Monday, February 13, 2012
In August, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta began a billboard and television ads to raise awareness about childhood obesity, modeled after a successful anti-meth campaign. However, some health officials are concerned that the images and text in these ads are unnecessarily aggressive, and add to the stigma overweight children already face. In addition to sparking a month-long online protest in January, this controversial campaign has also inaugurated a discussion over whose "fault" childhood obesity is.
Monday, October 03, 2011
Last week and today, we've been covering added charges for basic banking needs as well as the Wall St. protest movement that seems to be emerging. Tomorrow, we plan to speak to a person from a big bank — or at least, someone who represents their point of view. We want to ask them questions from listeners. What would you ask a representative of big banks?
Wednesday, June 08, 2011
Yesterday, we asked our listeners via text and on Facebook some questions about texting and driving: Critics say texting while driving is deadly. Oprah is asking people to sign a "No Phone Zone Pledge," a promise not to text while driving. Is it as dangerous as some people say? Can you offer a solution? Do you do it? Be honest!
We received a good number of responses, representing communities from Palm Beach Fla. to Tacoma, Wash., displaying a broad spectrum of opinion and behavior. So we put them into a map.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Average gas prices around the nation have soared to around $4 a gallon. Last time prices were this high was three years ago in May 2008, right during the worst of the recession. Then Americans began to drive less, buy more fuel efficient cars, and take public transportation more often. But according to new projections from AAA, 34.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more next week for the Memorial Day weekend.
Friday, May 20, 2011
If Saturday was the end of the world as we know it, where would you want to be? What would you want to be doing? And who would you want to be doing it with? More than 100 Takeaway listeners responded to our questions. Kevin Earley, auto parts store manager, father of five, and devout Takeaway listener, told us his end of times wish was to host The Takeaway. So we gave him his wish! We hear from him and other Takeaway listeners.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
As the summer season comes closer and closer, one question abounds: where are you going for vacation? If you have a large car and a large family, the answer might be closer to home. Gas prices are at a nearly all-time high around the U.S. So, is it really affecting behavior? We've been asking listeners to weigh in with the prices at the pump in their own communities, and whether or not that will have an impact on summer travel. John Manrique, Takeaway listener on WLRN in South Florida talks about his expensive commute. And other listeners weigh in.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Every year, New York City holds a celebration of its street vendors, and this year's Vendy Awards will include a new honor — a hero category. We asked you, our listeners, to tell us some of the professions that don’t get due credit, but where you might find your heroes.
Kiki from Savannah, Georgia had this to say:
Waste management and janitorial workers are my heroes because we never seem to think about them until they're on strike and those services are no longer available.
Thursday, April 07, 2011
As a government shutdown looms, we're asking listeners who they might hold accountable, and you've got a lot to say on the subject. After the announcement that even after a shutdown, some "essential" public jobs would remain, we've also been asking about how one defines essential jobs. When you think about your own job, do you think you're "essential"? Why or why not?
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
The U.N.’s decision to authorize and the subsequent military effort to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya has elicited a sharp debate across the international community. Although more Americans support the effort than oppose it, the margin is narrow and there is a diversity of opinions here at home. To get a sense of what our friends and neighbors are feeling about America's involvement in the military effort to quell the Gadhafi regime, we speak to a round table of listeners from across the country.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
A new study that comes out today in the Journal of the American Medical Association that shows that fifty minutes of cell phone use can alter our brain activity. We asked Takeaway listeners whether you think too much cell phone exposure can have adverse health effects. John Paul from Michigan called our comment line at 877-8-MYTAKE to say:
I can't imagine it so severe that it's going to be a problem. I have to just say it's the cost of doing business.
Monday, February 14, 2011
When news broke that Mubarak was stepping down, Takeaway listeners responded. Lindsay Knapp wrote to us:
When I said this morning that Egypt was having a 1776 moment, I had no idea how true it would be! 18 days of protest have changed a nation — congratulations to all the people of Egypt, and welcome to democracy.
Friday, January 21, 2011
China's President Hu Jintao has been in Washington this week, and all week we have been looking at the China-U.S. relationship, the economy, and American misperceptions about China. One of the questions we asked was whether or not we should be wary of China's economy in relation to our own. Listener Charles George, who grew up in Washington state and has lived in China for ten years, wrote to us on our website. He says that fears of economic competition from China are overblown. Charles joins us from Yantai, in eastern China, to talk more about his experience and views living in that country.
Tuesday, January 04, 2011
New Nielson data says that Americans watch an average of 34 hours of television per week. Is it time to re-think your priorities if you watch television for almost the same amount of time as you spend at your full-time job?
We’ve been asking you to complete this thought…”You know you’re watching too much TV when…” and have received plenty of responses.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
On tomorrow's show, we'll be talking about teachable moments in 2010. There's been a lot, from the Gulf Oil Spill to the WikiLeaks diplomatic cables leak. We'd like to hear from listeners.
Who taught you something in 2010, and what was the lesson?
Let us know your thoughts. Leave a comment or call us at877-8-MY-TAKE.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
The Pro Bowl roster was announced today, and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was at the top of the list of starters. Anyone who knows football knows this is no surprise, but it is another piece of news in a narrative of Vick as an example of someone who was given a second chance after jail, and who — thus far — seems to have been successfully reformed by the prison system.
Was Vick an example of how people in America can get a second chance, or an exception, as a pro-athlete who doesn't need to live by the same rules as others? Did you or someone you know ever receive a second chance?
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
As 2010 ends and 2011 begins, we've been asking listeners to weigh in with their own thoughts: What was your biggest moment of 2010? What is your big resolution for 2011? You've given us some interesting responses, from your thoughts on love, to graduate school. Some of you have been using our new Takeaway iPhone App to send us your photos and sounds summing up the year as well.
Kristin from Lincoln, R.I. had this to say:
My resolution is to remember the birthdays of people in my family without scrambling at the last minute to get a card or a present, like I did so often this year!
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
We've been asking people for their own U.S. Census information. Nathaniel Friedman, founder of Freedarko.com and co-author of the "Undisputed Guide to Pro Basketball History," was prepared to give us his take on the last decade with plenty of snark, but looking at some of the data took the edge off his commentary. What was Friedman's postcard to us on the 2010 Census?
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
It was wafting through pharmacies, gas stations and shopping malls as soon as Halloween was over, and love it or hate it, it won't be going away until all the figgy pudding is consumed and the presents opened. That's right; we're talking about holiday music.
Luckily, there's an impressive spectrum of the stuff performed by a plethora of performers: From Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, to James Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, The Ramones, The Ronnettes, and even a wizzened Bob Dylan and an exhuberant Stephen Colbert. Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly have done "The Little Drummer Boy," and Run-DMC had a hit with "Christmas in Hollis."
We've been asking people to Remix the Holidays all week, and that includes listeners. Specifically we've been asking for your favorite and least-favorite holiday music.
You've had plenty to say on all sides of the issue. Here are some more of your responses, via text, phone, and web.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Maybe it's Handel's "Messiah," or something by Bing Crosby? Or maybe it's something less conventional, like The Ramones' "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight)." Whatever it is, everybody's got their own pick for the best holiday song. We asked you to weigh in: What's the music you play around this time of year? Old standards, or your own distinct traditions? You had plenty of responses.