The Takeaway

Healing Society, One Latte at a Time?

Friday, March 20, 2015

Corporations are increasingly taking on social justice causes. The Takeaway explores socially conscious business campaigns that work, and the ones that go horribly wrong.

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The Takeaway

Tax Dodgers: U.S. Fears Firms Who Flee America

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A trend is catching hold among large corporations in the United Sates and it's consequences could be devastating for the corporate tax base. U.S. companies are increasingly deciding to relocate overseas to cut their tax bills. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Big Blue on the Brink

Monday, June 16, 2014

IBM has a history dating back to the 19th century, but the past 20 years have been rocky.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Corporate Idealist Inside BP

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Christine Bader talks about the “Corporate Idealists” inside the world’s biggest and best-known companies, who push for safer and more responsible practices. was one of those people at BP—until a string of fatal BP accidents, CEO John Browne’s abrupt resignation under a cloud of scandal, and the start of Tony Hayward’s tenure as chief executive, which would end with the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: Girl Meets Oil is based on Bader’s experience with BP and then with a United Nations effort to prevent and address human rights abuses linked to business.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Corporate Power and the Failure to Protect Public Health

Thursday, February 06, 2014

The chemical spill that polluted the drinking water in Charleston, West Virginia, last month raised a lot of questions about the failures to prevent such an accident and protect the public. Nicholas Freudenberg argues that as the influence of corporations has grown, regulations have been weakened and consumer and environmental protection has been undermined. His book Lethal but Legal: Corporations, Consumption, and Protecting Public Health examines how corporations have impacted public health over the last century. 

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Fortune 500 Features 52 New York Companies

Monday, May 06, 2013

Fifty-two New York companies including JPMorgan Chase, McGraw-Hill and Estée Lauder are part of this year's Fortune 500.


The Takeaway

How Public Bonds End Up Financing Wineries, Golf Courses, and More

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

They’re called “qualified private activity bonds,” and they’re intended to encourage public works through a tax break. In reality, though, they often go to subsidize private projects—everything from a winery in North Carolina to a golf resort in Puerto Rico to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and the offices of Goldman Sachs in New York.  Louise Story, investigative reporter for The New York Times explains how this loophole gets used.

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Comptroller Sues Tech Giant Qualcomm Over Corporate Political Spending

Thursday, January 03, 2013

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is suing Qualcomm in an attempt to compel the wireless technology company to disclose the details of its political spending. 


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The Fine Print

Friday, September 21, 2012

David Cay Johnston explains the ways corporations hide sneaky stipulations in contract, often with government permission. In The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use "Plain English" to Rob You Blind, he deciphers the jargon used in things like utility bills that cost you money, and he points out what’s missing—all the contractually binding clauses that companies hide but still enforce. Johnston shares solutions you can use to fight back against these devious practices.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Sorry Mitt Romney, I Don't Want a Businessman for President

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I don't want a businessman president. Businesses aren't run like countries. Corporations focus on financial profit. Nations need to trade in social profit as well. CEOs, too often, value short-term gains. I want elected leaders who, too rarely, invest in our long-term well-being.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Weight and Responsibility

Friday, July 06, 2012

This week on ABC News Governor Chris Christie talked about his weight problem. At the same time, the soda industry began firing back against Mayor Bloomberg’s beverage size regulations. Is YOUR weight problem purely personal, or does the never-ending barrage of corporate temptation have something to do with it? Phones will be open for your stories about controlling temptation in a supersized world. Give us a call at 212-433-9692 or post here!

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Tax Day Protests Target US Corporations

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

About 100 protesters gathered outside Foley Post Office in Midtown Manhattan on tax day to rally against U.S corporations, which they claim do not pay their fair share of taxes.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Explainer: Corporate Tax Rates

Friday, February 24, 2012

President Obama has proposed overhauling the corporate tax structure, lowering the rate and eliminating loopholes. Peter Coy, economics editor for Bloomberg Businessweek, explains. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

What Happened at Pfizer

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Peter Elkind, Fortune editor-at-large, and Jennifer ReingoldFortune senior editor, discuss the inside story of revenge, betrayal, and power at the top of Pfizer, the world’s largest drug company. Their article “What Happened at Pfizer” is the cover story for the August 15 issue of Fortune.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Company Towns

Monday, November 22, 2010

Business journalist Hardy Green talks about how company towns have shaped the American economy. In The Company Town: The Industrial Edens and Satanic Mills That Shaped the American Economy he looks at company towns from the textile mills of Lowell, Massachusetts, to the R&D labs of Corning, New York; from coal mines to corporate campuses of today’s major tech companies, and explores the different strands of capitalism that company towns represent.

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Election Fall-Out: Net Neutrality, Freelancers, Space

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

We shine the spotlight on a few smaller issues that were affected significantly by the results of last Tuesday's election. Siva Vaidhyanathan, associate professor of media studies and law at the University of Virginia, talks about the midterm elections, and what they will mean for net neutrality; also, Sara Horowitz, executive director of Working Today Freelancer's Union, talks about the midterm elections, and what they will mean for freelancers; then, Tariq Malik, Managing Editor for, talks about the midterm elections, and what they will mean for NASA and the American Space program.

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The Takeaway

Corporate Directors Dodge Scrutiny After Companies Collapse

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Two years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, its directors remain in high demand in corporate America.  In fact, rather than face the public outrage and scrutiny that marred the reputations of their CEOs, sitting board members of many of Wall Streets' troubled firms, including AIG, Bear Stearns and Wachovia, still play an active role in the daily operations of corporate America.


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Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Harper’s and Financial Times contributor Barry C. Lynn discussing an alarming trend: the widespread consolidation of power in nearly every imaginable sector of the American economy.

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The Takeaway

Takeouts: Democrats Unveil Sweeping Corporate Reform Bill, NCAA Tournament Continues

Monday, March 15, 2010

  • FINANCIAL TAKEOUT: There has been a lot of talk about financial reform, but today, there will be some action. Connecticut's Senator Chris Dodd, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, unveils a new broad financial reform bill today. But will it be enough, and will it have support it needs to pass?  New York Times financial reporter Louise Story takes a look.
  • SPORTS TAKEOUT: The NCAA Tournament brackets have been set, and Kansas University is the number one overall seed. Sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin talks college basketball, and helps us understand the major players at this stage in the game.


The Takeaway

Takeouts: Lieberman, Bailouts, and Listeners on Cleanliness

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

  • Washington Takeout: The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwilich, explains the surprisingly staunch and early stance from Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) against the Democratic health reform bill ... in particular on the inclusion of a public option.
  • Business Takeout: Louise Story, finance reporter for The New York Times, brings us word of yet another government bailout with the hope of preventing another Lehman Brothers–style collapse.
  • Listener Takeout: We hear from listeners arguing whether or not women are more obsessed about cleaning than men.

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