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?


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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?


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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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The Inner Circle

Friday, March 27, 2009

More about President-elect Barack Obama and his appointees...

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Our recession hero: Behrooz the good broker

Thursday, March 26, 2009

This week, we sent Senior Editor Femi Oke out to bring your stories about the economic crisis back to the show. Sam Jordan was listening in New Jersey and sent us an e-mail. He wanted us to meet a real estate broker who he describes as more or less his real estate hero. Not something you hear about brokers these days, so Femi Oke went and got the story. She found a broker who, even during the height of the real estate boom and easy mortgages, preached caution and budgetary restraint. He lost clients over his moderation and colleagues laughed, but that real estate philosophy saved families, like Sam Jordan's, from mortgage overload. Femi joins us now with the story.

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The Takeaway for Thursday, March 26, 2009 (Final Edition)

Thursday, March 26, 2009

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The Takeaway for Thursday, March 26, 2009 (Early Edition)

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Headlines; A look at Obama's budget
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The Takeaway for Wednesday, March 25, 2009 (Final Edition)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

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The Takeaway for Wednesday, March 25, 2009 (Early Edition)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Headlines; News on Obama's press conference
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Barack Obama's second press conference, on the economy and more, March 24, 2009 (transcript and your notes)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Note: This is an unedited transcript.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: GOOD EVENING. BEFORE I TAKE QUESTIONS FROM THE CORRESPONDENTS I WANT TO GIVE EVERYONE AN UPDATE ON THE STEPS WE'RE TALKING TO MOVE FROM RECESSION TO RECOVERY AND ULTIMATELY TO PROSPERITY. IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT THIS CRISIS DIDN'T ...

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The Takeaway for Tuesday, March 24, 2009 (Final Edition)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

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Taxalicious! Getting to know the social contract we all sign

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

I got married last year and was actually somewhat excited this month when I arrived at the accountant's office. For some reason, my husband and I were under the shared delusion that we'd be getting a big fat tax refund.

Not so: These wee slips of gold around our ring fingers cost us a fair chunk of money. But the four-hour slog at the accountant's also started me thinking about the social contract hidden within the 17,000 pages of tax code.

Our painful April 15 ritual is arguably the only thing we do together as a country. Undocumented immigrants, conservative Republicans, anarchists, grannies, teenage babysitters, janitors and bankers line up every year, fill out a series of tedious forms, and stand ready to have what they've monetarily accomplished for the year added up and held to account. Of course, people from those same groups also cheat together as a country (joining Tom Daschle and dozens of other nominees to government posts). But cheating is part of the ritual. (As is tax evasion: Leona Helmsley reportedly said, “Only the little people pay taxes.” Then she was audited by the IRS and sentenced to four years in prison.)

Whether you like its priorities or not, the tax code represents our country’s social and political agreement: who should pay and who should pay more; who gets penalized for working or not working; what institutions in our society are valued; and what it means to be a full member of society, or a buyer of the social contract.

Guilt, obligation, bureaucracy, hard labor and relief when it’s finally over — all the same elements as a bad family reunion. As your resident geek at the family dinner table, I’m going to write about some of the most interesting pieces of tax day over the next few weeks. Send any questions along and I'll try to answer them.

Sitara Nieves

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The Takeaway for Tuesday, March 24, 2009 (Early Edition)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Headlines; Economic updates
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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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