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The Takeaway

Race, Class and Baltimore: Inside a Divided City

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Takeaway digs into the history of Baltimore—from the roots of the city's segregation, its economic disparity and police-community problems, and what it means for the future.

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The Takeaway

Wendell Pierce of 'The Wire' Reflects on Baltimore's Real-Life Struggle

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

As Bunk on "The Wire," Wendell Pierce lived and worked in Baltimore for years. He reflects on the fictionalized world of "The Wire," and the real-life problems of today.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Video Game Fame, Debating Cruel and Unusual Punishment, and Wendell Pierce From 'The Wire'

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Takeaway chats with the creator of "The Oregon Trail," we look at a death penalty case before the Supreme Court, and Wendell Pierce who played Bunk on "The Wire" discusses Baltimore.

The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: The College Gap, The Return of Star Wars, and Challenging the One Percent

Monday, December 01, 2014

The Takeaway explores the graduation gap between people of different races, we examine the new Star Wars Film, and a member of the 1 percent weighs in on the income gap.

99% Invisible

137- Good Bread

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The first print advertisement for Wonder Bread came out before the bread itself. It stated only that “a wonder” was coming. In a lot of ways, the statement was true. Wonder Bread was the perfect loaf.  “Slow food” advocates have pronounced industrial w...

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The Takeaway

Is "Lean In" Faux Feminism?

Monday, May 12, 2014

It's been more than a year since Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg released her book "Lean In." But preeminent black feminist  bell hooks says Sandberg's philosophy isn't revolutionary.

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WNYC News

Aspiring to the Middle Class? Check out the Bronx

Friday, January 10, 2014

Trying to stake a claim to the ever-shrinking American middle class? Paul Bhola, who lives in the northernmost neighborhood in the five boroughs, says it can be done — if you're ready to make some sacrifices.

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The Takeaway

Can Obama's Inequality Message Win Back Millennials?

Thursday, December 05, 2013

President Barack Obama has revived his populist message and made a case for the Affordable Care Act as a vehicle to reduce income inequality. Jonathan Alter, journalist and author of "The Center Holds: Obama and his Enemies," explores the president's rebranding efforts. He notes that as Obama dusts off his brand of populism, his core base—millennials—seems to be abandoning him. Heather McGhee, vice president of policy and outreach at Demos, examines how the President's message about income inequality resonate with the youngest voters.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Gender and Class at Harvard Business School

Friday, September 13, 2013

Jodi Kantor, New York Times Washington correspondent and the author of The Obamas, discusses her reporting on efforts to level the playing field for women at Harvard Business School and the response from some readers that class divides students more than gender. She also discusses her reporting on the role of gender in the 2013 New York City mayoral primary and Christine Quinn's third-place finish.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Weekend Bonus: Mobility in America, 2013

Friday, July 26, 2013

This week on the Brian Lehrer Show, we discussed several stories related to economic mobility in the United States, from a new study that shows the links between geography and class; to advice segments on how to survive and escape poverty. This special podcast compiles all of those segments into one file.

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Listen to Lucy

Grades don’t make the grade at the office

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Grades don’t make the grade at the office

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: Pop Rocks in a Fanny Pack Edition

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Slate contributors Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens and June Thomas discuss the passing of Roger Ebert, National Geographic's series about the 1980's and social class in Britain.

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The Takeaway

How Integrated Education Began at the University of Texas at Austin

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Last week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas. It’s a case that could bring an end to affirmative action, if the plaintiff, white student Abigail Fisher, wins. It’s also a case that might bring to a close an integrated era in Texas and the United States that began not with Brown versus the Board of Education, as many people presume, but with Sweatt v. Painter in 1950. 

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The Takeaway

Highlighting Poverty in the 2012 Election

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Throughout the 2012 presidential campaign, politicians have largely ignored poverty as an issue, so Cornel West and Tavis Smiley are hitting the road to expose the problems facing the American poor.

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On Being

Mike Rose — The Meaning of Intelligence [remix]

Thursday, August 30, 2012

An expansive reflection on work, education, and civic imagination with an esteemed researcher and teacher at UCLA and a poetic writer. We explore his perspective, through life and scholarship, on hard subjects that drive to the heart of who we are -- l

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On Being

[Unedited] Mike Rose with Krista Tippett

Thursday, August 30, 2012

An expansive reflection on work, education, and civic imagination with an esteemed researcher and teacher at UCLA and a poetic writer. We explore his perspective, through life and scholarship, on hard subjects that drive to the heart of who we are -- l

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The Takeaway

Income Inequality, As Seen from the Tree Tops

Thursday, June 14, 2012

We talk a lot about economic indicators on our show; from what the sales of Big Macs say about the economy to how gas prices are reflected in our frequency of driving. But today, we’re looking at the economy from a slightly different perspective: from the tree-tops, both literally and figuratively.

 

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The Takeaway

Fenway Park's Troubled Racial Past

Friday, May 18, 2012

Fenway Park, the Boston Red Sox’s storied ballpark, celebrated it’s 100th birthday late last month. And in honor of the centennial, moments in Red Sox history were remembered and relived like the "Curse of the Bambino." But today, we’re talking about one element of Fenway’s history that is rarely spoken of: it’s troubled racial past.

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The Takeaway

A Closer Look at the Racial Divisions in the US Economy

Thursday, March 01, 2012

In the past couple years, the economy has become the focus of media coverage, politics and national debate. Movements like Occupy Wall Street brought issues of economic disparity and class to the center stage. But where and how does race fit into all this? 

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The Takeaway

Wealth, Presidents, and Being 'Out of Touch'

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Although his father was the first candidate to release their tax returns, the impetus for Massachussetts governor Mitt Romney making his financial life public — and the rallying cry of Gingrich-boosting Super PACs — is the assertion that Romney is too rich and therefore too out of touch to be president. Throughout the decades, Americans have elected very wealthy men to the White House without any fanfare. Yet with record rates of unemployment that many are experiencing over a period of years, the issue of class in the U.S. has gained a new significance.

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