Playlist for July 3, 2012

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Today's playlist has a little bit of David Bowie, Bing Crosby, and Bon Iver. The Takeaway is proud to be the first show in history to have these three artists together in the same playlist.

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Why Won't We Eat Our Veggies?

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

America is fat. Skinny people are now the minority and even those of us who are not obese could stand to lose a few pounds. Here are the statistics that are scaring public health officials: More than one-third of American adults and about 12.5 million kids younger than 19 ...

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Celebrating Rowling and Her Voracious Readers

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Fifteen years ago today, "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" hit bookshelves in London. Today, her books are converting young readers to the idea that a new book can be as exciting as a new video game, that a novel is just as thrilling as a 3D movie, and that good writing is as valuable as good food.

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Playlist for June 25, 2012

Monday, June 25, 2012

Today's playlist features a little bit of Men at Work, some Marvin Gaye, The Roots, DJ Shadow, Tom Petty, and others.

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Excerpt: "The Rise of Marco Rubio" by Manuel-Roig Franzia

Monday, June 25, 2012

An excerpt from Manuel Roig-Franbzia's "The Rise of Marco Rubio."

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Listeners Respond: What books have shaped you as an American?

Monday, June 25, 2012

Today on the show we asked our listeners: "What books have shaped you as an American?" We got some great responses.

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Playlist for June 21, 2012

Thursday, June 21, 2012

A track list of all the music used on today's show.

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George Zimmerman Video Released by ABC News

Thursday, June 21, 2012

George Zimmerman's defense team has posted a video where he re-enacts the fatal shooting. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder in the February 26 shooting of Trayvon Martin, although his lawyers claim he is protected under Florida's "stand your ground" law.

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Heroes and their Valets

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

We have left the age of heroes behind us, perhaps forever. They say no man is a hero to his valet, and why is that? Because your personal attendant knows too much about you. He sees you with bed head, watches you swipe your runny nose when you have a ...

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John Hockenberry: Doing the Math on the Value of College

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Two kids starting high school. In New York City Public schools, that is an exciting moment and something of a relief. It concludes what can be a harrowing admissions process. My wife and I are certainly glad that's over for our twin 13-year-old daughters, but having two girls going into ninth grade starts something else rolling. The first day of ninth grade will be the first step down that long road to choosing and being ready — financially and otherwise — for college.

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Who Should Moderate the Presidential Debates? A Response

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Today The Takeaway spoke with Carole Simpson, the first woman and first minority to solely moderate a presidential debate. Janet Brown, executive director of the Commission on Presidential Debates, wrote to respond to some of Carole’s comments.

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Listeners Respond: What Would You Outlaw in Your Town?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

After the town of Middleborough, Mass., voted to impose a $20 fine for the use of "unsavory language" in its public spaces, we asked our listeners on social media: "What would you outlaw in your city, if you could?"

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John Hockenberry's TED Talk: "We Are All Designers"

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Our very own John Hockenberry presented at the Design Studio session at TED2012 in March. Watch his talk below about how design taught him to live his life with intent.

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Why Is Dishonesty So Interesting?

Monday, June 11, 2012

The introduction to Dan Ariely's new book "The Honest Truth About Dishonesty."

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Novartis Responds to Gender Wage Gap Interview

Monday, June 11, 2012

Last week's segment on the gender wage gap prompted criticism from one the guests' former employers, Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Novartis. They sent us the following statement:

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Bumper Music for June 6, 2012

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Today's bumper music is all about regret, politics, and pop music from the mid-seventies. Gov. Scott Walker survived his recall election in Wisconsin last night, and we don't know if he had any regrets, but we do know that a band called The Walker Brothers included a guy named Scott and that they played a song called No Regrets. What more explanation do you need?

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Twitter Responds: What Sounds Are Going Extinct?

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Today we asked our twitter followers: What sounds from your childhood are going extinct? Rotary phones? Dial-up connections? Tetris?

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And You Call Yourself an American?

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

What is essential knowledge for an American citizen? For the government, that's not a philosophical question, it's a pragmatic list of essential civic knowledge, codified in the citizenship test. Think you could pass? Try it out with this practice test from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services department.

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Bumper Music for June 5, 2012

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Two themes in today's bumper music: Venus coming directly between Earth and the Sun, and an audio essay by co-host John Hockenberry about how The Beach Boys, who released "Surfin' Safari" fifty years ago.

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Listeners Respond: What Would You Put in "The American Bible"?

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Today we asked our listeners to respond to our interview with Stephen Prothero, who's new book "The American Bible" attempts to bring together the core texts of the American experience.

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