The Takeaway for Wednesday, March 4, 2009 (Early Edition)

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Headlines; Syrian envoys
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Your food may be organic, but that doesn't mean it's safe

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Trouble viewing this video? Check out the YouTube version (click "watch in high quality" for best quality).

Over the past few years a rash of food-related illnesses caused by everything from tomatoes to spinach to peanut butter has sparked nationwide concern over food safety. Conventional wisdom has always said you can assure your food is safe by buying organic. But New York Times reporter Kim Severson did some digging and she found that organic certification has nothing to do with food safety.

Listen to the full Takeaway segment with Kim Severson here
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Environmentally friendly solar flashlight brings light to Africa's poorest villages

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

In undeveloped nations such as Eritrea, Haiti, or Cameroon, light is a luxury. Mark Bent thinks that's unacceptable.

Bent, a former American diplomat and Houston oilman, is CEO and founder of SunNight Solar, a company that has created solar powered flashlights that they are now spreading throughout the world by way of private donors, the United Nations and organizations such as Direct Relief International.

The Takeaway ran into Bent at the Greener Gadgets Conference in New York City on February 27th, where he happily pulled apart his product for us. The flashlights, the shape of which reminded me of a Pantene-Pro V shampoo bottle, are made of LED lights and a plastic case. They nab their power from three recyclable batteries that are re-charged by a solar panel that graces the side of the flashlight. In total, the panel provides power for up to 2,000 nights, and the batteries last about two years.

Bent was at the conference to participate in an expert panel titled, "Green Design For Good." When asked about using plastic in his product (a material that doesn't scream sustainability) Bent replied, "I'm willing to live with ABS plastic because I can get people to read." The former Navy man's flashlight do more than help people read. They cut down on the need for kerosene lanterns, which improves lung health, as well as allow villages and refugee camps to function safely after dark. Women are protected from sexual assault, refugees can use the lamps to deter thieves, and farmers can keep away wild animals.

Bent sat down with us post-conference to dish on how his flashlights promote gender equality and safety around the world, and why pink is his favorite color.
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Tracking every dollar (redux)

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

You can find every dollar on recovery.gov, right? Not exactly. But you can find your state's recovery Web site.

The reporting on the recovery act funds begins today, with agencies being required to report "funding, major actions taken to date, and major planned actions." The Office of Management and Budget memo detailing the requirement doesn't say how quickly those reports will make it to recovery.gov, and an OMB spokesman is only promising they'll go up "as soon as they are made available."

(And, in case you forgot, that memo ONLY requires reporting down two levels. If money goes to a state, then a city, that's it. Where the city spends its dollars is beyond the reporting requirements.)

In the meantime, recovery.gov has a pretty cool map of state recovery sites.

ShovelWatch is a joint project of the non-profit investigative outfit ProPublica, the morning news program The Takeaway and WNYC, New York's flagship public radio station. With investigative reporting, interactive features and help from you, we're tracking the stimulus bill dollars from Congress to your community.

Follow the dollars online and tell us how the stimulus plan is playing out in your community. We're sharing your stories online and on air, and we'll continue the investigation with your help.


Listen to more from Andrea Bernstein here.
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The Takeaway for Tuesday, March 3, 2009 (Final Edition)

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

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We're all about The Watchmen today on The Takeaway

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

The Watchmen movie comes out on Friday and we are just SO excited! If you don't know about the graphic novel that started the entire trend of graphic novels, you are in for a treat. Head here to buy the book and start cramming for the opening. Obviously we haven't seen the movie yet, but the trailers have us all atwitter. Here they are for your review.



Ready for another? Here you go:



Are you excited yet? Of course you are.
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The Takeaway for Tuesday, March 3, 2009 (Early Edition)

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Headlines; British Prime Minister visits White House
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The Takeaway for Monday, March 2, 2009 (Final Edition)

Monday, March 02, 2009

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The Takeaway for Monday, March 2, 2009 (Early Edition)

Monday, March 02, 2009

Headlines; Obama's agenda
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The Takeaway for Friday, February 27, 2009 (Final Edition)

Friday, February 27, 2009

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Ladies & Gentlemen start your bidding: Rare comic goes on sale

Friday, February 27, 2009

Originally sold for 10 cents in 1938, the first edition of the comic book that launched Superman as an action hero is worth around $126,000 today. Stephen Fishler, who is in charge of the auction, considers the book to be the Holy Grail of comic books for most collectors since there are only 100 copies of this first edition.
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The Takeaway for Friday, February 27, 2009 (Early Edition)

Friday, February 27, 2009

Headlines; News on the federal budget
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The Takeaway for Thursday, February 26, 2009 (Early Edition)

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Headlines; National budget
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Americans won't stop squeezing the Charmin, despite the environmental impact

Thursday, February 26, 2009


Listen to the full Takeaway segment with New York Times environmental reporter Leslie Kaufman here.
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The Takeaway for Wednesday, February 25, 2009 (Early Edition)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Headlines; Obama's address to Congress
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Barack Obama's address to Congress, on economic stimulus and more, Feb. 24, 2009 (transcript and your annotations)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Read a transcript of President Barack Obama's first address to a joint session of Congress, concerning the economic stimulus plan, health care, education and more, from February 24, 2009, and discuss the state of the states in The Takeaway's "user-annotated" document viewer.

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Ypsilanti, anyone? Guest host WDET news program director Jerome Vaughn demystifies Detroit pronunciation for The Takeaway

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

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It's Mardi Gras and it might be recession-proof

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

It's Mardi Gras and New Orleans is ready to welcome revelers with open arms. Here's an AP report on the festivities:



And here is a segment from The Travel Channel exploring the meaning of Mardi Gras. Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!

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NASA rocket carrying satellite crashes near Antarctica

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

A few hours ago NASA launched a rocket from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base. NASA's mission was to send an Orbiting Carbon Observatory satellite into space to monitor global warming:



Unfortunately, during the launch, the satellite failed to separate from the rocket and, according to the Associated Press, the whole kit and kaboodle landed in the ocean.



NASA has put together a Mishap Investigation Board to get to the cause of the launch failure. For more information, head to NASA's website.
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