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David Amram's 80th Birthday Celebration

Thursday, November 11, 2010

David Amram has composed more than 100 orchestral and chamber music works, written numerous scores for Broadway and film, authored three books, and played dozens of instruments from over 25 countries, including the jazz French horn, an unusual instrument/genre pairing in which he has long been considered a pioneer. The artists Amram has collaborated with are some of the greatest names in the music and entertainment: Langston Hughes, Dizzy Gillespie, Dustin Hoffman, Willie Nelson, Thelonious Monk, Arthur Miller, Charles Mingus, Tito Puente, Charlie Parker, Jack Kerouac, and Leonard Bernstein, who chose him as The New York Philharmonic's first composer-in-residence in 1966.

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Transportation Nation

The Last Ride Home for NHL's Subway Fan

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Thirty-six year old Scott Walker has played all over the National Hockey League -- Vancouver, Nashville, Raleigh. This year, the journeyman arrived on the Washington Capitals. He hoped he'd get another appearance in the Stanley Cup playoffs, and he did. But his wife and kids stayed behind, and kept the car in Raleigh. So how does Walker get to work? Takes the DC Metro, it turns out.

Below, Walker describes his first ride. Turns out DC's distance-based fare system flummoxed him a bit. When he got off the train near Verizon Center, where the Caps play, he had it easy though -- just follow all the jersey-wearing fans and you'll find your way to work, buddy.

This story doesn't have a happy ending, though: the Capitals were eliminated last night by Montreal, ending one of the most-hyped and star-studded runs at the Stanley Cup. Walker, Alex Ovechkin and the rest of the Capitals have a hot DC summer to ride the train and think about what today is being called the "Capital Collapse."

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The Takeaway

The Many Faces of Runaways' Rock Star Cherie Currie

Friday, April 09, 2010

Most people know Cherie Currie as the lead singer of the '70s all-girl rock band The Runaways, but it turns out that she's had at least a half a dozen other strange and dazzling careers since then, including writer, retail clerk and chainsaw artist.

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The Takeaway

Ex-Governors Choosing Celebrity Over Politics?

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Have former governors Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee chosen to forgo politics in order to cultivate their celebrity status? That's the view of our guest, New York Times columnist Ross Douthat, who writes in an op-ed this week that both candidates chose to cash in on their celebrity following the 2008 elections, instead of working towards wider policy and governing experience. We also speak with Cindy Gallop, an advertising consultant and former chair of the advertising agency BBH.

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The Takeaway

Gandhi's belongings auctioned, but not without controversy

Friday, March 06, 2009

A dinner bowl, a pair of sandals and eyeglasses belonging to Indian nationalist leader Mohandas Gandhi fetched a price of $1.8 million in a New York auction. The auction was marred by controversy with the Indian government demanding the halt of the sale. The Takeaway talks to the New York Times' Jennifer 8. Lee who covered the story.

Add your comment on the segment below, or call 1-877-8-MY-TAKE, as this listener from Montclair, N.J. did.

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The Takeaway

Baz Luhrmann's Australia premieres

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

"The Australian Tourist Ministry is really looking at this as a feature-length advertisment, in the hope it will replicate the 'Crocodile Dundee Effect.'"
--Nick Bryant on Baz Luhrmann's new film, "Australia"

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The Takeaway

Harry Shearer

Friday, October 31, 2008

With just four days left until the election, early voting and new polling numbers are dominating the headlines. But comedian and satirist Harry Shearer doesn't want voters overlook the legacy of President George W. Bush and his administration. His new CD is "Songs of the Bushmen."

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The Takeaway

Shatner and Takei

Friday, October 24, 2008

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The Takeaway

Ch-ch changes: Chad Johnson becomes “Ocho Cinco” and other famous name changes

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

The Sports world perplexed at the recent announcement that Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson has legally changed his name to Chad Ocho Cinco, which is the Spanish translation of his number 85 jersey. Ocho Cinco certainly isn’t the first famous person to have a change of heart about his given name.

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The Takeaway

Celebrating the legacy of Sheila Barrett, the first woman to announce at the BBC

Monday, July 28, 2008

Seventy-five years ago, on July 28, 1933, Sheila Barrett became the first woman to make a national broadcast on BBC Radio. The anniversary got us here at the Takeaway thinking, how have American women shaped the tone and distinction of the radio waves?
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The Takeaway

"Wall Street got drunk" and other pithy phrases for global crises

Friday, July 25, 2008

President Bush summed up America's recent economic woes this week with four cool words: "Wall Street got drunk." The Takeaway asked you for more catchy crisis slogans.

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The Takeaway

David Wall Rice: A million conversations with Nelson Mandela

Friday, July 18, 2008

The thing I remember most vividly about beginning my internship at TransAfrica Forum, the foreign policy lobbyist group founded in 1977 to pressure the U.S. Government to do right by Africa and the African Diaspora, was that I didn't want to be there.

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The Takeaway

Big-time TV writers Whedon and MacFarlane create Web-exclusive shows

Friday, July 11, 2008

Joss Whedon ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") and Seth MacFarlane ("Family Guy"), two of television's most powerful showrunners, are taking their brands online. Whedon's "Dr. Horrible" will be an on-the-cheap supervillain musical. MacFarlane's "Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy" will be distributed by the advertising juggernaut Google, who just might be reinventing TV...

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The Takeaway

Peace, love, lyrics and loot

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Today, Christie's auctions a memento from John Lennon: his scrawled lyrics for “Give Peace a Chance.” Lennon gave the page to then-16-year-old Gail Renard in 1969 after she and a friend climbed up a fire escape to see him and Yoko Ono during their Montreal “bed-in.”

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The Takeaway

George Carlin, 71, comedian known for "Seven Words You Can Never Say On TV"

Monday, June 23, 2008

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The Takeaway

L.A. Lakers avoid elimination at home, head to Boston for Game 6

Monday, June 16, 2008

Contributor's notes: It's not easy being Kobe

“There can only be one,” reads the tagline of the NBA’s 2008 playoff marketing campaign, splitting the faces of top players to emphasize that no one gets a participation award. Yet, the Los Angeles Lakers Game 5, 103-98 victory over the Boston Celtics, ...

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The Takeaway

Sydney Pollack, Oscar winner and director of A-list actors, dies at 73

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Sydney Pollack

Selected films:

  • Michael Clayton (producer/actor, 2007)
  • Sketches of Frank Gehry (director/producer/cinematographer, 2005)
  • Cold Mountain (producer, 2003)
  • The Firm (director/producer, 1993)
  • Out of Africa (director, 1985)
  • Tootsie (director/actor, 1982)
  • Absence of Malice (director, 1981)
  • Three Days of the Condor (director, 1975)
  • They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (director, 1969)

View a slideshow of Sydney Pollack's life in movies, produced by The New York Times.

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Studio 360

Commentary: Bob's Secret

Saturday, April 17, 2004

Advertisers use celebrities to hawk their products on TV all the time. But Kurt Andersen is still getting over the shock of seeing a musical legend during the commercial break.

Audio coming soon.

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