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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: An Addiction to War, The United States of Texas, and Hilariously Awful Election Ads

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

The Takeaway explores the new film by Sebastian Junger, the ways Texas is transforming America, and we made some pretty funny fake election ads.

Operavore

Indiana University Opera Hopes to Score in Football Stadium

Friday, October 17, 2014

Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music announced Friday that it will present a live simulcast of its production of Puccini's La Boheme on its Jumbotron.
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WNYC News

Hazing Rituals Re-Evaluated Amid Sexual Assault Arrests in Sayreville

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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If allegations prove to be true, the behavior of high school football players at Sayreville War Memorial would likely have been passed down from older students, experts say. 

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WNYC News

Details Emerge in Sayreville Football Harassment Scandal

Thursday, October 09, 2014

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There was an alleged locker room ritual among the Sayreville War Memorial High School football players that involved picking up a freshman player and inserting a finger into his rectum. 

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The Takeaway

After Battlefield, Vet Finds Hope on Football Fields

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Daniel Rodriguez is an Iraq and Afghan war veteran first, and a collegiate football player second.

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Features

ICYMI: The Week's Most Popular Stories

Friday, September 26, 2014

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Your favorite bands are (sort of) faking it on stage. Alan Cumming chats with a blind photographer. New York in 101 Objects. Here are the week’s top stories, all in one playlist.

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Death, Sex & Money

The NFL Made Me Rich. I Won't Watch It Now.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Domonique Foxworth can't stand to see players getting knocked unconscious. In this candid interview, he explains how his need for relevance and security took him from the NFL to Harvard.

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The Takeaway

The Takeaway Weekender: Digital Reading, Driverless Cars, and The Secret to Happiness

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender!

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Slate Political Gabfest

The Spanking Edition

Friday, September 19, 2014

Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the apparent desire for a progressive presidential candidate. They also talk about the growing Ebola epidemic and the controversy over corporal punishment.

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The Takeaway

Roundtable: The NFL's Culture of Violence

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A number of critics believe the National Football League has taken too long to confront what some have described as a culture of violence within the NFL.

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The Takeaway

Sponsors Push Back Against the NFL

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Anheuser-Busch says that it is not happy with the NFL's handling of the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson scandals. Nike has pulled Peterson jerseys from its stores in the Minneapolis area.

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The Takeaway

Why Football Matters: A Defense of the Game

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Why do we love football? And what is it that the game has to teach us? A new memoir from Mark Edmundson, University of Virginia professor of English, takes up those questions.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

A Former Football Fan's Lament

Monday, September 15, 2014

Former sports reporter Steve Almond explains why he gave up watching football.

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The Takeaway

When Violence at Home Enters the Workplace

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

A new video of football star Ray Rice assaulting his wife raises questions about what domestic violence policies the NFL—or any employer—should put in place.

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PRI's The World

The man who made soccer scores sound like music dies at 78

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Each weekend for four decades, soccer fans in the United Kingdom tuned into the radio to listen for the latest scores. What they heard was the voice of John Alexander Gordon, who could made music out of the numbers. Gordon died this week at age 78.

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The Takeaway

Playing Fantasy with Hollywood's Favorite Bro

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

After a steady run of indie films, actor Mark Duplass has hit man-child stardom with "The League," his show about 30-something guys obsessed with fantasy football.

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Freakonomics Radio

What Do Medieval Nuns and Bo Jackson Have in Common? (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A look at whether spite pays -- and if it even exists.

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Soundcheck

Jon Bon Jovi Could Be The Next Owner Of The Buffalo Bills

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Jon Bon Jovi is a potential buyer of the Buffalo Bills football team, which is currently up for sale. But as it turns out, Bills fans are none too pleased about the prospect of their team being owned by the New Jersey rocker. We talk with Reeves Wiedeman of the New Yorker, who recently wrote a piece for New York magazine about why a group of diehard Bills fans have started a protest banning Bon Jovi music from Buffalo. 

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BackStory

Ping-Pong Diplomacy

Friday, July 11, 2014

With the American History Guys

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On The Media

Man Hired to Defend Racial Slur Resigns After Racist Tweets

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Two weeks ago, The Washington Redskins hired liberal blogger Ben Tribbett to help defend their name, which Native American groups have been petitioning them to change. 

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