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Friday, January 18, 2013

We now know what many have suspected for some time: Lance Armstrong is a liar and a bully and cheat. Bob talks with NPR's Mike Pesca about Oprah's questions and Armstrong's answers during his Thursday night confession on OWN, Winfrey's TV Channel. 


David Byrne - Glass, Concrete & Stone

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The Takeaway

Oprah's Recent India Episode Not an "Aha!" Moment

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

For nearly 30 years, Oprah Winfrey has been one of the most influential voices in American culture, overseeing a multi-billion dollar empire that includes publishing, radio, motion pictures, and, television. But this past weekend, millions of viewers in India believe they witnessed Oprah at her worst.

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The Takeaway

Your Take: Oprah's Impact on Your Life

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Oprah Winfrey is saying farewell to her giant television audience all week, and few would argue that she will leave a big hole in programming, ratings, and in the lives of her faithful daily viewers. Of course, despite her apparent ubiquity, plenty of people pay no attention whatsoever to the mogul. So we wanted to get a sense from listeners of how or whether Oprah made a difference in their lives. We asked you: Has Oprah changed your life, and if so how? 

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The Takeaway

Oprah Winfrey and Race in America

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Today Oprah Winfrey signs off after 25 years as the queen of daytime talk. Oprah has built a multi-billion-dollar media empire. She’s one of only two African-Americans ever to grace the Forbes billionaire list — and the only black woman ever to do so. Many would argue that her success as one of the few black women in television has forever changed the face of the medium. So whether you’re a critic or a diehard fan, there’s no doubt that Oprah has had quite an impact — particularly on the African-American community.

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Where to Watch Oprah's Last Show in New York

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The final episode of "Oprah" airs on Wednesday after 25 years of tips on positive thinking, riveting interviews with a parade of celebrity guests and Oprah's own self-effacing tell-alls of her struggles with body image and weight loss. Check out our guide of where to watch the final show -- with an Oprah-tini -- here.

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Oprah Takes a Bow, and Booksellers Take Note

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

After nearly 25 years on TV, Oprah Winfrey will broadcast her final daytime talk show Wednesday. For fans of the talk show queen, it's a sad occasion. And for booksellers gathered this week at Book Expo America in Midtown Manhattan, it's the end of an era.


The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: Obama in Europe, Economy and Oprah

Monday, May 23, 2011

President Barack Obama arrives in Ireland today, as he begins is week long trip to Europe. His stops include the UK, France, and Poland. Jason Stallman, editor for the national desk at The New York Times, looks at what we can expect in the week ahead on this trip. 

As the president journeys through Europe, a number of key economic indicators is set to be released, including GDP figures. Charlie Herman, economics and business editor for The Takeaway and WNYC, crunches the numbers for us and tells us if good things are ahead for our economy.


The Takeaway

Oprah Book Club: The End

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Fans are mourning the end of Oprah Winfrey's show. But the loss of the internationally syndicated talk show doesn’t just affect fans, it also affects book sales. Patrik Henry Bass, Takeaway contributor and senior editor at Essence magazine, talks with us about the impact Oprah has had on the publishing industry, and how publishers are preparing the life minus her book club.


Transportation Nation

Firm Backs Off after LaHood Lashes Out on Texting Campaign

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

(Washington, DC - Todd Zwillich, Transportation Nation)  A Washington, DC, lobbying firm has nixed a campaign against federal distracted driving initiatives after Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood lashed out at the plans.

LaHood took a swing today at the Seward Square Group, who he said is drumming up opposition to DOT's distracted driving campaign.

LaHood accused the lobbyists, some of whom represent mobile phone device manufacturers, of cynically trying to undermine efforts to curb distracted driving. DOT claims distracted driving, including the use of PDA's and cell phones while behind the wheel, causes 6,000 deaths per year on U.S. roads.

“Those of us who care about safety will join our effort, not undercut it. Thousands of lives are at stake,” LaHood said a press conference at DOT headquarters in Washington.

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The Takeaway

Takeouts: Bank Execs' Bankrolls, Jimmie Johnson, Listeners on Oprah

Monday, November 23, 2009

  • Money Takeout: A new Harvard study proves what most of us could have guessed: the executives of Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns are still rich, even though they lost $900 million in stocks with the two bankruptcies. Louise Story, of The New York Times, explains.
  • Sports Takeout: Our own Ibrahim Abdul-Matin talks NASCAR's record-making Jimmie Johnson, and responds to a listener's comment on football helmets.
  • Listener Takeout: We hear more reactions to Oprah's announcement that she'll end her show in 2011.


The Takeaway

Takeouts: The Money Behind Oprah, Listeners on Luxury Retail Tactics, This Weekend's Movies

Friday, November 20, 2009

  • Business Takeout: New York Times reporter Louise Story assesses the financial implications of Oprah's departure from ABC.
  • Listener Takeout: Listeners tell us whether they'll fall prey to the tactics of luxury retailers this holiday season.
  • Movie Takeout: New York Times film critic A.O. Scott tells us about the new movies out this weekend.