economic Recovery

Friday, June 07, 2013

More bad news for the Obama administration this morning. May's employment numbers are here and they're not looking good. The unemployment rate rose to 7.6%. U.S. employers added 175 thousand jobs but more job seekers entered the market. Charlie Herman, Business and Economics Editor for Takeaway co-producer for WNYC, explains what this means for the economic recovery.

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Room Service Ending at New York City's Largest Hotel

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

The boom in the hotel business in the U.S. right now is in low cost suite hotels that offer a free buffet breakfast and no restaurant on the premises. If you want food delivered, the front desk will be happy to give you a list of pizza places in the neighborhood. The Grand Hotel days have been over for a while, and now one of the holdouts is calling it quits on room service. The Hilton Hotel in Midtown Manhattan is cancelling its room service. 

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The Coming Revolution in Higher Ed

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Last year Harvard and M.I.T. announced a joint online learning initiative called edX, that promised to reach students across the globe by providing online classes free of charge. Recently, there has been some debate about the effectiveness of the massive open online courses, or MOOCs, offered by the nonprofit start-up, and its for-profit competitors. Anant Agarwal, the president of edX, remains a strong advocate of online education and its ability to democratize education.

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New Report: Women are Increasingly Breadwinners

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A new report by the Pew Research Center finds that 40 percent of households with children under the age of 18 include mothers who provide the sole or primary source of income for the family. In 1960, that figure was 11 percent. Bryce Covert is the Economic Policy Editor at ThinkProgress. She breaks down the Pew Research Center's findings.

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Yahoo to Buy Social Media Site Tumblr

Monday, May 20, 2013

Users of the photo rich blogging and social media site Tumblr aren't happy. Yahoo has plans to buy the site for $1.1 billion dollars in an all cash deal which extends the brand of Yahoo into this social media space. The deal would be one of the largest acquisitions of a social networking company in years. 

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What it Might Take to Reinvent the Wheel

Thursday, May 09, 2013

The bicycle may not have changed much over the years, but Kara Miller, host of WGBH’s “Innovation Hub” has been speaking with graduate students at the M.I.T Media Lab about their cutting edge ideas for transforming bikes and biking. 

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