Elizabeth Ross

Associate Producer, WGBH

Elizabeth Ross appears in the following:

Syrian Crisis Continuing Coverage: Civilians Forced to Flee

Friday, June 08, 2012

Away from the politics and diplomacy, there's an unfolding humanitarian crisis in Syria. Today the International Committee of the Red Cross said that more Syrian civilians are being forced to leave their homes to escape the fighting between the Syrian troops and the opposition forces. Sean Maguire is a spokesman ...

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New Nutritional Standards for Disney

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Walt Disney is the latest company to jump on the childhood anti-obesity band wagon. Today Disney will announce a new initiative to advertise healthier food products on all its media p...

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Justice Department to Florida: End Voter Purge Effort

Friday, June 01, 2012

The Justice Department has demanded that Florida stop trying to identify noncitizens to purge from its voter registration rolls. Last night the department sent a detailed letter to Fl...


State Department Targets Al Qaeda Website in Yemen

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Last night in Florida, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said U.S. specialists hacked into websites run by Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen. The hackers were able to change online ads t...

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Race Dialogue Should Be Less About Conflict, More About Peace

Friday, May 18, 2012

Celeste Headlee, co-host of The Takeaway, speaks at the National Race Amity Conference in Boston today. Richard Thomas, professor emeritus of history at Michigan State University is a...

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$10 Million GOP Super-PAC Advertising Plan Leaked

Thursday, May 17, 2012

We all know that we're living in the era of the super PAC. And we're now facing the first presidential election since the Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case, the rulin...

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Panel Endorses HIV Drug Truvada for FDA Approval

Friday, May 11, 2012

We have known about Truvada for a while. Now, an influential advisory panel of the Food and Drug Administration has endorsed the drug shown to prevent HIV infection in healthy people. It recommended approval of the pill for people at risk of contracting the virus. A final decision is expected next month, but if FDA does approve, it won't be without a degree of controversy. We're joined by Dr. Kenneth Mayer, medical research director at Fenway Health in Boston and a professor at Harvard Medical School.


Rupert Murdoch's State-Side Influence

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

A British Parliamentary committee's report on Rupert Murdoch has declared that the 81-year-old News Corp. CEO "is not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of a major international...

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Magic Johnson Leads Group Buy for Los Angeles Dodgers

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Eight years ago, Frank McCourt bought the Los Angeles Dodges for $430 million, but a nasty divorce sent him into bankruptcy. Now, a group led by basketball legend Magic Johnson has a ...


Two Billion Dollar Deal for the Dodgers Is Largest Ever Paid for a Professional Sports Team

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

No one has ever paid the amount for a professional sports team that basketball legend Magic Johnson is proposing to pay for the Los Angeles Dodgers. We speak with a former MLB executi...


Rep. Barney Frank's Take on the Super Committee

Friday, August 12, 2011

The countdown to December 23 has begun for the Congressional "super committee" that's tasked with reducing the nation’s debt. Yesterday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi named the last three members: Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina, Rep. Xavier Becerra of California and Rep. Chris Von Hollen of Maryland. Will the committee be able to compromise, particularly as each party begins to prepare for the heavy political sparring yet to come out of the 2012 presidential election?

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Marine Base Gets Its First Female General

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

For the first time ever, a woman is taking command at the nation's premier Marine Corps training base. Brig. Gen. Loretta Reynolds will be the first female to run South Carolina's Parris Island in the base's 96-year-history. Reynolds is no stranger to setting records. She is also the first female Marine to ever hold a command position in a battle zone, one of many accomplishments in her 25 years as a Marine. She speaks about the challenges that come with her post.


NASA's Mercury Messenger Finds Clues to Planet's Origins

Friday, June 17, 2011

New data that's just been released from NASA's Mercury Messenger spacecraft could reveal how Mercury formed and changed over the 4.5-billion-year history of the Solar System. The planet appears to have shrunk as it has aged. Denton Ebel is the curator of Meteorites at the American Museum of Natural History and is involved in educational outreach programs for the Mercury Messenger mission at the museum. He explains why scientists are finding new reasons to study the planet.


When Kids Ask for the Impossible...in Their Stockings

Monday, December 06, 2010

What would you do if a child sincerely asked you for something impossible? That's the situation Santa (and helpers) faces every year, as well as many parents. It's sometimes hard for parents to meet the most extreme requests for gifts... but it's always hard to disappoint one's kids. We get a personal story from Kim Hamilton, Takeaway listener from Lubbock, Texas, and mother of a four-year-old boy with high Christmas gift hopes.

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For Children of Immigrants, 'Home' is a Complex Concept

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

As part of our week-long series, we speak with two immigrant writers whose parents were forced to flee their homelands because of political unrest, and came to rest in America. Both live outside the U.S. now, and both say their notion of "home" has become ... portable.


Advice for Black Sheep... and Their Families

Monday, November 22, 2010

It’s Thanksgiving week and the start of the holiday season. While the holidays can be a great time for getting together with the family, it can also be a time that’s fraught with tension for those people who no longer fit in at home (if, indeed, they ever did). Are you a "black sheep" ? Or do you have one in your family? 

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Imagining Zora Neale Hurston as a Girl Detective

Monday, November 08, 2010

Zora and Me” fictionalizes the childhood of the Harlem Renaissance writer, folklorist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston. (Hurston was born in 1891, lived through the Jim Crow south, and died in 1960.) The young adult novel is the first in a planned trilogy which imagines Hurston as a girl detective in her all-black hometown of Eatonville, Florida, at the start of the 20th century.


Ambassador Hans Blix on the 'End' of the War In Iraq

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The last convoy of U.S. combat troops left Iraq last night under cover of darkness. 440 troops of the 4/2 Stryker Brigade crossed into Kuwait, leaving behind another 56,000 U.S. service members in support and training roles. 6,000 are scheduled to withdraw by September 1st; another 50,000 will remain behind into 2011. 

Ambassador Hans Blix, former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, led a team of UN inspectors into Iraq before the 2003 invasion, searching for weapons of mass destruction. They found none, but the invasion went ahead as planned. 

Read a full transcript.

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Learning From 9 Years of Gay Marriage in The Netherlands

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The marriage of same-sex couples is on hold again in California while the Ninth Circuit Court prepares to hear an appeal by the backers of Prop 8. Those who supported the ballot initiative, which led to the banning of same-sex unions in the state, are challenging a judge's recent decision that found the ban unconstitutional. 

The United States is not the first country to discuss these issues, and other countries have experience we might be able to learn from when considering same-sex unions. Back in 2001, The Netherlands became the first country to legalize gay marriage. We speak with an author who traveled there to document how marriage affected Dutch gay couples and wider Dutch society.

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Kenneth Feinberg on BP's Claims System

Friday, August 13, 2010

BP has already paid out more than $300 million to businesses and individuals affected by the oil, which started gushing into the Gulf of Mexico on Apirl 20, but the company's claims system has been criticized by business owners who say they have had to deal with multiple adjusters. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg was hired by BP to serve as administrator of its $20 billion compensation fund and he will begin processing claims for victims of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill later this month.