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Chicago on the move -- and not always by choice

Thursday, July 10, 2008

This past weekend, the Chicago Tribune launched the first installment in an ongoing series about the city’s public housing. Chicago is home to the largest redevelopment of public housing in the nation, and it’s being viewed as a model for other cities. Should it be? Thousands of families have been displaced by demolition or the shuttering of its projects. New housing plans are years behind schedule, with hundreds of millions of dollars already spent. Reporter Jason Grotto pitched the series and he joins us to answer the question: “What went wrong with Chicago's grand experiment?”

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Rice profits are being canceled by the spike in oil and other farming costs

Thursday, July 03, 2008

It's been a great year for rice prices, but a rough one for rice production. Global rice scarcity has boosted demand and that’s meant U.S. rice growers can charge more for the staple. But the high market price of rice is being canceled out by the spike in oil. Mississippi rice farmer Gary Fioranelli explains how the cost of fuel, fertilizer and other farming necessities has doubled his production costs from last year and how he's banking on a bumper crop this year to stay in business.

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Oil prices have hit a new record, sigh, again as speculators eye more increases

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Oil prices soared to a record high of more than $143 a barrel Wednesday.

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John McCain and Florida's Charlie Crist are willing to drill for oil

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Guest: Mary Ellen Klaus, Miami Herald

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Cedar Rapids evacuees come home, sort of

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

In Cedar Rapids, Iowa — among the hardest hit by flooding so far — the water that forced nearly 24,000 people from their homes is starting to recede. Still, thousands of residents remain unsure as to when they can return to their home for good. The Takeaway talks to one of those uncertain residents, Mary Dickinson.

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What the water took: The latest on the Iowa floods

Monday, June 16, 2008

The waters of the Cedar River are starting to recede in eastern Iowa, an area that was forced to evacuate nearly 24,000 people after heavy rains pounded the area. As residents slowly return, they are finding high waters remain. Iowa public media correspondent Dean Borg speaks with The Takeaway from his home outside Cedar Rapids.

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At the approach of hurricane season, a long list of housing woes in the post-Katrina South

Monday, June 02, 2008

Almost three years after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita pounded the Gulf Coast, New Orleans is a shell and its citizens remain displaced and impoverished. Documentarian June Cross joins The Takeaway to discuss the region as the Federal Emergency Management Agency's deadline to evacuate victims still living in temporary trailers passes.

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The water war in Wisconsin

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

20% of the world's fresh water is in the 5 Great Lakes of North America. The lakes are what's left over from a giant glacial melt at the end of the last ice age 20 or 30 thousand years ago...which is why the water isn't salty. It's a lucky break for North America and an enticing solution to water problems outside the Midwest.

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America's infrastructure in crisis

Thursday, May 22, 2008

A new state legislative report finds that money concerns may have led to bad maintenance decisions for the Minneapolis bridge that collapsed last August, killing 13 people. To some, this wasn't seen as an isolated incident — it was considered just the latest event in a slew of infrastructure failures. Is the nation entering an infrastructure crisis?

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Question of the day: When gas reaches $5 a gallon I will no longer ___________

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Gas is now averaging $3.80 a gallon. John and Adaora are talking about how your habits have changed and how they might change as prices continue to rise. When gas reaches $5 a gallon I will no longer ___________. Share your story by clicking "get in the mix", by emailing mytake@thetakeaway.org, or by calling our SpinVox line at 1-877-8-MY-TAKE. Then, tune in Tuesday to hear what everyone else had to say.
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The latest from Myanmar in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis

Monday, May 12, 2008

Early this morning, the first U.S. plane carrying aid landed in Yangon. It's a rare move for the ruling junta, which has resisted offers for military aid, to allow the plane to land. It carries supplies like blankets and drinking water... but no aid workers. Peter Popham, roving foreign correspondent for The Independent, has been tracking the latest.

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California legislator proposes beer tax to fill state budget gap

Monday, May 12, 2008

The subprime credit crunch and rising oil prices have rattled the country's economy, and states are feeling the pressure as well. Twenty-eight states and the District of Columbia are expected to face budget deficits in 2009 following decreases in sales tax and property tax revenue. It's no worse than in California, which faces a $16 billion shortfall. But state lawmakers are getting creative. We talk with California Assemblyman Jim Beall, D-San Jose, who is proposing a "six-pack tax."

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There will be gas: microbes that gobble up heavy oil and spit out natural gas

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

This summer, British and Canadian researchers plan to test new technology for releasing previously unrecoverable energy trapped in heavy oil deposits. It works by stimulating tiny microbes to chew up the sticky, tar-like heavy oil and metabolize it into natural gas.

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The availability of electricity, water and aid in Yangon

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

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Shock and oil

Monday, April 28, 2008

Lisa Margonelli says this could be a day we all remember, when oil finally spikes to a price that makes us change our behavior.

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Betting on the oil markets

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The last time that we saw gas prices rising this quickly was in the 1970s, when Americans responded by cutting their gas use by 30 percent. Lisa Margonelli, author of "Oil on the Brain: Adventures from Pump to Pipeline," says the high price of oil is, in part, driven by one group of people that surprised us: oil speculators.

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Are we stockpiling too much oil?

Monday, April 21, 2008

The Department of Energy is continuing to add to the nation's 700-million-barrel Strategic Petroleum Reserve at a time when oil prices are at all-time highs. Taxpayers are footing the bill.

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Delta, Northwest merger announcement causes controversy

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Delta and Northwest Airlines have announced plans to merge, in a deal that will create the world's largest airline. The new airline will keep Delta's name and worldwide headquarters in Atlanta. Labor unions are up in arms over the deal which may result in job losses for pilots and administrative staff.

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