Tuesday, December 03, 2013
It’s no secret that technology is changing the way we live, but what does that mean when it comes to our experience of the holiday season? Some may say that digital technology is taking the magic out of the holidays as Christmas no longer seems quaint when 1 in 3 children write their lists to Santa through a website or smartphone app. Manoush Zomorodi, host of WNYC’s New Tech City, joins The Takeaway to discuss how technology has transformed our holiday traditions.
Friday, May 10, 2013
The U.S. Senate has passed a bill to require online retailers to collect state sales taxes if they make $1 million or more. We’ll hear about its status in the House and take calls from business owners. And a May series on marijuana legalization continues with a look at addiction and health. Plus: John Catsimatidis on his bid to be the Republican candidate for mayor; a science journalist talks about making the decision to freeze her eggs; and the secret language of Craigslist real estate postings.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
By Kate Hinds
Nearly two weeks after a double hit-and-run in California, U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson resigned his post.
Bryson, who was found unconscious after the incident, said a seizure was responsible. He has been on medical leave since then.
In a letter to President Obama, Bryson wrote: "I have concluded that the seizure I suffered on June 9th could be a distraction from my performance as Secretary and that our country would be better served by a change in leadership of the Department."
President Obama accepted his resignation. In a statement, the president said Deputy Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank would continue to serve as Acting Secretary.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
President Barack Obama called Commerce Secretary John Bryson today.
It was a short conversation, and the President encouraged Bryson to "focus his thoughts on his own health and his own family," according to White House spokesman Josh Earnest.
It was the first time the two spoke since Bryson's double hit-and run over the weekend.
Bryson is now undergoing medical tests for what's being described as a seizure. No further details about what caused the crashes or Bryson's condition at the time have been made available.
There is no timetable for Bryson's return.
Here's a full transcript of the relevant portion of Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest's Q&A with reporters:
MR. EARNEST: I actually don’t think I have anything off the top. We obviously have a series of fundraisers, many of which you will cover over the course of the day today. And I don’t have any announcements. If you want to -- so you can go ahead and get started.
Q What’s the update on Secretary Bryson? Do we have any better idea of what happened to him and what’s the prognosis?
MR. EARNEST: As you saw last night, Secretary Bryson had a statement indicating that he ended up taking a medical leave of absence. Before leaving the White House this morning, the President had an opportunity to speak to Commerce Secretary Bryson on the telephone, where they had a short conversation.
The President encouraged Secretary Bryson to focus his thoughts on his own health and on his own family. And the President indicated his confidence in Dr. Blank, who is somebody who could lead the Commerce Department in Secretary Bryson’s absence.
Q I’m sorry, you said he did express confidence in him?
Q In Dr. Blank.
MR. EARNEST: In Dr. Blank -- as somebody who could lead the Commerce Department in Secretary Bryson’s absence. And the President encouraged him to focus -- I’ll speak up a little bit, I apologize. And the President encouraged Secretary Bryson to focus on his own health and getting that care and medical treatment that he needs.
Q Josh, is there any update as far as exactly what the Secretary’s condition is or what type of seizure he had?
MR. EARNEST: I don’t have any updates on those factual details about what happened over the weekend. But obviously, the medical tests that Secretary Bryson will undergo are related to that.
Q Was this the first time they had an opportunity to speak, the President and --
MR. EARNEST: Since the weekend?
Q Yes, since the weekend.
MR. EARNEST: Since the weekend, yes.
Q Josh, can you go over a little bit more of the tick-tock beginning with when was the White House first informed of the incident? And the President wasn’t informed until Monday morning. How come the gap in time?
MR. EARNEST: I don’t have a whole lot -- I mean, you have the details right, that the White House was informed late in the day on Sunday and the President was briefed on Monday morning. But in terms of more details, I don’t have a whole lot more light to shed on those details at this point.
Q Was it -- Jack Lew talked to him when? Sunday or Monday?
MR. EARNEST: I believe that Mr. Lew spoke to him on Monday.
Q Monday morning.
Q To Bryson?
MR. EARNEST: Yes.
Q To Bryson, Monday morning. And so it was -- and the President wasn’t informed until Monday morning. So it was
MR. EARNEST: The President was briefed on Monday.
Q So Lew had decided it wasn’t -- well, he didn’t speak to him until Monday morning, so the President wasn’t informed until Monday morning.
MR. EARNEST: The President was briefed on Monday morning.
Q So we don’t know why there was a lag on why Bryson didn’t report in or what happened?
MR. EARNEST: I don’t have any more details for you on that.
Q Do we know who -- I’m sorry.
Q Do you know if Mr. Lew called him later in the day to --
MR. EARNEST: I don’t have the minute-by-minute tick-tock.
What we -- what Jay broadly discussed yesterday in terms of the tick-tock is -- continues -- is an accurate portrayal of the events over the last 72 hours or so. I don’t have any more details to add to that beyond the President's phone call to Secretary Bryson this morning.
Q Josh, a medical leave of absence is unusual. Why didn’t Secretary Bryson decide to step down, fully resign? And do you have a timetable for his return? Does the President expect him to return?
MR. EARNEST: I don’t have a timetable for his return, primarily because I don’t want to pre-judge what the results of a medical examination that was referred to in the statement last night might reveal.
But what the President -- I can reiterate to you what the President reiterated to the Secretary this morning, which is that his -- that the Secretary's attention and interest and priority at this point should be his own health.
Q But can you say why he chose to take a medical leave versus just agree to resign?
MR. EARNEST: I can't speak to that at this point.
Q Was it suggested to him by anyone that he take a medical leave?
MR. EARNEST: You have to refer to -- you have to check with the Commerce Department on what went into his decision, in terms of --
Q But do you know if Lew or anyone else in the White House suggested to him that it would be a good thing to do?
MR. EARNEST: Even if I were privy to the conversations that took place, I probably wouldn’t have much to share about them.
Q So it's sort of open-ended for when he can return as far as the President is concerned.
MR. EARNEST: That’s true, primarily because the time that he's taking here will be devoted to his -- an examination of his health and some medical tests. And he's going to take the time that he needs to focus on those priorities, those things that should be his priority, those things along with his family.
Q So it wasn't Bryson himself that informed the White House on Sunday night? Or was it someone else?
MR. EARNEST: I don’t believe we've gotten into the details about who was on either end of the phone during those conversations, and I don’t have any more on that.
Q So it sounds like his return hinges on the results of his medical exam.
MR. EARNEST: Well, again, I don’t want to pre-judge into all of that.
Q And who notified the White House initially, Sunday?
MR. EARNEST: Well, as I just said, I don’t have any more details on who participated in those phone calls.
Friday, June 01, 2012
China expert Tom Doctoroff discusses what makes China tick, and how the country’s distinguishing traits define and explain the country. In What Chinese Want: Culture, Communism and China's Modern Consumer, Doctoroff looks at the impulses and conflicts within Chinese civilization.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Although the Mississippi flooding is no where near finished, the economic blow to the region is already very high. Besides the loss to personal and commercial properties, over 100,000 acres of farmlands were flooded on the weekend and grain elevators all along the river are knee deep. The trade commerce that uses the river as a main transportation waterway is being slowed and in some places, barges are moored completely. Over 60 percent of the U.S exported grain is transported via the Mississippi - and the already volatile commodity markets are acting accordingly.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
By Ilya Marritz
On Friday morning, Barneys Co-Op cut the ribbon on a new store in Brooklyn. It's the latest sign that major retailers are taking interest in a borough they shunned for decades. The glitzy store will be rubbing shoulders with some small businesses that couldn't be more different.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
By Marlon Bishop : WNYC Culture Producer
It looks like the city's art vendors aren't going anywhere, for now. On Monday, a justice from the New York State Supreme Court upheld a ruling that temporarily stops the city from limiting the number of artists selling their work in several city parks.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
By Charlie Herman : Business and Economics Editor
The Labor and Commerce departments have released their latest economic reports.