Living Snow Fences? Subway Station Skylights? High-Speed Rail? It's the Federal Stimulus, One Year In: a Transportation Nation podcast
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
One year ago, the Obama Administration began pushing billions and billions of dollars out the door. The federal stimulus combines tax cuts, huge chunks of federal spending and the extension of benefits in hopes of stimulating the American economy. So how are American cities changing, and what will we remember about this massive program decades from now?
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Many products we buy now come with labels that read “Made in China” or Japan or India, rather than the U.S.A. Minnesota tried to change that by implementing a law requiring state agencies to buy uniforms and safety equipment made in this country.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
The federal government is on the verge of spending billions of dollars on highways and public transit projects, beginning in 2010. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood views this as a historic moment in American history, when federal money will back policy aimed at getting Americans off the highways, out of our cars and into public transit and high-speed rail. LaHood steps through the many areas of American life in which he's now shaping policy. (click through for the full interview transcript)
Thursday, November 05, 2009
- Sports Takeout: The Yankees did it! The Bronx Bombers ended their nine-year dry spell with a big win over the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 6 of the World Series. Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, our sports correspondent, joins us with the highlights (and he'll try not to gloat too much).
- Washington Takeout: The U.S. Senate is extending aid to hundreds of thousands of jobless Americans. Our Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, explains that the only thing delaying this assistance was political gridlock.
- Business Takeout: We take a closer look at President Obama's estimate of how many jobs have been created by the stimulus package so far. As Louise Story, finance reporter for The New York Times, explains, there are some curious calculations behind the administration's numbers.
Monday, November 02, 2009
- Business Takeout: Retail lender CIT files for one of the biggest corporate bankruptcies on record, and takes $2.3 billion in bailout money with it. Louise Story, finance reporter for our partners The New York Times, explains.
- Sports Takeout: The Takeaway's sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin talks about the decidedly mixed reception ex-Packers quarterback Brett Favre got as he took the Minnesota Vikings to victory in Green Bay over the weekend.
- Listener Takeout: Listeners respond to our question on whether and how stimulus money is making a difference in their jobs.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Today, the White House releases a huge amount of raw data on how and where stimulus money is being spent. We talk about the numbers we know so far, what listeners have noticed, and what we'll be looking for in the tea leaves. We're joined by WNYC reporter Andrea Bernstein, Pete Herman, a currently unemployed ironworker from Brooklyn, N.Y., and Charlie Dilbert, a construction worker from Cincinnati whose job is being paid for with stimulus money.
Friday, September 11, 2009
The White House announced this week that its $787 billion economic stimulus package has saved or created more than 1 million jobs since it was enacted in February. To help us parse these and other economic indicators, we talk with Lakshman Achuthan, managing director of the Economic Cycle Research Institute, a market analysis company in New York. We also speak with Louise Story, a Wall Street and finance reporter with the New York Times, about what financial troubles at Harvard and Yale mean for higher education and the economy as a whole.
Monday, July 20, 2009
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Friday, July 17, 2009
Back in March, St. Cloud, Minnesota was excited. Vice President Joe Biden was in town to announce that the town would be receiving an influx of money from the stimulus plan. The money would be spent on much-needed infrastructure improvements and transportation projects. Now that excitement has been replaced by questions, mainly: is the stimulus money actually creating jobs in St. Cloud? Helping The Takeaway understand what’s happening on the ground are Minnesota Public Radio reporter Ambar Espinoza and The Takeaway's Political Director Andrea Bernstein.
Our friends at Pro Publica, the independent investigative organization, are tracking the stimulus in St. Cloud closely. Read their story, Primed for a Stimulus Ride, St. Cloud Wonders When the Bus Will Arrive.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
By Matthew Schuerman : Editor, WNYC
Thursday, March 12, 2009
By Beth Fertig
New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein told WNYC’s “Brian Lehrer Show” that he agrees with President Obama’s plan to reward states and districts that can measure which teachers are most effective.
Klein’s stand was not surprising, given that he backed a plan last year that would have linked teacher tenure to student achievement. But the plan died in Albany when the state legislature sided with the teachers union by explicitly banning districts from using student test scores to evaluate teachers.
Now that the Obama Administration is encouraging states to apply for $5 billion worth of stimulus grants that reward states for using data systems and measuring teachers, Klein says he’ll continue to argue that test scores can tell you something about which teachers are most effective. And he’s willing to make that case to the governor. A few weeks ago, Governor Paterson told “The Brian Lehrer” show that he had concerns about such a system because it’s hard to compare teachers in high performing schools to those with more challenging populations. When asked about that comment, Klein said he wants to sit down with Paterson to explain his position.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
By Beth Fertig
Last week, New York's teachers and political leaders were praising the stimulus package as manna from heaven. With an expected $4.8 billion for New York State over the next two years, this money would go a long way toward preventing devastating cuts to school districts, including the elimination of up ...
Monday, February 23, 2009
We've all got our ways of coping with the economy. Since I always forget to bring lunch from home, I have become a regular customer at Mamoun's, which makes a mean $2.50 falafel sandwich. And as I was walking back to work with said falafel, I chanced upon this chalkboard outside the Native Leather store on Bleecker St.
It says: 'YOU ARE MY ECONOMIC STIMULUS PACKAGE.'
Native Leather has been around since 1968 - it sells Italian caps, Argentinian belts and fine Laguiole knives from France - but these days, its owner since 1993, Carol Walsh says things aren't going so well. People continue to buy leather hats and gloves and belts ranging from $20 to $55, but the nicer items just don't move off the shelf. Thus the chalkboard plea, which went up a week ago, right after President Obama signed the economic stimulus package into law.
Friday, February 20, 2009
A coalition of New York groups, spearheaded by Common Cause/New York, is seeking to have Governor Paterson agree to a high level of disclosure standards (something New York state government historically hasn't championed) for economic stimulus money (in line with President Obama's promise that "every dollar" will be ...
Thursday, February 19, 2009
'Transparency' is the buzzword of the day, but looks like, in conference, stimulus package negotiators removed some provisions that would make stimulus $$ easier to track. To wit, an OMBWatch report says, language requiring that each contract or grant be posted on the internet fell out of the ...
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
What a day. Mayor Bloomberg and Teachers Union Chief Randi Weingarten went to DC to lobby to preserve education funding in the stim bill, but they'd hardly finished talking about the dire need at a press conference -- and hadn't gotten a chance to meet with Senator Arlen Spector of ...
Monday, February 09, 2009
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Wondering what’s in the stimulus bill? So were we. So here’s a table from the HOUSE appropriations committee on the spending THEY allocated. Of course, the Senate is working on massaging the numbers as we speak, but if you want to use an accurate working number, here you go: