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Monday, October 20, 2008

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A Time for Burning

Monday, October 20, 2008

In the 1966 film A Time for Burning, the burgeoning civil rights movement hit a dead end with the integration of a Lutheran Church in Omaha, Nebraska. The Takeaway talks with filmmaker Bill Jersey and subject Ernie Chambers about their experiences and what lessons the film holds for the 2008 election.

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Race and the election, 48 years after MLK changed the presidential election

Friday, October 17, 2008

Forty-eight years ago this week, Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested for participating in a sit-in at an Atlanta department store. After the other protestors had been released, King was kept behind bars. Almost overnight, civil rights and race became key issues in the 1960 presidential election. Senator John F. Kennedy reached out to Coretta Scott King that week to allay fears that her husband would be lynched. JFK’s civil rights advisor and former U.S. Senator Harris Wofford tells The Takeaway how one phone call influenced the outcome of the 1960 Nixon-Kennedy Presidential election and why the story matters now.

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The BBC's Talking America bus goes cross-country taking the pulse of voters

Friday, October 17, 2008

In the run-up to the presidential election, the BBC has sent a bus of reporters and producers on a 38-day, 4,000-mile journey across the United States. Their goal is to gain insight into the American electorate. The Takeaway talks to Steve Evans and Chloe Hadjimatheou, both with the BBC.

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Patchwork Nation’s Immigration Nation: America en Español

Friday, October 17, 2008

The Takeaway continues its ongoing look at America as a patchwork nation, rather than a collection of red and blue states. This time, we focus on the "Immigration Nation." It's a group of 12 million people in 144 counties that have large Hispanic populations.

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A linguist's take on the final presidential debate between McCain and Obama

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Guest: Paul JJ Payack, president and chief word analyst, The Global Language Monitor. Payack has analyzed language patterns of all the presidential and vice presidential debates.

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BBC World Service study: Global food prices may be dropping from record highs

Thursday, October 16, 2008

For the last several months, the BBC has been polling nations around the world to get a sense of rising cost of food and energy. Their latest results have been published in time for World Food day.

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Evangelicals, black and white, are divided by faith, race and politics

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Black and white evangelicals, who preach from the same Bible and hold many of the same values, consistently vote for opposite political parties. Seventy-seven percent of historically black churches (which includes black evangelical churches) identify as Democrats. In 2004, 79 percent of white evangelicals voted for President George W. Bush. Randall Balmer and Lisa Harper explain that the fundamentally different historic experiences of black and white evangelicals outweigh issues of abortion and gay marriage in determining how these groups vote. Our guests talk about the historic segregation and political divide of the evangelical church and what it means for this election, with the country’s first African American presidential candidate.

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The myths of undecided voters

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Guest: William G. Jacoby, Professor of Political Science at Michigan State University and a research scientist at the University of Michigan

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The fracturing religious right, the growing religious left

Monday, October 13, 2008

Over the past three decades, evangelicals have consistently embraced conservative values and Republican politicians. But in recent years, evangelicals have shifted toward progressive values and away from the GOP. Because they haven’t necessarily landed with the Democratic Party, many of their votes are up for grabs.

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A bull market for religion

Monday, October 13, 2008

The economy is down, but attendance at religious services is up. One block from Wall Street in lower Manhattan, Trinity Church is offering counseling on dealing with stress and looking for a new job.

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Fear Factor: How the economy affects our psychological health (and vice versa)

Friday, October 10, 2008

The market meltdown is not just a pocketbook issue — it’s become a psychological one. The economy’s downward spiral is taking our sense of well being with it. And as our anxiety and panic levels rise, we are creating a kind of feedback loop: The less confidence we have in our future, the less likely we are to go out and spend. That behavior, of course, only diminishes our chances of economic recovery.

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From survival of the fittest to survival of all: Is evolution over?

Thursday, October 09, 2008

As medicine, technology and culture advance, we’ve gone from survival of the fittest to survival of just about everyone. Evolution is about weeding out the weak and ensuring that the strong survive. But geneticist Steve Jones thinks our advances have effectively put an end to natural selection.

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In the 1970s, President Ford called on Americans to "Whip Inflation Now"

Thursday, October 09, 2008

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Patchwork Nation: Race and education issues permeate “Minority Central”

Thursday, October 09, 2008

The Takeaway continues its ongoing look at America as a "patchwork" nation rather than a collection of red and blue states. This time, we focus on “Minority Central,” a group of 408 counties that are home to large pockets of black and Native American voters.

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We've been here before: The history of U.S. economic troubles

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Guest: John Steele Gordon, author and business and economic historian

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The campaigns and the war of witty words

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

In last night’s political debate, did McCain or Obama put lipstick on another barnyard animal? The Takeaway talks with linguist James Geary about political aphorisms, and which candidate won the war of witty words.

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Blame evolution for our urge to skewer Wall Street

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

How many times have you heard the phrase, “Life’s not fair?” And yet, we haven’t let it stop us from trying to make everyone equal. We right wrongs, punish evil-doers, stop injustice. But what explains our urge to retaliate or our need to stick it to Wall Street for the subprime mess? It turns out it’s all in our genes, baby. New York Times science reporter Benedict Carey talks about the evolution behind retaliation, and our primal urge to make the world a little fairer.

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Patchwork Nation: Affluent "Monied 'Burbs" feeling financial pains too

Monday, October 06, 2008

In our ongoing look at the economy, we turn to Dante Chinni of The Christian Science Monitor's Patchwork Nation project, which uses demographic information to look at America beyond state lines. No more red state or blue state. Chinni tells The Takeaway about the affluent way of life at risk in the "Monied 'Burbs."

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Predictably Irrational: The psychology of bankers and borrowers

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Dan Ariely believes one reason people oppose the government's Wall Street bailout plan is that they want revenge on the companies that helped lead the nation into this economic turmoil.

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