Arwa Gunja, Senior Producer, The Takeaway
Arwa Gunja is a senior producer at The Takeaway. Arwa is responsible for the day-to-day editorial content of the program and works closely with producers and the host to set the next day's lineup.
UPDATED: Sunday, 7:00 p.m.
As usually happens over the weekend, we've shifted the show around to follow the news. The U.S. military offensive against the Taliban in Afghanistan ramped up significantly in the south, so we'll be talking with people on the ground there about how the move is playing out. Now that Monday's in sight, we're nailing down what will feature on our weekly agenda segment, and moving our planned piece on reliable car information forward from tomorrow to Tuesday. We'll be talking about danger in sports after a luge athlete from the former Soviet republic, Georgia, died after hitting a support pole on the luge track in Vancouver. Two doctors will be joining us to talk about the myths and realities of autism spectrum disorders, and we're asking everyone to vote on our user-submitted Takeaway Dog Show! (It turns out that our listeners who have dogs love them dearly and take excellent photos of them.)
UPDATED: Friday, 8:35 p.m.
It's just minutes away until the opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics. We'll be watching closely this weekend to see how the games shape up.
In a different competition that is just as competitive, we're going to bring you another eccentric voice on the Westminster Dog Show. Jerry Grymek calls himself the "doggie concierge." He greets the dogs at New York's Hotel Pennsylvania and helps make sure they are adequately pampered before the competition.
And for our coverage on the decline of illegal immigration, we're going to focus mostly on Florida, the state with one the highest drops. Stay tuned, it should be a great show.
POSTED: 12:00 p.m.
Arwa Gunja, here on the dayside shift.
Looking ahead to Monday's show, our plans yesterday to cover the decline of illegal immigration didn’t quite pan out. So we’re going to return to this on Monday, traveling through the airwaves to cities like Los Angeles, Tulsa and Orlando for a quick glimpse into how the departure of illegal immigrants is affecting those communities. And let us know if you have seen this in your local town or city. Call us at 1-877-8-MY-TAKE or leave us a message here.
In other news, Toyota just can’t seem to keep themselves out of trouble. In addition to recalling their vehicles, the company is now facing several class-action lawsuits. And there is news that Toyota has hired former regulators to fend off federal investigations into at least four cases of unintended acceleration in its vehicles. Toyota has lost credibility among consumers. And after Consumer Reports – the Bible for finding safe, reliable vehicles – withdrew recommendations on eight Toyota models, we're asking consumer watchdogs about the best car picks for consumers today.
Though Toyota is in the dog house, it is in the finest of company this week as the Westminster Dog Show kicks off. We’ll look at the grooming and training that goes into making their pet show-worthy. And we're having our own dog show here at The Takeaway. We've been asking people to post photos of their dogs on our Facebook page and we'll have listeners judge the best in show next week. You can see our listeners' four legged friends now and you can submit your own photo.