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Irritating English phrases

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

At this moment in time, we’re going to interface with someone who will hopefully tell us why words adversely impact so many people. Are we annoying you yet? Jeremy Butterfield might know why. He’s the author of a new book called "A Damp Squid: The English Language Laid Bare," which features the most annoying words and phrases in the English language

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What women lost in the 2008 elections

Monday, November 24, 2008

When Senator Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and Governor Sarah Palin, R-Alaska, ran for the top offices in the country, the White House's glass ceiling looked like it might be shattered. But Amanda Fortini, a writer for New York Magazine, says the “Year of the Woman” in presidential politics reinforced stereotypes, set women back and made President-elect Barack Obama’s road to gender equality a lot rockier.
"It's harder to stereotype people when you see them in more nuance and full color."
--Amanda Fortini on the perception of women in politics

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Stolen Treasures of the Ancient World

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The museums of New York, Paris and London are filled with treasures from Egypt, Italy, Turkey and Greece. And museum directors in those countries are no longer content to sit back and allow their own ancient treasures to take up permanent residence in museums of other nations. The Takeaway is joined by Sharon Waxman, author of the book, “Loot: The Battle over the Stolen Treasures of the Ancient World

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A poverty briefing for Obama

Thursday, November 20, 2008

As the economic downturn continues, the ranks of those who live below the poverty line are growing. President-elect Barack Obama has promised to tackle poverty by reducing taxes, increasing the minimum wage and introducing new social services and rural investment. But what is his best, first move?

Poverty facts:

• 37.3 million Americans lived in poverty in 2007, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
• Almost 700,000 children went hungry in America in 2007, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That's more than 50 percent higher than the year before.
• Families from Mississippi, New Mexico, Texas and Arkansas were reported to have the least "food security."

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The Bible's Buried Secrets

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

"That's God's wife. Not only did he have a wife, but he had many girlfriends, too."
--Gary Glassman, from the upcoming Nova documentary on the Bible

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Nov. 18, 1978: The Jonestown Massacre

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

"Moments later, Jones pulled out vats of Flavor-Aid (not Kool-Aid, as the urban legend goes) containing valium, cyanide and more -- a deadly cocktail. And he urged members to commit 'Revolutionary Suicide.'"
--Adaora Udoji on the Jonestown Massacre

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Debtor Nation: How we got here

Monday, November 17, 2008

"Americans are at the bottom of the developed world in how much we save."
--Ronald Wilcox on American debt

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Economy is tied to gender gap

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

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Veterans Day: Honoring vets of Vietnam, Korea

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

"If you're not at war, you're always training for it. You train for war, pray for peace." — Corporal John Hall, U.S. Marine Corps. John and Adaora talk with veterans of the Vietnam War and the Korean War about how they're spending Veterans Day and what it means to them.

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Veterans Day: Honoring vets of WWII, Iraq

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

John and Adaora talk with veterans of World War II and the war in Iraq about how they're spending Veterans Day and what it means to them.

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Presidents on TV

Friday, November 07, 2008

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Same-sex marriage

Friday, November 07, 2008

This week, California voters passed Proposition 8, a ballot initiative that amends the state's constitution to explicitly remove the court-approved right of same-sex couples to marry. Florida and Arizona passed similar measures. Where does the movement to legalize same-sex marriage go from here? Aaron Hicklin, editor of Out Magazine, outlines possible next steps.

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Prop. 8

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Barack Obama's election to the top office in the United States was accomplished in part by his recruitment of thousands of new black voters. But though the president-elect is one of the more liberal members of the Senate, his constituency has a conservative streak. Nowhere is that clearer than in California, where the passage of Proposition 8 — an amendment to the state constitution that will ban gay marriage — can partially be attributed to conservative leanings among many black voters. So what does that say about the soon-to-be president's mandate? The Takeaway talks to Joe Hicks, a commentator for Pajamas TV and a talk show host with KFI.

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Children's Health

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The largest children's study ever undertaken in the United States kicks off in 2009. Researchers plan on tracking 100,000 kids from the womb to the age when they can legally crack open a beer. Scientists hope 21 years worth of hair, urine and environmental samples will reveal why the incidence of childhood disease is on the rise.

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On the Ballot: Same-sex marriage

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Dan Fritz of California's KPFK discusses Proposition 8, the ballot measure that would amend the California constitution and ban same-sex marriage in California.

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Immigration raid

Monday, October 27, 2008

Hasidic Rabbi Aaron Rubashkin expanded his family's Brooklyn butcher shop into the largest kosher meat plant in the nation. The underside of his success was revealed this spring after an immigration raid at his Iowa plant, including violations of child labor laws.

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Campaign language

Monday, October 27, 2008

During the primaries, Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Hillary Clinton criticized another Democratic presidential hopeful, Senator Barack Obama, for offering "just words." But now it seems the simplicity of his words, and the calm with which he delivers them, could explain why he's ahead in the polls. Has the economic crisis rendered slogans and sound bites obsolete? Writer Steve Almond discusses the power of language on the campaign trail.

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The Racist Vote

Friday, October 24, 2008

Barack Obama's run for the White House might be hurt by racist voters, but The Takeaway talks with University of Wisconsin professor Charles Franklin who's finding more people fearful of blacks are willing to vote blue.

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Shatner and Takei

Friday, October 24, 2008

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presidential history

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

This presidential election, no matter who wins, will be historic. Either Americans will elect the nation's first African-American leader or the first female vice president. We also know that what's past is prologue. For a look at how former presidencies have shaped this unprecedented race, The Takeaway turns to award-winning filmmaker David Grubin. Grubin has produced a number of presidential biographies for PBS' American Experience.

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