The Takeaway

NYC Immigrant on Team USA World Cup Rivalry

Monday, June 16, 2014

The rivalry between the U.S. and Ghana will be reignited again when these two teams face off tonight at the World Cup. Some fans like Ghanaian immigrant and New Yorker Robert Asare-Akoto, have been left feeling divided.

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The Beatles And The Stones: Rivals, Or Not?

Friday, March 14, 2014

You’ve heard the question a thousand times: “Are you a Beatles person or a Stones person?” (Recently on Soundcheck, we even pitted the two sides against each other during a live Soundcheck Smackdown). It's perceived as the biggest rivalry in rock music -- but when the Beatles wrote the song “I Wanna Be Your Man" -- it was for The Rolling Stones. So how real was this supposed rivalry?

In his new book, music historian John McMillian says it wasn’t… except when it was. The book is called – what else? – "Beatles vs. Stones" – and John McMillian joins us to talk about it. 


New Jersey News

No Bed of Roses ... The State New Yorkers Love to Hate

Friday, July 05, 2013


When New Jersey Public Radio's Sarah Gonzalez moved to the Garden State, she found out the worst part of living there -- having to tell New Yorkers you live in there.

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Red Sox Fans in NY Area Get Ready for Another Year in the Evil Empire

Monday, April 01, 2013

Marco Indri, 28, is born-and-bred New Jersey. He grew up just across the Hudson River in West New York, where his family still lives. The tattoos that cover his arms may be the first thing you notice. But it's not what really sets him apart from his fellow New Jerseyans.

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Yanks vs. Sox, Is the Rivalry Fizzling?

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The signing of former Boston Red Sox Kevin Youkilis to the Yankees may seem just like the latest chapter in the never-ending rivalry between the two teams. But with Curse of the Bambino exorcised by the Red Sox’s World Series win in 2004, and the Sox and Yanks' dominance over their American League Eastern division waning, is the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry still red hot or just lukewarm and cooling?

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The Takeaway

Setting Rivalries Aside for National Unity

Friday, July 27, 2012

The summer Olympics are often characterized as a celebration of unity. But what happens when fierce rivals must work together to advance national team interests?

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Giants vs. Jets: Let The Trashtalk Begin

Friday, December 23, 2011


Football fans are getting ready for the Giants - Jets showdown on Saturday at Met Life Stadium in New Jersey. The game will likely decide which team makes it into the NFL playoffs, and which slinks off the local sports stage until next season.