Students charting the course

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

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Studies show less than half of the students in New York City high schools graduate on time. And many think that New York City is a rough place to go to school. The Takeaway invites two students from Democracy Prep Charter School in Harlem who think otherwise. Daniel Clark Jr., a seventh grader, and Nia Hill-Mims, an eighth grader talk about what it's like to go to charter school in New York City.
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The Takeaway for Wednesday, March 11, 2009 (Early Edition)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Headlines; Charter schools
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Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in times of economic crisis

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

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Today American consumers have nearly $1 trillion of outstanding credit card debt. A quarter of all homeowners are paying more on their mortgage than their home is worth. And unemployment nationwide has reached 8.1 percent. Does this economic crisis put the American dream at risk? Many may wonder that, as a nation, have we so corrupted the fundamental ideals of the American dream of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that we instead find ourselves living through the American nightmare? Joining The Takeaway to help answer this is David Kamp. He’s a contributing editor for Vanity Fair and has written the article Rethinking The American Dream. Kamp joins us for the first in a series of conversations about what the American dream means in this day and age.
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The Takeaway for Tuesday, March 10, 2009 (Final Edition)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

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The Takeaway for Tuesday, March 10, 2009 (Early Edition)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Headlines; News on Afghanistan
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Calling all A. Gorillas! Your unfortunate or funny names...

Monday, March 09, 2009

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Much respect to the Moon Units and Apples of the world, but this article is not for you. Regards, Tallulah Does the Hula from Hawaii, who last year was made a ward of the court by a New Zealand judge so she could legally change her name — but you didn't make the list.

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The Takeaway for Monday, March 9, 2009 (Final Edition)

Monday, March 09, 2009

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Farai and fans' instant reviews of Watchmen

Monday, March 09, 2009

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The Takeaway for Monday, March 9, 2009 (Early Edition)

Monday, March 09, 2009

Headlines; This week's agenda
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Jimmy Fallon's week in review

Friday, March 06, 2009

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Jimmy Fallon now sits in the throne of late-night giants Conan O'Brien and David Letterman, but it's been a tough week for the former Saturday Night Live star. Troy Patterson, the TV critic for Slate, reviews the first week of NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon."

Listen to the full Takeaway segment with Troy Patterson here.
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The Takeaway for Friday, March 6, 2009 (Final Edition)

Friday, March 06, 2009

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The Takeaway for Friday, March 6, 2009 (Early Edition)

Friday, March 06, 2009

Headlines; News on Sudan
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Producer's Notes: War along the border

Friday, March 06, 2009

In Mexico, the national army and federal police have gone to war with drug cartels. It's a conflict on a dizzying number of fronts that doesn't lend itself to easy explanation. Over the past week on The Takeaway, we turned to people along the U.S.-Mexican border to help us all understand not just what's happening, but how and why.

In December, a few stories out of West Texas caught my eye. They said that right across the border from El Paso, in the city of Ciudad Juarez, the private armies of Mexican drug cartel leaders were terrorizing Juarez residents. After talking to El Paso Times reporter Diana Washington Valdez, it became clear that the Mexican drug war is no longer entirely confined to Mexico. When El Paso city councilman Beto O'Rourke told me that there's hardly a person in El Paso that doesn't have relatives or friends or colleagues affected by the often gruesome violence, I became intrigued and surprised I hadn't seen more about it.

But of course, that was only the beginning of the story, and there's much more here than a campaign of brutality by the cartels.

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Takeaway guest host Farai Chideya on the art of staying connected to her audience

Thursday, March 05, 2009

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Recovery.gov numbers due "this week"

Thursday, March 05, 2009

OMB doesn't want "perfect to be the enemy of the good"

So now we know. The numbers are coming this week -- if not exactly "every dollar." The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) says the public will be able to see the March 3rd agency reports "this week". These reports detail the spending and actions on the stimulus money to date. But in a letter, the spokesman is defending the limited transparency requirements.

Click here for the full statement by spokesman Thomas E. Gavin.
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The Takeaway for Thursday, March 5, 2009 (Final Edition)

Thursday, March 05, 2009

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The Takeaway for Thursday, March 5, 2009 (Early Edition)

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Headlines; News on housing policy
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Senate holding hearings on stimulus transparency

Thursday, March 05, 2009

The Senate is getting ready to grill the Office of Management and Budget on transparency and accountability...

OMB Deputy Director Robert L. Nabors is on the hot seat this morning as Senator Joseph Lieberman's Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs digs into recovery act spending. Committee Spokeswoman Leslie Phillips praises OMB — "what they're doing is revolutionary" — but acknowledges this kind of tracking "has been tried before [usaspending.gov] and it is not easy to do."

Maybe they'll find out just how far down we'll get to follow the money. Listen here, beginning at 10 a.m., live on Thursday, March 5, 2009.
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Tell us: Why is Watchmen so great?

Wednesday, March 04, 2009


The acclaimed graphic novel "Watchmen" is now a movie (opening Friday), and we love it, but we're having trouble convincing all of our listeners how great it really is. Can you help us convince everyone — in one minute of audio or video?

Call us at 1-877-8-MY-TAKE and we'll play back the most convincing phone messages. Or, link to your YouTube video in the comments section below...
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The Takeaway for Wednesday, March 4, 2009 (Final Edition)

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

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