At The Takeaway, we think poetry was built for the digital age — and this inauguration could use a People’s Poem. So we invited noted poet Kwame Dawes to start us off with a first line — and we want you to be our co-authors! It’s a grand experiment — and here’s how you can make your voice heard.
The phrase “climate change” was not used once in the three presidential debates.
Four years ago, both presidential candidates agreed that climate change was a critical issue demanding urgent attention. But that national call to action has disappeared and in the past four years public opinion on the climate issue has cooled.
Some stories strike such a chord with our listeners that we’re flooded with far more responses than we can play on-air. This was certainly the case with the story of Mitt Romney’s comments about the "47 percent" of Americans who are "dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them."
John Hockenberry: So you've had a bit of a succession crisis there at SNL, regarding the sitting President, that America-at-large has not experienced.
Seth Meyers: That's true.
JH: How does something like that happen, and how does somebody get told "You're no longer the President"?
SM: Well yeah, fortunately for ...
A photo gallery from The Takeaway Digital Editor Alex Johnson from his first day in Tampa.
As a dad with five kids and someone who has had plenty of contact with doctors and hospitals — and as a man with a disability — the issues raised by our interview with Dr. Fredric Newman are powerful and deeply haunting.
Generations of parents have taught their kids these golden rules: Wear a seatbelt, don’t smoke, eat your vegetables. But we often forget vital financial lessons: Save money, avoid credit card debt, invest for the future. With high schoolers scoring an average of 69 percent (D+) on the Treasury Department’s 2012 National Financial Capability Challenge survey, it’s clear that families need help starting these critical conversations.
Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng came into The Takeaway studio this week for what turned out to be a historic conversation in my estimation. Since when has the subject of disability rights been even remotely relevant to the wider global political discussion of human rights?
Check out the music we played on the show on Friday, July 13, 2012.