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.
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 ...
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.
An excerpt from Manuel Roig-Franbzia's "The Rise of Marco Rubio."
Today on the show we asked our listeners: "What books have shaped you as an American?" We got some great responses.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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?"
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.
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?
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.