The Takeaway Featured Series


Trashing the High Seas
In this special series, explore the world’s oceans, how human behavior is changing them, and what can be done to sustain large bodies of water for future generations.



In Focus: Exploring Black Representation in Entertainment
After back to back years of #OscarsSoWhite, 2016 has opened up promising new opportunities for black Americans in entertainment. In this special series, The Takeaway is exploring the history and rise of African-Americans in television, film, and theater.



Urban Resilience
Stories about cities bouncing back — or trying to — from economic, environmental and social shocks. New York Public Radio's resilience reporting is supported by The Rockefeller Foundation. For more info, go to



Uncomfortable Truths: Confronting Racism in America
When it comes to race in America, who aren't you talking to? The Takeaway is hosting conversations with people who otherwise would not sit down together to talk about race.



Commuted: Life After Prison
WAaron Glasscock was 22-years-old and two months shy of graduating from college when he was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine in 1999. Nearly 20 years later, Aaron’s sentence was commuted. The Takeaway follows Aaron’s story here.



Of Our Peers: Improving the Jury System in America
In the age of constant news and social media, how can a jury ever be impartial? The Takeaway tackles this question about the American jury system and looks at how it can be improved in this special series.



People Get Ready: Protest Music of The Summer of ‘16
In this turbulent summer of 2016, The Takeaway turns to musicians who use their music to protest the status quo and inspire others.



Alvin Hall Goes Back to School
Alvin Hall was his school's first black valedictorian, but he says his photo was replaced with a picture of two white classmates. The Takeaway joined Alvin as he returned to Wakulla, Florida for an emotional journey back in time.


The Search For America's Greatest Innovation
The Takeaway's Search for America's Greatest Innovation is a celebration of American ingenuity.Our series is produced in partnership with ASME, the American Society for Mechanical Engineers, and the Lemelson Foundation.


The Community College Challenge
Community colleges are key to growing our economy and expanding opportunity. Over the course of the 2015-16 academic year, The Takeaway presents an original series offering a unique look at community colleges across the United States.


Under Her Skin: Living With Breast Cancer
Researchers have found a widening survival divide between black and white women diagnosed with breast cancer. The Takeaway’s award-winning series, “Under Her Skin: Living With Breast Cancer,” shares the stories of three African-American women coping with the disease.


Being a Woman Online
Women who live their lives online have plenty of experience with sexism, but empowering female-centric communities have also sprung up. In "Being a Woman Online," The Takeaway looks at the complex realities of what it means being female on the internet.


Brave New Worlds: Looking for Life in The Goldilocks Zone
Along with two leading NASA astronomers, The Takeaway explores distant worlds that are found light years away from Earth. Go for a journey through the universe, figuratively speaking, with a sensory imagining of how these worlds would look and feel.


Who's Policing The Police? A Series on Police Accountability
The Takeaway looks behind the scenes at local departments across the country, from New Jersey, where police in-fighting and lawsuits have cost tax-payers millions, to Seattle where the police department is now operating under a federal consent decree.


Examining the Lives of America's Caregivers
The Takeaway peeks into the lives of American caregivers to learn what it is like to care for an adult child with Autism, an injured veteran, a disabled loved one, and an aging population suffering from dementia.