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

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Headlines; Treasury department "stress tests"
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The envelope please...

Monday, February 23, 2009

You may have heard that there was this awards show in Hollywood last night. We wake up way too early in the morning to stay up and actually watch the show, but we put together a little recap of the winners.

Best Actor: Sean Penn in Milk
Best Actress: Kate Winslet in The Reader
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Best Documentary: Man on Wire
Best Animated Film: Wall-E

But the big winner last night was Slumdog Millionaire taking home Best Picture and Best Director nods along with six other Oscars. And, the young cast members charmed the pants off the red carpet denizens (including David Carr). We psychically knew that the film would hit big, which is why we had not one, but two segments on the film. Congratulations all!

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

Monday, February 23, 2009

Headlines; Obama's agenda this week
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Poll: Freakonomics: Your best six-word mottos for the United States (2009 Edition)

Sunday, February 22, 2009

New York Times
Freakonomics co-author Stephen Dubner asked for a new six-word motto for the United States. He's picked his finalists (in ALL CAPS) over on his blog, but we're asking for yours too. Vote on your favorite motto below, then add your own!

Voting is now closed, but you can still leave your comments as always. Thanks for your entries and votes!

Click through to view the results...
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Channeling Kate Winslet and Mickey Rourke for our Takeaway red carpet Oscar questions

Friday, February 20, 2009

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Have a question for an Oscar nominee? Place your vote in our red-carpet poll here.
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The Takeaway for Friday, February 20, 2009 (Early Edition)

Friday, February 20, 2009

Headlines; Cabinet appointees
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The Takeaway for Thursday, February 19, 2009 (Early Edition)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Headlines; Mortgage refinancing
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Poll: We're at the Oscars! What questions should we ask the nominees?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

New York Times

We'll be on the Red Carpet at the Academy Awards with New York Times "The Carpetbagger" blogger David Carr. Now all we need is a question. Or two. What would you ask a movie star? Vote on the questions below, then add your own. Be sure to tell us which star you'd like us to hunt down too.

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Mark Bittman is thinking outside the (cereal) box for breakfast

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

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Mark Bittman had one thought on breakfast: YAWNNN! So he decided to shake things up and started serving up breakfast items you would more closely associate with dinner. Things like black olives, miso, dried tomatoes, bok choy, and roasted carrots. Mark Bittman joins us with a stirring defense for serving wheat berries with soy sauce.

Listen to the full Takeaway segment with Mark Bittman here
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The Takeaway for Wednesday, February 18, 2009 (Early Edition)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Headlines; Auto repayment plans
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The Takeaway for Tuesday, February 17, 2009 (Early Edition)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Headlines; Bipartisanship
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Happy Birthday, Kim Jong Il

Monday, February 16, 2009

Who knew North Korean leader for life Kim Jong Il and Barbie shared a birthday? Well we didn't want him to get jealous of our Barbie tribute, so we threw one together for him, too.
Here's his ad on eHarmony
Here's a news report on his approval rating
Here's his video with P. Diddy
And let's not forget his appearance on the Silver Screen or his musical turn.
So happy birthday, dear leader, we didn't forget you.
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Happy Birthday, Barbie

Monday, February 16, 2009

Barbie turns 50 years young today and in honor of that momentous occasion we put together a little tribute.

Here's the first Barbie advertisement. Here's where Mattel introduced Barbie's new boyfriend, Ken. It was love at first sight. There was always a lot of love for Barbie and it has often been put into song: Backwoods Barbie! Twist Barbie! Pop Idol! Mattel sued (and lost) trying to protect Barbie's image from this song. It doesn't infringe their trademark and you can dance to it! Which is good, because the soldiers love this song, Barbie! A lot of soldiers! It's like a Barbie USO appearance.

You have made a lot of fans over 50 years, Barbie. People who are willing to dedicate their free time to make things like this and this. Even Cars love you, Barbie. But most important, celebrities love you. Happy birthday Barbie!

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The Takeaway for Monday, February 16, 2009 (Early Edition)

Monday, February 16, 2009

Headlines; Juvenile sentencing
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"8 Things I Wish I Didn't Know" (An internet craze from The Takeaway and BuzzFeed)

Monday, February 16, 2009

The 25 Random Things phenomenon that took over Facebook in early '09 is waning, in part because it's the nature of viral memes to slow down over time, in part because, well, it was getting a little irritating. To anyone who spends much time online, the 25 Random Things idea is as old as time, or at least as old as the heyday LiveJournal. We've all either received clueless email chain letter forwards from friends, or, let's be honest, forwarded them ourselves, and the idea that such a lame part of digital culture has morphed its way into the walled garden of Facebook is somehow galling. Earnestness tends to take a beating online, and 25 Random Things is nothing if not earnest. Earnest, and not particularly amusing, either.

But now that it's happened once, it's more likely to happen again. Already a host of similar chain notes have appear in the wake of 25 Random Things -- Google 8 Ball, Random iTunes Answers, One Word Answers -- that you can expect to be clogging up your News Feed for some time to come. They're variations on a theme: Numbered lists that give you a chance to reveal tidbits of yourself in a canned way, seemingly risk-free and somewhat pat, if also occasionally illuminating and even sweet. Plus, they tend to be kind of long and time-consuming to write (even, weirdly, the One Word Answers).

So let's try starting a new one, something shorter, easier, less earnest and possibly way more interesting. Feel free to grab the idea and post your own notes -- let's see if we can make this one take off.

8 Things I Wish I Didn't Know

Rules: Share 8 things you wish you'd never learned, heard, seen, tasted or smelled or otherwise came to know. Then tag 8 people whose 8 worst things you'd like to know, too.

1. Learned: Exactly how a hot dog gets created.

2. Seen: Al Pacino in "The Devil's Advocate."

3. Tasted: Swedish blood sausage.

4. Learned: How you get rid of an eye worm.

5. Smelled: The reek that comes with cleaning out a rat's nest.

6. Heard: The sound a human body makes when it hits the ground from a great height.

7. Seen: The Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport after midnight.

8. Heard: The failed campaign song "Hillary 4 U and Me" -- that's nothing against Hillary or her campaign, I just really wish I had never heard that song. Even writing this now, the tune just appeared in my head again.

OK, your turn!

Scott Lamb is a senior editor at BuzzFeed.
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Take Two: Soap operas about safe sex...on a cellphone near you

Friday, February 13, 2009

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Today in Take Two, a new video series where we go behind-the-scenes with The Takeaway's hosts, John Hockenberry pulls out his iPhone to watch a little safe-sex soap opera, while WNYC healthcare reporter Fred Mogul explores some of this new project's finer points.

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Sex ed goes mobile and melodramatic
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The Takeaway's picks for your weekend to-do list

Friday, February 13, 2009

Here are The Takeaway’s picks for what to do this weekend. And, yes, we’re including books.

While Hulu may have giggled you to death with their Super Bowl commercials, their content is nothing to laugh at. Between television shows (everything from Alf to Battlestar Galactica to Remington Steele and movies (anyone remember Howard the Duck?) all free for the watching, you never need to leave your house again.

Another good reason to stay home this weekend? Joss Whedon of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly fame is back on Fox with Dollhouse, which he swears will not suck as bad as you might think for a show that had to get re-crafted halfway through production. Besides, it’s Joss Whedon!

There's more in the weekend to-do list, including your suggestions, after the jump...
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Headlines: Estelle Bennett of The Ronettes passes away

Friday, February 13, 2009

Estelle Bennett, a member of the 1960s girl group, the Ronettes, has died at the age of 67. The Ronettes were known for big hits like "Baby I Love You " and " Be My Baby."

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Headlines: Plane crash outside of Buffalo kills all on board, one on ground

Friday, February 13, 2009

Federal investigators have been sent to Buffalo, New York, to look into the Continental commuter plane that crashed into a house. The crash killed 49 people on board the plane and one person on the ground. It’s the nation's first fatal commercial airliner crash in two and a half years. Two people on the ground are being treated at a hospital for minor injuries, along with two volunteer firefighters. The airline has set up a hotline for information and is working to identify those on the aircraft. The number is 1-800-621-3263.

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The Takeaway for Friday, February 13, 2009 (Early Edition)

Friday, February 13, 2009

Headlines; Insolvent banks
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