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Leslie Nielsen Dead at 84

Monday, November 29, 2010

Actor, comedian and all-around funny man Leslie Nielsen died last night from complications of pneumonia at the age of 84 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Nielsen, who was an expert in deadpan and likely best known as a star of slapstick comedy films like "Airplane" and "The Naked Gun," also starred in "Forbidden Planet" and "Poseidon Adventure."

 

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Outsmarting Black Friday Marketing

Friday, November 26, 2010

If Thanksgiving is a day for gratitude, Black Friday is a day for...sales! Right? Not so fast, says our personal finance contributor, Beth Kobliner. Last year, retailers were slashing prices by 80 or 90 percent, but she says bargains just aren't as big this year. 

If it's the adrenalin rush of Black Friday shopping you're after, we've got some tips on how to stay sober while walking down the aisle. Our Golden Rule to follow: fifty percent off of something you don't need is not a deal.

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Maira Kalman Travels Country to Fall Back In Love with America

Friday, November 26, 2010

All week long we have been talking about the idea of "home," and the physical attributes and emotional attachments we have to our homes.

We end our series by talking with artist and writer Maira Kalman. She is the author of “And the Pursuit of Happiness,” a compilation of her year-long journey for our partner, The New York Times, to explore her adopted home, America. Kalman was not born in the United States, but she traveled the country to fall back in love.

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Black Friday: Super Shoppers and Shopping Cynics

Friday, November 26, 2010

On Thanksgiving, many of us give thanks. On Black Friday, retailers give thanks. Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year; and many stores open before dawn and remain open late into the night to capitalize on the holiday. For the past two years, the economic downturn has hurt Black Friday sales. We're checking in with a few of our listeners to see whether they're super shoppers or shopping cynics.

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Tales from 'The Great Migration'

Thursday, November 25, 2010

The massive migration of black Americans from the South to the North in the early part of last century changed the social and cultural landscape of America forever. Six million African Americans eventually left the South around 1920. Before then, 90 percent of all African Americans lived in the south. By 1970, nearly half lived elsewhere in the country.

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45 Years After the Assassination of Malcolm X

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Earlier this year, WNYC Radio unearthed a 1960s interview between the civil rights leader and a reporter named Eleanor Fischer. On this somber anniversary, we consider Malcolm X’s legacy through the rediscovered tape, which has not been heard since the 1960s. We also speak to two people whose lives were profoundly affected by his leadership.

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Rep. Steve King Likely to Become New GOP Voice on Immigration

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Earlier this morning, we talked about the record breaking number of people around the world who are entering America’s green card lottery because they want to make this country their home. The sheer number of people applying for this lottery shows the continuing deep desire to immigrate here. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), of Iowa’s 5th District, will likely have a lot of influence on the Republican party's immigration policies. He’s lined up to become the next chairman of the House Subcommittee on Immigration when the GOP takes over the house this January.

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A Very Political Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving approaches, a holiday full of yearly traditions for families across the country. As Americans begin to prepare turkey, mashed potatoes and cranberries for their Thanksgiving meals, we decided to take look at how our nation's capital celebrates this holiday. It seems that Washington lobbyists have their own special traditions in November, and the food we enjoy each Thanksgiving arrives infused with political influence. 

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Sarah Palin's Impact on the GOP, Present and Future

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Love her or hate her, Sarah Palin is one of the most talked-about figures in politics today. With her new book, "America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag," coming out today, we wanted to hear from the people who love and support her in the Republican party.

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Oklahoma's Ban on Sharia Law in Courts Raises Questions, Fires up Supporters

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Earlier this month, seventy percent of voters in Oklahoma said yes to a controversial amendment to the state's constitution, which bans the use of Sharia law in Oklahoma's courts. On Monday, a U.S. District Judge extended a ban on the Sharia amendment. In a state that has only very few Muslims – between 15,000 and 30,000 – why did so many Oklahomans feel that Sharia law was a threat? 

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How Seriously Should We Take Airport Security Boycotts?

Monday, November 22, 2010

Many air travelers, both passengers and pilots, have expressed their frustration with the full body scanners and enhanced pat-downs enacted by the Transportation Security Administration earlier this month. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano say our privacy is a small sacrifice for our safety, but many people don't think this is a tradeoff they want to accept.

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Top of the Hour: Your Take on TSA Security Measures, Morning Headlines

Monday, November 22, 2010

Very few people seem to be reacting well to the TSA's new security measures (full-body scans and thorough pat-downs), and that includes you. 

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Michael Vick: A Phoenix on the Field?

Friday, November 19, 2010

Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Michael Vick's recent heroic turns on the field may help him get back in the public's good graces, only three years after being convicted for operating a dogfighting ring. Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin discusses what's at stake for Vick and the Eagles in this weekend's showdown with the Giants. Ibrahim thinks Vick has proven himself a changed man.

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Former Auto Czar Steven Rattner Sued for Pension Fraud

Friday, November 19, 2010

New York Attorney General and Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo has brought a civil suit against former "Car Czar" Steven Rattner, accusing him of fraud in an attempt to win hundreds of millions in investments from the New York State pension system. Cuomo says he's continuing an investigation into possible criminal activity by Rattner, who has just agreed to pay $6.2 million to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to settle a separate civil lawsuit.

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Top of the Hour: New Scanners and Pat-Downs, Morning Headlines

Friday, November 19, 2010

How do you feel about the new full-body scanners and pat-downs at airport security? Some say it's worth the safety, while others feel a line is being crossed into unnecessary intrusiveness. 

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Are the New Airport Scanners Making You Rethink Holiday Plans?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The backlash against new airport screening procedures is growing. Last month, the Transportation Security Administration started rolling out full body scanners that allow screeners to check for weapons concealed by clothing. If a passenger opts out of the scan, they must submit to an "enhanced" pat-down.

A group of fliers is calling for people to boycott the scanners over the Thanksgiving holiday, forcing screeners to conduct the pat-downs, causing disruptions at one of the busiest travel times of the year. The scanners take about 30 seconds, but the pat-downs last several minutes per passenger.

We'll ask Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano about the new policy, but we're asking you, Is this controversy causing you to rethink your travel plans during the holidays?

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GM Stock Price Goes Public Today

Thursday, November 18, 2010

After unexpectedly strong interest from potential investors made itself apparent, formerly-bankrupt carmaker GM raised its initial price on last night's stock offering to $33/share. This morning, the auto giant helped start off the NYSE with a Comaro's horn. Selling at $33/share should potentially net GM more than $23 billion, and allow it to pay back half of the money still owed taxpayers and the Treasury Department after last year's automaker bailout.

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Few Changes at the Top for Congressional Democrats

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Usually when there's a sea change in Congress, the leaders of the losing party re-evaluate — and in many cases re-organize. But the top spots in the Democratic party, like the leadership role of Nancy Pelosi, continue on with the same names. Why? We hear more from The Takeaway's Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich

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Rep. Rangel Guilty on Eleven Ethics Counts

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) was convicted on 11 of 13 counts of rules violation by a House ethics panel. The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, looks ahead to what's next for the embattled Congressman, and what his punishment will likely be.

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Dick Cavett's Conversations

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

"The Dick Cavett Show" wasn't just known for drawing some of the best performers of its time. The show also featured some truly spontaneous, unscripted moments that might never make it onto today's hyper-produced televsion programming. We take a listen to some of Cavett's wry humor, and some of the sparks that flew on his show over the years.  

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