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

WNYC

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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Excerpt: "The Escape Artists"

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Shortly after four o’clock on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 13, 2011, U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner walked down the hall from his office toward a large conference room facing the building’s interior. He was surrounded by a retinue of counselors and aides. When they arrived in the room—known around Treasury simply as “the large”—four people were seated at a long walnut table on the side near the door. Geithner and his entourage greeted them, then walked around to the far side and took their seats.

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Excerpt: "Our Black Year"

Thursday, March 01, 2012

It all started with dinner.

In 2004 my husband, John, and I were celebrating our fifth wedding anniversary. That night we were the only Black people at Tru, a five-star restaurant in Chicago’s ultra-exclusive Gold Coast neighborhood. Instead of enjoying the romance of the moment, though, I ruined it by bringing up the discouraging status of Blacks in America. Although we moved on to other topics, they all seemed to lead us back to how fortunate we were and how we should be doing more to help improve the situation— The Black Situation.

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Feedback Loop

Friday, February 24, 2012

WNYC

The ability to erase specific memories might soon be real. Dr. Todd Sacktor explained that this could eventually be used to treat disorders like PTSD.

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Evaluating Obama's Proposed Corporate Tax Cut

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Obama administration proposed an overhaul of the corporate tax code. He wants to cut the top corporate rate down to 28% in exchange for closing loopholes.

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Excerpt: Tim Weiner's "Enemies: A History of the FBI"

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Excerpted from ENEMIES by Tim Weiner Copyright © 2012 by Tim Weiner. Excerpted by permission of Random House, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

Coming up on The Takeaway...a new book based on seventy-thousand pages of recently-declassified documents reveals the secret history of the F-B-I. Award-winning author Tim Weiner [WHY-ner] explains it all, next.Excerpted from ENEMIES by Tim Weiner Copyright © 2012 by Tim Weiner.  Excerpted by permission of Random House, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.Passage excerpted from ENEMIES by Tim Weiner Copyright © 2012 by Tim Weiner.  Excerpted by permission of Random House, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

45: "If We Don't Do This, People Will Die"

On the day after Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt gave J. Edgar Hoover the power to monitor all telecommunications traffic in and out of the United States. Three weeks after 9/11, President Bush handed Robert Mueller an authority almost as strong. For twenty-nine months following Bush’s order, the FBI had tracked thousands of telephones and Internet addresses in the United States under the aegis of the National Security Agency. 

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Oscar Nominees on The Takeaway

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

This year's Oscar nominations have been announced. Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" lead the pack with 11 nominations including one for best picture. Also nominated for best picture was the silent film "The Artist"; the George Clooney film "The Descendants"; the 9/11 drama "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"; the Southern story of domestic workers "The Help"; the romantic fantasy "Midnight in Paris"; the sports blockbuster "Moneyball"; the family chronicle "The Tree of Life"; and the World War I epic "War Horse." 

Here are the Oscar-nominated and Oscar-associated actors, directors, producers, and writers we've had on The Takeaway:

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Competing Economic Plans for 2012

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

As the GOP field narrows itself down we wanted to take a closer look at each candidate's economic plan for the 2012 election. Which candidate is addressing your concerns about the economy, and what initiatives will have a positive impact on the size of your wallet? American Public Media's Marketplace has a good shapshot of each candidate's economic plan. We've put a more comprehensive view of the candidates' positions below.

On Thursday's show, Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich will try to explain the difference between each economic vision. Have a question about who will address your concerns? Tell us what issue you'd like the next president to tackle at 1-877-8-MY-TAKE. 

 

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