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Bus Chick says public transit is romantic

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Seattle native Carla Saulter doesn't have a car, and her city doesn't have a subway, so she gets everywhere by bus. She says it's changed her life--for the better. Carla has become a transit advocate and writes the "Bus Chick" blog for The Seattle Post-Intelligencer. She joins The Takeaway to tell us how she's getting around in Seattle.
"I met my husband on the bus."
— Carla Saulter on the romance of bus travel

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Toyota forecasts its first annual loss in 71 years

Monday, December 22, 2008

Toyota Motor Corp. warns that it will post an operating loss for the first time in its history. Garel Rhys joins The Takeaway to discuss the future of Toyota and what it means for the U.S. auto industry.

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A tale of three cities: Getting to the airport on public transport

Monday, December 22, 2008

How hard is it to get to the airport via public transportation? We hit the road in Atlanta, Denver, and New York to find out.

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Tens of thousands finally allowed to leave Bangkok

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

The first flight in over a week has finally landed in Thailand. BBC correspondent John Sudworth tells The Takeaway about the tumultuous events in Thailand.

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Galveston residents still homeless months after Ike

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Hurricane Ike tore through the city of Galveston two-and-a-half months ago, devastating homes, schools and infrastructure. Hurricane season ended on Sunday and the nation's attention has shifted elsewhere. But Galveston residents are still grappling with the remnants of Ike. The Takeaway talks with Harvey Rice, a Galveston-based reporter for the Houston Chronicle, and his wife veterinarian Jackie Cole.
"This disaster was taken off the headlines by the economic disaster the country is facing."
—Jackie Cole on the devastation in Galveston.

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Gov. Napolitano likely to lead Homeland Security

Friday, November 21, 2008

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America's crumbling infrastructure

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

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Where the candidates stand on energy and the environment

Friday, October 17, 2008

This fall, energy and the environment have taken a back seat to financial turmoil, national security and the wars that the nation is fighting on two fronts. But when voters head to the polls they need to know where both candidates stand on important policies concerning nuclear energy, offshore drilling and clean coal — to name a few. For a look at how John McCain and Barack Obama plan to tackle energy dependence and global warming, The Takeaway turns to Martin Smith.

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A rare glimpse into the oil rigs on Alaska’s mysterious North Slope

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Alaska’s North Slope is barren tundra, shrouded in mystery for those people who don't live or work there. It's also where we get more than 15 percent of domestic oil. Writer Jeanne Marie Laskas is one of the few people to penetrate the tight-knit world of roughnecks — the men who bring the oil up out of the ground. The Takeaway talks with Laskas about her singular experience documenting the lives of North Slope oil workers.

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Oil price drops as economic fears spread

Monday, October 06, 2008

Guest: Carola Hoyas, chief energy correspondent for the Financial Times

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Gas stations in the southeast still struggling to fill their tanks

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Gas suppliers throughout the southeastern United States say refineries in the Gulf of Mexico are producing gas at a steady rate for the first time in nearly a month. But gas station owners and their customers are still feeling the pinch. LINKS: Reaction_to_gas_shortage_#1_(YouTube) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXqC1Zn9Tbc Reaction_to_gas_shortage_#2_(YouTube) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcPRmXQ1eZI Reaction_to_gas_shortage_#3_(YouTube) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5xAKnaCOiw

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L.A. train crash triggers questions of railway safety

Thursday, September 18, 2008

When 25 people died last week in Los Angeles in a head-on train collision, it highlighted the absence of important safety equipment, even on the nation’s most heavily used rail lines. With travelers increasingly seeking an alternative to road and air travel, funding and regulation of railways is not keeping pace.

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Hurricane Ike is gone, but there's no calm after the storm as Midwest floods

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Hurricane Ike is gone, but the Midwest is now dealing with its aftermath: severe flooding. Excess water is pouring into the Mississippi, Missouri and Meramec Rivers, posing serious risks to communities near St. Louis, Missouri. The Mississippi River is expected to crest on Wednesday night.

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Power out for millions after Ike blows through

Monday, September 15, 2008

The Takeaway first spoke with Paul Pendergraft on Friday, just before Hurricane Ike tore through Texas. His home has no electricity and a maze of fallen power lines and downed trees make traveling difficult so he is temporarily staying in the offices of KUHF-Houston Public Radio. Five counties are at least partially without power, and it will be several weeks before everyone is back online. Pendergraft talked about the damage to the greater south Texas region.

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Rescue efforts begin in Galveston region after Hurricane Ike

Monday, September 15, 2008

Hurricane Ike pounded Galveston, Texas, over the weekend, flattening homes and leaving millions without power.

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Security theater: Some measures just for show

Thursday, September 11, 2008

It’s called “security theater:” highly visible measures that serve no genuine security purpose. Those National Guard troops you see at the airport? Generally those big guns aren’t loaded. Having to show one's ID at every turn? The 9/11 hijackers carried genuine drivers licenses, too. The Takeaway talks to the man who coined the phrase “security theater” about what makes genuinely good security and what's just for show.

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Sex, drugs and oil: Energy ethics scandal

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Money, sex and oil: it sounds like the prime time soap opera "Dallas." But now it's Denver where that dangerous mix is in the headlines. U.S. government officials in charge of collecting billions in energy royalties stand accused of illicit drug use, taking expensive gifts and engaging in sex with employees of the industry they were supposed to be watching. The Takeaway talks to investigative reporter Derek Kravitz, who is covering the story for the Washington Post.

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Hurricane Ike hits Haiti and Cuba

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

This hurricane season, Haiti has faced down four devastating storms in less than a month. Relief agencies are struggling to help thousands of flood victims, and hundreds of Haitians have died. Meanwhile, in South Florida, home to the largest Haitian expat community in the U.S., money and food has started pouring in. The Archdiocese of Miami has put out a call for donations, and churches across the region are busy taking them in.

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Stop global warming? Put down the burger

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Do you want to battle climate change effectively? Then put down that cheeseburger! The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates that direct emissions from meat production account for about 18 percent of the world's total greenhouse gas — roughly equivalent to the amount from cars and trucks. Are there really global benefits for going meat-free?

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Hurricane Ike slams into Cuba

Monday, September 08, 2008

Forecasters expected Hurricane Ike to weaken a little as it roared across Cuba, and it has. As of 0800 Monday, Ike has become a Category 2 storm, with top winds of 105 miles per hour. “Weaken” is relative term, however — a storm surge washed over homes in Cuba last night as Ike slammed into the island’s eastern coast.

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