Todd Zwillich

Takeaway Washington Correspondent

Todd Zwillich has been reporting from Washington, D.C. for close to 15 years. Todd's first byline was as a science and medicine reporter in the trade press, but it didn't take long for him to find his way to Capitol Hill. Todd worked for several years for Reuters, wrote about new research for Science and covered the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina for the British Lancet. He found his way to radio in 2006, becoming a public radio reporter on Capitol Hill. He covered the 2008 Republican and Democratic National Conventions for WAMU in Washington and several other public radio stations. Todd first appeared on the The Takeaway when it was in pilot and joined the show as Washington Correspondent in 2009.

Todd Zwillich appears in the following:

What Happens When Abortion is Illegal

Friday, January 19, 2018

We look to Chile, El Salvador, and Oklahoma, to find out what happens when restrictive abortion laws are put into practice. 

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Supporters Reflect On a Year of Trump

Friday, January 19, 2018

Hours after Donald Trump was sworn in, we traveled to Oklahoma to talk with one family of Republicans who were divided in their support for the president. We revisit them a year later.

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How a Government Shutdown Could Affect the Military

Friday, January 19, 2018

President Trump says a government shutdown would hurt the military, accusing Democrats of putting service members and American national security at risk. But are those claims accurate?

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Reflecting on a Year of Trump

Friday, January 19, 2018

Hours after Donald Trump was sworn in, we traveled to Oklahoma to talk with one family of Republicans who were divided in their support for the president. We revisit them a year later.

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Ashes to Ashes? Trump Administration Rethinks Nuclear Strategy

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Nuclear Posture Review is a strategy memo that would expand the circumstances under which nuclear weapons could be used, including in retaliation for major cyberattacks.

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Congress Could Force a Shutdown Without a Deal on DACA

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The government will run out of money on Friday. Republicans have introduced a stopgap funding measure, but Democrats say they won't vote for anything without a DACA deal. 

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Creating the World's Largest Genetic Library

Thursday, January 18, 2018

A massive pool of genetic information, 1 million strong: That’s the goal of a new initiative from the National Institutes of Health, called “All of Us.” 

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As ICE Cracks Down, Minnesota County Invests in Legal Defense for Immigrants

Thursday, January 18, 2018

In Hennepin County, Minnesota, local officials are responding to an increase in immigration arrests by spending tens of thousands of dollars on legal defense.

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Ashes to Ashes? Trump Administration Rethinks Nuclear Strategy

Thursday, January 18, 2018

A new strategy memo drafted by the Pentagon and awaiting approval from the White House would expand the circumstances under which nuclear weapons could be used. 

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Cape Town is Running Out of Water

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Residents of the South African city could be forced to line up for water rations in just a few months. 

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Massive Oil Spill Threatens East China Sea

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

When the Iranian oil tanker Sanchi sunk this weekend off the coast of China, it brought up to one million barrels of highly flammable oil condensate along with it. 

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Seeking Accountability for 'The Monster'

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar is due to be sentenced for sexually abusing young, female gymnasts. All told, more than 140 female athletes say Nassar assaulted them.

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DACA Hangs in the Balance as Government Shutdown Looms

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

This Friday is the deadline to fund the government, and the futures of 800,000 young immigrants are wrapped up in that legislative fight.

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Old Law Lets Social Media Giants Side With Prosecutors in Criminal Cases

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Under a federal law from 1986, social media companies claim to be forbidden from providing the same information to defense attorneys that they are obligated to turn over to prosecutors. 

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Are Sanctions The Best Way Forward With North Korea?

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Extensive sanctions against North Korea have not persuaded the regime to give up its nuclear weapons program. Are they still the best way to contain the threat?  

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Hawaii's False Missile Alert: What Happened

Monday, January 15, 2018

On Saturday, a false missile alert caused panic in Hawaii. The ease with which it was sent out hints at some of the flaws in America's current nuclear preparedness systems. 

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At ICE Facilities, Solitary Confinement and Forced Labor

Monday, January 15, 2018

Some detainees taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) say they have been threatened with solitary confinement for refusing to work in for-profit ICE facilities.

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Fighting For The Dream of Economic Justice

Monday, January 15, 2018

What might a mass mobilization effort in support of the poor look like in 2018? The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. provided a blueprint 50 years ago that still inspires today.

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A New Chapter For Author Jacqueline Woodson

Friday, January 12, 2018

Last Thursday, Jacqueline Woodson was named as the next National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. During her tenure, she'll travel the country encouraging kids to read. 

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Walmart Offers Raises to Some and Layoffs For Others

Friday, January 12, 2018

The nation's largest employer had good news for most of its 1.4 million employees yesterday. What does Walmart's announcement mean for the future of retail work?

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