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Will $20 Billion Keep Gulf Businesses Afloat?

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Questions remain as to how the government plans to dole out the $20 billion sitting in an escrow account, set up by BP, to businesses and individuals directly affected by the Gulf oil crisis. Will the response by Kenneth Feinberg and his agency be transparent, comprehensive, and quick enough to handle the number and size of financial claims expected to hit their office in the months and years ahead? Furthermore, how will the government's independent operation set to be under way in the "next couple of weeks," differ from BP's emergency claims system, already in place?

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The Washington Report

WQXR's The Washington Report

Monday, June 21, 2010

David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent for the NYT, joins WQXR's Kerry Nolan to discuss BP's compensation fund, the upcoming G-20 summit, and China's announcement it will let the yuan appreciate.

The Takeaway

With No Solution in Sight, Gulf Coast Residents Turn to Faith

Monday, June 21, 2010

Since the start of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, neither BP nor politicians nor the smartest engineers and technicians in America have been able to cap the well and contain the damage.

Some Americans say we are looking to the wrong people for answers, and should instead be directing our requests to a higher power.

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WQXR News

A Change at the Top for BP

Friday, June 18, 2010

Tony Hayward was questioned by lawmakers for several hours.

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The Takeaway

On Environmental Torture

Friday, June 18, 2010

The BBC’s Caroline Duffield said it this morning: the Niger Delta is plagued by continual oil spills, sustaining spills equivalent to the Exxon Valdez spill every year for the past 50 years. In talking about the horrors there, Caroline delivered a really heartbreaking image. In the place considered to be the world’s most oil-polluted area, she mentioned that you can see “silver frogs” covered with oil-related chemicals all throughout the waterways. It is a snapshot of the possible future of the Gulf of Mexico — poor poisoned animals coping with mutations and environmental torture.

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The Takeaway

BP CEO Slammed at Congressional Hearing

Friday, June 18, 2010

Tony Hayward, the much-criticized CEO of BP, faced angry lawmakers on Capital Hill yesterday for the first time since the Deepwater Horizon explosion. Hayward stuck closely to his prepared statements, ducking many of the questions posed to him, but in the course of the questioning, we did learn some important things about the oil spill and the political fallout it's causing.

Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, attended the hearings and shares his impressions.

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The Takeaway

Gulf Residents Struggle with Stress, Uncertainty Over Oil Disaster

Friday, June 18, 2010

BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster hits the two month mark this weekend. Since April 20, oil has been gushing into the Gulf, wreaking havoc on the thousands who make a living from those waters. Natural disasters, like Hurricane Katrina, leave residents devastated but able to begin repair once the crisis passes. The current nightmare has lasted two months, and the oil already in the Gulf will cause longterm environmental damage even once the well is capped. What kind of toll do these unknowns take on people's mental health?

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The Takeaway

Start the Conversation: Should BP Be Punished?

Thursday, June 17, 2010

During his testimony before Congress, BP's CEO, Tony Hayward, said he's "deeply sorry" for the oil spill in the Gulf. We want to hear from you. Is Hayward to blame for the disaster? How should he and his company be punished? Leave a comment or call us at 877-8-MYTAKE and start the conversation»

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The Takeaway

BP Makes $20 Billion Deal on Cleanup Costs

Thursday, June 17, 2010

At the request of the Obama administration, BP has set aside $20 billion in escrow to be paid out to individuals and communities affected by the oil disaster on the Gulf Coast. The money will be handed out under the supervision of Ken Feinberg, who handled the victims' compensation fund after 9/11, and who helped to determine what executives at bailed-out banks should be paid.

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The Takeaway

Listeners Respond: Give BP a Piece of Your Mind

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico has devasted the Gulf and angered many Americans. As BP CEO Tony Hayward testifies before congress, we wanted to know what you would say to him if given the chance. Takeaway listeners have some tough words for the beleaguered oil executive.

Takeaway listener, Mizzy in Newark writes:

"You ignored the warnings and violation notices in order to make your billlions. Now it's time to PAY billions to the families of and the people's lives you have ruined for years to come"

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The Takeaway

Dissecting the War Metaphors and Messaging in President's Speech

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

With the help of Kathleen Hall Jamieson, professor of communications and director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, we take a look at President Obama's Oval Office speech from last night. Jamieson analyzes the president's rhetoric, looking at whether it was effective in communicating his control over the Gulf oil crisis and setting up the changes in the country's energy policy.

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The Takeaway

Gulf Coast Reacts to President's Oval Office Address

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

President Obama delivered his first prime time address from the Oval Office Tuesday evening, nearly 60 days after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded and sank into the Gulf of Mexico, leaving an oil well gushing crude into the ocean. Thousands of Gulf-related jobs have been affected, including fisherman, restaurants and overall tourism in the region. An Associated Press poll shows 52 percent of Americans disapprove of the President’s handling of the crisis.

Join the conversation! Tell us what you hoped to hear, and share your reactions to the speech.

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WQXR News

Obama Calls For Clean Energy Future

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

In his first Oval Office speech, President Obama vowed to make BP pay for the gulf oil spill and reduce U.S. dependence on oil.

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WQXR's The Washington Report

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent for the NYT, joins WQXR's Kerry Nolan to discuss BP, the upcoming G-20 summit, and China's announcement it will let the yuan gradually appreciate.

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The Takeaway

Grasping the Enormity of the Oil Leak, One Photo at a Time

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

For 57 days, oil has been gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, following an explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. That's 57 days of trying to determine what the leak looks like, how big it is, who it's affecting and where the oil has hit land. In other words: 57 days to get pretty creative.

Jeff Warren is a student and fellow at the Center for Future Civic Media at MIT. He's working on mapping the Gulf leak using digital cameras tied to balloons and kites. Here are some of the photos Warren and his colleagues have taken, using cheap digital cameras, kites, garbage bags, and tanks of helium.

"You take each image and you stretch it on a map and then every pixel of the location is a place in the real world," says Warren.

Lauren Craig is a master's student at Tulane and a photo volunteer. She's one of the people attaching a camera to a balloon and taking thousands upon thousands of photos.

After the jump, a short video by Jeff Warren in which he describes the project.

 

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The Takeaway

Top of the Hour: Mexico's History of Oil Leaks, Morning Headlines

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer on the effects of the oil spill; headlines.

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WQXR News

President Obama Returns to Gulf Coast

Monday, June 14, 2010

President Barack Obama is back in the Gulf Coast for a two-day visit.

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The Washington Report

WQXR's The Washington Report

Monday, June 14, 2010

President Obama is using his first Oval Office speech to outline a plan that he hopes will force BP to compensate individuals and businesses for their financial losses from the oil spill.

The Takeaway

Has the Oil Spill Affected Your Hometown?

Monday, June 14, 2010

Help us paint a fuller picture of the BP oil spill. Has the spill affected you or your hometown? Share your story.

You can call us at 877-8-MYTAKE reach us via text message by texting the word TAKE to 69866 or leave a comment here.

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The Washington Report

Monday, June 14, 2010

David Sanger, of The NYT, talks about the pressure President Obama is putting on BP, and the growing tension between Britain and the U.S. over the spill.

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