The Takeaway for Thursday, April 2, 2009 (Final Edition)

Thursday, April 02, 2009

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Saving history: The biologist who protected six million bird-watching notecards

Thursday, April 02, 2009

For nearly 100 years, birds couldn't shake their human paparazzi.

As part of the U.S. government's Bird Migration Program, bird enthusiasts from Kansas to the West Indies tracked down our feathered friends — the Jennifer Anistons of yesteryear — scribbling down notes about their habits: When they came to the area in springtime, where they roosted (and with whom they roosted), and when they flew away for winter.

The note-taking program was first started in 1882 under the leadership of bird expert Wells W. Cook, and it ended in 1970. I spoke with the program's last director, Chandler Robbins, who, at 90, is just three years into his retirement from the United States Geological Survey. Robbins has been protecting the notecards from the incinerator for more than 30 years. He gave us a history of the bird program and told us why it's so important for the two-by-fives to be dusted off and used — before the paper that holds them crumbles away. Click on the LISTEN button below to hear the conversation!
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The Takeaway for Thursday, April 2, 2009 (Early Edition)

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Headlines; News from the G-20 summit
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It's the age of iPod diplomacy. What goes on the playlist?

Thursday, April 02, 2009

In yet another act of embracing technology, President Obama has invented a new kind of diplomacy: Giving world leaders iPods with custom play lists. The iPod he gave to Queen Elizabeth II was loaded with Broadway show tunes. We're asking our listeners, in the interest of world peace, what would you put on a play list for a world leader?
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Tax evasion, tax resistance and tax rebellion

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Gandhi broke the law to oppose the salt tax. The early Americans railed against the tax on tea. From the first instance that taxes were levied, people have found ways to not pay, for reasons honorable, ideological, greedy and selfish.

Today, a new crop of people find new ways to oppose paying taxes. We talked on Friday with The New Republic's Jason Zengerle about "the tax honesty movement": people who creatively interpret the internal revenue code in various ways so they (argue they) don't have to pay taxes.

But those "tax honesty" folks are one small slice of tax scofflaws. The following aren't part of the "tax honesty movement" (for more on that, listen to the March 27 segment with Zengerle), but are some of my favorite people in the world of tax evasion, tax resistance and tax rebellion. Warning: With a few exceptions, most don't cut as sympathetic a figure as Gandhi.

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John Waters on "The Wire," celebrity envy, meat thieves, making films during a recession

Thursday, April 02, 2009

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Congress reaching across the aisle with morning aerobics

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Congress is of course embarking on a debate for a massive overhaul of the health care system. One big part of the plan is encouraging wellness and preventive medicine. Rep. David Dreier of California thinks Congress needs to lead by example.

Dreier has a plan to alter House rules to provide for member-led calisthenics every morning on the House floor. He calls it his "Three P's": the prayer, the pledge, and now adding physical activity. It's unorthodox, he says, but physical activity would get a big boost when Americans see their Congress doing knee bends on CSPAN each morning. Many may follow along?

As senior Republican on the House Rules Committee, Dreier actually has the power to try and do this. He wants to try a voluntary program including standup-scales in the Republican and Democratic cloakrooms, so that members can chart their weight-loss progress.

Upon hearing this announcement, the Takeaway staff began its own morning regimen to set an example:
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The Takeaway for Wednesday, April 1, 2009 (Final Edition)

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

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How would you protest the G-20 summit?

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Protesters from all over the world are descending on London for the G-20 conference. They're bearing signs like, "Capitalists! You are the Crisis!" If you were to join the protest, what would your sign say? Do you have a new protest chant?
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The Takeaway for Wednesday, April 1, 2009 (Early Edition)

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Headlines; News from London
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The Takeaway for Tuesday, March 31, 2009 (Final Edition)

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

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The Takeaway for Tuesday, March 31, 2009 (Early Edition)

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Headlines; New auto industry terms
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GM's CEO steps down. If you had the job, how would you save the American car?

Monday, March 30, 2009

Rick Wagoner, CEO of General Motors Corp., is stepping down. The move came at the request of President Obama, who is seeking to reform the U.S. car industry in a gloomy economic climate. So it's time for a job interview -- If you were in charge at GM, how would you save the American car?


What's your take? Leave a comment below or record your story at 1-877-8-MY-TAKE.
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The Takeaway for Monday, March 30, 2009 (Final Edition)

Monday, March 30, 2009

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The Takeaway for Monday, March 30, 2009 (Early Edition)

Monday, March 30, 2009

Headlines; Obama's agenda this week
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During this recession, everyone needs a helping hand. Do you have a recession hero?

Friday, March 27, 2009

Femi Oke introduced us to her "recession hero"--someone who resisted the temptation of a growing bubble. We're looking for more heroes out there. Do you have your own recession hero?


What's your take? Leave a comment below or record your story at 1-877-8-MY-TAKE.
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Read a transcript of President Barack Obama's address on Pakistan and Afghanistan from March 27, 2009

Friday, March 27, 2009

Read a transcript of President Barack Obama's address on Pakistan and Afghanistan from March 27, 2009, and discuss the new policy in The Takeaway's "user-annotated" document viewer.

In this speech, President Obama says the situation in Afghanistan has become "increasingly perilous" and warns that Afghanistan cannot be allowed to come under control of the Taliban or al-Qaida. He plans an influx of 4,000 troops plus a civilian corps in order to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaida in Afghanistan and Pakistan."

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The Takeaway for Friday, March 27, 2009 (Final Edition)

Friday, March 27, 2009

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Baltimore, we need your help!

Friday, March 27, 2009

The Takeaway will be visiting Baltimore March 30-31st looking for new angles on economic stories. The program would like to hear news about how your neighborhood is dealing with the economic crisis. Perhaps you're about to sign on for unemployment benefits for the first time or you have a success story to share. Your story could be on the radio next week. Please contact Femi Oke, Senior Editor of The Takeaway, at foke@wnyc.org.

Due to the fast turnaround the deadline for submitting story ideas is Friday March 27th.
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The Takeaway for Friday, March 27, 2009 (Early Edition)

Friday, March 27, 2009

Headlines; Nuclear power
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