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The Takeaway

Lessons From a Complicated Father

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Heading into Father's Day this weekend we talk with someone as far away from the cliche father as you can get. In the words of his son, Deni Bechard's Father was absent, even crazy, but he is still a magnificent presence in his own life as a man in his late thirties. Deni Bechard is the author of “Cures for Hunger” and “Vandal Love,” books that are in many ways all about his own relationship with his father.

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Life of the Law

New Frontiers of Family Law

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Diana Adams believes the family law system is at least 20 years behind cultural changes. She helps non-traditional families—such as three people in love—find a simulacrum of the protection offered by legal marriage.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Female Breadwinners

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Brian Lehrer talks to female breadwinners about how being the primary earner shapes the dynamic in their families.

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The Takeaway

New Report: Women are Increasingly Breadwinners

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A new report by the Pew Research Center finds that 40 percent of households with children under the age of 18 include mothers who provide the sole or primary source of income for the family. In 1960, that figure was 11 percent. Bryce Covert is the Economic Policy Editor at ThinkProgress. She breaks down the Pew Research Center's findings.

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On Being

Christian Wiman — A Call to Doubt and Faith, and Remembering God [remix]

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The poet Christian Wiman is giving voice to the hunger for faith — and the challenges of faith — for people living now. After a Texas upbringing soaked in a history of violence and a charismatic Christian culture, he was agnostic until he became actively

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On Being

[Unedited] Christian Wiman with Krista Tippett

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The poet Christian Wiman is giving voice to the hunger for faith — and the challenges of faith — for people living now. After a Texas upbringing soaked in a history of violence and a charismatic Christian culture, he was agnostic until he became actively

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The Takeaway

Geena Davis on Gender, Media, and Perception

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Academy Award-winning-actor Geena Davis founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media to improve gender portrayals in children's media. The institute's newest project, in partnership with the Independent Television Service, is a series of short videos titled "Guess Who," which challenge kids' assumptions about gender roles.

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: Family Values

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Guest host David Sedaris presents an unexpectedly funny story by thriller writer Patricia Highsmith, and a great father and son tale by Tobias Wolff

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The Takeaway

From 'Spinal Tap' to 'Family Tree,' the Wild Worlds of Christopher Guest

Friday, May 17, 2013

In 1984, Christopher Guest and collaborators Michael McKean, Rob Reiner and Harry Shearer unveiled "This Is Spinal Tap," a comedy shot in documentary form that follows the life and times of a fictional metal band. Today, television has fully embraced Guest's pioneering documentary style, and Guest himself has turned to the small screen, with his new HBO comedy, "Family Tree." 

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The Takeaway

Implementing the Affordable Care Act in Massachusetts

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Renee Landers, professor of law at Suffolk University in Massachusetts and faculty director for the health and biomedical concentration there, shares her knowledge about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Massachusetts and how it compares to the health reforms that took place back in 2006.

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The Takeaway

Immigration, Race and Hair, Through Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie's Eyes

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The immigrant experience has long been part and parcel of the American literary tradition."Americanah," the new novel by celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie, explores the immigrant experience through Nigerian eyes. Her story follows a young couple, Ifemelu and Obinze, high school sweethearts in Lagos who find very different paths to adulthood.

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The Takeaway

Teen Diaries and the Power of Being Your Own Storyteller

Monday, May 06, 2013

Sixteen years ago, producer Joe Richman gave group of teenagers tape recorders and asked them to report on their own lives. Armed with recording equipment, they told their stories, and "Teenage Diaries" -- compelling radio that gave listeners an unexpected lens into the lives of ordinary teens -- was born.

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The Takeaway

Paying Pregnant Women to Quit Smoking

Thursday, May 02, 2013

An organization in Eugene, Oregon is trying to get pregnant women to stop smoking by paying them in the form of a department store gift cards. Will it be effective? Kristian Foden-Vencil of Oregon Public Broadcasting reports.

 

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The Takeaway

What Next for Gun Control Advocates?

Monday, April 29, 2013

A longtime proponent of stricter gun laws, New York Representative Carolyn McCarthy considers how the effort to push for tougher gun regulations is likely to move forward, after the Senate defeated several proposed gun control measures earlier this month.

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The Takeaway

The Value of a Neighborhood

Friday, April 26, 2013

We've been talking this week about the importance of getting to know your neighbors. Why is it important to know our neighbors? And how does it help us become a better society? Peter Lovenheim, author of the book "In the Neighborhood," set out to answer those questions in an intensive study of his own neighborhood.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Freakonomics: Brothers

Thursday, April 25, 2013

In the wake of the Boston bombing, Stephen J. Dubner, host of Freakonomics Radio, revisits his 1999 interview with the Unabomber and looks at his relationship with his brother, David Kaczynski. 

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The Takeaway

Does America Need a Neighbor Day?

Thursday, April 25, 2013

There's a push to make this Saturday "Neighbor Day." The campaign started here in the US and began long before the Boston bombings. But perhaps now “Neighbor Day” demands closer attention? All this week, we're asking for and sharing stories about your neighbors.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Family Guide to Mental Health

Monday, April 15, 2013

Lloyd Sederer, medical director of New York State's Office of Mental Health and the author of The Family Guide to Mental Health, offers specific recommendations for families dealing with mental illnesses.

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The Takeaway

The Myths and Realities of A.D.H.D.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, analyzed by Takeaway partner The New York Times, finds the rate of A.D.H.D. diagnosis has exploded over the last decade.

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The Takeaway

Does Finding Purpose Have Health Benefits?

Monday, April 01, 2013

We're usually completely focused on the details of a prescription for a healthy life — an apple a day, eight hours of sleep, etc. But what if you started with the big-picture instead — like, your purpose in life?

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