Walmart Responds to Bribery Allegations

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Walmart has issued a press release in response to allegations that they bribed Mexican officials.

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Excerpt: 'Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile'

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Were it not for the subway, New York as it is today would not exist. At a crucial time in the city's history, the engineers of this ingenious subterranean railroad cleared the streets of impossible congestion and decanted the population of the teeming, insalubrious tenements of the Lower EastSide to the farthest corners of the boroughs. Because it was able to move so many people so quickly, the subway became the ultimate urban density amplifier, allowing the apartment buildings and office towers of Manhattan to be built side-by-side, and turning a 26-square-mile island of gneiss, marble, and schist into one of the world's greatest metropolises, where millions could live and trade services, goods, and ideas swiftly and efficiently.

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Excerpt: "The Great Divergence: America's Growing Inequality Problem and What We Can Do About It"

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The fact is that income inequality is real; it’s been rising for more than twenty-five years. —President George W. Bush, January 2007

During the past thirty-three years the difference in America between being rich and being middle class became much more pronounced. People with high incomes consumed an ever-larger share of the nation’s total income, while people in the middle saw their share shrink. For most of this time the phenomenon attracted little attention from the general public and the press because it occurred in increments over one third of a century. During the previous five decades—from the early 1930s through most of the 1970s—the precise opposite had occurred. The share of the nation’s income that went to the wealthy had either shrunk or remained stable. At the first signs, during the early 1980s, that this was no longer happening, economists figured they were witnessing a fluke, an inexplicable but temporary phenomenon, or perhaps an artifact of faulty statistics. But they weren’t. A democratization of incomes that Americans had long taken for granted as a happy fact of modern life was reversing itself. Eventually it was the steady growth in income in equality that Americans took for granted. The divergent fortunes of the rich and the middle class became such a fact of everyday life that people seldom noticed it, except perhaps to observe now and then with a shrug that life was unfair.

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Bumper Music with Ian Dury and The Blockheads

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Today's track list features Ian Dury and The Blockheads, which were active from 1977 until Dury's death in 2000. Now they're simply known as The Blockheads. The video above, from BBC Four, shows Dury and the Blockheads performing one of their best-known songs, What a Waste. It doesn't have a date, but it looks to be circa 1978. 

Resistencia Suburbana – Taxman

Junior Parker – Taxman

Soulive – Taxman

R.E.M. – Laughing

Tool – Reflection

Umphrey’s McGee – Pequod

Patrick O’Hearn – So Flows the Current

The Blockheads – What a Waste

Caribou – Jamelia

Him – Universal Peoples

Talkdemonic – Starry Dynamo

Trey Anastastio Band – Sidewalks of San Francisco

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Bumper Music for April 16, 2012

Monday, April 16, 2012

Usually these bumper music lists are just made up of established artists, but thanks to our new listener music project, we featured David A. Arnott and his track, Brown Baby. Check it out.

David A. Arnott – Brown Baby

Beastie Boys – Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament

Pinback – Soaked

Caribou – Great Canadian Weekend

Malko Malko – Silks

Mercury Program – Arrived/Departed

The Brutalist School – Like Powder

Paco De Lucia – Chanela

Bruce Hornsby – Song B

Scenic – Skylight

Ugress – Hovercraft Expedition

Bambi Molesters – The Kiss Off

Aphex Twin – Hexagons

Dalek – Tarnished

Nicolas Jarr – Too Many Kids Finding Rain in the Dust

Isis – Dulcinea

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Scientists Identify Most Relaxing Song Ever Produced

Monday, April 16, 2012


Here are the top 10 most relaxing tunes:
1. Marconi Union - Weightless
2. Airstream - Electra
3. DJ Shah - Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix)
4. Enya - Watermark
5. Coldplay - Strawberry Swing
6. Barcelona - Please Don't Go
7. All Saints - Pure Shores
8. Adele – Someone Like You
9. Mozart - Canzonetta Sull'aria
10. Cafe Del Mar - We Can Fly

Your take: What music keeps you calm? Comment here or go to our Facebook page to join the conversation.

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Bumper Music: Luscious Jackson Reunion Edition

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Luscious Jackson, featured in the video above, broke up in 2000 to spend more time with their families. They've since reunited, and you can listen to one of their new tracks here. In other bumper music news, today's show featured Empirical Evidence, by Wounded Buffalo Theory. The Takeaway's director, is the drummer (and then some) for Wounded Buffalo Theory.

Bob Mould – Sunspots

Garaj Majal – Of a Simple Mind

The Disco Biscuits – Aceetobee

Luscious Jackson – Naked Eye

Django Rhinehart – Stormy Weather

Four Tet – Plastic People

Paul Weller – Steam

Widespread Panic – Raise the Roof

Wounded Buffalo Theory – Empirical Evidence

The Bad Plus – Human Behavior

Dalek – Tarnished

Papercuts – Do What You Will

Lusine – Operation Costs

Broken Social Scene – 7/4 Shoreline

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JOBS Act Makes it Easier for Small Businesses to Raise Money

Monday, April 09, 2012

Last Thursday, President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, or JOBS Act, which included many policies intended to help small and emerging businesses grow into larger, more successful companies.

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John Hockenberry Needs Your Advice

Monday, April 09, 2012

After a conversation with filmmaker Lena Dunham about her new HBO show "Girls", John Hockenberry asks for some advice: should he tell his 13-year-old daughters about "Girls"?

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Bumper Music for April 4, 2012

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

A lot of good stuff here, including the video of Devo above. There's actually an entire YouTube channel devoted to Devo videos, aptly titled DEVOvision. But I digress, because the geek in me just loves Tom Lehrer singing The Elements, which you may have heard on today's show.

The Philadelphia Experiment – Ain’t it the Truth

Cloud Cult – We Made Up Your Mind For You

SISE – Beyond Outside

Arcade Fire – Keep the Car Running

The Donnas – Drive My Car

Moe – Macintyre Range

David Bowie – Bring me the Disco King

Boards of Canada – Kid for Today

Malko Malko – Isopod

Beats Antique – There Ya Go

Crystal Method – London

Devo – Freedom of Choice

Don Cherry – Malkauns

Tom Lehrer – The Elements

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Bumper Music for April 3, 2012

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Tortoise – The Equator

Bonobo – Days to Come

Underworld – Twist

Black Uhuru – Happiness

Soul Asylum – Misery

Calexico – El Gatillo

The Samual Jackson 5 – Eye Eat Lotus

Charles Bradley – No Time For Dreaming

Mr. Scruff – Get a Move On

Igor Stravinksy – Rite of Spring

The Ventures – Pipeline

Blind Melon – Three is a Magic Number

Light Asylum – End of Days

Beirut – In the Mausoluem

Liquid Tension Experiment – Osmosis

Andrew Bird – Anonanimal

Minus The Bear – The Game Need Me

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Excerpt: "Rebuild the Dream"

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

In his newest book, Rebuild the Dream, green economy pioneer Van Jones reflects on his journey from grassroots outsider to White House insider, shares intimate details of his time in government, and provides a blueprint to reinvent the American Dream. Along the way, he contrasts the structure and rhetoric of the 2008 Obama campaign, the Tea Party movement and Occupy Wall Street. Below are his thoughts on cheap patriots versus deep patriots, and the way forward to reclaim, reinvent, and renew the American Dream. You can order the book here.

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Bumper Music for April 2, 2012

Monday, April 02, 2012

Today's guest host, Anna Sale, picked the last song on this list: Mushrooms and Roses by Janelle Monae. Anna said it's something she’s been listening to lately. What have you been listening to lately? Let us know in the comments and we'll do our best to include it as bumper music!

J Dilla – So Far to Go

Leonard Cohen – Democracy

Soulive – Revolution

Al Green – Happiness

R.E.M. – Shiny Happy People

Rhianna – Happy

Phish – Joy

Gregory Issacs – Happiness

String Tribute to Elliot Smith – Happiness

Rockwell – Somebody’s Watching Me

Broken Social Scene – Shoreline

Toe – Vanishing Points and Whistle

From Monuments to Masses – Conclusions

Madness – Our House

The Roots – You Got Me

Brothers Past – Bitches and Candy

Bon Iver – Come Talk to Me

Janelle Monae – Mushrooms and Roses

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Understanding Austerity

Friday, March 30, 2012

Many governments spend more money then they take in. This is known as deficit spending. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but it is possible for their debt to get so large that they will no longer be able to operate. At least, the cost of borrowing money will be so greatly increased, that it becomes an obstacle. When this happens, countries must take action to get their balance sheets in order.

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The Big MF Global Number

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Since Halloween 2011, an estimated $1.6 billion of customer funds have gone missing from failed brokerage firm MF Global. The hunt has taken months with few results.

Tomorrow, the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hosts its third hearing on the matter, and there might be a clue on where to look. Takeaway business editor Charlie Herman tells us the big number to watch for: $200 million.

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The Republican Problem for Republicans

Friday, March 23, 2012


Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is leading the pack of GOP hopefuls, but that doesn't mean he's escaped criticism for not being able to unify the Republican party: some say he's not conservative enough, or that he's not likable. Of course, the perceived inability to unify the party isn't unique to Romney.

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John Hockenberry, Live in London

Monday, March 12, 2012

It's musical chairs for The Takeaway this week, as John Hockenberry guest-hosts the BBC's World Update program in London, while World Update host Dan Damon joins The Takeaway. Here, John shares some thoughts from across the pond:

It’s starting to feel a little late in the day around here. The afternoons are getting longer and there is not much time left to make the magic happen. You might say that London is a city dressing up for a hot date, an all-out go-for-broke global celebration. This is a wear the pearls and the gold necklace moment. Yes, this is the moment for those traffic-stopping above-the-knee boots and that the fancy hat you haven’t worn in a long time, you know the one. You can see it everywhere here.

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Super Tuesday's Super Playlist

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

As part of our Super Tuesday coverage we asked you which songs best represent it and the rest of the primary season. By text, Facebook, Twitter, and voice, this is what you told us. 

Everybody Wants to Rule the World - Tears for Fears

Crossroads - Bone Thugs-n-Harmony

Crumbling Down - John Mellencamp

I Don't Care Anymore - Phil Collins

Send in the Clowns - Frank Sinatra

Helter Skelter - The Beatles

Panic in Detroit - David Bowie

Whipping Post - The Allman Brothers Band

Cold Sweat - James Brown

It's My Party - Leslie Gore

Everybody Loves A Clown - Gary Lewis and the Playboys 

Everybody Knows - Leonard Cohen

Waiting Room - Fugazi

Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash

You Talk Too Much - Joe Jones

Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who

Possum Kingdom - The Toadies

Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones

If I Only Had a Brain - Warner Brothers

A Change is Gonna to Come - Sam Cooke

Another One Bites the Dusk - Queen

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John Hockenberry at TED2012: A Life with Intent

Friday, March 02, 2012

The Takeaway host John Hockenberry spoke Friday at TED2012 in Long Beach, California.

Design has always been a part of Hockenberry's life. His father, who was a designer for IBM and Kodak, taught him what good design looked like.

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Excerpt: "The Man Without a Face"

Friday, March 02, 2012

Excerpted from "The Man Without a Face" by Masha Gessen

Encouraged by his former deputy’s meteoric rise, Sobchak decided to end his Paris exile and go back to Russia in the summer of 1999. He returned full of hope and even more full of ambition. As Sobchak was leaving Paris, Arkady Vaksberg, a forensics specialist turned investigative reporter and author with whom Sobchak had become friendly during his years in France, asked him whether he hoped to return to Paris as an ambassador. “Higher than that,” replied Sobchak. Vaksberg was sure the former mayor was aiming for the foreign minister’s seat: the rumor in Moscow’s political circles was that Sobchak would head up the Constitutional Court, the most important court in the country.

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