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The Takeaway

The Takeaway Weekender: The Top Stories of the Week

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender! 

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All Things Considered

Retired Army Gen. On Shinseki: 'I Don't Look Up To Any Man More'

Friday, May 30, 2014

For more on Gen. Eric Shinseki's decision to step down, Robert Siegel turns to Gen. Peter Chiarelli, the former Vice-Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army.

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All Things Considered

VA Secretary Shinseki Steps Down Amid Reports Of Systemic Problems

Friday, May 30, 2014

Gen. Eric Shinseki is stepping down as the secretary of veteran's affairs. The decision comes in the midst of growing outrage over scheduling issues in the VA health system.

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All Things Considered

Shinseki's Apology Punctuates A Long Career Of Service

Friday, May 30, 2014

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki apologized for lengthy waits at VA facilities, saying he's ousting the leaders of a VA hospital in Phoenix, Ariz., after stories about delays in care there. Shinseki's decision to resign marks a muddy end to an illustrious career, which began when he joined the Army nearly five decades ago.

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Last Chance Foods

Last Chance Foods: Foraging for One of the World's Healthiest Greens

Friday, May 30, 2014

Lambsquarters is a cousin to quinoa and one of the world's most nutritious foods — and it might even be growing in your neighborhood park. Forager Ava Chin explains how to identify the green and shares her recipe for lambsquarters ricotta pie. 

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WNYC News

The Struggle to Stay Healthy in the Bronx: Wendy's Story

Friday, May 30, 2014

As part of our Prescription for the Bronx project, WNYC asked photographers at the Bronx Documentary Center to tell stories about health in their own communities BY photographing Bronx residents with their “lifelines.”

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VA And Military Health Care Are Separate, Yet Often Confused

Friday, May 30, 2014

The health systems serving veterans and military members are different. But both are being scrutinized closely amid allegations of access and quality problems.

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Health Advocates Lament GOP Move To Relax School Lunch Rules

Friday, May 30, 2014

A House committee Thursday approved a measure that would give schools a way to opt out of new, federal healthy school lunch standards. But advocates say kids' health should take precedence.

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The Takeaway

VA Secretary Resigns Amid Healthcare Scandal

Friday, May 30, 2014

"Our veterans deserve the best — they've earned it," President Obama said today at a press conference. "General Shinseki offered me his resignation, and with considerable regret, I accepted.”

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WNYC News

Struggling Yeshiva University Sells Properties, Hands Off Med School

Friday, May 30, 2014

WNYC

Yeshiva University sold 10 residential properties in the Washington Heights area to Cammeby’s International for $72.5 million, according to a spokeswoman for the buyer.

Most of the deeds were filed Thursday, two days after the school announced that Montefiore Health System will be taking over day-to-day ...

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Morning Edition

Embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki Resigns

Friday, May 30, 2014

VA Sec. Eric Shinseki resigned Friday after meeting with President Obama. Obama praised Shinseki, but said the retired general feels that new leadership is needed to address the department's problems.

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Dengue Fever 101: How Serious Is This Disease?

Friday, May 30, 2014

The odds are that a victim will recover. But the mosquito-borne virus can be incredibly painful. It's also a growing health concern around the globe and has even been spotted in the United States.

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Morning Edition

VA Secretary Apologizes For 'Indefensible' Treatment Delays

Friday, May 30, 2014

Addressing a homeless veterans group Friday, Veterans Affairs Sec. Eric Shinseki says he will support a bill that would strengthen his office's ability to hire and fire staff within the VA system.

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Morning Edition

Rep. Murphy Aims For Mental Health Bill To Pass Before Next Shooting

Friday, May 30, 2014

The latest mass shooting has lawmakers on Capitol Hill talking again about overhauling the mental health system. On Thursday, psychologists and others urged Congress to do more.

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Morning Edition

Anatomy Of A Dance Hit: Why We Love To Boogie With Pharrell

Friday, May 30, 2014

There are songs that just make people want to get up and shake their booty. Why? Scientists say the most enticing rhythms have something missing — beats that your body can't help but fill in.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: The Misogyny and Sexism of Nerd Culture and Silicon Valley

Friday, May 30, 2014

The Misogyny & Entitlement of Nerd Culture | Inside The Frat Past of Snapchat's CEO | The New Movie Releases of The Week | Jesse Eisenberg's New Role: An Angry Environmental Terrorist | An Uncertain Future For Al Jazeera Journalists | Global Community Anxiously Awaits Obama's Climate Address

The Leonard Lopate Show

It's Not Your Imagination: This Allergy Season Really Is Worse

Friday, May 30, 2014

"Poorly controlled allergies have a negative impact on your love life,” says Dr. Clifford Bassett. And climate change is making it worse.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Nurturing Growth and Surviving War

Friday, May 30, 2014

Gerard Lordahl from GrowNYC will be sharing his tips on how to make your garden grow this summer. Then, Sebastian Junger talks about “Korengal.” It’s the follow-up to his Oscar-winning documentary “Restrepo,” a close look at the war in Afghanistan. Lily King discusses her new novel, Euphoria. And this week’s Please Explain is all about allergies and why so many people are feeling their effects these days.

No Hunch Here: Richard III Suffered From Scoliosis Instead

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Shakespeare described the 15th century British king as "deformed, unfinish'd," and a hunchback. A 3-D model of his spine reveals that Richard had developed severe curvature of the spine as a teen.

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All Things Considered

Ready, Set, Spray! Brazil Battles Dengue Ahead Of The World Cup

Thursday, May 29, 2014

With more than a million visitors expected for the games, Brazilian authorities are trying to control the mosquitoes that carry the disease and stop a sudden spike of cases in Sao Paulo.

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