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The Takeaway

Meet The Man Who 'Saved' The Motor City

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Motor City has emerged from bankruptcy. The Takeaway speaks to the former emergency manager, a man who many credit for turning the city around.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Cross Examining Dick Cheney, Elizabeth Warren Takes on Dems, and The Best & Worst Words of 2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Takeaway hears from a Guantánamo Bay defense attorney, we find out why Sen. Warren is fighting with Democrats, and we get a vocabulary lesson on awful business jargon.

The Takeaway

Water - A Human Right?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Today, The Takeaway takes a two part look at our most precious resource, water. It's a resource that thousands in Detroit now find themselves without. Back in March, officials in the cash-strapped city turned off the tap for about 15,000 residents with unpaid water bills. But the problem isn't limited to Detroit. Access to water is becoming a growing issue all around the country. The infrastructure systems we have in place to deliver water to consumers are aging and in some places, inadequate and unsustainable, especially in parts of the South and South-West.

 

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Slate Political Gabfest

The Political Gabfest: The College, Why Bother? Edition

Friday, May 30, 2014

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and special guest Jake Tapper of CNN. This week: Elliot Rodger sparks a national conversation about misogyny, American higher education is in crisis, and hard choices abound in Detroit.

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Gabfest Radio

Remembering 9/11

Friday, May 30, 2014

The Gabfest panelists have much to talk about this week: the aftermath of Elliot Rodger's crime, a new HBO film about the AIDS epidemic, the opening of the 9/11 Museum, and much more.

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The Takeaway

Is This America's Unluckiest Man?

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Dwayne Provience was wrongfully convicted and spent almost 10 years in prison before being freed. He was awarded a $5 million settlement, but then the city of Detroit filed for bankruptcy and he never received compensation.

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The Takeaway

GM Faces Another Test for Survival: Congress

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

CEO Mary Barra testifies before Congress today as her company recalls yet another 1.3 million vehicles because of problems with electronic power-steering. Why the auto-maker's future might have more to do with lawmakers than car buyers. 

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The Takeaway

In Detroit, A Home for Writers

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

In the months since Detroit filed for bankruptcy, there’s been a lot of discussion over who or what it would take to repair the city.  A new nonprofit called Write A House has one novel idea: why not restore vacant houses and award them to low-income writers? Billy Collins, former United States poet laureate will be one of Write A House’s judges when the nonprofit starts accepting applications from working writers in the spring.

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The Takeaway

Assad's Control Strengthens in War-Torn Syria | Winter Storms Leave Michigan Dark for Christmas | The Life of a Holiday Hitmaker

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Assad's Control Strengthens in War-Torn Syria | Syria: How to Move Forward in 2014 | Winter Storms Leave Much of Michigan Dark for Christmas | The Life of a Holiday Hitmaker | Sales Decline for Iconic Boeing 'Jumbo Jet' | New Movie Releases: 'Walter Mitty,' 'Grudge Match,' 'Wolf of Wall ...

The Takeaway

Detroit Seeks Help to Save City's Art

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The collection at the Detroit Institute of Arts sits among the top six in America, housing everything from Diego Rivera’s “Detroit Industry” fresco cycle to Vincent van Gogh’s “Self-Portrait.” But in the face of a debt of at least $18 billion, everything is on the table to help pay the city's bills. Dr. A. Paul Schaap, a Detroit philanthropist, joins The Takeaway to discuss what the art is worth to the city and the donor-driven plan to save this piece of the city's culture.

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The Takeaway

Forget Detroit, Puerto Rico Is In Big Trouble

Monday, December 16, 2013

Though Detroit seems to be in dire straights with its recent bankruptcy filing, there might actually be another piece of America that’s even worse off: Puerto Rico. The U.S. territory is facing massive debt, a potentially crippling bond ratings cut, a gaping hole in its massive pension fund, and a towering unemployment rate bolstered by federal entitlements. Ingrid Vila, chief of staff to Puerto Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla, joins us to discuss Puerto Rico's options.

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Slate Political Gabfest

The Political Gabfest: The Motor City Massacre Edition

Friday, December 06, 2013

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon. This week: Oklahoma challenges Obamacare, workers decry the minimum wage, and Detroit further deteriorates.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Rolling Back Pensions in Detroit and Beyond

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Ross Eisenbrey, vice president of the Economic Policy Institute, discusses the decision to allow Detroit to roll back public pensions as part of its bankruptcy and the implications across the nation.

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Soundcheck

Watch: Danny Brown, In The Studio

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Watch the energetic Detroit rapper Danny Brown perform songs from his latest album, Old, in the Soundcheck studio.

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The Takeaway

Detroit's New Mayor Inherits Host of Problems

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

With its list of lengthy problems, people are wondering: Who would want to be the mayor of Detroit? The city's dwindling population elected Mike Duggan, a former hospital executive known for rehabilitating troubled institutions. Quinn Klinefelter, reporter for WDET in Detroit, discusses his city's new mayor, and the long list of problems the city's new leader will inherit.

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Soundcheck

Madonna's Detroit Roots

Thursday, September 19, 2013

In 1984, shortly after Madonna embarked upon her musical career, Detroit News reporter Susan Whitall interviewed Madonna about her childhood growing up outside of Detroit. Now, 30 years later, Susan Whitall is still working for the Detroit News as a music, features and entertainment writer – and she joins us to talk about that interview with Madonna early on in her career. Plus, she reflects on Madonna's relationship with her hometown today. 

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Soundcheck

Punk, Then And Now: Savages, Death, And A Magazine That Burned Out Before It Faded Away

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Soundcheck is revisiting some of our favorite segments from the past year. Today, we're presenting "Punk, Then And Now," featuring a live set from a highly celebrated new post-punk band, a documentary about a rediscovered classic punk group, and a new book looking back at punk's first magazine.

In this episode: In 2012, British post-punk band Savages was hailed as one of the best new bands in the U.K. with just a handful of songs to its credit. Now the group's brutal and elegant debut, Silence Yourself, is earning rave reviews. We hear an in-studio performance.

Plus: A new documentary sheds light on Death, a Detroit-based proto-punk group founded in 1971 by three African-American brothers. We talk with member Bobby Hackney Sr. and the film’s director, Jeff Howlett.

And: Punk magazine folded in 1979 after publishing just 17 issues, but it also chronicled the critical early years of the punk movement. We hear the story from Punk co-founder John Holmstrom.

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    The Takeaway

    Should Detroit Get a Bailout?

    Friday, August 02, 2013

    Congress has stuck by its promise not to bail out Detroit in the wake of its bankruptcy filing. It’s a position that has Dan Kildee, a Democratic Congressman from Flint, Michigan, infuriated. The federal government has spent more than $700 billion bailing out banks and the auto industry. So, he asks, why can’t it bail out Detroit? 

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    On The Media

    Detroit As Metaphor

    Friday, August 02, 2013

    Since Detroit filed for bankruptcy last month, it's been the subject of intense national coverage. Detroit's also been held up as a metaphor for everything that ails the country financially. Bob talks to historian Kevin Boyle, who has written extensively about the city, about how Detroit is and isn't a good synecdoche for the rest of industrial America.

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    Studio 360

    The Secrets of Mobile Homestead

    Friday, August 02, 2013

    In downtown Detroit, among office buildings, vacant lots, and abandoned factories, sits a suburban home — a gleaming white single-story ranch with blue shutters sitting on lush mowed grass. In this landscape, it’s like some suburban version of The Wizard of Oz. But this house wasn’t dropped by some fantastical tornado ...

    Slideshow: Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead

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