Korea and Japan face off in the 2009 WBC Finals

Monday, March 23, 2009

A baseball tournament with so few games is vulnerable to upsets that leave behind the best teams, but not in this World Baseball Classic: Korea and Japan will play tonight for the championship after clearly establishing themselves as the best teams in the tournament.

Korea’s got it all: pitching, defense, speed and power, and they’re playing at the top of their game. They whacked a stacked Venezuelan team 10-2 on Saturday to get to the final. It’s inconceivable to me that some sad-sack organization like the Pirates or the Royals doesn’t turn over $50 million to the Korean Baseball Organization and buy themselves an all-Korean, instant contender.

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Is the World Baseball Classic worth it?

Monday, March 23, 2009

If the 2006 World Baseball Classic was baseball commissioner Bud Selig’s newborn baby, with everybody cooing, talking up the novelty of it and predicting a bright future as Japan beat Cuba in front of a packed house at Petco Park in San Diego, then the 2009 WBC was a pimply, unlovable teenager in serious need of an attitude adjustment.

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The Takeaway for Monday, March 23, 2009 (Final Edition)

Monday, March 23, 2009

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Mount Redoubt erupts

Monday, March 23, 2009

In a blast sending ash 50,000 feet into the air, Alaska's Mount Redoubt is erupting for the first time in 20 years. After showing intense activity in the last few days, the volcano has blown several times since it started this morning. Forecasters say the ash cloud produced by the eruption should avoid Alaska's largest cities.

For more, follow the action at Alaska's Volcano Observatory.

View a time-lapse of Mount Redoubt in the early stages of its seismic activity.

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The Takeaway for Monday, March 23, 2009 (Early Edition)

Monday, March 23, 2009

Headlines; This week's political agenda
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The Takeaway for Friday, March 20, 2009 (Final Edition)

Friday, March 20, 2009

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"How to Cook a Wolf" during an economic crisis

Friday, March 20, 2009

Trouble viewing this video? Check out the YouTube version.

In 1942, in the middle of World War II and at the start of food rationing, the writer MFK Fisher published How to Cook a Wolf. It's was meant to be a part cookbook part self-help guide to inspire those faced with the “wolf” of hard times to get creative in the kitchen. With today's economic climate, we thought it would be fun to revisit MFK Fisher’s classic book. So we asked New York Times food writer Melissa Clark to give us some tips from this classic.
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What stop-loss means for the vets who've dealt with it

Friday, March 20, 2009

Kristen L. Rouse served in Afghanistan in 2006 and is a member of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)

I remember being at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, in the fall of 2006 and seeing Jeremy Wilson outside our camp's mailroom, heartbroken over what he'd just received in a package. Jeremy pulled out a small box and showed me the diamond ring inside. "She sent it back," he told me, choking back tears. He was clearly devastated. His fiancée had sent him back the ring he had given her, with a short note of explanation. She couldn't live anymore with him being away, and his being indefinitely committed to the Army. Jeremy's contractual end of service date had been September 2, 2006, and he had already deployed once to Afghanistan. But in the fall of 2005, everyone in our active duty unit was extended until May 2007, regardless of contractual end of service date--which meant that most of us were stop-lossed for a few weeks or months. For Jeremy, stop-loss meant ten full months that his civilian life would be put on hold, and that he would be deployed for a second tour in Afghanistan.

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The Recipe Files

Friday, March 20, 2009

Today on The Takeaway we talked to New York Times food writer Melissa Clark about lessons we can learn from M.F.K. Fisher's classic book How to Cook a Wolf. Catch the interview here and see if our hosts could guess the secret ingredient in the cake.

M.F.K. Fisher’s Tomato Soup Cake

Makes 1 (9- by 4-inch) loaf cake

1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons shortening
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed tomato soup
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups raisins, prunes, or nuts, chopped

1. Preheat the oven to 325 F. Lightly grease a 9- by 4-inch loaf pan.

2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the sugar and the butter. Sift the flour and spices into a bowl.

3. In a separate bowl, stir together the tomato soup and baking soda. Add half the soup mixture into the mixing bowl and combine. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add half of the flour mixture, mix just to combine. Repeat with the rest of the soup mixture and the rest of the flour mixture. Using a spatula, fold in the dried fruit and nuts, if using.

4. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with the spatula. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, until the cake begins to pull away from the sides of the pan and a wooden skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then turn out on a wire rack to finish cooling.

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Introducing the newest member of the Takeaway family: Adaora's baby Siobhan

Thursday, March 19, 2009

You've been hearing for weeks that Adaora is on maternity leave. Here's the proof! These are shots of Adaora and her baby daughter, Siobhan, who joined the Udoji-Allen family from Ethiopia.
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The Takeaway for Thursday, March 19, 2009 (Final Edition)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

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The Takeaway for Thursday, March 19, 2009 (Early Edition)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Headlines; Stopping stop-loss; AIG news
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Brand Black: Obama, Hip Hop, and Blackness as a "Mature Brand"

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Today on The Takeaway we've been talking a lot about branding. Some folks told us about the brands they missed ("Bit 'o Honey" and the "Reggiebar" candy bars each got a vote). Other folks talked about what they would rename/rebrand "too big to fail/too small-minded to give up the multimillion dollar bonuses" insurer AIG as...

amigos in gold
amateurs implementing guile
anti inflammatory geeks
a**holes invoking god
as if god
appalling in greed

(And that's just from the journalists!)

Listeners wrote, among others:
Absolutely Insufferable Greed
Angry Investor Gross

But let me take a turn here.

Yesterday, I was invited to address the US Mission to the United Nations, now led by Ambassador Susan Rice. I was part of a panel that examined how and why then-Senator Obama won the Presidency; and what lay ahead.

I spoke about Brand Black, or blackness as a mature political brand, just as hip hop is now a mature media brand.

Every product/entity/person who wants market share starts out in the experimental, spaghetti against the wall. Of all the people who start blogs, relatively few keep it up and even fewer find a longterm audience.

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The Takeaway for Wednesday, March 18, 2009 (Final Edition)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

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Our listeners most beloved brands

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Everyone has fond memories of their favorite childhood brands and the memorable ads. As we look at the rebirth of a Woolworth's store, The Takeaway asked its listeners to tell us their favorite brands from the past. Here is a list of the brands and icons our listeners love:

The Reggie Bar
SPAM
Howard Johnson's
Pan Am
Tab
Yuban Coffee
Woolworth's
Bucky Beaver!
Jell-O Pudding Pops!
The Noid!

What brands and brand icons do you love? What brands do you miss? Add your suggestion to the list of items in the comments!
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The Takeaway for Wednesday, March 18, 2009 (Early Edition)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Headlines; News on immigrant remittances
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Recovery Act Tracking by State

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Updated March 18, 2009 The states are promising transparency on stimulus spending. Some states, not all of which have special "recovery" homepages yet, are old hands at open government 2.0. ProPublica has compiled links to states' general transparency sites, many of which have details on contracts and expenditures. View the links on the map below, or as a chart on ProPublica's Web site.

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The Takeaway for Tuesday, March 17, 2009 (Final Edition)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

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